David E. Bergbreiter

Professor - Chemistry and Materials Science

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 845-3437

E-mail: bergbreiter@chem.tamu.edu

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  • Ph.D. 1974, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Chemistry B.S. (honors), Michigan State University

Research Interests

Catalysis, Macromolecular Chemistry, and discovering New Avenues in Synthesis.


  • 1974 - Present
  • Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, Texas A&M University
  • 1986 - 1994
  • University Academic Appeals Panel
  • 1989 - 1990
  • University Faculty Appeals Panel


  • "Pd Colloidal Catalysts Using Polymeric Phosphine Ligands and Polyethylene as a Solvent", Nilusha Priyadarshani, Jakkrit Suriboot and David E. Bergbreiter, Green Chemistry, submitted for publication
  • "Poly(4-Dodecylstyrene) as a Phase-Selectively Soluble Polymer Support in Homogeneous Catalysis", Tatyana V. Khamatnurova and David E. Bergbreiter, Polymer Chemistry, 2013, accepted for publication.
  • "Polyethylene as a Nonvolatile Solid Cosolvent Phase for Catalyst Separation and Recovery", Yanfei Yang, Nilusha Priyadarshani, Tatyana Khamatnurova, Jakkrit Suriboot, and David E. Bergbreiter, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 111, 14714-14717.
  • "Protective Encapsulation of Acid-Sensitive Catalysts Using Polyethylene Ligands", Jakkrit Suriboot, Christopher E. Hobbs, Yun-Chin Yang, and David E. Bergbreiter, J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2012, 50, 4840-4846.
  • "Soluble Polymer-Supported Organocatalysts", Yun-Chin Yang and David E. Bergbreiter, Pure Appl. Chem. 2013, accepted for publication.
  • "A Phase Separable Second Generation Hoveyda-Grubbs Catalyst for Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization", Mohammed Al-Hashmi, C. Hongfa, George Beena, Hassan S. Bazzi, and David E. Bergbreiter, J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2012, 50, 3954-3959.
  • "Studies of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ag(I) Complexs", Haw-Lih Su, Lisa M. Pérez, Sheng-Jui Lee, Joseph H. Reibenspies, Hassan S. Bazzi, and David E. Bergbreiter, Organometallics, 2012, 31, 4063-4071.
  • Changing Solution pH Using Thermoresponsive Polymer Solubility," Yan-Fei Yang, Alexander J. Mijalis, Hui Fu, Cynthia Agosto, Kristine J. Tan, James Batteas, and David E. Bergbreiter, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 111, 7378-7383.
  • "Solute- and Temperature-Responsive "Smart" Grafts and Supported-Membranes Formed by Covalent Layer-by-Layer Assembly," Ainsley L. Allen, Kristine J. Tan, Hui Fu, James D. Batteas, and David E. Bergbreiter, Langmuir, 2012, 28, 5237-5242.
  • "Switchable Catalysts", David E. Bergbreiter, Appl. Homogeneous Catalysts, 2013, an invited review accepted for publication that will appear as a chapter in a new edition of this multivolume treatise edited by Cornils, Herrmann, and Beller.
  • "Polymer Inverse Temperature Dependent Solubility - a Visual Demonstration of the Importance of TS in the Gibbs' Equation," David E. Bergbreiter, Alexander Mijalis, and Hui Fu, J. Chem. Educ., 2012, 89, 675-677.
  • "Thermomorphic Polyethylene-Supported Olefin Metathesis Catalysts ," Christopher Hobbs, Yun-Chin Yang, Johnny Ling, Sally Nicola, Haw-Lih Su, Hassan S. Bazzi, and David E. Bergbreiter, Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 3904-3907.
  • "Polyisobutylene-Supported Phosphines as Recyclable and Regenerable Catalysts and Reagents,"David E. Bergbreiter, Yun-Chin Yang, and Christopher Hobbs, J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 6912-6917.
  • "Synthesis of Terminally Functionalized Polyisobutylene Derivatives Uisng Diazonium Salts," J. Polym. Sci.: Polym. Chem. 2011, 49, 1772-1783.
  • "Polyolefin Supported Recoverable/Reusable Cr(III)-Salen Catalysts,"David E. Bergbreiter, Christopher Hobbs, and Chayanant Hongfa, J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 523-533.
  • "Polyisobutylene-supported N-Heterocyclic Carbene Palladium Catalysts Phase-Anchored Ruthenium Complexes," David E. Bergbreiter, Haw-Lih Su, Hisao Koizumi, and Jianhua Tian, J. Organomet. Chem. 2011, 696, 1272-1279.
  • "Polyisobutylene Phase-Anchored Ruthenium Complexes," Haw-Lih Su, Chayanant Hongfa, Chayanant Hongfa, Hassan S. Bazzi, and David E. Bergbreiter, Macromol. Symp. 2011, 297, 25-32.
  • "Redox-Controlled 'smart' polyacrylamide solubility", Hui Fu, Danielle M. Policarpio, James D. Batteas and David E. Bergbreiter, Polymer Chemistry, 2010, 1, 631-633.
  • "Parallel Effects of Cations on PNIPAM Graft Wettability and PNIPAM Solubility", Hui Fu, Xiaoting Hong, Albert Wan, James D. Batteas, and David E. Bergbreiter, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2010, 2, 452-458.
  • "Variable-Temperature NMR Studies of Soluble Polymer-Supported Phosphine-Silver Complexes", David E. Bergbreiter and Yun-Chin Yang, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2010, 75, 873-878.