Aaron J Teator

Aaron Teator
  • Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Office Phone:
1137 GL
1567 Irving Hill Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Our research is focused on diversifying the types of structures accessible to us through controlled polymerization and in turn developing new, functional materials. We’re working on developing new polymerizations, new monomers, and new post-functionalization methods. Research in the Teator Lab will include components physical organic chemistry, small-molecule synthesis, polymer synthesis, and polymer physics.

Selected Publications

Varner, T. P.; Teator, A. J.; Reddi, Y.; Jacky, P. E.; Cramer, C. J.; Leibfarth, F. A. Mechanistic Insight into the Stereoselective Cationic Polymerization of Vinyl Ethers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 17175. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c08254.

Teator, A. J.; Varner, T. P.; Jacky, P. E.; Sheyko, K. A.; Leibfarth, F. A. Polar Thermoplastics with Tunable Physical Properties Enabled by the Stereoselective Copolymerization of Vinyl Ethers. ACS Macro Lett. 2019, 8, 1559. DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.9b00802.

Teator, A. J. and Leibfarth, F. A. Catalyst-Controlled Stereoselective Polymerization of Vinyl Ethers. Science 2019, 363, 1439. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw1703

Teator, A. J.; Shao, H.; Lu, G.; Liu, P.; Bielawski, C. W. A Photoswitchable Olefin Metathesis Catalyst. Organometallics 2017, 36, 490. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00913.

Teator, A. J.;† Lastovickova, D. N.;† Bielawski, C. W. Switchable Polymerization Catalysts. Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 1969. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00426.

Teator, A. J.; Tian, Y.; Chen, M.; Lee, J. K.; Bielawski, C. W. An Isolable, Photoswitchable N-Heterocyclic Carbene: On Demand Reversible Ammonia Activation. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 11559. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201506269.

Awards & Honors

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) Cottrell Fellowship


ACS Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Future Faculty Scholar


UNC Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence


Department of Chemistry Faraday Award for Teaching Excellence