Faculty Profiles

Stephen L Craig
William T. Miller 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 (UK) 1992

B.S., Duke University 1991

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

Park, Jonghwa, et al. “A Hierarchical Nanoparticle-in-Micropore Architecture for Enhanced Mechanosensitivity and Stretchability in Mechanochromic Electronic Skins..” Advanced Materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), vol. 31, no. 25, June 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1002/adma.201808148. Full Text

Sha, Ye, et al. “Generalizing metallocene mechanochemistry to ruthenocene mechanophores..” Chemical Science, vol. 10, no. 19, May 2019, pp. 4959–65. Epmc, doi:10.1039/c9sc01347d. Full Text

Wang, S., et al. “Quantitative Adjustment to the Molecular Energy Parameter in the Lake-Thomas Theory of Polymer Fracture Energy.” Macromolecules, vol. 52, no. 7, Apr. 2019, pp. 2772–77. Scopus, doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02341. Full Text

Lin, Y., et al. “Mechanical generation of isocyanate by mechanically induced retro [2 + 2] cycloaddition of a 1,2-diazetidinone mechanophore.” Organic Chemistry Frontiers, vol. 6, no. 7, Apr. 2019, pp. 1052–57. Scopus, doi:10.1039/c9qo00262f. Full Text

Xia, Zhiyong, et al. “'Seeing' Strain in Soft Materials..” Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 24, no. 3, Feb. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.3390/molecules24030542. Full Text

Craig, Stephen. “Hydrogels muscle their way into new territory..” Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 363, no. 6426, Feb. 2019, pp. 451–52. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.aaw2242. Full Text

Sha, Y., et al. “Ring-Closing Metathesis and Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization toward Main-Chain Ferrocene-Containing Polymers.” Macromolecules, vol. 51, no. 22, Nov. 2018, pp. 9131–39. Scopus, doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02064. Full Text

Lin, Yangju, et al. “Regiochemical Effects on Mechanophore Activation in Bulk Materials..” Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 140, no. 46, Nov. 2018, pp. 15969–75. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.8b10376. Full Text

Barbee, Meredith H., et al. “Substituent Effects and Mechanism in a Mechanochemical Reaction..” Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 140, no. 40, Oct. 2018, pp. 12746–50. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jacs.8b09263. Full Text

Sha, Ye, et al. “Quantitative and Mechanistic Mechanochemistry in Ferrocene Dissociation..” Acs Macro Letters, vol. 7, no. 10, Oct. 2018, pp. 1174–79. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acsmacrolett.8b00625. 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

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