PolyMao Research Group



42. S. Han, Y. Gu, M. Ma, M. Chen*

"Light-Intensity Switch Enabled Nonsynchronous Growth of Fluorinated Raspberry-Like Nanoparticles"

Chem. Sci., accepted.


41. Y. Zhao, M. Ma, X. Lin, M. Chen*

“Photoorganocatalyzed Divergent Reversible Deactivation Radical Polymerization toward Linear and Branched Fluoropolymers"

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., accepted.

Highlighted by WileyChem!

Selected as Hot Paper by Angewandte Chemie!


40. E. Wang, K. Chen, Y. Chen, J. Zhang, X. Lin,* M. Chen*

“Porous Polymeric Ligand Promoted Copper-Catalyzed C-N Coupling of (Hetero)Aryl Chlorides under Visible-Light Irradiation"

Sci. China Chem., accepted.

39. K. Jiang, S. Han, M. Ma, L. Zhang, Y. Zhao, M. Chen*

"Photoorganocatalyzed Reversible-Deactivation Alternating Copolymerization of Chlorotrifluoroethylene and Vinyl Ethers under Ambient Conditions: Facile Access to Main-Chain Fluorinated Copolymers"

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2020, 142, 7108-7115.

Highlighted by X-Mol and 高分子科技!

38. Q. Quan, H. Wen, S. Han, Z. Wang, Z. Shao, M. Chen*

"Fluorous-Core Nanoparticle-Embedded Hydrogel Synthesized via Tandem Photo-Controlled Radical Polymerization: Facilitating the Separation of Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances from Water"

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2020, 12, 24319-24327.

Highlighted by 高分子科技; 功能高分子学报

37. J. Zhang, E. Wang, Y. Zhou, L. Zhang, M. Chen,* X. Lin*

"A Metal-Free Synthesis of 1,1-Diphenylvinylsulfides with Thiols via Thioetherification under Continuous-Flow Conditions"

Org. Chem. Front., 2020, 7, 1490-1494.

36. L. Zhang, K. Jiang, X. Shen, Y. Gu, X. Lin,* M. Chen*

"Thienyl Chloride Initiated Living Cationic Polymerization: A General and Efficient Access toward Terminally Functionalized Poly(vinyl ether)s"

Macromolecules, 2020, 53, 1536-1542.

35. Z. Wang, Y. Gu, M. Ma, M. Chen*

"Strong, Reconfigurable and Recyclable Thermosets Cross-Linked by Polymer-Polymer Dynamic Interaction based on Commodity Thermoplastics"

Macromolecules, 2020, 53, 956-964.

34. E. Wang, J. Zhang, Z. Zhong, K. Chen, M. Chen*

"Shuttling Catalyst: Facilitating C-C bond formation via cross-couplings with a thermoresponsive polymeric ligand"

Isr. J. Chem. 2020, 60, 419-423. 

This work is Invited for the sepcial issue of the 2019 Wolf Prize in Chemistry. We are also glad to know that other authors in this issue are Professors of E. Jacobsen (Harvard), D. MacMillan (Princeton), J. Yu (Scripps), P. Baran (Scripps), M. S. Sanford (University of Michigan), M. S. Sigman (University of Utah), G. Molander (UPen), J. Wolfe (University of Michigan), A. Echavarren (ICIQ), R. A. Widenhoefer (Duke University), D. Wang (SIOC), etc. 

33. H. Gong, Y. Gu, Y. Zhao, Q. Quan, S. Han, M. Chen*

"Precise Synthesis of Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Fluoropolymers Enabled by Chain-Transfer Agent Differentiation under Visible-Light Irradiation"

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2020, 59, 919-927.

Highlighted by X-Mol.

32. F. Zhong, Y. Zhou, M. Chen*

"The Influence of Mixing on Chain Extension by Photo-Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization under Continuous-Flow Conditions"

Polym. Chem., 2019, 10, 4879-4886.

31. E. Wang, M. Chen*

"Catalyst shuttling enabled by thermoresponsive polymeric ligand: facilitating efficient cross-couplings with continuously recyclable ppm levels of palladium"

Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 8331-8337.

This work is selected in 2019 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection. Highlighted by X-mol and RSC.

30. Y. Zhou, Y. Gu, K. Jiang, M. Chen*

"Droplet-Flow Photopolymerization Aided by Computer: Overcoming the Challenges of Viscosity and Facilitating the Generation of Copolymer"

Macromolecules, 2019, 52, 5611-5617.

Highlighted by 高分子科学前沿

29. H. Gong, M. Ma, Y. Zhou, Y. Zhao, M. Chen*

"Photoredox Controlled Living Polymerization"

Journal of Functional Polymers (功能高分子学报), 2019, 32, 271-291.

