David E. Bergbreiter

Professor - Chemistry and Materials Science

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 845-3437

E-mail: bergbreiter@chem.tamu.edu

Departmental Page



  • 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


  • “100th Anniversary: Reversible Solubilization of Polar Polymers and Polymeric Catalysts in Nonpolar Solvents”, Ying-Hua Fu, Camila Perales, Todd Eliason, and David E. Bergbreiter, Industrial & Eng. Chem. Res., 2019, 58, 14579-14587. DOI:10.1021/acs.iecr.9b02373
  • “Enthalpically Driven Polyisobutylene Depolymerization.” Christopher B. Watson, Dustin Tan, and David E. Bergbreiter, Macromolecules, 2019, 52, 3042-3048. DOI 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00313.
  • “Solute and Temperature Responsive Smart Membranes Formed by Covalent Layer-by-Layer Assembly,” Stephanie Skiles, Albert Wan, H. Fu, Ainsley L. Allen, M.B. Elinski, James D. Batteas and David E. Bergbreiter, Smart Membranes, Royal Society of Chemistry 2019, Chu, L.-Y., Ed. An accepted book chapter in a book planned for release May 3, 2019.
  • “Functionalized Polyisobutylene and Liquid/Liquid Separations as a Method for Scavenging Transition Metals from Homogeneously Catalyzed Reactions”, Dalila Chouikhi, Ihor Kulai, David E. Bergbreiter, Mohammed Al-Hashimi, and Hassan S. Bazzi, Appl. Sci., 2019, 120https://doi.org/10.3390/app9010120
  • “Sustainable Solvent Systems for Sequestration of Trace Organics from Water”, Thomas J. Malinski and David E. Bergbreiter, ChemSusChem 2019, 12, 416-419.  DOI:10.1002/cssc.201802851
  •  “New Ligands”, David E. Bergbreiter, Applied Homogeneous Catalysts, Volume 3, 2018, Boy Cornils, Ed., Wiley-VCH, 3rd Ed., Vol 3, Chapter 11, pp 809-950. DOI:10.1002/9783527651733.ch11
  • “Safer Solvents for Reactive Organometallic Reagents”, Thomas J. Malinski and David E. Bergbreiter, Tetrahedron Lett. 2018, 59, 3926-3929.  DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2018.09.041
  • “SN2 Reactions in Hydrocarbon Solvents Using Ammonium-Terminated Polyisobutylene Oligomers as Phase-Solublizing Agents and Catalysts”, Peerada Samunual and David E. Bergbreiter, J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 11101-11107.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.8b01718
  • “Block Copolymers Derived from Polyisobutylene Oligomers”, Ying-Hua Fu, Sherzod T. Madrahimov, and David E. Bergbreiter, J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2018, 56, 1860-1867.  DOI: 10.1002/pola.29069
  • “Highly Active, Separable, and Recyclable Bipyridine Iridium Catalysts for C-H Borylation Reactions,” Hind Mamlouk, Jakkrit Suriboot, Praveen Kumar Manyam, Ahmed AlYazidi, David E. Bergbreiter and Sherzod T. Madrahimov, Catal. Sci. & Tech., 2018, 8, 124-127. DOI: 10.1039/CYCY01641G.
  • “Using 1H NMR Sprectra of Polymers and Polymer Products to Illustrate Concepts in Organic Chemistry,” Mary L. Harrell and David E. Bergbreiter, J. Chem. Educ. 2017, 94,  1668-1673.  DOI:10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00801.
  • “Polyisobutylene Oligomers as Tools for Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Solubilization,” Chih-Gang Chao, Manyam Praveen Kumar, Nadia Riaz, Raquel T. Khanoyan, Sherzod T. Madrahimov, and David E. Bergbreiter, Macromolecules 2017, 50. 1494-1502.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02407.
  • “Visible light mediated photoredox reactions catalyzed by recyclable PIB-bound ruthenium photoredox catlaysts,” Yannan Liang and David E. Bergbreiter, Catal. Sci. & Technol. 2016, 6, 215-221.  DOI:10.1039/C5CY01287B
  • “Alternatives for Conventional Alkane Solvents,” Mary L. Harrell, Thomas Malinski, Coralys Torres-Lopez, Kimberly Gonzalez, Jakkrit Suriboot, and David E. Bergbreiter, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 14650-14657.  DOI:10.1021/jacs.6b07967.
  • “Soluble Polymer Supports for Homogeneous Catalysis in Flow Reactors,” Yannan Liang, Christopher Watson, Thomas Malinski, Justin Tepera, and David E. Bergbreiter, Pure Appl. Chem. 2016, 88, 953-960.  DOI:10.1515/pac-2016-0801.
  • “Supported Catalysts Useful in Ring-Closing Metathesis, Cross Metathesis, and Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization,” Jakkrit Suriboot, Hassan S. Bazzi, and David E. Bergbreiter, Polymers 2016, 8, 1-23.  DOI:10.3390/polym8040140.
  • “Controlled Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization with PIB-Bound Pyridine Ligated Ru(II) Catalysts,”  Jakkrit Suriboot, Yue Hu, Thomas J. Malinski, Hassan S. Bazzi, and David E. Bergbreiter, ACS Omega, 2016, 1, 714-721.  DOI:10.1021/acsomega.6b00218.
  • “Recyclable soluble polyisobutylene-bound oxidizing agents,” Peerada Samunual and David E. Bergbreiter, Tet. Lett. 2016, 57, 3272-3276.  DOI:10.1016/j.tetlet.2016.06.032
  • “Recyclable Polyisobutylene (PIB)-bound Organic Photoredox Catalyst Catalyzed Polymerization Reactions,” Yannan Liang and David E. Bergbreiter, Polymer Chem. 2016, 7, 2161-2165.  DOI:10.1039/C6PY00114A
  • “Hydrocarbon Soluble Recyclable Silylation Reagents and Purification Auxiliaries,” Chih-Gang Chao, Ashley M. Leibham, and David E. Bergbreiter, Org. Lett, 2016, 18, 1214-1216.  DOI:10.1021/acs.orglett.6b00263
  • “Highly organic phase soluble polyisobutylene-bound cobalt phthalocyanines as recyclable catalysts for nitroarene reduction,” Chih-Gang Chao and David E. Bergbreiter, Catal. Comm. 2016, 77, 89-93.  DOI:10.1016/j.catcom.2016.01.022
  • Polyisobutylene oligomer-​bound polyoxometalates as efficient and recyclable catalysts for biphasic oxidations with “hydrogen peroxide,” Rana Yahya, Michael Craven, Elena F.  Kozhevnikova, Alexander Steiner, Peerada Samunual, Ivan Kozhevnikov, and David E. Bergbreiter, Catalysis Science & Technology, 20155, 818-821.  DOI: 10.1039/c4cy01394h
  • Soluble polymer-​supported hindered phosphine ligands for palladium-​catalyzed aryl amination,” Tatnana Khamatnurova, Dongmei Zhang, Jakkrit Suriboot, Hassan Bazzi, and David E. E. Bergbreiter, Catalysis Science & Technology, 20155, 2378-2383.  DOI: 10.1039/C4C7Y01498G.
  • “Polyethylene as a Cosolvent and Catalyst Support in Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization,” Jakritt Suriboot, Christopher E. Hobbs, William Guzman, Hassan S. Bazzi, and David E. Bergbreiter, Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 5511-5516.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01141
  • "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.