Jason D. Azoulay

Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering


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







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.


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

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.

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)

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.