28. K. Jiang,# L. Zhang,# Y. Zhao, J. Lin, M. Chen*

"Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Polymerization: A New Access to Cross-Conjugated Polymers with Modifiable Structure and Tunable Optical/Conductive Properties"

Macromolecules, 2018, 51, 9662-9668.

Highlighted by "Synthesizing Cross-Conjugated Polymers through Cross-Coupling"Synfacts, 2019, 15, 0144, and X-Mol.

27. Q. Quan, H. Gong, M. Chen*

"Preparation of Semifluorinated Poly(meth)acrylates by Improved Photo-Controlled Radical Polymerization without the Use of Fluorinated RAFT Agent: Facilitating Surface Fabrication with Fluorinated Materials"

Polym. Chem. 2018, 9, 4161-4171.

26. H. Gong, Y. Gu, M. Chen*

"Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization of Semifluorinated (Meth)acrylates"

Synlett, 2018, 29, 1543-1551 (invited review).

25. Y. Zhao, H. Gong, K. Jiang, S. Yan, J. Lin and M. Chen*

"Organocatalyzed photoredox polymerization from aromatic sulfonyl halides: facilitating graft from aromatic C-H bonds"

Macromolecules, 2018, 51,938-946.

24. X. Shen, H. Gong, Y. Zhou, Y. Zhao, J. Lin,* M. Chen*

“Unsymmetrical Difunctionalization of Cyclooctadiene under Continuous Flow Conditions: Expanding the Scope of Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization”

Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 1846-1853.

23. H. Gong, Y. Zhao, X. Shen, J. Lin, M. Chen*

“Organocatalyzed photo-controlled radical polymerization of semi-fluorinated (meth)acrylates driven by visible light”

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 333-337.

Highlighted by X-Mol.


22. W. Zhang, M. Huang, S. Abdullatif, M. Chen, Y. Shao-Horn,  J. A. Johnson,* "Reduction of (Meth)acrylate-Based Block Copolymers Provides Access to Self-Assembled Materials with Ultrasmall Domains", Macromolecules, 2018, 51, 6757–6763.

21. M. Huang,# S. Feng,# W. Zhang, L. Giordano, M. Chen, C. V. Amanchukwu, R. Anandakathir, Y. Shao-Horn,* J. A. Johnson,* "Fluorinated Aryl Sulfonimide Tagged (FAST) salts: modular synthesis and structure–property relationships for battery applications", Energy Environ. Sci. 2018, 11, 1326-1334.

20. S. Feng,# M. Chen,# L. Giordano, M. Huang, W. Zhang, C. V. Amanchukwu, R. Anandakathir, Y. Shao-Horn* and J. A. Johnson,* “Mapping a stable solvent structure landscape for aprotic Li–air battery organic electrolytes”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 23987-23998.

19. Y. Gu, K. Kawamoto, M. Zhong, M. Chen, M. J. A. Hore, A. M. Jordan, L. T. J. Korley, B. D. Olsen, J. A. Johnson,* "Semibatch Monomer Addition as a General Method to Tune and Enhance the Mechanics of Polymer Networks via Loop-defect Control", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2017, 114, 4875-4880.

18. M. Chen, S. Deng, Y. Gu, J. Lin, M. J. MacLeod, J. A. Johnson,* “Logic-Controlled Radical Polymerization with Heat and Light: Multiple-Stimuli Switching of Polymer Chain Growth via a Recyclable, Thermally Responsive, Gel Photo-Redox Catalyst”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 2257-2266.

17. M. Chen,# Y. Gu,# A. Singh, M. Zhong, A. M. Jordan, S. Biswas, L. T. J. Korley, A. C. Balazs, J. A. Johnson,* ''Living Additive Manufacturing: Transformation of Parent Gels into Diversely Functionalized Daughter Gels Made Possible by Visible Light Photoredox Catalysis'', ACS Central Science, 2017, 3, 124-134.


"Living Additive Manufacturing" ACS Cent. Sci. 2017, 95-96.

"Technique Enables Adaptable 3-D Printing" MIT News 2017, 01/13

"New 'Living Additive Manufacturing' Technique Enables Fusion, Chemical Alteration of 3D Printed Materials" 2Ders. org 2017, 01/13

"MIT Chemists Develop New Technique That Enables Adaptable 3D Printing" Azo Materials 2017, 01/16.

"3D Printing Technique Lets You Change An Object’s Colour Using Light" Wired Magazine 2017, 01/17.

