The Jamison Research Group


Frank Leibfarth

  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013 - present
Postdoctoral Associate with Professor Timothy F. Jamison
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara 2013
“Ketenes in Polymer Science: An Emerging Methodology for Applications in Materials Chemistry”
with Prof. Craig J. Hawker
B.Sc. University of South Dakota, 2003 (Chemistry and Physics)

Current Research:
    Methodology development in continuous flow synthesis

  • Groote, R.; Szyja, B. M.; Leibfarth, F. A.; Hawker, C. J.; Doltsinis, N. L.; Sijbesma, R. P. Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 1187-1192.
  • Leibfarth F. A.; Hawker, C. J. The Emerging Utility of Ketenes in Polymer Chemistry, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2013, 51, 3769-3782. (Highlight)

  • Leibfarth, F. A.; Mattson, K. M.; Fors, B. P.; Collins, H. A.; Hawker, C. J. External Regulation of Controlled Polymerizations, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 199-210. (Minireview)

  • Jung, H.; Leibfarth, F. A.; Woo, S.; Lee, S.; Kang, M.; Moon, B.; Hawker, C. J.; Bang, J. Efficient Surface Neutralization and Enhanced Surface Adhesion through Ketene-Mediated Crosslinking and Functionalization. Adv. Funct. Mat. 2012, 23, 1597-1602.

  • Burke, D. J.; Kawauchi, T.; Kade, M. J.; Leibfarth, F. A.; McDearmon, B.; Wolffs, M.; Kierstead, P. H.; Moon, B.; Hawker, C. J. Ketene-based Route to Rigid Cyclobutanediol Monomers for the Replacement of BPA in High Performance Polyesters. ACS Macro Letters 2012, 1, 1228-1232.

  • Leibfarth, F. A.; Moreno, N.; Hawker, A.; Shand, J. D. Transforming Polylactide into Value Added Materials. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2012, 50, 4814-4822.

  • Lee, B.; Wolffs, M.; Delaney, K.; Sprafke, J.; Leibfarth, F. A.; Hawker, C. J.; Lynd, N. A. Reactivity Ratios and Mechanistic Insight for Anionic Ring-Opening Polymerization of Epoxides. Macromolecules 2012, 45, 3722-3731.

  • Leibfarth, F. A.; Wolffs, M.; Campos, L. M.; Delany, K.; Treat, N.; Kade, M. J.; Moon, B.; Hawker, C. J. Low Temperature Ketene Formation in Materials Chemistry through Molecular Engineering. Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 766-771.

  • Spruell, J. M.; Wolffs, M.; Leibfarth, F. A.; Stahl, B. C.; Heo, J.; Connal, L. A.; Hu, J.; Hawker, C. J. Reactive, Multifunctional Polymer Films through Thermal Cross-linking of Orthogonal Click Groups. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 16698-16706.

  • Leibfarth, F. A.; Hawker, C. J. Mechanically Throwing a Reaction into Reverse. Science 2011, 333, 1582-1583. (Invited perspective on a manuscript in the same journal).

  • Leibfarth, F. A.; Vermaak, N. Hope for Graduate Student Childbirth Policies. Science 2011, 333, 1380.

  • Miyamura, Y.; Park, C.; Kinbara, K.; Leibfarth, F. A.; Hawker, C. J.; Aida, T. Controlling Volume Shrinkage in Soft Lithography through Heat-Induced Cross-Linking of Patterned Nanofibers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 2840-2843.

  • Leibfarth, F. A.; Schneider, Y.; Lynd, N. A.; Schultz, A.; Moon, B.; Kramer, E. J.; Bazan, G. C.; Hawker, C. J. Ketene Functionalized Polyethylene: Control of Cross-Link Density and Material Properties. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14706-14709.

  • Leibfarth, F. A.; Kang, M.; Ham, M.; Kim, J.; Campos, L. M.; Gupta, N.; Moon, B.; Hawker, C. J. A Facile Route to Ketene Functionalized Polymers for Broad Materials Applications. Nature Chem. 2010, 2, 207-212.

  • Nederberg, F.; Lohmeijer, B. G. G.; Leibfarth, F.; Pratt, R. C.; Choi, J.; Waymouth, R. M.; Hedrick, J. L. Organocatalytic Ring Opening Polymerization of Trimethylene Carbonate. Biomacromolecules 2007, 8, 153-160.

  • Lohmeijer, B. G. G.; Pratt, R. C.; Leibfarth, F.; Logan, J. W.; Long, D. A.; Dove, A. P.; Nederberg, F.; Choi, J.; Waymouth, R. M.; Hedrick, J. L. Guanidine and Amidine Organocatalysts for Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters, Macromolecules 2006, 39, 8574-8583.

  • Lohmeijer, B. G. G.; Dubois, G.; Leibfarth, F.; Pratt, R. C.; Nederberg, F.; Nelson, A.; Waymouth, R. M.; Wade, C.; Hedrick, J. L. Organocatalytic Living Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Carbosiloxanes. Org. Lett. 2006, 8, 4683-4686.

  • Guo, X; Myers, M; Xiao, S.; Lefenfeld, M.; Steiner, R.; Tulevski, G. S.; Tang, J.; Baumert, J.; Leibfarth, F.; Yardley, J. T.; Steigerwald, M. L.; Kim, P.; Nuckolls, C.; Chemeoresponsive Monolayer Transistors. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2006, 103, 11452-11456.

    frankl at mit dot edu