Thieo Hogen Esch

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Research & Practice Areas

Living anionic and radical polymerization of vinyl and other monomers. Synthesis of well defined macrocyclic and block copolymers. Synthesis and self-assembly mediated properties of perfluorocarbon containing polymers.


  • Ph.D. Physical Organic Chemistry, University of Leiden, Netherlands, 1/1967
  • M.S. Polymer Chemistry, University of Leiden, Netherlands, 5/1961
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Leiden, Netherlands, 2/1958
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    The synthesis of light emitting macrocyclic- and other polymers and copolymers. The synthesis and properties of self-assembled polymers containing perfluorocarbon groups.

    Research Keywords

    light emitting polymers and copolymers; synthesis and properties of water-soluble associating copolymers; synthesis and self-assembly of perfluorocarbon functionalized polymers.

  • Journal Article

    • Lin, Y., Zheng, Z., Hogen-Esch, T. E., Ling, J., Shen, Z. (2013). Well-defined novel fluorene-containing polymers: synthesis, fluorescent properties, and micellar nanoparticles. Journal of colloid and interface science. Vol. 390 (1), pp. 105-13. PubMed Web Address
    • Hogen-Esch, T. E., Dimitrov, P., Bharadwaj, R., Mallya, P., Iyer, P. (2009). Controlled Synthesis of High Molecular Weight Polyacrylates Having a Dumbbell Topology. Macromolecules. Vol. 42 (18), pp. 6873-6877.
    • Hogen-Esch, T. E., Fominna, N., Bradforth, S. E. (2009). Synthesis and Spectroscopy of Poly(9,9-dihexylfluorene-2,7-dlyl-co-9, 9-dihexylfluorene-3,6-diyl)s and Their Model Oligomers. Macromolecules/ACS publications. Vol. 42 (17), pp. 6440-6447.
    • Hogen-Esch, T. E., Chen, R., Ling, J. (2009). Synthesis and Spectroscopic Studies of Macrocyclic Polystyrene Containing Two Fluorene Units and Single 9, 10-Anthracenylidene Group. Journal of the American Chemical Association/ACS publications. Vol. 42 (16), pp. 6015-6022.
    • Ling, J., Hogen-Esch, T. E., Shen, j. (2009). A density functional theory study of the mechanisms of scandium-alkoxide initiated coordination-insertion ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters. Polymer/Elsevier Ltd. Vol. 50 (15), pp. 3575-3581.
    • Hogen-Esch, T. E., Iyer, P., Van Beylen, M. (2009). 1,4-Dilithio-1,1,4,4-tetraphenylbutane in Diethyl Ether: An Effective Initiator for the Living Anionic Polymerization of Dienes. JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART A-POLYMER CHEMISTRY. Vol. 47 (8), pp. 2198-2206.
    • Johnson, J. M., Chen, R., Moskun, A., Zhang, X., Hogen-Esch, T. E., Bradforth, S. E. (2008). Investigation of Macrocyclic Polymers as Artificial Light Harvesters: Sub-Picosecond Energy Transfer In Poly(9,9-Dimethyl-2-Vinyl-Fluorene). Journal of Physical Chemistry B/ACS publications. Vol. 112, pp. 16367-16382.
    • Hogen-Esch, T. E., Ling, J., Fomina, N., Golam, r. (2008). DFT based Monte Carlo Simulations of poly(9,9-dialkyifluorene-2,7-diyl) polymers in solution. Journal of Physical Chemistry B/ACS publications. Vol. 112 (33), pp. 10116-10122.
    • Hogen-Esch, T. E., Shen, J. (2008). Block copolymer-like self-assembly of fluorocarbon end-functionalized polystyrene and polybutylmethacrylate. Journal of the American Chemical Association/ACS publications. Vol. 130 (33), pp. 10866-10867.
    • Hogen-Esch, T. E., Fomina, N. (2008). Synthesis and characterization of macrocyclic poly(fluorene-3,6-diyl). Macromolecules/ACS publications. Vol. 41 (11), pp. 3765-3768.
    • Loeb, G. E., Liao, K., Hogen-Esch, T. E., Richmond, F. J. (2008). Percutaneous fiber-optic sensor for chronic glucose monitoring in vivo. BIOSENSORS & BIOELECTRONICS/Elsevier. Vol. 23 (10), pp. 1458-1465.
    • Hogen-Esch, T. E., Franta, E., Van Beylen, M., Smid, J. (2007). Fifty Years of Living Polymers. J. Pol. Sci. A. (Chem Ed). Vol. 45 (12), pp. 2576-2579.
    • Hogen-Esch, T. E., Ling, J. (2007). Alkylation and Coupling of Living Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) Ylides at Ambient Conditions. Macromolecules. Vol. 40, pp. 5706-5709.
    • Chih, K., Richmond, F., Hogen-Esch, T., Marcu, L., Loeb, G. E. (2004). Senciltrade mark project: development of a percutaneous optical biosensor. Conference proceedings : … Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference. Vol. 3, pp. 2082-5. PubMed Web Address
    • Sudhakar, M., Djurovich, P. I., Hogen-Esch, T. E., Thompson, M. E. (2003). Phosphorescence quenching by conjugated polymers. Journal of the American Chemical Society. Vol. 125 (26), pp. 7796-7. PubMed Web Address