Jason D. Azoulay

Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering


2004B.Sc.; Chemistry, University of Connecticut
2010Ph.D.; Chemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara
2010 – 2011Postdoctoral Fellow; Center for Polymers and Organic Solids, University of California at Santa Barbara
2011 – 2014
Postdoctoral Appointee; Sandia National Laboratories







Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis: synthesis, behavior and performance, kinetics and mechanisms, new functionality, controlled polymerization reactions, catalyst composites. Electronic, photonic, and magnetic materials: synthesis, molecular and self-assembly, fundamental atomic and molecular level mechanisms, structure-function-property relationships, device fabrication and engineering.


  1. Foster, M. E.; Zhang,B. A.; Murtagh, D.; Liu, Y.; Sfeir, M. Y.; Wong, B. M.; Azoulay, J. D.* “Solution-Processable Donor-Acceptor Polymers With Modular Electronic Properties and Very Narrow Band Gaps” Macromol. Rapid. Commun. 2014, doi: 10.1002/marc.201400228. – Cover Article
  2. Foster, M. E.; Azoulay, J. D.; Wong, B. M.; Allendorf, M. D. “First Principles Based Design of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Light Harvesting Applications” Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 2081 2090.
  3. Azoulay, J. D.*; Koretz, Z. A.; Wong, B. M.; Bazan, G. C. “Bridgehead Imine Substituted Cyclopentadithiophene Derivatives: An Effective Strategy for Band Gap Control in Donor-Acceptor Polymers” Macromolecules 2013, 46, 1337 1342. – Listed in Most Read Articles (3/2013)
  4. Azoulay, J. D.; Gao, H.; Koretz, Z. A.; Kehr, G.; Erker, G.; Shimizu, F.; Galland, G. B.; Bazan, G. C. “Propylene Polymerization with α-Keto-β-Diimine Initiator Proceeds via Enantiomorphic Site Control” Macromolecules 2012, 45, 4487 4493.
  5. Azoulay, J. D.; Koretz, Z.; Wu, G.; Bazan, G. C. “Well-Defined Cationic Methallyl α-Keto-β-Diimine Complexes of Nickel” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 43, 7890 7894. – Frontispiece Cover
  6. Azoulay, J. D.; Bazan, G. C.; Galland, G. B. “Microstructural Characterization of Poly(1-hexene) Obtained Using a Nickel α-Keto-β-Diimine Initiator” Macromolecules 2010, 43, 2794 2800.
  7. Azoulay, J. D.; Schneider, Y.; Galland, G. B.; Bazan, G. C. “Living Polymerization of Ethylene and a-Olefins Using a Nickel α-Keto-β-Diimine Initiator” Chem. Comm. 2009, 41, 6177 6179.
  8. Azoulay, J. D.; Rojas, R. S.; Serrano, A. V.; Ohtaki, H.; Galland, G. B.; Wu, G.; Bazan, G. C. “Nickel α-Keto-β-Diimine Initiators for Olefin Polymerization” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 1089 1092. – Hot Paper and Cover Article
  9. Schneider, Y.; Azoulay, J. D.; Coffin, R. C.; Bazan, G. C. “New Polyethylene Initiators and Their Subsequent Grafting by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 10464 10465.
  10. Azoulay, J. D.; Itigaki, K.; Wu, G.; Bazan, G. C. “Influence of Steric and Electronic Perturbations on the Polymerization Activities of α-Iminocarboxamide Nickel Complexes” Organometallics 2008, 27, 2273 2280.