The Olson Laboratory for Molecular Tectonics

Molecular Recognition, Self-Assembly, and Architectonic Tuning

Mark A Olson—Principal Investigator                 Full CV


National 1000 Young Talents Plan Professor          

Tianjin University

School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology

Institute for Molecular Design and Synthesis  

BS   Texas A&M University C. C.    2005

PhD Northwestern University          2010

RESEARCHER ID: C-1083-2008         

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0398-5063

 

Mark Anthony Olson was born on January 4, 1982 and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Mark earned his B.S. degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), graduating Cum Laude in 2005 where he was supported by both a University Honors and a Citgo Refining Math/Science Challenge scholarship. During this time at TAMUCC Mark conducted research in the labs of Eugene and Fereshteh Billiot as an NSF Louis Stokes A.M.P. and Welch fellow. Here Mark’s research focused on the characterization of amino acid-based surfactants to be used as pseudo-stationary phases for micellar electro-kinetic chromatography. During the summer of 2004, Mark experienced a brief stay at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) in Pasadena, California as a Howard Hughes Institute Fellow developing fluorescent chemical sensors for chiral gas phase analytes in the labs of Jack Beauchamp. Mark then made the move to the west coast where he began his graduate career at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) under the the tutelage of Sir J. Fraser Stoddart where he was affiliated with the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). Mark then made the move to the Midwest, arriving in Chicago, Illinois following a group move to Northwestern University (NU) from UCLA in 2008 to complete his graduate studies. Graduating in 2010 with a PhD in Chemistry Mark accepted an offer from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi joining their faculty as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chemistry. In 2014 Mark was then awarded the 1000 Young Talents Foreign Expert designation by the Chinese government and joined Tianjin University's School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology as a National 1000 Plan Young Professor where is affiliated with Institute for Molecular Design and Synthesis.


RESEARCH INTERESTS SUMMARIZED BY KEY WORDS

SUPRAMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY, SOFT MATTER AND NANOSCIENCE: molecular recognition processes • molecular switches • self-assembly processes • template-directed self-assembly • concept transfer from the life sciences into materials science • programmed detergency • polymer blends • electrostatics • interfacial molecular interactions • chemical sensors • molecular electronics • aerogels • thin film processing • thermochromics • 3D printing

RECENT AWARDS & ACTIVITIES  

China Recruitment Program of Global Experts National Youth 1000 Plan Scholar (2015–Present)

Advisory Board Member for Molecular Systems Design and Engineering (MSDE) a Royal Society of Chemistry Journal  (2017–Present)

Associate Editor for Frontiers in Chemistry (Surpramolecular Chemistry Section) (2018–Present)

Top Ten Supervisor of Tianjin University (2017)

Distinguished Youth Faculty Model for Teaching and Education of Tianjin University (2017)

Founding Sponsor of the TAMUCC Chemistry Society (2010–Present)

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

1.      Olson, M. A. “Thermochromic Supramolecular Materials Based on Competing Charge Transfer Interactions” Workshop on Supramolecular Chemistry & Materials, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China, Dec. 2017. INVITED

 

2.      Olson, M. A. “Thermochromic Supramolecular Materials Based on Competing Charge Transfer Interactions” The 7th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: ChinaNANO 2017, Beijing, China, Aug. 2017.

 

3.      Olson, M. A. “Thermochromic Supramolecular Materials Based on Competing Charge Transfer Interactions” 14th International Conference on Calixarenes: Calix2017, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, Aug. 2017. INVITED

 

4.      Olson, M. A. “Chemistry While You Were Sleeping” A Golden Age for Chemistry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, June 2017. INVITED

 

5.      Olson, M. A. “Molecular Templation and Self-Assembly in Water: Developing Soft Matter-Based Functional Materials” International Symposium of Frontier Sciences on New Drug Discovery, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, Oct. 2016. INVITED

 

6.      Olson, M. A. “Molecular Templation and Self-Assembly in Water: Developing Soft Matter-Based Functional Materials” WuXi AppTec Pharmaceutical Company, Tianjin, China, Sept. 2016. INVITED

 

7.      Olson, M. A. “Molecular Templation and Self-Assembly in Water: Developing Soft Matter-Based Functional Materials” International Conference on Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates (MSMLG), Bath, United Kingdom, July 2016.

 

8.      Olson, M. A. “Molecular Templation of Soft Matter in Water” American Chemical Society (ACS) Local Meeting, Texas A&M University Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas, Oct. 2014. INVITED

 

9.      Olson, M. A. “Molecular Templation of Soft Matter in Water: from the Micellar Cradle to the Crystalline Grave” Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories’ Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies User Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sept. 2014. INVITED

 

10.  Olson, M. A. “Template-Directed Self-Assembly at the Micellar-Solvent Interface” Organic and Diversity Seminar Series, Texas A&M University College Station, College Station, Texas, Feb. 2014. INVITED

 

11.  Olson, M. A. “Molecular Templation in Soft Materials Chemistry: Interactions at the Mechanical Bond, Polymer, Nanoparticle, and Micellar-Solvent Interface” Chemistry Department Organic Division Guest Lecture Weekly Seminar, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, Feb. 2014. INVITED

 

12.  Olson, M. A. “Molecular Templation at the Micellar-Solvent Interface” Chemistry Department Guest Lecture Weekly Seminar, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 2014. INVITED

  


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