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Steven L. Regen


Born, December 27, 1946, Brooklyn, NY


Education and Appointments:

  • B.A., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1968
  • Ph.D., MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1972 (with G.M. Whitesides)
  • Assistant Professor -> Professor, Marquette University, 1972-1985
  • Professor, Lehigh University, 1985-1999
  • University Distinguished Professor, 1999-present


Contributions to Science

  • TRIPHASE CATALYSIS The introduction and development of a unique catalytic approach in which crosslinked polymers bearing pendant quaternary ammonium ions are used to catalyze reactions between reactants located in aqueous and organic phases; i.e., aqueous/solid/organic three phase reactions; e.g. J. Am. Chem Soc., 97, 5956-5957 (1975); 98, 6270-6273 (1976); 101, 116-120 (1979); 101, 4059-4063 (1979).

  • POLYMERIZED VESICLES The introduction and development of polymerized forms of surfactant and phospholipid vesicles; e.g., J. Am. Chem Soc., 102, 6638-6640 (1980); 104, 791-795 (1982); 105, 6354-6355 (1983); 108, 7789-7791.

  • HYPER-THIN MEMBRANES FOR GAS SEPARATIONS The synthesis and characterization of hyper-thin (<100 nm) membranes for the separation of gases mixtures of current interest such as CO2/N2 (flue gas, global warming) and H2/CO2 (hydrogen purification); e.g., Chem. Mater., 25, 3785-3787 (2013); Acc. Chem. Res., 46, 2743-2754 (2013); Langmuir, 30, 687-691 (2014); Chem. Commun., 51, 1439-1441 (2015).

  • MOLECULAR UMBRELLAS Amphiphilic molecules that can adopt a hydrophobic or hydrophilic exterior on demand for use in drug delivery; e.g., Bioconjugate Chem., 20, 183-192 (2009); 22, 2210-2216 (2011); 25, 197-201 (2014); 25, 1408-1411 (2014); 26, 2021-2024 (2015).

  • NEAREST-NEIGHBOR RECOGNITION The introduction and development of the nearest-neighbor recognition (NNR) method for quantifying nearest-neighbor interactions in lipid bilayers; e.g., Acc. Chem. Res., 47, 3512-3521 (2014); J.Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 664-666 (2015); 137, 12518-12520 (2015).


Contributions to Education

  • UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EN MASSE The introduction of research to large undergraduate laboratory classes; e.g., Chem. Mater., 10, 855-859 (1998); Macromolecules, 31, 5542-5545 (1998); Polym Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 40, 594 (1999); Org. Lett., 2, 2157-2160 (2000); Macromolecules, 35, 8242-8246 (2002); Polym Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 45, 523-524 (2004).