Chemistry Faculty & Staff

David Son

Professor David Y. Son

Professor & Undergraduate Advisor Office:  317 Fondren Science
Department of Chemistry Phone: (214) 768-8813
Southern Methodist University Fax: (214) 768-4089
PO Box 750314 e-mail:
Dallas, TX 75275-0314    

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Education and Experience:

  • B.S. (Chemistry) Andrews University, 1989
  • Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, 1993-1995
  • Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University, 1996-2002 
  • Associate Professor, Southern Methodist University, 2002-2013
  • Full Professor, Southern Methodist University, 2013-present

Research Interests:

I am interested in the application of thiol-ene and related click chemistry for the synthesis of dendrimers, networks, and small molecules capable of molecular recognition.

Selected Publications:

1.     Jennings, A. R.; Son, D. Y.  "Multifunctional thiols from the highly selective reaction of mercaptoalcohols with chlorosilanes", Chemical Communications 201349, 3467-3469.

2.     Chen, L.; Andersson, T.E.; Rissing, C.; Yang, S.; Chen, S.; Son, D. Y.  "Irradiation- and thermoinduced synthesis of Ag nanoparticles within amphiphilic carbosilane thioether dendrimers", Journal of Materials Chemistry B 20131, 116-122.

3.     Jennings, A.; Son, D. Y.  "Efficient Synthesis and Anion Recognition of a Colorimetric Preorganized Tripodal Thiourea Compound",Tetrahedron Letters 201253, 2181-2184.

4.     Liyanage, A. D.; Ferraris, J. P.; Musselman, I. H.; Yang, D.-J.; Andersson, T. E.; Son, D. Y.; Balkus Jr, K. J. "Nafion-sulfonated dendrimer composite membranes for fuel cell applications", Journal of Membrane Science 2012392–393, 175-180.

5.     Rissing, C.; Son, D. Y. "Application of Thiol-ene Chemistry to the Preparation of Carbosilane-thioether Dendrimers", Organometallics 200928, 3167-3172.

6.     Rim, C.; Lahey, L. J.; Patel, V. G.; Zhang, H.; Son, D. Y.  "Thiol-ene reactions of 1,3,5-triacryloylhexahydro-1,3,5-triazine (TAT): facile access to functional tripodal thioethers", Tetrahedron Letters 200950, 745-747.

Courses Taught:

  • General Chemistry (CHEM 1304)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3372)
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 3118)
  • Practical Laboratory Methods (CHEM 6111)