James A. Rego
Associate Professor

Office: 8-336
Telephone: 909.869.3767
email: jarego at csupomona dot edu

Schedule and Office Hours


• Postdoctoral Associate: Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Postdoctoral Associate: Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Germany (Prof. Helmut Ringsdorf)
• Ph.D. University of Colorado (Advisor Prof. David Walba)
• B.A. University of California, San Diego

Teaching Experience

• California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Associate Professor, 8/09 - present
• California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Assistant Professor, 9/04 - 8/09
• Reed College - Visiting Assistant Professor, 8/03 - 7/04
• Swarthmore College - Visiting Assistant Professor, 8/02 - 7/03

Research Interests

• Synthesis of Self-Organizing Organic Materials for Molecular Sensing and Optoelectronics
• Organic Photochemistry in Anisotropic Media
• Functionalization and Molecular Imprinting of Surfaces
• Asymmetric Organic Synthesis

Selected Publications:

Rego, J.A.; Harvey, J.A.A.; MacKinnon, A.L.; Gatdula, E. "Asymmetric synthesis of a highly soluble ‘trimeric’ analogue of the chiral nematic liquid crystal twist agent Merck S1011." Liquid Crystals, 37, 37-43 (2010) (pdf)

Fernsler, J.; Hough, L.; Shao, R.-F.; Maclennan, J.E.; Navailles, L.; Madhusudhana, N.V.; Mondain-Monval, O.; Boyer, C.; Zasadzinski, J.; Rego, J.; Walba, D. M.; Clark, N. A. "Giant Block Twist Grain Boundary Smectic Phases." Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 102, 14191-14196 (2005) (pdf)

Rego, J. A.; Cahill, P. A. "Synthesis of Chiral Networks for Polymer Stabilized Cholesteric Texture (PSCT) Displays."Polymer Preprints, 38, Vol.1, 364 (1997)

Rego, J. A.; Kumar, S.; Ringsdorf, H. "Synthesis and Characterization of Fluorescent, Low Symmetry Triphenylene Discotic Liquid Crystals: Tailoring of Mesomorphic and Optical Properties." Chem. Mater., 8, 1402-1409 (1996) (pdf)

Rego, J. A.; Kumar, S.; Dmochowski, I. J.; Ringsdorf, H. "Synthesis of Novel Mixed-Tail Triphenylene Discotic Liquid Crystals: The Search for Higher Order." J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 1031-1032 (1996) (pdf)

Shönherr, H.; Kremer, F.; Kumar, S.; Rego, J. A.; Wolf, H.; Ringsdorf, H.; Jaschke, M.; Butt, H. J.; Bamberg, E  "Self-Assembled Monolayers of Discotic Liquid Crystalline Thioethers, Discoid Disulfides and Thiols on Gold: Molecular Engineering of Ordered Surfaces", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 118, 13051-13057 (1996) (pdf)

Henderson, P; Kumar, S; Rego, J. A.; Ringsdorf, H; Schuhmacher, P. "The Synthesis of Alkoxy-bromotriphenylenes: New Discotic Liquid Crystals and Valuable Precursors to "Mixed Tail" Discotics." J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 1059 (1995)