Alexandru D. Asandei

AsandeiAlexAlexandru D. Asandei
Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry
55 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269

Phone: (860) 486-9062
Email: alexandru.asandei@uconn.edu    Web: http://www.asandeigroup.uconn.edu
 

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1999-2001
  • Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University
  • B.S./M.S Polytechnical Institute of Iasi, Romania

Research Focus

  • New initiators, catalysts and monomers for living chain and step polymerizations.
  • Ti and Zr-catalyzed living radical and ring opening polymerizations initiated from epoxides, aldehydes, and inactivated halides in the synthesis of architecturally complex copolymers.
  • Dual concurrent living polymerizations of dissimilar monomers via different mechanisms in the synthesis of block copolymer nanostructures and self assembly.
  • Organometallic chemistry: new catalysts for transition metal couplings an metallocene/radical (co)polymerizations of polar/nonpolar monomers.
  • Controlled polymerization of fluorinated monomers, polycondensations, anionic, cationic, and metathesis living polymerizations, supercritical polymerizations for biodegradable drug delivery nanoparticles

Current Publications

Towards Butadiene-ATRP with Group 10 Metal Complexes. Vasu, V.; Kim, J. S.; Yu, H. S.; Bannerman, W. I.; Johnson, M. E.; Asandei, A. D. ACS. Symp. Ser. 2018, 1284, Chapter 9, 205-225.  DOI: 10.1021/bk-2018-1284.ch009, https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/bk-2018-1284.ch009

Normal, ICAR and Photomediated Butadiene-ATRP with Iron Complexes. Vasu, V.; Kim, J. S.; Yu, H. S.; Bannerman, W. I.; Johnson, M. E.; Asandei, A. D. Polymer Chemistry, 2018, 9, 2389-2406. DOI: 10.1039/C8PY00463C

First-principles studies of spontaneous polarization in mixed poly (vinylidene fluoride)/2, 3, 3, 3-tetrafluoropropene polymer crystals.Ghosh. A.; Louis, L.; Asandei, A. D.; Nakhmanson, S. Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 2484-2491. DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00262B

Water soluble poly(styrene sulfonate)-b-poly(vinylidene fluoride)-b-poly(styrene sulfonate) triblock copolymer nanoparticles. Cernoch, Peter; Cernochova, Zulfiya; Petrova, Svetlana; Kankova, Dana; Kim, Joon-Sung; Vasu, Vignesh; Asandei, Alexandru D. RSC Advances 2016, 6(60), 55374-55381. DOI:10.1039/C6RA10241G

Photomediated Controlled Radical Polymerization and Block Copolymerization of Vinylidene Fluoride. Asandei, Alexandru D. Chemical Reviews  2016, 116(4), 2244-2274. DOI:10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00539

Metal and Ligand Effects of Photoactive Transition Metal Carbonyls in the Iodine Degenerative Transfer Controlled Radical Polymerization and Block Copolymerization of Vinylidene Fluoride. Simpson, Christopher P.; Adebolu, Olumide I.; Kim, Joon-Sung; Vasu, Vignesh; Asandei, Alexandru D. Macromolecules  (2015), 48(18), 6404-6420.  DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00698

Temperature dependent structural, elastic, and polar properties of ferroelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and trifluoroethylene (TrFE) copolymers. Sun, Fu-Chang; Dongare, Avinash M.; Asandei, Alexandru D.; Pamir Alpay, S.; Nakhmanson, Serge. Journal of Materials Chemistry C: Materials for Optical and Electronic Devices (2015), 3(32), 8389-8396.  DOI:10.1039/C5TC01224D

Mn2(CO)10-photomediated synthesis of poly(vinylidene fluoride)-b-poly(styrene sulfonate). Cernoch, Peter; Petrova, Svetlana; Cernochova, Zulfiya; Kim, Joon-Sung; Simpson, Christopher P.; Asandei, Alexandru D. European Polymer Journal (2015), 68, 460-470. DOI:10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2015.05.013

Photochemically enabled iodine degenerative transfer controlled radical homo- and block copolymerization of vinylidene fluoride at ambient temperatures with Mn2(Co)10 and visible light. Simpson, Christopher P.; Adebolu, Olumide I.; Kim, Joon-Sung; Vasu, Vignesh; Asandei, Alexandru D. ACS Symposium Series (2015), 1187 (Controlled Radical Polymerization), 183-209.  DOI:10.1021/bk-2015-1187.ch011