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Elizabeth Elacqua

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Professional Appointments and Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


535 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-1221

Mailing Address

104 Chemistry Building 
University Park, PA 16802


B.S., Le Moyne College, 2006 (Chemistry and Biology)

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2012 (Supramolecular and Solid-State Organic Synthesis)

Postdoc, New York University, (Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly)


Honors and Awards

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2021)

NSF CAREER Award (2021)

Thieme Chemistry Journal Award (2020)

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Foundation Doctoral New Investigator Award (2019)


Selected Publications

Huss, S., Wu,  S., Chen, B., Wang, T., Gerthoffer, M. C., Ryan, D. J., Smith, S. E., Crespi, V. H., Badding, J.V., and Elacqua,E. Scalable Synthesis of Crystalline One-Dimensional Carbon Nanothreads through Modest-Pressure Polymerization of Furan, ACS Nano2021, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.0c10400. 

Ackerman-Biegasiewicz, L. G. K., Arias-Rotondo, D. M., Biegasiewicz, K. F., Elacqua, E., Golder, M. R., Kayser, L. V., Lamb, J. R., Le, C. M., Romero, N. A., Wilkerson-Hill, S. M., and Williams, D. A.  Organic Chemistry:  A Retrosynthetic Approach to a Diverse Field, ACS Cent. Sci.20206, 1845-1850

Piane, J. J., Chamberlain, L. E., Huss, S., Alameda, L. T., Hoover, A. C., and Elacqua, E. Organic Photoredox-Catalyzed Cycloadditions Under Polymer Confinement, ACS Catal.202010, 13251-13256.

Gerthoffer, M. C., Wu, S., Chen, B., Wang, T., Huss, S., Crespi, V. H., Badding, J. V., and Elacqua, E. ‘Sacrificial’ Supramolecular Assembly and Pressure-Induced Polymerization: Toward Sequence-Defined Functionalized Nanothreads, Chem. Sci., 202011, 11419-11424

Koehler, S. J., Hu, J., and Elacqua, E.  Electronically Governed ROMP:  Expanding Sequence Control for Donor-Acceptor Polymers, Synlett202031, 1435-1442

Gray, C. L., Xu, P., Rothenberger, A. J., Koehler, S. J., Elacqua, E., Milosavljevic, B. H., and Mallouk, T. E.  An Oligomeric Ruthenium Polypyridyl Dye for Improved Stability of Aqueous Photoelectrochemical Cells, J. Phys. Chem., C2020124, 3542-3550.

Elacqua, E. and Gregor, M.  Poly(arylenevinylene)s through Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of an Unsymmetrical Donor-Acceptor Cyclophane, Angew. Chem., 2019131, 9627-9632; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201958, 9527-9532.


Prior to Penn State

Elacqua, E., Geberth, G., Vanden Bout, D. A., and Weck, M.  Synthesis and Folding Behavior of Poly(p-phenylenevinylene)-based β-sheet Polychromophores, Chem. Sci.201910, 2144-2152.

Pomarico, S. K., Lye, D. S., Elacqua, E., and Weck, M.  Synthesis of Covalent Sheet-Coil-Helix and Coil-Sheet-Helix Block Copolymers through Sequential ROMP and Anionic Polymerization, Polym. Chem., 20189, 5655-5659.

Elacqua, E., Zheng, X., Shillingford, C., Liu, M., and Weck, M.  Molecular Recognition in the Colloidal World, Acc. Chem. Res.201750, 2756-2766.

Elacqua, E., Manning, K. B., Lye, D., Pomarico, S. K., Morgia, F., and Weck, M.  Supramolecular Multiblock Copolymers Featuring Complex Secondary Structures, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2017139, 12240-12250.

Elacqua, E., Croom, A., Manning, K. B., Pomarico, S. K., Lye, D., Young, L., and Weck, M.  Supramolecular Diblock Copolymers Featuring Well-Defined Telechelic Building Blocks, Angew. Chem.2016, 128, 16105-16110; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.201655, 15873-15878.

Elacqua, E. and Weck, M.  Fabrication of Supramolecular Semiconductor Block Copolymers via Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization, Chem. Eur. J.201521, 7151-7158.

Elacqua, E., Lye, D. S., and Weck, M.  Engineering Orthogonality in Supramolecular Polymers:  From Simple Scaffolds to Complex Materials, Acc. Chem. Res.201447, 2405-2416.