Kyle Plunkett | Chemistry and Biochemistry | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

Kyle Plunkett

Professor and Vice Chair


Office: 618-453-2758
Lab:  618-453-6486
Fax: 618-453-6408



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Research in the Plunkett group utilizes self-assembly motifs and the tools of synthetic and physical chemistry to address problems at the interface of chemistry and materials science. Our target molecules are 1) functionalizable cyclopenta-fused polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (CP-PAHs) that can be utilized as acceptor materials, 2) conjugated polymers that adopt well-defined nanostructures, and 3) smart surfaces for biomacromolecule immobilization.


B.S. Texas A&M University, College Station
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Science
Postdoctoral Associate, Columbia University


J. Mater. Chem. Emerging Investigator themed issue (2016)
NSF CAREER Award (2014-2019)
University-Level Early Career Faculty Excellence Award (2014)
Thieme Chemistry Journal Award (2014)
Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006)

Selected Publications

Uddin, A., Pandey, K., Plunkett, K.N., “"Indacenodipyrene Containing Small Molecules and Ladder Polymers", Tetrahedron Chem., 2022, 2, 100019. 

Hussain, W.A., Plunkett, K.N., “Synthesis of Anthradithiophene Containing Conjugated Polymers via a Cross-coupling Strategy”, RSC Adv., 2021, 11, 996-1000. 

Du, Y., Lovell, H. B., Lirette, F., Morin, J.-F., Plunkett, K.N., “Electron Acceptors Based on Cyclopentannulated Anthanthrenes”, J. Org. Chem., 2021, 86, 1456-1464.

Sekulovski, N., MacLean II, J.A., Bheemireddy, S.R., Yu, Z., Okuda, H., Plunkett, K.N., Matzuk, M., and Hayashi, K.  “Niclosamide's Potential Direct Targets in Ovarian Cancer”, Biol. Reprod. 2021, 86, 12569-12576.

Uddin, A., Plunkett, K.N., “Donor Acceptor Copolymers from Cyclopentannulation Polymerizations with Dicyclopenta[cd,jk]pyrene and Dicyclopenta[cd,lm]perylene Acceptors”, J. Polym. Sci., 2020, 58, 3165-3169.

Plunkett, K.N., "A Simple and Practical Method for Incorporating Augmented Reality into the Classroom and Laboratory", J. Chem. Educ., 2019, 96, 2628-2631.

Claywell, J. E., Matschke, L.M., Plunkett, K.N., Fisher, D.J., “Inhibition of the Protein Phosphatase CppA Alters Development of Chlamydia trachomatis”, J. Bacteriol., 2018, 200, e00419-18.

Bheemireddy, S.R., Hussain, W.A., Uddin, A., Du, Y., Hautzinger, M.P., Kevorkian, P.V., Petrie, F.A., Plunkett, K.N., "Cyclopentannulation and Cyclodehydrogenation of Isomerically Pure 5,11-Dibromo-Anthradithiophenes Leading to Contorted Aromatics", Chem. Comm., 2018, 54, 14140-14143.

Bheemireddy, S., Hautzinger, M.P., Li, T., Lee, B., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Conjugated Ladder Polymers by a Cyclopentannulation Polymerization", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 5801-5807.

Bheemireddy, S.R., Ubaldo, P.C., Rose, P.W., Finke, A.D., Zhuang, J., Wang, L., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Stabilizing Pentacene via Cyclopentannulation", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 15762-15766.

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