The Olson Laboratory for Supramolecular Soft Matter Material Science

Molecular Recognition, Self-Assembly, Stimuli Responsiveness, and Architectonic Tuning



53. Azad, C. S.; Shukla, P.; Olson, M. A.; Narula, A. K. “Phosphinic Acid/NaI Mediated Reductive Cyclization Approach for Accessing the L-1-Deoxynojirimycin Using a Two-Component Three-Centered (2C3C) Ugi Type Reaction” Chin. J. Chem. 2021, 6, 1503−1510.

52. Liu, X.; Sun, R.; Li, Z.; Xiao, R.; Lv, P.; Sun, X.; Olson, M. A.; Gong, Y. “Luteolin Alleviates Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Rats via Restoration of Intestinal Mucosal Barrier Damage and Microbiota Imbalance involving Gut-Liver Axis” Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 2021, 711, 109019.

51. Sun, Z.; Wang, Z.; Ni, Y.; Xi, L.; Roch, L. M.; Nour, H. F.; Olson, M. A. “Unexpected Three-State Hydrochromism of a Donor-Acceptor Self-Complex with Fluctuations in Relative Humidity” Chem. Commun. 2021, 57, 6554−6557.

50. Sun, Z.; Ni, Y.; Prakasam, T.; Liu, W.; Wu, H.; Zhang, Z.; Di, H.; Baldridge, K. K.; Trabolsi, A.; Olson, M. A. “The Unusual Photochromic and Hydrochromic Switching Behavior of Cellulose-Embedded 1,8-Naphthalimide-Viologen Derivatives in the Solid-State” Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 9360−9371.

49. Garai, B.; Shetty, D.; Skorjanc, T.; Gandara, F.; Naleem, N.; Varghese, S.; Sharma, S. K.; Baias, M.; Jagannathan, R.; Olson, M. A.; Kirmizialtin, S.; Trabolsi, A. “Taming the Topology of Calix[4]arene-Based 2D-Covalent Organic Frameworks: Interpenetrated vs Noninterpenetrated Frameworks and their Selective Removal of Cationic Dyes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 3407−3415.

48. El Malah, T.; Nour, H. F.; Radwan, E. K.; Mageid, R. E. A.; Khattab, T. A.; Olson, M. A. “A Bipyridinium-Based Polyhydrazone Adsorbent that Exhibits Ultrahigh Adsorption Capacity for the Anionic Azo Dye, Direct Blue 71” Chem. Eng. J. 2021, 409, 128195.

47.  Nour, H. F.; El Malah, T.; Radwan, E. K.; Mageid, R. E. A.; Khattab, T. A.; Olson, M. A. “Main-Chain Donor-Acceptor Polyhydrazone Mediated Adsorption of an Anionic Dye from Contaminated Water” React. Funct. Polym. 2021, 158, 104795.


46. Shetty, D.; Jahovic, I.; Skorjanc, T.; Erkal, T. S.; Ali, L.; Raya, J.; Asfari, Z.; Olson, M. A.; Kirmizialtin, S.; Yazaydin, A. O.; Trabolsi, A. “Rapid and Efficient Removal of Perfluorooctanoic Acid from Water with Fluorine-Rich Calixarene-Based Porous Polymers” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 43160—43166.

45. Khan, N. A.; Zhang, R.; Wu, H.; Shen, J.; Yuan, J.; Fan, C.; Cao, L.; Olson, M. A.; Jiang, Z. “Solid-Vapor Interface Engineered Covalent Organic Framework Membranes for Molecular Separation” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 13450—13458.

44. Khan, N. A.; Yuan, J.; Wu, H.; Huang, T.; You, X.; Rahman, A. U.; Azad, C. S.; Olson, M. A.; Jiang, Z. “Covalent Organic Framework Nanosheets as Reactive Fillers to Fabricate Free-Standing Polyamide Membranes for Efficient Desalination” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 27777—27785.

43. Sun, Z.; Xi, L.; Zheng, K.; Zhang, Z.; Baldridge, K. K.; Olson, M. A. “Classical and Non-Classical Melatonin Receptor Agonist-Directed Micellization of Bipyridinium-Based Supramolecular Amphiphiles in Water” Soft Matter. 2020, 16, 4788—4799. 

42. Nour, H. F.; El Malah, T.; Khattab, T. A.; Olson, M. A. "Template-Assisted Hydrogelation of a Dynamic Covalent Polyviologen-Based Supramolecular Architecture via Donor-Acceptor Interactions" Mater. Today Chem. 2020, 17, 100289.

