Donald J. Darensbourg

Distinguished Professor - Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 845-5417

Fax: (979) 845-0158


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  • 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


  • 1968 Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Illinois
  • 1964 B.S., 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.


Publications (10 important publications selected from >425; h-index 71)

  • 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., 2018, 51, 1308-1313.
  • 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.
  • 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. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 5774-5779.
  • A quest for polycarbonates provided via sustainable epoxide/CO2 copolymerization processes. Poland, S.J., Darensbourg, D.J., Green Chem., 2017, 19, 4990-5011.
  • Construction of Versatile and Functional Nanostructures Derived from CO2-based Polycarbonates. Wang, Y.; Fan, J.; Darensbourg, D. J., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 10206-10210.
  • Syntheses 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.
  • Post-Polymerization Functionalization of Copolymers Produced from Carbon Dioxide and 2-Vinyloxirane: Amphiphilic/Water-Soluble CO2-Based Polycarbonates. Darensbourg, D. J.; Tsai, F.-T., Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 3806-3813.
  • A One-Pot Synthesis of a Triblock Copolymer from Propylene Oxide/Carbon Dioxide and Lactide: Intermediacy of Polyol Initiators. Darensbourg, D. J.; Wu, G.-P., Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 10602–10606.
  • Making Plastics from Carbon Dioxide. Salen Metal Complexes as Catalysts for the Production of Polycarbonates from Epoxides and CO2, Darensbourg, D. J., Chemical Reviews, 2007, 107, 2388-2410.
  • Mechanistic Aspects of the Copolymerization Reaction of Carbon Dioxide and Epoxides using a Chiral Salen Chromium Chloride Catalyst, Darensbourg, D. J.; Yarbrough, J. C., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 6335-6342.