Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Doctor of Philosophy, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, 2007-2011
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours, Advanced), University of Sydney, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Bachelor of Commerce, University of Sydney, 2001-2005


  • Fundamental understanding of chemical and physical phenomena.
  • Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization and materials based on these reactions.
  • Creating functional polymeric materials by utilizing new reactions and synthetic strategies.
  • Developing models for polymers/biopolymers that characterize the mechanism of formation, and the structure of the resulting polymer.
  • Reaction mechanisms and kinetics.


  1. D. Konkolewicz, P. Krys, J. R. Góis, P. V. Mendonça, M. Zhong, Y. Wang, A. Gennaro, A. A. Isse, M. Fantin, K. Matyjaszewski Macromolecules 2014. ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/ma4022983.

  2. D. Konkolewicz, Y. Wang, M. Zhong, P. Krys, A. A. Isse, A. Gennaro, K. Matyjaszewski. ‘Reversible-Deactivation Radical Polymerization in the Presence of Metallic Copper. A Critical Assessment of the SARA ATRP and SET-LRP Mechanisms.’ Macromolecules 2013, 46, 8749-8772 (Cover Article)

  3. M. Zhong, Y. Wang, P. Krys, D. Konkolewicz, K. Matyjaszewski. ‘Reversible-Deactivation Radical Polymerization in the Presence of Metallic Copper. Kinetic Simulation’Macromolecules 2013, 46, 3816-3827.

  4. C.-H. Peng, M. Zhong, Y. Wang,  Y. Kwak, Y. Zhang, W. Zhu, M. Tonge, J. Buback, S. Park, P. Krys, D. Konkolewicz, A. Gennaro, K. Matyjaszewski. ‘Reversible-Deactivation Radical Polymerization in the Presence of Metallic Copper. Activation of Alkyl Halides by Cu0’ Macromolecules 2013, 46, 3803-3815.

  5. Y. Wang, M. Zhong, W. Zhu, C.-H. Peng, Y. Zhang, D. Konkolewicz, N. Bortolamei, A. A. Isse, A. Gennaro, K. Matyjaszewski. ‘Reversible-Deactivation Radical Polymerization in the Presence of Metallic Copper. Comproportionation–Disproportionation Equilibria and Kinetics’ Macromolecules 2013, 46, 3793-3802.

  6. H. He, M. Zhong, D. Konkolewicz, K. Yacatto, T. Rappold, G. Sugar, N. E. David, J. Gelb, N. Kotwal, A. Merkle, K. Matyjaszewski. ‘Three-Dimensionally Ordered Macroporous Polymeric Materials by Colloidal Crystal Templating for Reversible CO2 Capture.’ Advanced Functional Materials 2013, 23, 4720–4728.

  7. H. He, W. Li, M. Lamson, M. Zhong, D. Konkolewicz, C. M. Hui, K. Yaccato, T. Rappold, G. Sugar, N. E. David, K. Damodaran, S. Natesakhawat, H. Nulwala, K. Matyjaszewski. “Porous polymers prepared via high internal phase emulsion polymerization for reversible CO2 capture” Polymer2013, 55, 385–394.

  8. H. He, M. Zhong, D. Konkolewicz, K. Yaccato, T. Rappold, G. Sugar, N. E. David, K. Matyjaszewski. ‘Carbon Black Functionalized with Hyperbranched Polymers: Synthesis, Characterization, and Application in Reversible CO2 Capture.’ Journal of Materials Chemistry A 20131, 6810-6821.

  9. H. He, W. Li, M. Zhong, D. Konkolewicz, D. Wu, K. Yaccato, T. Rappold, G. Sugar, N. E. David, K. Matyjaszewski, ‘Reversible CO2 capture with porous polymers using the humidity swing’, Energy & Environmental Science 2013, 6, 488-493.

  10. D. Konkolewicz, K. Schröder, J. Buback, S. Bernhard, K. Matyjaszewski, ‘Visible Light and Sunlight Photoinduced ATRP with ppm of Cu Catalyst’, ACS Macro Letters 2012, 1, 1219-1223.

  11. P. H. M. Van Steenberge, D. R. D'hooge, Y. Wang, M. Zhong, M.-F. Reyniers, D. Konkolewicz, K. Matyjaszewski, G.B. Marin, ‘Linear Gradient Quality of ATRP Copolymers’ Macromolecules 2012, 45, 8519-8531. 

  12. K. Schröder, D. Konkolewicz, R. Poli, K. Matyjaszewski, ‘Formation and Possible Reactions of Organometallic Intermediates with Active Copper(I) Catalysts in ATRP’ Organometallics 2012, 31, 7994–7999.

