Professor Patty Wisian-Neilson


Professor  Office: 309 Fondren Science
Department of Chemistry Phone: (214) 768-2483
Southern Methodist University Fax: (214) 768-4089
PO Box 750314 e-mail: pwisian at smu dot edu
Dallas, TX 75275-0314    

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Education and Experience:

  • Professor, Southern Methodist University, 1996-present
  • Associate Professor, Southern Methodist University, 1990-1996
  • Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University, 1984-1990
  • Research Scientists, Texas Christian University, 1979-1984
  • Postdoc, Unversity of Texas at Arlington, 1978
  • Postdoc, Duke University, 1976-1978
  • Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry), University of Texas at Austin, 1976
  • B.S. (chemistry), Texas Lutheran College, 1971

Research Interests:

Inorganic, Polymers, Synthesis

Our lab focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and applications of both cyclic and polymeric phosphazenes, particularly those in which there are two substituents attached to each phosphorus atoms by direct P–C bonds, e.g., [(Ph)(Me)PN]n. We prepare both the cyclic and polymeric phosphazenes with simple alkyl and aryl substituents, R and R', from condensation reactions of N-silylphosphoranimines, Me3SiNP(OPh)RR', and subsequently study synthetic methods for modifying the alkyl and aryl groups attached to phosphorus to facilitate tuning the properties of these materials for potential applications in medicine and engineering.

Selected Publications:
  1. Tsarevsky, N.; Woodruff, S.; Wisian-Neilson, P. J. " An Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory: Synthesis of Well-Defined Polymers by Low-Catalyst-Concentration ATRP and Postpolymerization Modification to Fluorescent Materials" J. Chem. Ed. 2016, 93, 1452–1459.
  2. Bačovská, R.; Wisian-Neilson, P.; Alberti, M.; Příhoda, J.; Zárybnická, L.; Voráč, Z. "Phenylmethyl phosphazene Derivatives for Preparation and Modification of Hydrophobic Properties of Polymeric Nonwoven Textiles"  Reactive and Functional Polymers, doi:10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2015.12.013; 2016, 100, 53–63.
  3. Mercado, R.-M.L.; Zhang, C.; Zhang, H.; Wisian-Neilson, P. "Synthesis of (Silylamino)phospholenes and Their Derivatives: Synthesis of a New Spirocyclic Phosphazene” Phosphorus, Sulfur Silicon Relat. Elem. 2015, 190, 2194–2206.
  4. Kraiter, D. C.; Wisian-Neilson, P; Zhang, C.; Crumbliss, A. L. "Synthesis and Redox Characterization of Phosphazene Terpolymers with Pendant Ferrocene Groups", Macromolecules 2012, 45, 3658-3668.
  5. Wisian-Neilson, P. "Polyphosphazenes from Condensation Polymerization", in Biomedical Applications of Polyphosphazenes, Alexander K. Andrianov, Ed., Wiley, New Jersey, 2009, Chapter 10, pp. 155-167.
  6. Kmecko, T.; Wang, X.; Wisian-Neilson, P. "Surface Chemical Modification of Poly(methylphenylphosphazene)" J. Inorg. Organomet. Polym. Mater. 2007, 17, 413-321.
  7. Cambre, J. N., Wisian-Neilson, P. "Poly(methylphenylphosphazene)-graft-Poly(methyl methacrylate) Copolymers via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization" J. Inorg. Organomet. Polym. Mater. 2006, 16, 311-318.
  8. Wisian-Neilson, P; Jung, J.-H.; Potluri, S. K. "Cyclic and Polymeric Alkyl/Aryl Phosphazenes", ACS Symposium Series 917 "Modern Aspects of Main Group Chemistry", American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2006, pp. 335-346.
  9. Jung, J.-H.; Kmecko, T.; Claypool, C. L.; Zhang, H.; Wisian-Neilson, P. "Synthesis and Characterizations of Sulfur-Containing Nongeminal Cyclic and Polymeric Alkylarylphosphazenes", Macromolecules 2005, 38, 2122 - 2130.
  10. Jung, J.-H.; Potluri, S. K.; Zhang, H.; Wisian-Neilson, P. "Synthesis and Reactivity of Nongeminally Substituted Cyclic Phosphazenes with Haloalkyl and Thioester Groups", Inorg. Chem. 2004, 43, 7784 - 7791.
  11. Jung, J.-H.; Pomeroy, J. C.; Zhang, H.; Wisian-Neilson, P. "Isolation and Characterization of Nongeminal Cyclic Methylphenylphosphazene Tetramers" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 15537-15542.

Courses Taught:

  • General Chemistry (CHEM 1303/4)
  • Advanced Inorganic Synthesis (CHEM 5192)
  • Overview of Materials Chemistry (CHEM 6118)


  • President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award, SMU, 2013
  • Perrine Prize (Phi Beta Kappa), 2013
  • H.O.P.E. Professor of the Year, SMU, 2012
  • W.T. Doherty Award of the American Chemical Society, DFW Section, 2006
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, SMU, 2005-2007
  • Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, SMU, 2005
  • Margareta Deschner Teaching Award, SMU, April, 1995