Paul Rasmussen

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Professor Emeritus

Office Location(s): 3521 Chemistry

  • About

    Paul G. Rasmussen,  Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Macromolecular Science & Engineering retired in 2006, completing 42 years at UM.   During that time he was twice Associate Dean for Research in LSA (1975-82 & 2000-2004).  He supervised 28 PhD students, as well as a number of MS and BS Honors students.  He taught courses in general, inorganic, and polymer chemistry and received LSA citations for excellence in teaching.
    In 2009 he held an appointment as Senior Engineer at the China Lake Navy Base in Ridgecrest CA, and from 2010-2015 was a Research Associate in Chemical Engineering, in the group of Professor Levi Thompson.
    In 1999 Prof. Rasmussen founded Vinazene Inc. a UM spin-off company to promote polymers patented at UM, and in 2012 the company was independently awarded an SBIR Phase I project from the DOE for research on redox flow batteries.  This was followed by a Phase II award in 2013, and an NSF STTR Phase I award in 2014 for supercapacitor research.  The company maintains a research lab at an incubator in Plymouth MI and further information can be found at

    Representative Publications

    New Acetylenic Monomers and Polymers from 4,5-Dicyanoimidazole, Crystal G. Densmore, Paul G. Rasmussen, Macromolecules,  2004, 37, 5900-10.

    4-Cyanoimidazolate: A New Pseudo-Cyanide?  Gregory B. Less, Jeffery W. Kampf, Paul G. Rasmussen, Inorg. Chem. 2004, 43(16) 4897-4902.

    Probing Hydrogen Bonding and Proton Mobility in Dicyanoimidazole Monomers and Polymers,  Crystal G. Densmore, Paul G. Rasmussen, Gillian R. Goward, Macromolecules, 2005, 38, #2, 416-21.

    The Condensation of DAMN with Conjugated Aldehydes and Polymerizations of the Corresponding Imines, David M. Johnson, Sarah E. Reybuck, Richard G. Lawton, Paul G. Rasmussen, Macromolecules, 2005, 38(9), 3615-3621.

    1-H-Imidazole-4-Carbonitrile, Gregory B. Less, Jeff W. Kampf, Paul G. Rasmussen, Acta. Cryst. Section E, 2005, 61, 1704-6.

    Novel Binding of Beryllium to Dicarboxyimidazole-Based Model Compounds and Polymers, Plieger, P. G.; Ehler, D. S.; Duran, B. L.; Taylor, T. P.; John, K. D.; Keizer, T. S.; McCleskey, T. M.; Burrell, A. K.; Kampf, J. W.; Haase, T.; Rasmussen, P. G.; Karr, J.; Inorg. Chem. 2005; 44(16); 5761-5769.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Awards
    • Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, 2004
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Inorganic Chemistry
      Materials Chemistry
      Polymer Chemistry