Prof. Loi H. Do


I grew up in California, where I obtained a B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I conducted undergraduate research with Prof. Seth M. Cohen at UCSD on supramolecular chemistry and Prof. Stephen J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on conjugated fluorescent probes for reactive nitrogen oxide species. For my graduate studies, I returned to MIT to complete a doctoral degree under the tutelage of Prof. Lippard, working on synthetic diiron protein modeling chemistry. My interest in organometallic chemistry led me to pursue postdoctoral training with Prof. John E. Bercaw at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where I investigated the mechanism of selective ethylene trimerization by homogeneous chromium complexes. I joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Houston in September 2013 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2019.


1.Thi V. Tran, Loi H. Do.* “Tunable Modalities in Polyolefin Synthesis via Coordination Insertion Catalysis.” Eur. Poly. J., 2021, 142, 110100.

2.Thi V. Tran, Lucas J. Karas, Judy I. Wu, Loi H. Do,* Elucidating Secondary Metal Cation Effects on Nickel Olefin Polymerization Catalysts.” ACS Catal., 2020, 10, 10760.

3.Dawei Xiao, Zhongzheng Cai, Loi H. Do,* “Accelerating Ethylene Polymerization Using Secondary Metal Ions in Tetrahydrofuran.” Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 17887-17897.

4.Zhongzheng Cai, Dawei Xiao, Loi H. Do.* “Cooperative Heterobimetallic Catalysts in Coordination Insertion Polymerization.” Comment Inorg. Chem., 2019, 39, 27-50.