41. Zheng, K.; He, C.; Nour, H. F.; Zhang, Z.; Yuan, T.; Traboulsi, H.; Mazher, J.; Trabolsi, A.; Fang, L.; Olson, M. A. "Augmented Polyhydrazone Formation in Water by Template-Assisted Polymerization using Dual-Purpose Supramolecular Templates" Polym. Chem. 2020, 11, 1806—1819.

40. Skorjanc, T.; Shetty, D.; Gandara, F.; Ali, L.; Raya, J.; Das, G.; Olson, M. A.; Trabolsi, A. "Remarkably Efficient Removal of Toxic Bromate from Drinking Water with a Phorphyrin-Viologen Covalent Organic Framework" Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 845—850.


39. Das, G.; Prakasam, T.; Addicoat, M. A.; Sharma, S. K.; Ravaux, F.; Mathew, R.; Baias, M.; Jagannathan, R.; Olson, M. A.; Trabolsi, A. "Azobenzene-Equipped Covalent Organic Framework: Light Operated Reservoir" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 19078—19087.

38. Shetty, D.; Skorjanc, T.; Olson, M. A.; Trabolsi, A. "Self-Assembly of Stimuli-Responsive Imine-Linked Calix[4]arene Nanocapsules for Targeted Camptothecin Delivery" Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 8876—8879.

37. Ni, Y.; Sun, Z.; Wang, Y.; Nour, H. F.; Sue, A. C.-H.; Finney, N. S.; Baldridge, K. K.; Olson, M. A., "Versatile Hydrochromic Fluorescent Materials Based on a 1,8-Naphthalimide Integrated Fluorophore-Receptor System" J. Mater. Chem. C. 2019, 7, 7399—7410. 

36. Zhang, Z.; Liu, Q.; Zun, Z.; Phillips, B. K.; Wang, Z.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Fang. L.; Olson, M. A., "Poly-Lipoic Ester-Based Coacervates for the Efficient Removal of Organic Pollutants from Water and Increased Point-of-Use Versatility" Chem. Mater. 2019, 31, 4405—4417.

35. Das, G.; Nagaraja, S.; Sridurai, V.; Shinde, D. B.; Addicoat, M.; Prakasam, T.; Gandara, F.; Ravaux, F.; Sharma, S. K.; Nair, G. G.; Lai, Z.; Jagannathan, R.; Olson, M. A.; Trabolsi, A., "Redox-Triggered Buoyancy and Size Modulation of a Dynamic Covalent Gel" Chem. Mater. 2019, 11, 4148—4155.

34. Skorjanc, T.; Shetty, D.; Olson, M. A.; Trabolsi, A., "Design Strategies and Redox-Dependent Applications of Insoluble Viologen-Based Covalent Organic Polymers" ACS Appl. Mater. & Interfaces. 2019, 7, 6705—6716.

33. Prakasam, T.; Devaraj, A.; Saha, R.; Luisi, M.; Brandel, J.; Esteban-Gomez, D.; Platas-Iglesias, C.; Olson, M. A.; Mukherjee, A.; Trabolsi, A., "Metal-Organic Self-Assembled Trefoil Knots for C-Br Bond Activation" ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 1907—1914.


32. Das, G.; Benyettou, F.; Sharama, S. K.; Prakasam, T.; Gandara, F.; De la Pena-O'Shea, V. A.; Pasricha, R.; Jagannathan, R.; Olson, M. A.; Trabolsi, A., "Covalent Organic Nanosheets for Bioimaging" Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 8382—8387.

31. Xu, Y.; Yuan, T.; Nour, H. F.; Fang, L.; Olson, M. A., "Bis-Bipyridinium Gemini Surfactant-Based Supramolecular Helical Fibers and Solid State Thermochromism" Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 16553—16557. Selected for inside journal cover. Back-to-Back Articles. Selected as Very Important Paper (VIP). 

30. Yuan, T.; Sun, Z.; Mu, A. U.; Zeng, M.; Kalin, A. J.; Cheng, Z.; Olson, M. A.; Fang, L, "Assembly and Chiral Memory Effect of Dynamic Macroscopic Supramolecular Helices" Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 16558—16570. Selected for inside journal cover. Back-to-Back Articles. 

29. Wang, Z.; Cui, H.; Sun, Z.; Roch, L. M.; Goldner, A. N.; Nour, H. F.; Sue, A. C.-H.; Baldridge, K. K.; Olson, M. A. "Melatonin-Directed Micellization: A Case for Tryptophan Metabolites and their Classical Bioisosteres as Templates for the Self-Assembly of Bipyridinium-Based Supramolecular Amphiphiles in Water" Soft Matter. 2018, 14, 2893—2905.

