David Son

Professor David Y. Son


Professor Office:  317 Fondren Science
Department of Chemistry Phone: (214) 768-8813
Southern Methodist University Fax: (214) 768-4089
PO Box 750314 e-mail: dson at smu dot edu
Dallas, TX 75275-0314    

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Education and Experience:

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


  • SMU "M" Award, 2017
  • Pittsburg State University Distinguished Polymer Lectureship
  • Thomas A. Tunks Distinguished University Citizenship Award, 2015
  • HOPE (Honoring our Professor's Excellence) Honoree, 2003, 2011, 3012, 2014
  • Ruth Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, 2011

Research Interests:

Polymers, Click Chemistry, Organosilicon

The Son group focuses on polymer research.Polyarylenes are of interest due to their potential application in high temperature applications.We also synthesize degradable and non-degradable polymer networks for drug delivery applications.Much of our synthetic chemistry utilizes thiol-ene and related ‘click’ chemistry.

Selected Publications:

  1. Bassampour, Z. S., Budy, S. M. and Son, D. Y. “Degradable epoxy resins based on bisphenol A diglycidyl ether and silyl ether amine curing agents.” Journal of Applied Polymer Science2017, 134, 44620.
  2. Chen, M.; Tian, Y.; Zhang, J.; Hong, R.; Chen, L.; Chen, S.; Son, D. Y. "Fabrication of crack-free photonic crystal films via coordination of microspheres terminated dendrimer and their performance on invisible patterned photonic displays", Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2016, 4, 8765-8771.
  3. Jennings, A.; Son, D. Y. "Synthesis and anion recognition of new preorganized colorimetric urea/thiourea compounds and their corresponding reference receptors", Tetrahedron 2015, 71, 3990-3999.
  4. 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.


Courses Taught:

  • General Chemistry (CHEM 1304)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3371)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3772)
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 5392)
  • Practical Laboratory Methods (CHEM 6111)