Donald J. Darensbourg

Distinguished Professor - Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 845-5417

Fax: (979) 845-0158


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  • 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
  • 1967                            NIH Fellowship recipient


  • Kinetics of the (salen)Cr(III)- and (salen)Co(III)-Catalyzed Copolymerization of Epoxides with CO2, and of the Accompanying Degradation Reactions. Darensbourg, D. J.; Yeung, A. Y. Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 1103 -1117.
  • Approach for Introducing a Single Metal Complex into a Polymer Chain. Metallo-Chain Transfer Agents in CO2 or COS/Epoxide Copolymerization Processes; Folsom, T.M.; Bhat, G.A.; Rashad, A.Z.; Darensbourg, D.J., Macromolecules, 2019, 52, 5217-5222.
  • Thermal Dehydrogenation of Dimethylamine Borane Catalyzed by a Bifunctional Rhenium Complex; Yempally, V.; Moncho, S.; Wang, Y.; Kyran, S.J.; Fan, W.Y.; Brothers, E.N.; Darensbourg, D.J.; Bengali, A.A., Organometallics, 201938, 2602-2609.Chain transfer agents utilized in epoxide and CO2 copolymerization processes; Darensbourg, D.J., Green Chemistry201921, 2214-2223.
  • Kinetic studies of thermal dissociation of carbon monoxide ligands from manganese tri- and tetra-carbonyl derivatives containing the bulky dipiperidylmethane ligand, CH2Pip2;. Folsom, T. M..; Darensbourg, D.J., Inorganica Chimica Acta2019484, 443-449.
  • One-Pot Synthesis of Ion-Containing CO2-Based Polycarbonates Using Protic Ionic Liquids as Chain Transfer Agents. Huang, Z.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, N.; Zhang, L.; Darensbourg, D.J., Macromolecules201851, 9122-9130.
  • Oxygen Atom Exchange in Rhenium Bipyridine and Phenanthroline Tetracarbonyl Cations with H218. Folsom, T. M..; Darensbourg, D.J., Polyhedron2018156, 58-63.
  • Design of Betaine Functional Catalyst for Efficient Copolymerization of Oxirane and CO2. Chen, K.; Shi, G.; Li, H.; Wang, C.; Darensbourg, D.J., Macromolecules201851, 6057-6062.
  • Cyanide Docking and Linkage Isomerism in Models for the Artificial [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Maturation Process. Sil, D.; Martinez, Z.; Ding, S.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Darensbourg, D.J.; Hall, M.B.; Darensbourg, M.Y.;J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018140 (31), 9904–9911.
  • Carbon dioxide-based functional polycarbonates: Metal catalyzed copolymerization of CO2and epoxides. Wang, Y.; Darensbourg, D.J., Coord. Chem. Rev., 2018372, 85-100.
  • Construction of Autonomic Self-Healing CO2-Based Polycarbonates via One-Pot Tandem Synthetic Strategy. Yang, G.-W.; Zhang, Y.-Y.; Wang, Y.; Wu, G.-P.; Xu, Z.-K.; Darensbourg, D.J., Macromolecules.201851, 1308-1313.
  • Synthesis of CO2-based Block Copolymers viaChain Transfer Polymerization Using Macro-initiators: Activity, Blocking Efficiency and Nano Structure. Zhang, Y.-Y.; Yang, G.-W.; Wang, Y.; Lu, X.-Y.; Wu, G.-P.; Zhang, Z.-S.; Wang, K.; Zhang, R.-Y.; Nealey, P. F.; Darensbourg, D.J.; Xu, Z.-K., Macromolecules201851, 791-800.
  • Comments on the depolymerization of polycarbonates derived from epoxides and carbon dioxide: A Mini Review. Darensbourg, D.J., Polymer Degradation and Stability.2018149, 45-51.
  • Mechanistic Study of Regio-Defects in the Copolymerization of Propylene Oxide/Carbonyl Sulfide Catalyzed by (Salen)CrX Complexes. Li, Y., Duan, H.-Y., Luo, M., Zhang, Y.-Y., Zhang, X.-H., Darensbourg, D.J., Macromolecules.201750, 8426-8437.
  • A quest for polycarbonates provided via sustainable epoxide/CO2copolymerization processes. Poland, S.J., Darensbourg, D.J., Green Chem.201719, 4990-5011.
  • Perfectly Alternating and Regioselective Copolymerization of Carbonyl Sulfide and Epoxides via Metal-free Lewis Pairs. Yang, J.-L.; Wu, H.-L.; Li, Y.; Zhang, X.-H.; Darensbourg, D.J., Angew. Chem., 201794, 1691-1695.
  • Copolymerization of Epoxides and CO2: Polymer Chemistry for Incorporation in Undergraduate Inorganic Chemistry. Darensbourg, D.J., J. Chem. Ed., 2017, ASAP. DOI:10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00505Switchable
  • Catalytic Processes Involving the Copolymerization of Epoxides and Carbon Dioxide for the Preparation of Block Polymers, Darensbourg, D.J., Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 412 - 419. DOI:10.1039/C7QI00013H
  • Directed Self-Assembly of Polystyrene-b-poly(propylene carbonate) on Chemical Patterns via Thermal Annealing for Next-Generation Lithography, Yang, G.-W.; Wu, G.-P.; Chen, X.; Xiong, S.; Arges, C. G.; Ji, S; Nealy, P. F.; Lu, X.-B.; Darensbourg, D.J.; Xu, Z.-K., Nano Lett. 2017, 17, 1233-1239. DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b05059
  • Poly(trimethylene monothiocarbonate) from the Alternating Copolymerization of COS and Oxetane: A Semicrystalline Copolymer, Wu, H.-L; Yang, J.-L.; Luo, M; Wang, R.-Y.; Xu, J.-T.; Du, B.-Y.; Zhang, X.-H.; Darensbourg, D.J., Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 8863-8868. DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02285
  • Poly(monothiocarbonate)s from the Alternating and Regioselective Copolymerization of Carbonyl Sulfide with Epoxides. Luo, M.; Zhang, X.-H.; Darensbourg, D.J., Acc. Chem. Res., 2016, 49, 2209-2219. DOI:10.1021/acs.accounts.6b00345
  • Environmentally Benign CO2-Based Copolymers: Degradable Polycarbonates Derived from Dihydroxybutyric Acid and Their Platinum-Polymer Conjugates. Tsai,F.; Wang, Y.; Darensbourg, D.J.,J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 4626-4633. DOI:10.1021/jacs.6b01327
  • Copolymerization of Carbon Dioxide and Cyclohexene Oxide Catalyzed by Chromium Complexes Bearing Semirigid [ONSO]-Type Ligands. Han, B.; Zhang, L.; Kyran, S.J.; Liu, B.; Duan, Z.; Darensbourg, D. J., J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem., 2016, 54, 1938-1944. DOI:10.1002/pola.28052
  • Mechanistic Insights into Water-Mediated Tandem Catalysis of Metal Coordination CO2/Epoxide Copolymerization and Organocatalytic Ring-Opening Polymerization: One-Pot, Two Steps, and Three Catalysis Cycles for Triblock Copolymers Synthesis. Wu, G.-P.; Darensbourg, D. J., Macromolecules, 2016, 49(3), 807-814. DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.5b02752
  • Synthesis of cyclic monothiocarbonates via the coupling reaction of carbonyl sulfide (COS) with epoxides. Luo, M.;  Zhang, X.-H.;  Darensbourg, D. J., Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00977D
  • An Examination of the Steric and Electronic Effects in the Copolymerization of Carbonyl Sulfide and Styrene Oxide. Luo, M.; Zhang, X.-H.; Darensbourg, D. J., Macromolecules, 2015, Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01427
  • Highly regioselective and alternating copolymerization of carbonyl sulfide with phenyl glycidyl ether. Luo, M.; Zhang, X.-H.;  Darensbourg, D. J., Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 6955 - 6958.

