David Y. Son

David Son Portrait



Office: 317 Fondren Science
Phone: 214-768-8813
Email: dson[@]smu.edu
Professional website: http://faculty.smu.edu/dson/

Educational Background

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993; B.S., Chemistry, Andrews University, 1989


  • 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 

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. Bunton, C. M.; Bassampour, Z. M.; Boothby, J. M.; Smith, A. N.; Rose, J. V.; Nguyen, D. M.; Ware, T. H.; Csaky, K. G.; Lippert, A. R.; Tsarevsky, N. V.; Son, D. Y. "Degradable silyl-ether networks from tri-functional thiols and acrylates", Macromolecules, 2020, 53, 9890-9900.

  2. Budy, S. M.; Hall, J. K.; Son, D. Y. "Polyarylene polyimides with hydrocarbon and semiā€fluorinated backbones: Synthesis, characterization, and properties", Polymer Chemistry, 2020, 11, 6273-6280.

  3. Budy, S. M.; Khan, M.; Chang, X.; Iacono, S. T.; Son, D. Y. "Semi-fluorinated Polyarylenes: Microwave-assisted Synthesis and Structure-Property Relationships", Journal of Polymer Science, 2020, 58(19), 2774-2783.

  4. Porter, D.; Davis, N.; Krueger, P.; Son, D. Y.; Cohen, A. "Additive Manufacturing by Material Extrusion with Medical Grade Silicone Elastomers and IR Laser Curing", Rapid Prototyping Journal, 2020, 26, 145-155.

  5. Bassampour, Z.; Budy, S.; Son, D. Y. "Degradable epoxy resins based on bisphenol A diglycidyl ether and silyl ether amine curing agents", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2017, 134(12), 44620.


  • 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, 2012, 2014, 2019
  • Ruth Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, 2011

Courses Taught

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