Elizabeth A. Elacqua

Elizabeth A. Elacqua

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  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
535 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-1221

Mailing Address:
104 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. B.S., Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY; 2006 (Chemistry and Biology)
  2. Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; 2012 (Supramolecular and Solid-State Organic Chemistry)
  3. Postdoc, New York University, New York, NY (Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly)

Selected Publications:

Elacqua, E.; Zheng, X.; Shillingford, C.; Liu, M.; Weck, M.  Molecular Recognition in the Colloidal World, Acc. Chem. Res., 2017, 50, 2756-2766.

Elacqua, E.; Zheng, X.; Weck, M.  Light-Mediated Self-Assembly of Polymeric Colloids, ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 6, 1060-1065.

Elacqua, E.; Manning, K. B.; Lye, D.; Pomarico, S. K.; Morgia, F.; Weck, M.  Supramolecular Multiblock Copolymers Featuring Complex Secondary Structures, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2017139, 12240-12250.

Elacqua, E.; Croom, A; Lye, D. S.; Weck, M.  Coil-Helix and Sheet-Helix Block Copolymers via Macroinitiation from Telechelic ROMP Polymers, J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem.201755, 2991-2998.

Elacqua, E.; Croom, A.; Manning, K. B.; Pomarico, S. K.; Lye, D.; Young, L.; Weck, M.  Supramolecular Diblock Copolymers Featuring Well-Defined Telechelic Building Blocks, Angew. Chem.2016128, 16105-16110; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.201655, 15873-15878.

Elacqua, E.; Sinnwell, M. A.; Loren, B. P.; Jurgens, P. T.; Groeneman, R. H.; Reinheimer, E. W.; MacGillivray, L. R.  Metal-Coordination versus Hydrogen Bonding: Highly Efficient Templated Photocycloadditions of Trisubstituted Isomeric Olefins in the Solid State, ChemPlusChem, 2016, 81, 893-898.

Benyettou, F.; Zheng, X.; Elacqua, E.; Wang, Y.; Dalvand, P.; Saleh, N.; Elhabiri, M.; Weck, M.; Trabolsi, A.  Redox-Responsive Viologen-Mediated Self-Assembly of CB[7]-Modified Patchy Particles, Langmuir, 2016, 32, 7144-7150.

Elacqua, E.; Weck, M.  Fabrication of Supramolecular Semiconductor Block Copolymers via Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization, Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21, 7151-7158.

Elacqua, E.; Lye, D. S.; Weck, M.  Engineering Orthogonality in Supramolecular Polymers:  From Simple Scaffolds to Complex Materials, Acc. Chem. Res., 2014, 47, 2405-2416.

Elacqua, E.; Bučar, D.-K.; Henry, R. F.; Zhang, G. G. Z.; MacGillivray, L. R.  Supramolecular Complexes of Sulfadiazine and Pyridines:  Reconfigurable Exteriors and Chameleon-like Behavior of Tautomers at the Co-crystal – Salt Boundary, Cryst. Growth Des. 2013, 13, 393-403

Elacqua, E.; Kaushik, P.; Groeneman, R. H.; Sumrak, J. C.; Bučar, D.-K.; MacGillivray, L. R.  A Supramolecular Protecting Group Strategy Introduced to the Organic Solid State:  Enhanced Reactivity via Molecular Pedal Motion. Angew. Chem., 2012, 124, 1061-1065; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 1037-1041.

Elacqua, E.; MacGillivray, L. R.  From the Decks to the Bridges:  Optoelectronics in [2.2]Paracyclophane Chemistry. Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2010, 36, 6883-6894.

Elacqua, E.; Bučar, D-K.; Skvortsova, Y.; Baltrusaitis, J.; Geng, M. L.; MacGillivray, L. R.  Dramatic Red-Shifted Fluorescence of [2.2]Paracyclophanes with Peripheral Substituents Attached to the Saturated Bridges. Org. Lett., 2009, 11, 5106-5109.

Research Interests:

Materials and Nanoscience

Polymer synthesis and self-assembly, colloidal self-assembly, supramolecular materials 


Small molecule and polymer synthesis; supramolecular catalysis; crystal engineering


Polymer and colloid synthesis and directional self-assembly, responsive materials, supramolecular polymers