Marcus Weck

Professor of Chemistry
M.Sc., University of Mainz; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Phone: 212-992-7968
Fax: 212-995-4895
Office: Brown Building, 29 Washington Place, Room 554
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Areas of Research/Interest
Organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and materials science

Research Description
The main focus of the research carried out in my group is the development of complex polymeric materials. Our synthetic approaches are motivated by Nature's design principles that rely on weak and reversible interactions between building blocks to introduce function and diversity. In particular, we are interested in the synthesis of multifunctional polymers either via side- or end-group functionalization and the use of oligopeptides for molecular tectonics.


"Supramolecular Semiconductor Block Copolymers via ROMP" Elizabeth Elacqua and Marcus Weck* Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 7151-7158.

"Co-Salen Complexes as Catalysts for the Asymmetric Henry Reaction - Reversed Enantioselectivity through Simple Ligand Modification" Jonas Dimroth and Marcus Weck* RSC Advanced 2015, 5, 29108-29113.

"Patchy Particle Packing under Electric Fields" Pengcheng Song, Yufeng Wang, Yu Wang, Andrew D. Hollingsworth, Marcus Weck,* David J. Pine,* and Michael D. Ward* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 3069-3075.

 "Membranotropic Peptide-Functionalized Poly(lactide)-graft-Poly(ethylene glycol) Brush Copolymers for Intracellular Delivery" Dorothee E. Borchmann, Rossella Tarallo, Sarha Avendano, Annarita Falanga, Tom P. Carberry, Stefania Galdiero,* and Marcus Weck* Macromolecules 2015, 48, 942-949.

"Elucidation of the interaction mechanism with liposomes of gH625-peptide functionalized dendrimers" Annarita Falanga, Rossella Tarallo, Tom P. Carberry, Massimiliano Galdiero, Marcus Weck, and Stefania Galdiero* PLoS ONE 2014, 9, e112128.

"Post – Polymerization Modification of Block Copolymers" Joy Romulus, John T. Henssler, and Marcus Weck* Macromolecules 2014, 47, 5437-5449.

"Engineering Orthogonality in Supramolecular Polymers: From Simple Scaffolds to Complex Materials" Elizabeth Elacqua, Diane S. Lye, and Marcus Weck* Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 2405-2416.

"Three-Dimensional Lock and Key Colloids" Yu Wang, Yufeng Wang, Xiaolong Zheng, Gi-Ra Yi, Stefano Sacanna,* David J. Pine,* and Marcus Weck* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 6866-6869.

"Intramolecular Folding of Triblock Copolymers via Quadrupole Interactions Between Poly(styrene) and Poly(pentafluorostyrene) Blocks" Jie Lu, Niels ten Brummelhuis, and Marcus Weck* Chem Commun. 2014, 50, 6225-6227.

"RAFT Polymerization of Alternating Styrene-Pentafluorostyrene Copolymers" Niels ten Brummelhuis and Marcus Weck* J. Polym. Sci. A: Polym. Chem. 2014, 52, 1555-1559.

"13C NMR Spectroscopy for the Quantitative Determination of Compound Ratios and Polymer End-Groups" Doug Otte, Dorothee E. Borchmann, Chin Lin, Marcus Weck,* and Keith Woerpel* Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 1566-1569.

"'Bio'-macromolecules: Polymer-Protein Conjugates as Emerging Scaffolds for Therapeutics" Dorothee E. Borchmann, Tom P. Carberry, and Marcus Weck* Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2014 35, 27-43.

"Patchy Particle Self-Assembly via Metal Coordination" Yufeng Wang, Andrew D. Hollingsworth, SiKyung Yang, Sonal Patel, David J. Pine,* and Marcus Weck* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 14064-14067.

"Single-Chain Polymer Self-Assembly Using Complementary Hydrogen Bonding Units" Joy Romulus and Marcus Weck* Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2013, 34, 1518-1523.

"Alternating ROMP Copolymers Containing Charge-transfer Units" Joy Romulus, Li Tan, Marcus Weck,* and Nicole S. Sampson* ACS Macro Lett. 2013, 2, 749-752.

"Cinnamate-Based DNA Photolithography" Lang Feng*, Minfeng Li, Joy Romulus, Ruojie Sha, John Royer, Kun-Ta Wu, Qin Xu, Nadrian C. Seeman, Marcus Weck*, and Paul Chaikin* Nature Mater. 2013 12, 747-753.

"GRGDS-Functionalized Poly(lactide)-graft-poly(ethylene glycol) Copolymers: Combining Thiol-Ene Chemistry with Staudinger Ligation" Dorothee E. Borchmann, Niels ten Brummelhuis, and Marcus Weck* Macromolecules 2013, 46, 4426-4431.

"One-pot Synthesis of Poly(norbornene)-block-Poly(lactic acid) Copolymers Using a Bifunctional Initiator" Hwayoon Jung, Niels ten Brummelhuis, Si Kyung Yang and Marcus Weck* Polym. Chem. 2013, 4, 2837-2840.

"Dendrimers Functionalized with Membrane-Interacting Peptides for Viral Inhibition" Rossella Tarallo, Tom P. Carberry, Annarita Falanga, Mariateresa Vitiello, Stefania Galdiero, Massimiliano Galdiero*, and Marcus Weck* Int. J. Nanomed. 2013, 8, 521-534.

"Poly(styrene) Resin-Supported Co (III) Salen Cyclic Oligomers: Highly Active and Easily Recycled HKR Catalysts" Michael G.C. Kahn, Joakim H. Stenlid, and Marcus Weck* Adv. Synth. Catal. 2012, 354, 3016-3024.

"Colloids with Valence and Directional Specific Bonding" Yufeng Wang, Yu Wang, Dana R. Breed, Vinothan N. Manoharan, Lang Feng, Andrew D. Hollingsworth, Marcus Weck*, and David J. Pine* Nature 2012, 491, 51-55.

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel-Award of the Humboldt Foundation - 2014, Fellow of the Polymer Division of the American Chemical Society - 2013, Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award - 2006, CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award - 2006, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship - 2005; Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award - 2005; Blanchard Fellow - 2004; DuPont Young Faculty Award - 2004; NSF CAREER award - 2003; 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award 2002 and 2003; Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award 2002

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