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Mark Olson——Professor

School of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology, Tianjin University
School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
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Education Experience
2008-2010 Ph. D. Chemistry Northwestern University
2005-2008 Ph. D. Chemistry University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
2000-2005 Bachelor of Science Chemistry Texas A&M Universtity Corpus Christi
Professional Experience
2004-2004 Research Assistant California Institute of Technology (CALTECH)
2005-2005 Research Assistant Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
2005-2007 Teaching Assistant University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
2005-2007 Graduate Research Assistant University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) / California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI)
2007-2010 Graduate Research Assistant Northwestern University
2010-2016 Assistant Professor of Chemsitry Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Research Area

The research in the group of Olson is focused on systems chemistry with emphasis in surface science/surface chemistry and molecular recognition and self-assembly. Focus is on the role of long-range non-covalent interactions and electrostatics in synthetic macromolecules and how these forces affect the thermodynamic equilibrium and kinetics of self-assembly in solution, on surfaces, and at the solvent-nanoparticle interface.  Specific directions include, 1) development of functional information of rich structural motifs and investigation of their performance characteristics in solution as molecular entities, 2) carry over of successful systems into the macromolecular world of polymer scaffolds, colloids, and nanoparticulates, eventually leading to 3) incorporation of these macromolecular components into device setting.


Honors and Awards
China Recruitment Program of Global Experts National Youth 1000 Plan Scholar (2014)
Distinguished Outstanding Young Alumnus Award: Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (2014)
Honors Program Outstanding Faculty Award: Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (2014)
Corpus Christi Under 40 Awardee: Corpus Christi, Texas (2014)
Howard Hughes Institute Undergraduate Research Fellow / MURF: California Institute of Technology (2004)
Welch Foundation Research Fellow: Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (2003-2004)
National Science Foundation (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program Fellow: Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (2003)
Highlighted Publications
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, ACCEPTED.
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, ACCEPTED.
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.
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. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2013, 11, 6483.
Olson, M. A.; Coskun, A.; Fang, L.; Basuray, A.; Stoddart, J. F. Polycatenation Under Thermodynamic Control. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 3151.
Deng, H.; Olson, M. A.; Stoddart, J. F.; Yaghi, O. M. The Concept of Robust Dynamics. Nature Chem. 2010, 2, 439.
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, 13991.
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.
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