  13. K. Schröder, R. T. Mathers, J. Buback, D. Konkolewicz, A. J. D. Magenau, K. Matyjaszewski, ‘Substituted Tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine Ligands for Highly Active ATRP Catalysts’, ACS Macro Letters 2012, 1, 1037–1040. 

  14. A. Simakova, S. E. Averick, D. Konkolewicz, K. Matyjaszewski, ‘Aqueous ARGET ATRP’ Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 6371–6379.

  15. D. Konkolewicz, A. J. D. Magenau, S. Averick, A. Simakova, H. He, K. Matyjaszewski, ‘ICAR ATRP with ppm Cu Catalyst in Water’, Macromolecules 2012, 45, 4461-4468.

  16. Y. Zhang, Y. Wang, C.-H. Peng, M. Zhong, W. Zhu, D. Konkolewicz, K. Matyjaszewski ‘ATRP of Methyl Acrylate in the Presence of Metallic Copper: Effect of Ligand Structure on Reaction Kinetics’, Macromolecules 2012, 45, 78-86.

  17. D. Konkolewicz,* D. D’hooge, S. Sosnowski, R. Szymanski, M-F Reyniers, G. Marin, K. Matyjaszewski ‘Tuning Polymer Properties by Competitive Equilibria’, In ACS Symp. Ser.; K. Matyjaszewski, B. Sumerlin, N. V. Tsarevsky Eds.; American Chemical Society: 2012; Vol. 1100, p 145-169.

  18. D. D’hooge, D. Konkolewicz, M.-F. Reyniers, G. B. Marin, K. Matyjaszewski, ‘Understanding and Optimization of Initiators for Continuous Activator Regeneration Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization using Competitive Equilibria’, Macromolecular Theory and Simulations 2012, 21, 52-69.

  19. A. Nese, Y. Li, S. Averick, Y. Kwak, D. Konkolewicz, S. S. Sheiko, K. Matyjaszewski, ‘Synthesis of Amphiphilic Poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-b-Poly(vinyl acetate) Molecular Bottlebrushes' ACS MAcro Letters 2012, 1, 227-231.

  20. S. Averick, A. Simakova, S. Park, D. Konkolewicz, A. J. D. Magenau, R. A. Mehl, K. Matyjaszewski, ‘ATRP under Biologically Relevant Conditions: Grafting from a Protein’, ACS Macro. Letters 2012, 1, 6-10. (Cover Article).

  21. D. Konkolewicz, S. Sosnowski, D. R. D'hooge, R. Szymanski, M.-F. Reyniers, G. Marin, K. Matyjaszewski 'Origin of the Difference between Branching in Acrylates Polymerization under Controlled and Free Radical Conditions: a Computational Study of Competitive processes' Mcromolecules 2011, 44, 8361-8373.

  22. S. Y. Yu-Su, F. C. Sun, and S. S. Sheiko, D. Konkolewicz, H.-i. Lee, K. Matyjaszewski, Molecular Imaging and Analysis of Branching Topology in Polyacrylates by Atomic Force Microscopy Macromolecules 2011, 44, 5928–5936.

  23. D. Konkolewicz, H. de Bruyn, B. S. Hawkett, Effect of Stabilizer Functionality on the Kinetics of Emulsion Polymerization in Hairy Particles' 2011, 44, 8744–8754.

  24. D. Konkolewicz, M. J. Monteiro, S. Perrier, ‘Dendritic and Hyperbranched Polymers from Macromolecular Units: Elegant approaches to synthesizing functional polymers’, Macromolecules 2011, 44, 7067–7087 (Cover Article).

  25. D. Konkolewicz, S. Perrier, D. Stapleton, A. Gray-Weale, ‘Modelling Highly Branched Structures: Description of the solution structures of dendrimers, polyglycerol, and glycogen’, Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics 2011, 49, 1525–1538.

  26. M. Koh, D. Konkolewicz, S. Perrier ‘A Simple Route to Functional Hyperbranched Structures: The RAFT Homopolymerization of Divinylbenzene’, Macromolecules 2011, 44, 2715–2724.

  27. D. Konkolewicz, S. Gaillard, A. G. West, Y. Y. Cheng, A.  Gray-Weale, T. W. Schmidt, S. P. Nolan, S. Perrier   ‘Luminescent Hyperbranched Polymers: Combining Thiol-Yne Chemistry with Gold-mediated C-H Bond Activation’, Organometallics 2011, 30, 1315-1318.

  28. D. Konkolewicz, C. K. Poon, A. Gray-Weale, S. Perrier* ‘Hyperbranched Alternating Block Copolymers using Thiol-Yne Chemistry: Materials with Tuneable Properties’, Chemical Communications 2011, 47, 239-241.

