Faculty Profile

Damien S Guironnet

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Damien S Guironnet
Damien S Guironnet
Assistant Professor
121 Roger Adams Laboratory MC 712
600 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-5040


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


Damien Guironnet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He 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 Sup￿eure d'enseignement en Chimie in France in 2005 and his PhD from the University of Constance in Germany in 2009.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Other Professional Employment

  • Research Scientist at BASF Corp., 2011-2014

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.

Research Interests

  • Polymer synthesis, organometallic chemistry and catalysis

Selected Articles in Journals

  • C. Cheng, B. G. Kim, D. Guironnet, M. Brookhart, C. Guan, D. Y. Wang, K. Krogh-Jespersen, A. S. Goldman ￿Synthesis and Characterization of Carbazolide-Based Iridium PNP Pincer Complexes. Mechanistic and Computational Investigation of Alkene Hydrogenation: Evidence for an Ir(III)/Ir(V)/Ir(III) Catalytic Cycle￿ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014 136, 6672￿6683.
  • T. W. Lyons ￿, D. Guironnet￿, M. Findlater, M. Brookhart ￿Synthesis of p-Xylene from Ethylene￿ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012 134, 15708￿15711 (Highlighted in Chem. Eng. News and ChemViews Mag.) ￿ T.W.L. and D.G. contributed equally
  • M. Brookhart, M. Findlater, D. Guironnet, T. Lyons ￿Synthesis of para-Xylene and Toluene￿ WO 2012 061272 A2
  • C. Cheng, D. Guironnet, J. Barborak, M. Brookhart, ￿Preparation and characterization of conjugated polymers made by post-modification of polyketones￿ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 9658￿9661.
  • T. R￿D. Guironnet, I. G￿er-Schnetmann, S. Mecking. ￿Methyl methacrylate in insertion polymerization￿ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 16623￿16630.
  • D. Guironnet, L. Caporasso, B. Neuwald, I. G￿er-Schnetmann, L. Cavallo S. Mecking. ￿Mechanistic insight on acrylate insertion polymerization￿ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 4418￿4426.
  • D. Zhang, D. Guironnet, I. G￿er-Schnetmann, S. Mecking ￿Water soluble complexes [K2-P,O phosphinesulfonato PdMe(L) and their catalyst properties￿ Organometallics, 2009, 28, 4072￿4078.
  • D. Guironnet, T. Friedberger, S. Mecking. ￿Ethylene polymerization in supercritical carbon dioxide with binuclear nickel (II) catalysts￿ Dalton Transactions, 2009, 41, 8929￿8934.
  • D. Guironnet, I. G￿er-Schnetmann, S. Mecking. ￿Catalytic polymerizations in dense carbon dioxide to controlled microstructure polyethylenes￿ Macromolecules. 2009, 42, 8157￿8164.
  • D. Guironnet, P. Roesle, T. R￿I. G￿er-Schnetmann, S. Mecking. ￿Insertion polymerization of acrylates￿ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 131, 422-423.
  • D. Guironnet, T. R￿I. G￿er-Schnetmann, S. Mecking. ￿Control of molecular weight in Ni(II)-catalyzed polymerization via the reaction medium￿ Chem. Commun. 2008, 4965￿4967.


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

Teaching Honors

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