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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

Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award (2023)

American Chemical Society, Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Early Investigator Award (2023)

American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Chemistry (ORGN) Young Academic Investigator (2021)

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 (undergraduate coauthors are underlined)

Huss, S., Walsh, A. R.Griggs, A.Rodriguez-Acevedo, D. A., Arias-Rotondo, D. M., and Elacqua, E. Synthesis and Characterization of a Ruthenium-Containing Copolymer for Use as a Photoredox Catalyst, Polym. Chem.202314, 4560-4568

Katzbaer, J. N., Torres, V. M., Elacqua, E., Giri, R. Nickel-Catalyzed Alkene Difunctionalization as a Method for Polymerization, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2023145, 14196-14201

Oburn, S. M., Huss, S., Cox, J., Gerthoffer, M. C., Wu, S., Biswas, A., Murphy, M., Crespi, V. H., Badding, J. V., Lopez, S. A., and Elacqua, E. Photochemically-Mediated Polymerization of Molecular Furan and Pyridine: Synthesis of Nanothreads at Reduced Pressures, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022144, 22026-22034

Gerthoffer, M. C., Xu, B., Wu, S., Cox, J., Huss, S., Oburn, S. M., Lopez, S. A., Crespi, V. H., Badding, J. V., and Elacqua, E. Mechanistic Insights into the Pressure-Induced Polymerization of Aryl/Perfluoroaryl Co-Crystals. Polym. Chem.202213, 1359-1368

Piane, J. J., Huss, S., Alameda, L. T., Koehler, S. J., Chamberlain, L. E., Hoover, A. C., Schubach, M. J. and Elacqua, E. Single-Chain Polymers as Homogeneous Oxidative Photoredox Catalysts. J. Polym. Sci.202159, 2865-2875

Matsuura, B., Huss, S., Zheng, Z., Yuan, S., Wang, T., Chen, B., Badding, J. V., Trauner, D., Elacqua, E.; Van Duin, A. C., Crespi, V. H., and Schmidt-Rohr, K. Perfect and Defective Furan Nanothreads from High-Pressure Synthesis Detected by 13C NMR, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2021143, 9529-9542.

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, 15, 4134-4143. 

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

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.