Donald J. Darensbourg

Professor - Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 845-5417

Fax: (979) 845-0158


Departmental Page


  • Ph.D. 1968, Inorganic Chemistry, University of Illinois
  • M.S.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S. 1964, Chemistry, California State University at Los Angeles

Research Interests

Organometallic/Inorganic Chemistry of transition/main group metals, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis(including polymerization and biphasic processes), and applications of infrared spectroscopy.


2010 - Present

  • Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

1982 - 2010

  • Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

1973 - 1982

  • Assistant-Full Professor of Chemistry, Tulane University

1969 - 1973

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo

1964 - 1968

  • Teaching/Research Assistant in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois


  • NIH Fellowship recipient


  • Personal Adventures in the Synthesis of Copolymers from Carbon Dioxide and Cyclic Ethers. Darensbourg, D. J., contribution in Advances in Inorganic Chemistry Volume 66: CO2 Chemistry, Eds. Rudi van Eldik and Michele Aresta, Elsevier Inc., Burlington: Academic Press, 2013, in press.
  • Catalytic Coupling of Cyclopentene Oxide and CO2 Utilizing Bifunctional (salen)Co(III) and (salen)Cr(III) Catalysts. Comparative Processes Involving Binary (salen)Cr(III) Analogs. Darensbourg, D. J.; Chung, W.-C.; Wilson, S. J. ACS Catalysis 2013, in press.
  • Kinetics and Thermodynamics of the Decarboxylation of 1,2-Glycerol Carbonate to Produce Glycidol: Computational Insights. Darensbourg, D. J.; Yeung, A. D. Green Chem.2013, ASAP.
  • Construction of an Ultrastable Porphyrin Zr Metal-Organic Framework through Linker Elimination. Feng, D.; Chung, W.-C.; Wei, Z.-W.; Gu, Z. Y.; Jiang, H. L.; Darensbourg, D. J.; Zhou, H.-C. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 17105-17110.
  • Light enhanced displacement of methylacrylate from iron carbonayl: Chemistry relevant to the oxidative coupling of ethylene and CO2. Muhammad, S.; Moncho, S.; Li, B.; Kyran, S.; Brothers, E.; Darensbourg, D. J.; Bengali, A. A. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 12655–12660.
  • Oxygen/Sulfur Scrambling During the Copolymerization of Cyclopentene Oxide and Carbon Disulfide: Selectivity for Copolymer vs Cyclic [Thio]carbonates. Darensbourg, D. J.; Wilson, S. J.; Yeung, A. D. Macromolecules 2013, 46, 8102-8110.
  • A One-Pot Synthesis of a Triblock Copolymer from Propylene Oxide/Carbon Dioxide and Lactide: Intermediacy of Polyol Initiators. D. J. Darensbourg, G.-P. Wu, Angew. Chemie. 2013, 52, 10602–10606. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201304778
  • Synthesis of CO2-Derived Poly(indene carbonate) from Indene Oxide Utilizing Bifunctional Cobalt(III) Catalysts. D. J. Darensbourg, S. J. Wilson, Macromolecules 2013, 46 5929–5934. DOI: 10.1021/ma4013779
  • An Efficient Method of Depolymerization of Poly(cyclopentene carbonate) to Its Comonomers: Cyclopentene Oxide and Carbon Dioxide. D. J. Darensbourg, S.-H. Wei, A. D. Yeung, W. C. Ellis, Macromolecules 2013, 46 5850–5855. DOI: 10.1021/ma401286x
  • Kinetic and Thermodynamic Investigations of CO2 Insertion Reactions into Ru-CH3 and Ru-H Bonds. An Experimental and Computational Study. D. J. Darensbourg, S. J. Kyran, A. D. Yeung, A. A. Bengali, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013, ASAP. DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201300179