William Dichtel

Adjunct Professor


The Dichtel Group uses the tools of synthetic and supramolecular chemistry to develop structurally precise organic materials. Projects in the Dichtel Group  involve organic and polymer chemistry, solution and solid-state characterization,  nanofabrication, and electronic testing of materials.

Research Focus

  • Interfacing Molecules and Polymers to Carbon-based Materials
  • Polymers Linked in Two or Three Dimensions
  • Nanostructured Forms of Graphene


63. Rapid removal of organic micropollutants from water by a porous β-cyclodextrin polymer. (Alaaeddin Alsbaiee, Brian J. Smith, Leilei Xiao, Yuhan Ling, Damian E. Helbling, and William R. Dichtel), Nature, 2016, 529, 190–194.

Highlighted on the cover of Nature (Jan 14, 2016) and 50+ media outlets.

62. Regioselective Synthesis of Polyheterohalogenated Naphthalenes via the Benzannulation of Haloalkynes. (Dan Lehnherr, Joaquin M. Alzola, Emil B. Lobkovsky, and William R. Dichtel), Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 18122–18127.

Highlighted on the cover of CEJ.

61. Mechanically Activated, Catalyst-Free Polyhydroxyurethane Vitrimers. (David J. Fortman, Jacob P. Brutman, Christopher J. Cramer, Marc A. Hillmyer, and William R. Dichtel), J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 14019–14022.

60. Cation-Dependent Stabilization of Electrogenerated Naphthalene Diimide Dianions in Porous Polymer Thin Films and Their Application to Electrical Energy Storage. (Catherine R. DeBlase, Kenneth Hernández-Burgos, Julian M. Rotter, David J. Fortman, Dieric dos S. Abreu, Ronaldo A. Timm, Prof. Izaura C. N. Diógenes, Lauro T. Kubota, Héctor D. Abruña and William R. Dichtel), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 13225–13229.

59. Improve undergraduate science education. (Stephen E. Bradforth, Emily R. Miller, William R. Dichtel, Adam K. Leibovich, Andrew L. Feig, James D. Martin, Karen S. Bjorkman, Zachary D. Schultz, and Tobin L. Smith), Nature, 2015, 523, 283 – 284.

57. Retaining the Activity of Enzymes and Fluorophores Attached to Graphene Oxide (Chao Sun, Katherine L. Walker, Devin L. Wakefield, and William R. Dichtel), Chem. Mater., 2015, 27, 4499–4504.

56. Real-time, Ultrasensitive Detection of RDX Vapors Using Conjugated Network Polymer Thin Films (Deepti Gopalakrishnan and William R. Dichtel), Chem. Mater., 2015, 27, 3813-3816.

55. Rapid and Efficient Redox Processes within 2D Covalent Organic Framework Thin Films. (Catherine R. DeBlase, Kenneth Hernandez Burgos, Katharine E. Silberstein, Gabriel G. Rodriguez-Calero, Ryan P. Bisbey, Hector D. Abruña, and William R. Dichtel), ACS Nano, 2015, 9, 3178-3183.

50. Mechanistic Studies of Two-Dimensional Covalent Organic Frameworks Rapidly Polymerized from Initially Homogenous Conditions. (Brian J. Smith, and William R. Dichtel) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 8783-8789.

48. β-Ketoenamine-Linked Covalent Organic Frameworks Capable of Pseudocapacitive Energy Storage. (Catherine R. DeBlase, Katharine E. Silberstein, Thanh-Tam Truong, Héctor D. Abruña, and William R. Dichtel), J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 16821-16824.

47. Bulk Synthesis of Exfoliated Two-Dimensional Polymers Using Hydrazone-Linked Covalent Organic Frameworks. (David N. Bunck and William R. Dichtel), J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 14952-14955.

43. Accessing extended and partially fused hexabenzocoronenes using a benzannulation / cyclodehydrogenation approach. (H. Arslan, F. J. Uribe-Romo, B. J. Smith, W. R. Dichtel), Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 3973-3978.

38. Control of the graphene-protein interface is required to preserve adsorbed protein function. (T. Alava, J. A. Mann, C. Théodore, J. J Benitez, W. R. Dichtel, J. M. Parpia, H. G. Craighead), Anal. Chem. 2013, 85, 2754–2759.

37. Preservation of antibody selectivity on graphene by conjugation to a tripod monolayer. (J. A. Mann, T. Alava, H. G. Craighead, W. R. Dichtel), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3177-3180.
Selected as a "Hot Paper" and highlighted on TOCROFL!

35. Highly efficient benzannulation of poly(phenylene ethynylene)s. (H. Arslan, J. D. Saathoff, D. N. Bunck, P. Clancy, W. R. Dichtel), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 12051–12054.
Highlighted in SynFacts.

33. Quantification of the surface diffusion of tripodal binding motifs on graphene using scanning electrochemical microscopy. (J. Rodríguez-López, N. L. Ritzert, J. A. Mann, C. Tan, W. R. Dichtel, & H. D. Abruña), J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 6224–6236.

32. Two-dimensional materials: Polymers stripped down. (F. J. Uribe-Romo & W. R. Dichtel), Nature Chem. 2012, 4, 244-245.

31. Internal functionalization of three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks. (D. N. Bunck and W. R. Dichtel), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 1855-1859.

30. Lattice Expansion of Highly Oriented 2D Phthalocyanine Covalent Organic Framework Films. (E. L. Spitler, J. W. Colson, F. J. Uribe-Romo, A. R. Woll, M. R. Giovino, A. Saldivar, and W. R. Dichtel), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 2623–2627.

29. A 2D covalent organic framework with 4.7-nm pores and insight into its interlayer stacking. (E. L. Spitler, B. T. Koo, J. L. Novotney, J. W. Colson, F. J. Uribe-Romo, G. D. Gutierrez, P. Clancy, and W. R. Dichtel), J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 19416-19421.

28. Multivalent binding motifs for the noncovalent functionalization of graphene. (J. A. Mann, J. Rodríguez-López, H. D. Abruña, and W. R. Dichtel), J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 17614–17617.

27. A mechanistic study of Lewis Acid-catalyzed covalent organic framework formation. (E. L. Spitler, M. R. Giovino, S. L. White, and W. R. Dichtel), Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 1588-1593.

26. Oriented 2D covalent organic framework thin films on single-layer graphene. (J. W. Colson, A. R. Woll, A. Mukherjee, M. P. Levendorf, E. L. Spitler, V. B. Shields, M. G. Spencer, J. Park, and W. R. Dichtel), Science 2011, 332, 228-231.

25. Lewis acid-catalysed formation of two-dimensional phthalocyanine covalent organic frameworks. (E. L. Spitler and W. R. Dichtel), Nature Chem. 2010, 2, 672-677.