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William Weber

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-5961
Office: LHI 105

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Ph.D. , Harvard University, 1/1968
B.S. , University of Chicago, 1/1963
M.A. , Harvard University

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Weber's research focuses on two areas of novel polymer synthesis. The first is the ruthenium "(Ph3P)2RuCO" (Ru) catalyzed step-growth copolymerization of aromatic ketones with divinylsilanes and a,w-divinyldisiloxanes. This reaction involves C-H activation and results in anti-Markovnikov addition of the C-H bonds of the aromatic ketones across the C-C double bonds of the vinyl silane. Related to this effort, new catalysts have been prepared and their X-ray structure determined. A novel route to prepare poly(silyl ethers) by Ru catalyzed hydrosilylation reaction between diketones and a,w-bis(Si-H)oligosiloxanes has been discovered. His second area of research focuses on the preparation of polysiloxanes with narrow molecular weight distributions and controlled microstructure by ring opening polymerization of substituted cyclotrisiloxanes.

Honors and Awards

USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 2001  
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