Kyle Plunkett | Chemistry and Biochemistry | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

Kyle Plunkett

Professor, Vice Chair and Director of Graduate Study


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

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.

Shao, B., Zhu, X., Plunkett, K.N.*, Vanden Bout, D.A.*, “Controlling the Folding of Conjugated Polymers at the Single Molecule Level via Hydrogen Bonding”, Polym. Chem. 2017, 8, 1188-1195.

Yuan, B., Zhuang, J., Kirmess, K.M., Bridgmohan, C.N., Whalley, A.C., Wang, L., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Pentaleno[1,2-a:4,5']diacenaphthylenes: Uniquely Stabilized Pentalene Derivatives", J. Org. Chem., 2016, 81, 8312-8318.

Zhu, X., Shao, B., Vanden Bout, D.A., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Directing the Conformation of Oligo(Phenylene Vinylene) Polychromophores with Rigid, Non-Conjugatable Morphons", Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 3838-3844.

Bheemireddy, S. R., Ubaldo, P.C., Finke, A.D., Wang, L., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Contorted Aromatics via a   Palladium-Catalyzed Cyclopentannulation Strategy", J. Mater. Chem. C., 2016, 4, 3963-3969. 2016 Emerging Investigators Themed Issue: Novel design strategies for new functional materials.

Bheemireddy, S.R., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Dicyclopenta[cd,jk]pyrene Based Acceptors in Conjugated Polymers", Polym. Chem. 2016, 7, 292-296.

Zhu, X., Bheemireddy, S.R., Sambasivarao, S.V., Rose, P.W., Guzman, R.T., Waltner, A.G., DuBay, K.H., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Construction of Donor-Acceptor Polymers via Cyclopentannulation of Poly(arylene ethynylene)s", Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 127-133.

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.

Zhu, X., Yuan, B., Plunkett, K.N., "Tunable Electron Acceptors Based on Cyclopenta[hi]aceanthrylenes", Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56, 7105-7107

Zhu, X., Plunkett, K.N.*, “Controlled Regioregularity in Oligo(2-methoxy-5-(2’-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylenes”, J. Org. Chem, 2014, 79, 7093-7102.

Truong, M.L., Shi F., He, P., Yuan, B., Plunkett, K.N., Coffey, A.M., Shchepin, R.V., Barskiy, D.A.,  Kovtunov, K.V.,  Koptyug, I.V.,  Waddell, K.W.,  Goodson, B.M., Chekmenev, E.Y., “Irreversible Catalyst Activation Enables Hyperpolarization and Water Solubility for NMR Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange”, J. Phys. Chem. B., 2014, 118, 13882-13889.

Howe, S.E., Lickteig, D.J., Plunkett, K.N., Ryerse, J.S., Konjufca, V.H., "The uptake of soluble and particulate antigens by epithelial cells in the mouse small intestine", PLOS ONE, 2014, 9, e86656.

Plunkett, K.N.* "What About the Five-Membered Ring?  Cyclopenta-fused Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons as a Building Block for Functional Materials", Syn. Lett. (Invited SYNPACTS article), 2013, 24, 898-902.

Traub, M.C., DuBay, K.H., Ingle, S.E., Zhu, X., Plunkett, K.N., Reichman, D.R., Vanden Bout, D.A., "Chromophore Controlled Self-Assembly of Highly-Ordered Polymer Nanostructures", J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2013, 4, 2520-2524.

Lee, C.-H., Plunkett, K.N.*, “Orthogonal Functionalization of Cyclopenta[hi]aceanthrylenes”, Org. Lett., 2013, 15, 1202-1205.

Jellison, J.L., Lee, C.-H., Zhu, X., Wood, J.D., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Electron Acceptors Based on an All-Carbon Donor-Acceptor Copolymer", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 12321-12324.

Wood, J.D., Jellison, J.L., Finke, A.D., Wang, L., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Electron Acceptors Based on Functionalizable Cyclopenta[hi]aceanthrylenes and Dicyclopenta[de,mn]tetracenes, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 15783-15789.

Zhu, X., Traub, M.C., Vanden Bout, D.A., Plunkett, K.N.*, "Well-Defined Alternating Copolymers of Oligo(phenylenevinylene)s and Flexible Chains", Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 5051-5057.

Complete List of Publications