Faculty Profiles

Stephen Lawrence Craig
William T. Miller Professor of Chemistry
3221 French Family Science Center, 124 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-1538
(919) 660-1605



Ph.D., Stanford University 1997

M.Phil., University of Cambridge (UK) 1992

B.S., Duke University 1991

Research Areas:
Synthesis, Physical, Organic, Nanoscience and Materials

Kouznetsova, TB, Wang, J, and Craig, SL. "Combined Constant-Force and Constant-Velocity Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy of the Conrotatory Ring Opening Reaction of Benzocyclobutene." Chemphyschem : a European journal of chemical physics and physical chemistry 18.11 (June 2017): 1486-1489. Full Text

Cho, S, Kang, S, Pandya, A, Shanker, R, Khan, Z, Lee, Y, Park, J, Craig, SL, and Ko, H. "Large-Area Cross-Aligned Silver Nanowire Electrodes for Flexible, Transparent, and Force-Sensitive Mechanochromic Touch Screens." ACS nano 11.4 (April 11, 2017): 4346-4357. Full Text

Clough, JM, Creton, C, Craig, SL, and Sijbesma, RP. "Covalent Bond Scission in the Mullins Effect of a Filled Elastomer: Real-Time Visualization with Mechanoluminescence." Advanced Functional Materials 26.48 (December 2016): 9063-9074. Full Text

Wang, J, Kouznetsova, TB, Boulatov, R, and Craig, SL. "Mechanical gating of a mechanochemical reaction cascade." Nature communications 7 (November 16, 2016): 13433-. Full Text

Lee, B, Niu, Z, and Craig, SL. "The Mechanical Strength of a Mechanical Bond: Sonochemical Polymer Mechanochemistry of Poly(catenane) Copolymers." Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) 55.42 (October 2016): 13086-13089. Full Text

Wang, J, Kouznetsova, TB, and Craig, SL. "Single-Molecule Observation of a Mechanically Activated Cis-to-Trans Cyclopropane Isomerization." Journal of the American Chemical Society 138.33 (August 8, 2016): 10410-10412. Full Text

Li, Y, Niu, Z, Burdyńska, J, Nese, A, Zhou, Y, Kean, ZS, Dobrynin, AV, Matyjaszewski, K, Craig, SL, and Sheiko, SS. "Sonication-induced scission of molecular bottlebrushes: Implications of the “hairy” architecture." Polymer 84 (February 2016): 178-184. Full Text

Wang, J, Kouznetsova, TB, Niu, Z, Rheingold, AL, and Craig, SL. "Accelerating a Mechanically Driven anti-Woodward-Hoffmann Ring Opening with a Polymer Lever Arm Effect." The Journal of organic chemistry 80.23 (December 2015): 11895-11898. Full Text

Wang, J, Ong, MT, Kouznetsova, TB, Lenhardt, JM, Martínez, TJ, and Craig, SL. "Catch and Release: Orbital Symmetry Guided Reaction Dynamics from a Freed "Tension Trapped Transition State"." The Journal of organic chemistry 80.23 (December 2015): 11773-11778. Full Text

Gossweiler, GR, Brown, CL, Hewage, GB, Sapiro-Gheiler, E, Trautman, WJ, Welshofer, GW, and Craig, SL. "Mechanochemically Active Soft Robots." ACS applied materials & interfaces 7.40 (October 2015): 22431-22435. Full Text


Craig, SL, and Xu, D. "Physical Organic Chemistry of Supramolecular Polymers." Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry. January 2, 2012. 269-291. Full Text

Loveless, DM, Kersey, FR, and Craig, SL. "Supramolecular Control of Mechanical Properties in Single Molecules, Interfaces, and Macroscopic Materials." Molecular Recognition and Polymers: Control of Polymer Structure and Self-Assembly. February 25, 2008. 37-62. Full Text