Donald J. Darensbourg has published extensively on the organometallic chemistry of carbon dioxide and its use in the synthesis of useful organic compounds. Over the past fifteen years, he has focused on the preparation of copolymers for CO2 and oxiranes or oxetanes. His research efforts are characterized by catalyst design for, and mechanistic studies of, these copolymerization processes.
He has been on the faculties of the State University of New York at Buffalo and Tulane University. Currently, he resides in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where he has been since 1982, and is currently a Distinguished Professor. In 2010, he received the American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry for his work enabling CO2 utilization, and is a long-time member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization.
He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1941 and received his B. S. and Ph.D. degrees from California State University at Los Angeles and the University of Illinois/Urbana, respectively.