We are an active research group of inorganic and organometallic chemistry in the Chemistry Department at the University of Rochester. 5 graduate students, two postdocs, and 1 undergrad currently work in the lab.
Here's another recent photo of
the group, plus pix from 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2003, and 2001..
Bill won the 2003 ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry, and was awarded an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award for 2009. He is a Fellows of the American Chemical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also received the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2009 from the University of Rochester. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 2003. He spent a month as "Professeur Invité" at the University of Toulouse in June 2008.
Dr. Cassandra Hayes arrived in September 2014 for a joint project with Tom Baker (Ottawa)
Dr. Naveen Kulkarni arrived in March 2016 for a joint project with Tom Baker (Ottawa)
Previous postdocs have moved on: Dr. Sumit Chakraborty took a job at Tennessee Eastman in 2015. Dr. Sarina Bellows took a job at SiGNa Chemistry in Rochester in 2016. Dr. Ruth Rodrigo returned to Zaragosa
in Feb. 2014. Dr. Valentin
Poirier returned to France in Jan. 2013. Dr. Taro Tanabe, from Kyoto University, is now working for TCI in
Tokyo. Dr. Sabuj Kundu, from
Rutgers, is now a professor at IIT Kanpur. Dr. Sébastien Lachaize, fromthe
Laboratoire de Chemie de
Coordination in Toulouse is working on C-CN cleavage of benzonitriles,
is now a professor at Université Paul Sabatier in
Toulouse. Dr. Nicole Brunkan, from UNC Chapel Hill,
now working at DuPont. Dr. Josemon Jacob is now an Assistant Professor
at the Indian Institute of Technology,
Faculty Visitors: Prof. Heng Zhang returned to Wuhan University in August 2016 after a 1-year sabbatical in the lab. Prof. Rui-bo Xu returned to Huaihai Institute of Technology in July 2015 after a 1-year sabbatical in the lab. Dr. Tsuyoshi Matsumoto from Nagoya University visited the lab for 2 months in the fall of 2012. Sabbatical visitor Juventino Garcia is now back at UNAM after spending a year looking at C-N and C-CN activation. Donna Brestensky (Ph.D. Indiana U.) was on sabbatical leave from St. Bonaventure and is working on C-C cleavage in allyl nitriles.
Current Students (September '16):
Miles Marnell (B.S. SUNY New Paltz, 2012-) is working on new C-C cleavage reactions with iridium and ceria nanoparticles in catalysis.
Hongmei Yuan (M.S. RIT, 2012-) is working on electrophilic cobalt chemistry.
Jing Yuwan (B.S. Wuhan U. 2013-) is working on C-H activation with first row metals and Tp’RhL chemistry.
Ningyu Liu (B.S. Wuhan U. 2015-) is working on nitrogenation reactions. Tp’RhL
John Medina (B.S., ‘17)
Tanya Townsend (B.S., ‘17)
The group has had many visitors from Japan, Germany, Mexico, and China.
Most recently, Juanjuan Li visited for one year from Xiamen University in China.
Gyeongshin Choi visited for 4 months from the University of Osaka.
Jorge Nieto visited for 6 months from UNAM in Mexico city. He defended his thesis in Jan. 2009
Yoshi Terao visited for a
few months from Osaka University. He
now works for Takeda,
which is the biggest pharmaceutical company in
Previous Group Members
Lloyd Munjanja (B.S. College of St. Scholastica, 2012-) is working at the Center for C-H Functionalization in Atlanta.
Matt Sleck (B.S. Mesa State College, 2013-2015, MS) Graduated after working on vanadium oxidative routes to aniline.
Aaron Walsh (B.S. SUNY Buffalo, 2010-2015, PhD) Recently graduatated after working on Lewis acid catalyzed C-C cleavage with nickel.
Jim Kovach (B.S. Bucknell Univ., 2004-2015, PhD) Recently graduated after working on rhodium and iridium pincer compounds for C-H activation as part of the NSF CENTC center.
Keith Hilferding (B.S. Juniata College, 2012-2014, MS) worked on a joint project with Dan Weix on nickel based cross-coupling, and is now working at Chemicals Incorporated in Texas.
Yunzhe Jiao (B.S. Nankai U., 2010-2014, PhD) is working in Beijing for Syngaschem BV.
James Morris (B.S. Bard College, 2007-2013, PhD) is posdocing in England with Manfred Bochmann.
Katryna Pellingra (M.S. RIT, 2012-2014, MS) is working on making a new category of soft MOFs.
Kim Manbeck (B.S. Lebanon Valley College, 2011-2013, MS) is working in Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Rhinehart (B.S. Whitworth, 2006-2011, PhD) is a lecturer at UT Arlington.
Meagan Evans (M.S. RIT, 2006-2011, PhD) is working at Exxon-Mobil.
Matt Grochowski (M.S. UNC Charlotte, 2006-2010, PhD) is working at Colonial Chemical.
Ting Li (B.S. USTC, 2005-2010) is working at DuPont in Shanghai.
Brett Swartz (B.S. Lafayette College, 2004-2009) is postdocing at U of R with Todd Krauss.
Katherine Lai (B.S. Univ. Rochester, 2009-) is working in San Diego.
Ling Li (B.S. USTC, 2004-2009) is working at Merck.
Renée Becker (M.S. SUNY Albany, 2006-2008) worked on electrochemical C-H activation, and is now teaching at Valencia Community College in Florida.
Ahmet Gunay (B.S. Bilkent University, 2002-2007) worked on C-C bond cleavage in alkynes using platinum complexes. Now a postdoc with Marion Emmert at WPI.
Tulay Atesan (B.S. Bilkent University, 2002-2007) worked on thiophene C-S cleavage with rhodium and platinum. Now teaching at U. Texas Pan-American.
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Andy Vetter (B.S. Alfred University, 1999-2005) looked at selectivity in alkane complexes leading to C-H activation. Now working at Tennessee Eastman.
Karlyn Skugrud (B.S. Hamline University,
2000-2003) Examined new aspect of C-S bond cleavage, and now is teaching in
Steve Oster (B.S. York University,
1998-2003) is now teaching at
Brad Kraft (B.S. Millersville University, 1998-2002) completed his postdoc at Stanford, got married, and is now a faculty member at St. John Fisher. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
For earlier group members, visit our comprehensive former members site.
Our research group has an interest in examining the reactions of homogeneous transition metal complexes with organic substrates with an emphasis on bond activation processes that are of potential interest to the chemical industry. We also are doing theoretical DFT modeling of this chemistry on the UofR Bluehive Cluster. The research support is provided by the following agencies and companies:
(newer reports are no longer posted due to copyright restrictions)
1. The U.S. Department of Energy (1982-2018)*
2. The National Science Foundation (2014-2017)*
The National Science Foundation CBC (2004-2017)*:
"Electrophilic Alkane Functionalization,"
4. General Electric EFRC/ERD (2013-2014, completed):
Center for Electrocatalysis, Transport Phenomena, and Materials for Innovative Energy Storage
“Studies of Iron, Cobalt, and Nickel Electrocatalysts for Energy Storage”
5. The National Science Foundation GOALI Program (Grant CHE-9616691, completed):
"Collaborative Industrial/Academic Research on
Alternate Phosgene Chemistry for Environmentally Benign Chemical Synthesis
6. The National Science Foundation (1994-2010, completed)*
(Grants CHE-9421727, 9816365, 0414325, 0717040):
*more recent reports are not yet posted as the work has not yet been published.
Here you can find a link to the complete
publications of the group.
page updated 11/15/16