28. Guo, M.; Wang, X.; Zhan, C.; Demay-Drouhard, P.; Li, W.; Du, K.; Olson, M. A.; Zuilhof, H.; Sue, A. C.-H. "Rim-Differentiated C5-Symmetric Tiara-Pillar[5]arenes" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 74—77.


27. Yuan, T.; Xu, Y.; Zhu, C.; Jiang, Z.; Sue, H.-J.; Fang, L.; Olson, M. A. "Tunable Thermochromism of Multifunctional Charge-Transfer-Based Supramolecular Materials Assembled in Water" Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 9937—9945. Selected for journal cover. 

26. Wang, Z.; Nour, H. F.; Roch, L. M.; Guo, M.; Li, W.; Baldridge, K. K.; Sue, A. C.-H.; Olson, M. A. "[3+3] Cyclocondensation of Disubstituted Biphenyl Dialdehydes: Access to Inherently Luminescent and Optically Active Hexa-substituted C3-Symmetric and Asymmetric Trianglimine Macrocycles" J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 2472—2480. 


25. Wen, H.; Li, W.; Chen, J.; He, G.; Li, L.; Olson, M. A.; Sue, A. C.-H., Stoddart, J. F., Xuefeng, G. "Complex Formation Dynamics in a Single-Molecule Electronic Device" Science Advances. 2016, 11, e1601113.

24.  Yuan, T; Vazquez, M.; Goldner, A. N.; Xu, Y.; Contrucci, R.; Firestone, M. A.; Olson, M. A. Fang, L. "Versatile Thermochromic Supramolecular Materials Based on Competing Charge Transfer Interactions" Adv. Funct. Mater. 2016, 47, 8604—8612. Selected for Inside Journal Cover. Top 10 for the month of November. Highlighted in Advanced Science News.


23. Olson, M. A.; Messina, M. S.; Thompson,m J. R.; Dawson, T. J.; Goldner, A. N.; Gaspar, D. K.; Vazquez, M.; Lehrman, J. A.; Sue, A. C.-H. "Reversible Morphological Changes of Assembled Supramolecular Amphiphiles Triggered by pH-Modulated Host-Guest Interactions" Org. Biomol. Chem. 2016, 14, 5714—5720. Part of the New Talent Themed Collection


22. Olson, M. A. “Metal-Organic Frameworks: Shuttling in the Solid State” Nature Chem. 2015, 7, 470471.                                        INVITED NEWS & VIEWS CONTRIBUTION

2014 - Olson Lab Closed in Preparation for Move to Tianjin University


21. Olson, M. A.; Thompson, J. R.; Dawson, T. J.; Hernandez, C. M.; Messina, M. S.;  O'Neal, T. "Template-directed Self-assembly by Way of Molecular Recognition at the Micellar-solvent Interface: Modulation of the Critical Micelle Concentration" Org. Biomol. Chem. 2013, 11, 64836492. Selected for Journal Cover


20. Fahrenbach, A. C.; Hartleib, K. J.; Sue, C.-H.; Bruns, C. J.; Barin, G.; Basu, S.; Olson, M. A.;  Botros, Y. Y.; Bagabas, A.; Khdary, N. H.; Stoddart, J. F. "Rapid Thermally Assisted Donor-acceptor Catenation" Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 91419143.

19. Wang, C.; Cao, D.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Fang, L.; Olson, M. A.; Friedman, D. C.; Basu, S.; Dey, K.; Botros, Y. Y.; Stoddart, J. F. "Solvent-dependent Ground State Distributions in a Donor-acceptor Redox-active Bistable [2]catenane" J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2012, 25, 544552.


18. Olsen, J.-C.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Trabolsi, A.; Friedman, D. C.; Dey, S. K.; Gothard, C. M.; Shveyd, A. K.; Gasa, T. B.; Spruell, J. M.; Olson, M. A.; Wang, C.; Jacquot de Rouville, H.-P.; Botros, Y. Y.; Stoddart, J. F. "A Neutral Redox-Switchable [2]rotaxane" Org. Biomol. Chem. 2011, 9, 71267133.

17. Barin, G.; Coskun, A.; Friedman, D. C.; Olson, M. A.; Colvin, M. T.; Carmielli, R.; Dey, S. K.; Bozdemir, O. A.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Stoddart, J. F. “A Multistate Switchable [3]Rotacatenane” Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 213222.

16. Basu, S.; Coskun, A.; Friedman, D. C.; Olson, M. A.; Benítez, D.; Tkatchouk, E.; Barin, G.; Yang, J.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Goddard, W. A.; Stoddart, J. F. “Donor-Acceptor Oligorotaxanes Made to Order” Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 21072119.

15. Dey, S. K.; Beuerle, F.; Olson, M. A.; Stoddart, J. F. “Arranging Pseudorotaxanes Octahedrally Around [60]Fullerene” Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 14251427.


