Damien S Guironnet

Damien S Guironnet
Damien S Guironnet
  • Associate Professor
(217) 265-0233
121 Roger Adams Laboratory

Develops new catalysts and catalytic processes for the synthesis of new polymers with a focus on sustainability.

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Professor Damien Guironnet joined the department in 2014 from BASF Corporation where he worked as a senior research scientist. At Illinois, his research focuses on the challenge of implementing recent advances in homogeneous catalysts into continuous processes. Dr. Guironnet received his MSc from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'enseignement en Chimie in France in 2005 and his PhD from the University of Constance in Germany in 2009.


  • Postdoctorate, University of North Carolina, 2009-2011
  • Ph.D., University of Constance (Germany), 2009
  • M.S., Ecole Nationale Supérieur de Chimie de Mulhouse (France), 2005

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Other Professional Employment

  • Research Scientist at BASF Corp., 2011-2014

Research Interests

  • Polymer synthesis, organometallic chemistry and catalysis

Research Statement

The research in our group lies at the interface of polymer science and catalysis. Our approach is multidisciplinary and involves a diverse array of techniques. The impact of our research is expected to fall within the domains of materials science and green chemistry. Overall, we are designing new catalysts and catalytic processes to transform bio-based and oil-based feedstocks into valuable chemicals and to develop new sustainable polymerization techniques. Projects in my group include 1) the development of new processes for the production of important chemicals from abundant raw materials, 2) the design of new methods for the synthesis of end-functionalized and amphiphilic polymers, and 3) the synthesis of new catalysts for the insertion (co)polymerization of polar monomers.

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Selected Articles in Journals

  • D. J. Walsh, M. G. Hyatt, S. A. Miller, D. Guironnet, Recent Trends in Catalytic Polymerizations, ACS Catalysis, accepted for publication
  • D. J. Walsh; D, Guironnet, Macromolecules with programmable shape, size and chemistry, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A 2019, 116, 1538-1542
  • M. G. Hyatt, D. J. Walsh, R. L. Lord, J. G. Andino Martinez, D. Guironnet. Mechanistic and Kinetic Studies of the Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Norbornenyl Monomers by Grubbs 3rd Generation Catalyst. J. Am. Chem. Soc, accepted for publication
  • C. Boucher-Jacobs, M. Rabnawaz, J. S. Katz, R. Even, D. Guironnet “Encapsulation of Catalyst in Block Copolymer Micelles for the Polymerization of Ethylene in Aqueous Medium” Nature Comm. 2018, 9, 841
  • D. J. Walsh, S. Dutta, C. E. Sing and D. Guironnet, Engineering of Molecular Geometry in Bottlebrush Polymers, Macromolecules 2018, 51, 10167-10173.


  • Young Investigator Award, American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) ( 2019)
  • School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award (2015-2016)

Teaching Honors

  • School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award (2015-2016)

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