Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Psaras L. McGrier

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina

Joined group: 2010

Left group: 2013


BS Chemistry (2004) - University of South Carolina-Aiken- Aiken, South Carolina
Ph.D. Chemistry (2010) - Georgia Institute of Technology (Advisor-Prof. Uwe Bunz)- Atlanta, Georgia


Jacquot de Rouville, H. P.; Lehi, J.; Bruns, C. J.; McGrier, P. L.; Frasconi, M.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Stoddart, J. F. "A Neutral Napthalene Diimide [2]Rotaxane" Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 5188-5191.

Barnes, J. C.; Juricek, M.; Strutt, N. L.; Frasconi, M.; Sampath, S.; Giesener, M. A.; McGrier, P. L.; Bruns, C. J.; Stern, C. L.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Stoddart, J. F. "ExBox: A Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Scavenger" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, DOI:10.1021/ja307360n.

Morris, W.; Volosskiy, B.; Demir, S.; Gandara, F.; McGrier, P. L.; Furukawa, H.; Cascio, D.; Stoddart, J. F.; Yaghi, O. M. "Synthesis, Structure, and Metalation of Two New Highly Porous Zirconium Metal-Organic Frameworks" Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 6443-6445.

McGrier, P. L.; Solntsev, K. M.; Zucchero, A. J.; Miranda, O. R.; Rotello V. M.; Tolbert, L.; Bunz, U. H. F. "Hydroxydialkylamino Cruciforms: Amphoteric Materials with Unique Photophysical Properties" Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 3112-3119. (Frontispiece)

Zucchero, A. J., McGrier, P. L., Bunz, U. H. F. "Cross-Conjugated Cruciform Fluorophores" Acc. Chem. Res. 2010, 43, 397-408. (Cover page)

Kub, C; Tolosa, J.; Zucchero, A. J.;McGrier, P. L.; Subramani, C.; Khorasani, A.; Rotello, V. M.; Bunz, U. H. F. "Hyperbranched Conjugated Polymers: Postfunctionalization" Macromolecules. 2010, 43, 2124-2129.

Brombosz, S. M.; Zucchero, A. J.; McGrier, P. L.; Bunz, U. H. F. "Acidochromicity of Bisarylethynylbenzenes: Hydroxy versus Dialkylamino Substituents" J. Org. Chem, 2009, 74, 8909-8913. (Featured Article)

Zucchero, A.J.; Shiels, R.A.; McGrier, P. L.; Alicia To, M.; Jones, C.W.; Bunz, U. H. F. "Cruciform-Silica Hybrid Materials" Chem. Asian. J. 2009, 4, 262-269.

McGrier, P. L.; Solntsev, K. M.; Miao, S; Tolbert, L. M.; Miranda, O. R.; Rotello V. M.; Bunz, U. H. F. "Hydroxycruciforms: Amine-Responsive Fluorophores" Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14, 4503-4510.(Cover page)

Solntsev, K. M.; McGrier, P. L.; Fahrni, C. J.; Tolbert, L. M.; Bunz, U. H. F. "Anomalous Photophysics of Bis(hydroxystyryl)benzenes: A Twist on the Para/Meta Dichotomy" Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 2429-2432.

McGrier, P. L.; Solntsev, K. M.; Schonhaber, J; Brombosz, S; Tolbert, L. M.; Bunz, U. H. F."Hydroxy-cruciforms" Chem. Commun. 2007, 2127-2129.


I grew up in the lovely city of Aiken, South Carolina. After finishing high school, I obtained a BS in chemistry from the University of South Carolina-Aiken (USCA) in 2004. Upon graduation, I worked as a teaching assistant for Dr. Ann Willbrand at USCA for a year. In May 2005, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia under the direction of Prof. Uwe Bunz. My thesis focused on synthesizing and examining the photophysical properties of hydroxy-substituted cross-conjugated cruciform fluorophores. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Stoddart’s group on a fellowship from the Georgia Institute of Technology-Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (FACES) committee and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In my spare time, I enjoy reading, exercising, and spending time with my family.


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