  29. D. Konkolewicz, A. Gray-Weale, S. Perrier* ‘The Structure of Randomly Branched Polymers Synthesized by Living Radical Methods’, Polymer Chemistry 2010, 1, 1067–1077.

  30. D. Konkolewicz, A. Gray-Weale*, S. Perrier* ‘Describing the Structure of a Randomly Hyperbranched Polymer’, Macromolecular Theory and Simulations 2010, 19, 219–227.

  31. D. Konkolewicz, A. Gray-Weale, S. Perrier*, ‘Hyperbranched Polymers by Thiol-Yne Chemistry, From Small Molecules to Functional Polymers’, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2009, 131, 18075-18077.

  32. N. M. Ahmad, B. Charleux, C. Farcet, C. J. Ferguson, S. G. Gaynor, B. S. Hawkett, F. Heatley, B. Klumperman, D. Konkolewicz, P. A. Lovell*, K. Matyjaszewski, R. Venkatesh ‘Chain Transfer to Polymer and Branching in Controlled Radical Polymerizations of n-Butyl Acrylate’, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2009, 30, 2002-2021 (Cover Article).

  33. S. L. Brown, D. Konkolewicz, A. Gray-Weale, W. B. Motherwell, S. Perrier* ‘Searching for Stars:Selective desulfurization and fluorescence spectroscopy as new tools in the search for cross-termination side-products in Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT)’, Australian Journal of Chemistry 2009, 62, 1533-1536.

  34. D. Konkolewicz* ‘Where are the End-Groups in a Hyperbranched Polymer?’ Australian Journal of Chemistry 2009, 62, 823-829.

  35. D. Konkolewicz, M. Siauw, A. Gray-Weale, B.S. Hawkett, S. Perrier* ‘Obtaining Kinetic Information from the Chain-Length Distribution of Polymers Produced by RAFT’, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2009, 113, 7086-7094.

  36. D. Konkolewicz, B.S. Hawkett, A. Gray-Weale, S. Perrier* ‘RAFT Polymerization Kinetics: How Long are the Cross-Terminating Oligomers?’, Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2009, 47, 3455-3466.

  37. D. Konkolewicz, B.S. Hawkett, A. Gray-Weale, S. Perrier* ‘RAFT Polymerization Kinetics: Combination of Apparently Conflicting Models’, Macromolecules 2008, 41, 6400-6412.

  38. D. Konkolewicz, O. Thorn-Seshold, A. Gray-Weale* ‘Models for randomly hyperbranched polymers: Theory and simulation’ Journal of Chemical Physics 2008, 129, 054901.

  39. D. Konkolewicz, R. G. Gilbert, and A. Gray-Weale* 'Randomly Hyperbranched Polymers', Physical Review Letters 2007, 98, 238301.

  40. D. Konkolewicz, A. A. Gray-Weale, and R. G. Gilbert* 'Molecular Weight Distributions from Size Separation Data for Hyperbranched Polymers', Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2007, 45, 3112-3115.

  41. D. Konkolewicz, J. W. Taylor, II, P. Castignolles, A. Gray-Weale, and R. G. Gilbert* 'Toward a More General Solution to the Band-Broadening Problem in Size Separation of Polymers', Macromolecules 2007, 40, 3477-3487.

  42. I. H. Cairns*, D. L. Konkolewicz, and P. A. Robinson 'Field Statistics and Correlation Functions for stochastically Growing Waves', Physics of Plasmas 2007, 14, 042105.


  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2006-present).


  • 2010 Agnes Campbell Prize for Excellence in Organic Chemistry.
  • 2008 Surface Coatings Association of Australia Scholarship (for two years).
  • 2009 Nominated by Australian Academy of Sciences to attend the 2nd HOPE meeting organised by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), accepted by JSPS (One of only 5 Australian Postgraduate Students).
  • 2009 C. G. and R. J. W. Le Fèvre Student Lecture Award of the Sydney University Chemical Society.
  • 2008 Treloar Prize for Best Oral Presentation at 30th APS.
  • 2008 Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement for Chemistry.
  • 2007 Best Poster Prize at SCM-3 (3rd Int. Symp. on Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules).
  • 2007 Australian Postgraduate Award, PhD scholarship (for three years).


  • 2002 Placed on Deans Honours List for academic merit (for four years).
  • 2002 Continuing Undergraduate Scholarship (for three years).
  • 2005 Geoffrey Dale Prize for Third Year.
  • 2005 Professor RSG Rutherford Prize for Econometrics IIIA.
  • 2005 Econometrics Discipline Prize for Econometric Models and Methods [Shared], and Forecasting for Economics and Business.
  • 2004 Frank Albert Prize for Economics II and III (for two years).
  • 2004 GS Caird Scholarship in Economics II.
  • 2002 Sir Arthur Hollis Memorial Prize for Chemistry II.