14. Olson, M. A.; Wang, C.; Fang, L.; Benítez, D.; Tkatchouk, E.; Basu, S.; Basuray, A. N.; Zhang, D.; Zhu, D.; Goddard, W. A.; Stoddart, J. F. “The Dynamic Stereochemistry of a Bistable Donor-Acceptor [2]Catenane” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2010, 107, 1399113996.

13. Spruell, J. M.; Coskun, A.; Friedman, D. C.; Forgan, R. S.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Trabolsi, A.; Fahrenbach, A. C.; Barin, G.; Paxton, W. F.; Dey, S. K.; Olson, M. A.; Benítez, D.; Tkatchouk, E.; Colvin, M. T.; Carmielli, R.; Caldwell, S. T.; Rosair, G. M.; Hewage, S. G.; Duclairoir, F.; Seymour, J. L.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Goddard, W. A.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Cooke, G.; Stoddart, J. F. “Highly Stable Tetrathiafulvalene Radical Dimers in [3]Catenanes” Nature Chem. 2010, 2, 870879.

12. Olson, M. A.; Botros, Y. Y.; Stoddart, J. F. “Mechanostereochemistry” Pure Appl. Chem. 2010, 82, 1569–1574.

11. Deng, H.; Olson, M. A.; Stoddart, J. F.; Yaghi, O. M. “The Concept of Robust Dynamics” Nature Chem. 2010, 2, 439–443.

10. Olson, M. A.; Coskun, A.; Fang, L.; Basuray, A.; Stoddart, J. F. “Polycatenation Under Thermodynamic Control” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 3151–3156.

9. Coskun, A.; Klajn, R.; Trabolsi, A.; Fang, L.; Olson, M. A.; Wesson, P. J.; Dey, D. K.; Grzybowski, B. A.; Stoddart, J. F. “Molecular-Mechanical Switching at the Metal Nanoparticle-Solvent Interface: Practice and Theory” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 4310–4320.

8. Fang, L.; Olson, M. A.; Stoddart, J. F. “Mechanically Bonded Macromolecules” Chem. Soc. Rev. 2010, 39, 17-29. Selected for Journal Cover.


7. Olson, M. A.; Braunschweig, A. B.; Fang, L.; Ikeda, T.; Klajn, R.; Trabolsi, A.; Mirkin, C.; Wesson, P.; Benitez, D.; Grzybowski, B. A.; Stoddart, J. F. "A Bistable Poly[2]catenane Forms Nanosuperstructures" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 1792-1797.

6. Olson, M. A.; Coskun, A.; Klajn, R.; Fang, L.; Dey, S. K.; Browne, K.; Grzybowski, B. A.; Stoddart, J. F. "Assembly of Polygonal Nanoparticle Clusters Directed By Reversible Noncovalent Bonding Interactions" Nano Lett. 2009, 9, 3185-3190.

5. Olson, M. A.; Braunschweig, A.; Ikeda, T.; Fang, L.; Trabolsi, A.; Slawin, A. M. Z.; Stoddart, J. F. “Thermodynamic Forecasting of Mechanically Interlocked Switches” Org.  Biomol. Chem. 2009, 7, 4391-4405. Highlighted as HOT ARTICLE: OBC website. Selected for Journal Cover.

4. Klajn, R.; Olson, M. A.; Fang, L.; Coskun, A.; Wesson, P. J.; Trabolsi, A.; Stoddart, J. F.; Grzybowski, B. A. "On-demand Capture and Release of Metal Nanoparticles Using a Functional Polymer" Nature Chem. 2009, 1, 733-738.

3. Fang, L.; Hmadeh, M.; Wu, J.; Olson, M. A.; Spruell, J. M.; Trabolsi, A.; Yang, Y.-W.; Elhabiri, M.; Albrecht-Gary, A.-M.; Stoddart, J. F. “Acid-Based Actuation of [c2] Daisy Chains” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 7126-7134.

2. Klajn, R.; Fang, L.; Coskun, A.; Olson, M. A.; Grzybowski, B. A.; Stoddart, J. F. "Metal Nanoparticles Functionalized with Molecular and Supramolecular Switches" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 4233-4235.


1. Braunschweig, A. B.; Dichtel, W. R.; Miljani?, O. Š.; Olson, M. A.; Spruell, J. M.; Khan, S. I.; Heath, J. R.; Stoddart, J. F. “Modular Synthesis and Dynamics of a Variety of Donor-Acceptor Interlocked Compounds Prepared by a Click Chemistry Approach” Chem. Asian J. 2007, 2, 634-647.


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