"MIT Develops 3-D printing ‘Undo’ Option" The Christian Science Monitor 2017, 01/18.

16. M. Chen,# M. Zhong,# J. A. Johnson,* “Light-Controlled Radical Polymerization: Mechanisms, Methods, and  Applications”, Chem. Rev., 2016, 116, 10167−10211.

15. M. Chen, J. A. Johnson*, “Improving Photo-controlled Living Radical Polymerization from Trithiocarbonates through the Use of Continuous-flow Techniques”, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 6742-6745.

14. M. Chen, M. J. MacLeod, Jeremiah A. Johnson,* “Visible-Light-Controlled Living Radical Polymerization from a Trithiocarbonate Iniferter Mediated by an Organic Photoredox Catalyst”, ACS Macro Lett. 2015, 4, 566−569.

13. M. Chen, S. Ichikawa, S. L. Buchwald*, “Rapid and Efficient Copper-Catalyzed Finkelstein Reaction of (Hetero)Aromatics under Continuous-Flow Conditions”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 263-266.

Selected as “Hot Paper” by editors of Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

12. M. Chen, S. L. Buchwald*, “Rapid and Efficient Trifluoromethylation of Aromatic and Heteroaromatic Compounds Using Potassium Trifluoroacetate Enabled by a Flow System”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 11628-11631.

Featured in C&EN News, Science and Technology, Concentrates, 2013.

Highlighted by Org. Process Res. Dev. 2013, 17, 1369


11. M. Chen, S. L. Buchwald*, “Continuous-Flow Synthesis of 1-Substituted Benzotriazoles from Chloronitrobenzenes and Amines in a C-N Bond Formation/Hydrogenation/ Diazotization/ Cyclization Sequence”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 4247-4250.

Highlighted by J. Flow Chem. 2013, 3, 59.

Highlighted by Org. Process Res. Dev. 2013, 17, 886, and Org. Process Res. Dev. 2014, 18, 280.

10. M. Chen, X. Zheng, W. Li, J. He, A. Lei*, “Palladium-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidative Cross-Coupling Reactions of Terminal Alkynes with Alkylzinc Reagents”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 4101-4103

Highlighted by Synfacts. 2010, 6, 0701.

Highlighted by Chin. J. Org. Chem. 2010, 30, 938.

9. M. Chen, J. Wang, Z. Chai, C. You, A. Lei*, “C-X (X=Br, I) Bond-Tolerant Aerobic Oxidative Cross-Coupling: A Strategy to Selectively Construct β-Aryl Ketones and Aldehydes”, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2012, 354, 341-346.

8. M. Chen, Y. Weng, A. Lei*, “Asymmetric Cycloisomerization of 1, n-Enynes Catalyzed by Transition Metals”, Progress in Chemistry, 2010, 22, 1341-1352.

7. A. Lei*, W. Liu, C. Liu, M. Chen, “Arylation of Unactivated Arenes”, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 10352-10361.

6. W. Yin, C. He, M. Chen, H. Zhang, A. Lei*, “Nickel-Catalyzed Oxidative Coupling Reaction of Two Different Terminal Alkynes Using O2 as the Oxidant at Room Temperature: Facile Syntheses of Unsymmetric 1,3-Diynes”, Org. Lett., 2009, 11, 709-712. 5.

5. M. Chen, Y. Weng, M. Guo, H. Zhang, A. Lei*, “Nickel-Catalyzed Reductive Cyclization of Unactivated 1, 6-Enynes in the Presence of Organozinc Reagents”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 2279-2282.

4. C. Liu, C. He, W. Shi, M. Chen, A. Lei*, “Ni-Catalyzed Mild Arylation of α-Halocarbonyl Compounds with Arylboronic Acids”, Org. Lett. 2007, 9, 5601-5604.

3. A. Lei*, M. Chen, M. He, X. Zhang, “Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Pyridines: Enantioselective Synthesis of Nipecotic Acid Derivatives”, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2006, 4343-4347.

2. L.-J. Deng, J. Liu, J.-Q. Huang, Y. Hu, M. Chen, Y. Lan, J.- H. Chen, A. Lei, Z. Yang*, “Effect of lithium chloride on tuning the reactivity of Pauson- Khand reactions catalyzed by palladium-tetramethylthiourea”, Synthesis, 2007, 16, 2565-2570.

1. L.-S. Cai, S.-L. Gong, M. Chen, C.-Y. Wu*, “Vinyl Crown Ether as a Novel Radical Crosslinked Sol-Gel SPME Fiber for Determination of Organophosphorus Pesticides in Food Samples”, Anal. Chim. Acta 2006, 559, 89-96.