Faculty Profiles

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



Ph.D., Stanford University 1997

M.Phil., University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) 1992

B.S., Duke University 1991

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

Zhang, Yudi, et al. “Molecular Damage Detection in an Elastomer Nanocomposite with a Coumarin Dimer Mechanophore.Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Aug. 2020, p. e2000359. Epmc, doi:10.1002/marc.202000359. Full Text

Oldenhuis, Nathan J., et al. “Photoswitchable Sol-Gel Transitions and Catalysis Mediated by Polymer Networks with Coumarin-Decorated Cu24 L24 Metal-Organic Cages as Junctions.Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English), vol. 59, no. 7, Feb. 2020, pp. 2784–92. Epmc, doi:10.1002/anie.201913297. Full Text

Lin, Yangju, et al. “Mechanically Gated Degradable Polymers.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 142, no. 5, Feb. 2020, pp. 2105–09. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.9b13359. Full Text

Lin, Yangju, et al. “A Latent Mechanoacid for Time-Stamped Mechanochromism and Chemical Signaling in Polymeric Materials.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 142, no. 1, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, Jan. 2020, pp. 99–103. Wos, doi:10.1021/mcs.9b12861. Full Text

Lin, Yangju, et al. “A Latent Mechanoacid for Time-Stamped Mechanochromism and Chemical Signaling in Polymeric Materials.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 142, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 99–103. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.9b12861. Full Text

Bowser, B. H., and S. L. Craig. “Correction: Empowering mechanochemistry with multi-mechanophore polymer architectures (Polymer Chemistry (2018) 9 (3583-3593) DOI: 10.1039/C8PY00720A).” Polymer Chemistry, vol. 10, no. 47, Dec. 2019, p. 6523. Scopus, doi:10.1039/c9py90180a. Full Text

Rohde, R. C., et al. “Mechanochromic composite elastomers for additive manufacturing and low strain mechanophore activation.” Polymer Chemistry, vol. 10, no. 44, Nov. 2019, pp. 5985–91. Scopus, doi:10.1039/c9py01053j. Full Text

Bowser, B. H., et al. “High Mechanophore Content, Stress-Relieving Copolymers Synthesized via RAFT Polymerization.” Macromolecules, vol. 52, no. 22, Nov. 2019, pp. 9032–38. Scopus, doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01792. Full Text

Wang, Zi, and Stephen L. Craig. “Stereochemical effects on the mechanochemical scission of furan-maleimide Diels-Alder adducts.Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England), vol. 55, no. 81, Oct. 2019, pp. 12263–66. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c9cc06361g. Full Text

Lin, Yangju, et al. “Strain-Dependent Kinetics in the Cis-to-Trans Isomerization of Azobenzene in Bulk Elastomers.The Journal of Physical Chemistry. B, vol. 123, no. 40, Oct. 2019, pp. 8492–98. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b07088. Full Text


Hawk, J. L., and S. L. Craig. Physical and materials applications of pincer complexes. Vol. 40, 2013, pp. 319–52. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-642-31081-2-11. Full Text

Hawk, Jennifer L., and Stephen L. Craig. “Physical and Materials Applications of Pincer Complexes.” Topics in Organometallic Chemistry, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013, pp. 319–52. Crossref, doi:10.1007/978-3-642-31081-2_11. Full Text

Craig, S. L., and D. Xu. “Physical Organic Chemistry of Supramolecular Polymers.” Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry, 2012, pp. 269–91. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9783527639786.ch12. Full Text

Loveless, D. M., et al. “Supramolecular Control of Mechanical Properties in Single Molecules, Interfaces, and Macroscopic Materials.” Molecular Recognition and Polymers: Control of Polymer Structure and Self-Assembly, 2008, pp. 37–62. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9780470384053.ch3. Full Text