Team Details

Personal Information

  • Name:
    Prof. Paula Diaconescu
  • Title:
    Professor
  • University:
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Email Address:
    pld@chem.ucla.edu
  • Website:
  • Personal Statement:
    The Diaconescu group’s current research efforts focus on the design of reactive metal complexes with applications to small molecule activation, organic synthesis, and polymer formation.
Research Description:

The Diaconescu group is interested in the design and synthesis of molecules such as metal complexes with specific geometric and electronic properties. Current research efforts focus on redox switchable catalysts. This new area of chemistry is inspired by nature’s sensory processes and uses external agents as switches in order to control the catalytic activity of multiple species with different reactivity. The findings from this research project also further the understanding of fundamental aspects of catalysis. 

Representative Papers:

Computational mapping of redox-switchable metal complexes based on ferrocene derivatives. Lai, Amy; Clifton, Jamie; Diaconescu, Paula L.; Fey, Natalie Chem. Commun. 201955, 5587-5590.

Redox-switchable Ring-opening Polymerization with Ferrocene Derivatives. Wei, Junnian; Diaconescu, Paula L. Acc. Chem. Res. 201952 (2), 415–424.

Preparation of Multiblock Copolymers via Step-wise Addition of L-lactide and Trimethylene Carbonate. Abubekerov, Mark; Wei, Junnian; Swartz, Kevin R.; Xie, Zhixin; Pei, Qibing; Diaconescu, Paula L. Chem. Sci. 20189, 2168-2178.

Redox Switchable Copolymerization of Cyclic Esters and Epoxides by a Zirconium Complex. Quan, Stephanie M.; Wang, Xinke; Zhang, Rongjia;Diaconescu, Paula L. Macromolecules 201649(18), 6768–6778.

Redox Control of Group 4 Metal Ring-Opening Polymerization Activity toward l-Lactide and ε-Caprolactone. Wang, Xinke; Thevenon, Arnaud; Brosmer, Jonathan L.; Yu, Insun; Khan, Saeed I.; Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa; Diaconescu, Paula L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014136(32), 11264-11267.