    DOI: 10.1039/C5PY01197C

  • An Investigation of the Pathways for Oxygen/Sulfur Scramblings during the Copolymerization of Carbon Disulfide and Oxetane. Luo, M.; Zhang, X.-H.; Darensbourg, D. J., Macromolecules, 2015, ASAP.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01251
  • Carbon Dioxide Copolymerization Study with a Sterically Encumbering Naphthalene-Derived Oxide. Darensbourg, D. J.; Kyran, S. J., ACS Catal., 2015, 5, 5421-5430.
    DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b01375Syntheses and Structures of [CH2(NCnH2n)2]Mo(CO)4 (n = 4,5)
  • Complexes with Bis(cycloamine) Ligands Easily Prepared from CH2Cl2. Kyran, S. J.; Sanchez, S. G.; Arp, C. J.; Darensbourg, D. J. Organometallics, 2015, 34, 3598-3602. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.5b00396
  • Construction of Versatile and Functional Nanostructures Derived from CO2-based Polycarbonates. Wnag, Y.; Fan, J.; Darensbourg, D. J. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 10206-10210.
    DOI: 10.1002/anie.201505076
  • Dramatic Behavioral Differences of the Copolymerization Reactions of 1,4-Cyclohexadiene and 1,3-Cyclohexadiene Oxides with Carbon Dioxide. Darensbourg, D. J.; Chung, W.-C.; Yeung, A. D.; Luna, M. Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 1679-1687.
  • Terpolymerization of Propylene Oxide and Vinyl Oxides with CO2: Copolymer Cross-linking and Surface Modification via Thiol-ene Click Chemistry. Darensbourg, D. J.; Wang, Y.  Polymer Chem., 2015, 1768 - 1776. DOI: 10.1039/C4PY01612B