Mark Hollingworth

Dr. Mark Hollingsworth

Emeritus Associate Professor
location CBC 123
phone 785-532-6668 (Dept Office)
Research Themes

Design and Synthesis of Molecules and Supramolecular Architectures

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Emeritus Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor, Indiana University
Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Postdoctoral Research, University of Cambridge
Ph.D., Yale University
B.S., Chemistry, Carleton College

Research Overview

My research in solid-state organic chemistry emphasizes dynamic and structural phenomena and cooperative interactions in solid-state processes. During recent years, this work has focused on series of ferroelastic and ferroelectric inclusion compounds and salts that we have developed. Our work includes mechanistic studies of crystal growth and domain switching in organic single crystals and on phase transitions, especially in aperiodic systems, and it emphasizes crystal engineering, microscopy, spectroscopy and crystallography of organic solids with specific chemical and physical properties. Much of our most recent work has involved the physical crystallography of aperiodic crystals, primarily using synchrotron X-ray sources. Even though I am retired from teaching, I continue my research at Kansas State University.

Selected publications

  • Mariette, P. Rabiller, L. Guérin, C. Ecolivet, I. Frantsuzov, B. Wang, S. M. Nichols, P. Bourges, A. Bosak, Y.-S. Chen,M. D. Hollingsworth, and B. Toudic, “Phase transitions within crystals that are aperiodic by construction, Phys. Rev. B, 106, 134109 (2022). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.106.134109.
  • Kahr and M. D. Hollingsworth, “Massive Faculty Donations and Institutional Conflicts of Interest,” J. Sci. Pract. Integ., 1 (2019). DOI: 10.35122/jospi.2019.740579.
  • Mariette, I. Frantsuzov, B. Wang, L. Guérin, P. Rabiller, M. D. Hollingsworth, and B. Toudic, “Frustrated Pretransitional Phenomena in Aperiodic Composites,” Phys. Rev. B., 94, 184105 (2016); DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.184105.
  • D. Hollingsworth, J. A. Swift, B. Kahr, “J. Michael McBride at 65 - An Appreciation,” Cryst. Growth Des., 5, 2022-2035 (2005). A Perspective for the Special Issue in honor of J. Michael McBride. DOI: 10.1021/cg0505362. (See also the cover of this issue.)
  • D. Hollingsworth, M. L. Peterson, J. R. Rush, M. E. Brown, M. J. Abel, A. A. Black, M. Dudley, B. Raghothamachar, U. Werner-Zwanziger, E. J. Still, J. A. Vanecko, “Memory and Perfection in Ferroelastic Inclusion Compounds,” Cryst. Growth Des., 5, 2100-2116 (2005). DOI: 10.1021/cg050347j.
  • D. Hollingsworth, “Crystal Engineering: from Structure to Function,” an invited Viewpoint for Science, 295, 2410-2413 (March 29, 2002). DOI: 10.1126/science.1070967. (See also the cover of this issue.)
  • D. Hollingsworth, M. E. Brown, A. C. Hillier, B. D. Santarsiero and J. D. Chaney, “Superstructure Control in the Crystal Growth and Ordering of Urea Inclusion Compounds,” Science, 273, 1355-1359 (1996). (Research Article) DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5280.1355.
  • E. Brown and M. D. Hollingsworth, “Stress-induced Domain Reorientation in Urea Inclusion Compounds,” Nature (London), 376, 323-327 (1995). DOI: 10.1038/376323a0. (See also the cover of this issue.)
  • D. Hollingsworth and J. M. McBride, “Photochemical Mechanism in Single Crystals: FTIR Studies of Diacyl Peroxides,” Advances in Photochemistry, Vol. 15, D. Volman, G. Hammond, K. Gollnick, Eds., John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (1990), pp. 279-379. DOI: 10.1002/9780470133453.ch5.
  • M. McBride, B. E. Segmuller, M. D. Hollingsworth, D. E. Mills and B. A. Weber, “Mechanical Stress and Reactivity in Organic Solids,” Science, 234, 830-835 (1986). (Research Article) DOI: 10.1126/science.234.4778.830.