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.; Bassampour, Z. S.; Patel, A. G.; Son, D. Y.  "Orthogonal reactivity of thiols towards chlorovinylsilanes: selective thiol-ene chemistry", Tetrahedron Letters 2014, 55, 6773-6775.
  2. Ware, T.; Jennings, A. R.; Bassampour, Z. S.; Simon, D.; Son, D. Y.; Voit, W.  "Degradable, silyl ether thiol-ene networks for implantable electronics", RSC Advances 20144, 39991-40002. 
  3. Son, D. Y.  "A durable template for carbosilane dendrimer synthesis", Chemical Communications 201349, 10209-10210.
  4. Jennings, A. R.; Son, D. Y.  "Multifunctional thiols from the highly selective reaction of mercaptoalcohols with chlorosilanes", Chemical Communications 201349, 3467-3469.
  5. 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.
  6. Jennings, A.; Son, D. Y.  "Efficient Synthesis and Anion Recognition of a Colorimetric Preorganized Tripodal Thiourea Compound", Tetrahedron Letters 201253, 2181-2184.

Courses Taught:

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