Peter J. Stang

Distinguished Professor (b. 1941)
B.S., 1963, DePaul University
Ph.D., 1966, University of California, Berkeley
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1967-68, Princeton University. Phone: (801) 581-8329

U of U Chemistry Faculty

Activities and Awards
Editor, JACS, 2002-present.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Member, National Academy of Sciences.
Member, Board of Directors, AAAS, 2003-present.
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Organic Chemistry, (2000-2001)
George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry, ACS, 2003.
Member, Board of Directors, AAAS, 2003-present.

Robert W. Parry Teaching Award, 2000.
James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry, ACS 1998.
University of Utah Rosemblatt Prize for Excellence, 1995
Utah Award in Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1994
The Governor's Medal for Science and Technology, 1993
Honorary Doctorate of Science (D. Sc. honoris causa) Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia 1992
Fulbright Senior Scholar (1987-88)
Univ. of Utah Distinguished Research Award, 1987.
Fellow AAAS, JSPS Fellow 1985, 1998.
Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Technion, Israel, 1986, 1997
Humboldt "Senior U.S. Scientist" Award, 1977, 1996
Associate Editor, Journal of the American Chemical Society 1982-1999
1985 National Organic Symposium Executive Officer

Research Interests 

The primary focus of our current research is molecular architecture and supramolecular chemistry via self-assembly. The motif used to construct supramolecular species is coordination and chelation to form discrete molecular entitites with well defined geometries and shapes. We are particularly interested in the assembly of various polygons and polyhedra. To build these supramolecular species one needs only units that provide the proper angles at the corners and hence shape and appropriate di and tritopic connectors.

Illustrative examples are:


The ultimate goal of this research is the rapid assembly of nanoscale molecular devices for practical applications such as information storage, artificial photosynthetic devices, etc. Short term interest includes uses in molecular recognition, chiral recognition, host-guest interactions, catalysis, enantoselective catalysis, etc.

We also retain an interest and some research activity in unsaturated reactive intermediates such as vinyl cations, 9, unsaturated carbenes, 10, 11, polyvalent organoiodine chemistry, 12, and alkynyl ester chemistry, 13-15. Finally, through PQQ-sequestering via iodonium salts, as well as protease and phosphotriesterase inhibition via alkynyl esters we have some interest in biochemistry.

Selected Publications (365 total publications including 6 monographs and 3 dozen reviews)

  • Self-Assembly of Nanoscopic Coordination Cages Using a Flexible Tripodal Amide Containing Linker, P.S. Mukherjee, N. Das, P.J. Stang, J. Org. Chem., 2004, 69,3526-3529.
  • Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly of Predesigned Supramolecular Triangles, Y.K. Kryschenko, S.R. Seidel, A.M. Arif, P.J. Stang, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 5193-5198.
  • ACS George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry, 2003
  • High Symmetry Coordination Cages via Self-Assembly, S.R. Seidel, P.J. Stang, Accounts Chem. Res. 2002, 35, 972-983.
  • Self-Assembly of Nanoscopic Coordination Cages of D3H Symmetry, C.J. Kuehl, Y.K. Kryschenko, U. Radhakrishnan, S.R. Seidel, S.D. Huang, P.J. Stang. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 2002, 4932-4936.
  • Self-Assembly with Post-Modification: Kinetically Stabilized Metalla-Supramolecular Rectangles, C. J. Kuehl, S. D. Huang, P.J. Stang. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123, 9634-9641.
  • Archimedean Solids: Transition Metal Mediated Rational Self-assembly of Truncated Supramolecular Tetrahedra, S. Leininger, J. Fan, M. Schmitz, P.J. Stang, Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci.2000,97,1380-1384.
  • Self-assembly of Discrete Cyclic Nanostructures Mediated by Transition Metals, B. Olenyuk, S. Leininger, P.J. Stang, Chem. Rev. 2000, 100, 853-907.
  • Templated Organic Synthesis, F. Diederich, P.J. Stang, Eds., Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2000.
  • Self-Assembly of Nanoscopic Dodecahedra from 50 Predesigned Components, B. Olenyuk, M.D. Levin, J.A. Whiteford, J.E. Shield, P.J. Stang, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1999, 121, 10434-10435.
  • Self-Assembly of Nanoscale Cuboctahedra by Coordination Chemistry, B. Olenyuk, J.A. Whiteford, A. Fechtenkötter, P.J. Stang, Nature 1999, 398, 796-799.

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