We are an active research group of inorganic and organometallic chemistry in the Chemistry Department at the University of Rochester. 8 graduate students, three postdocs, and 1 undergrad currently work in the lab.
Here's another recent photo of
the group, plus pix from 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.
Prof. Rui-bo Xu arrived in July 2014 from , Huaihai Institute of Technology for a 1-year sabbatical.
Dr. Sarina Bellows arrived in September 2014 for a joint project with Tom Cundari (N. Texas).
Dr. Cassandra Hayes arrived in September 2014 for a joint project with Tom Baker (Ottawa)
Dr. Sumit Chakraborthy arrived in August 2013 from U. Cinncinati with Hairong Guan.
Previous postdocs have moved on: 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 apostdoc at Penn. State. 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,
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 (January '13):
Jim Kovach (B.S. Bucknell Univ., 2004-) is working on rhodium and iridium pincer compounds for C-H activation as part of the NSF CENTC center.
Aaron Walsh (B.S. SUNY Buffalo, 2010-) is working on Lewis acid catalyzed C-C cleavage with nickel.
Lloyd Munjanja (B.S. College of St. Scholastica, 2012-) is working on thiophene activation with palladium.
Miles Marnell (B.S. SUNY New Paltz, 2012-) is working on new C-C cleavage reactions with iridium.
Katryna Pellingra (M.S. RIT, 2012-) is working on making a new category of soft MOFs.
Hongmei Yuan (M.S. RIT, 2012-) is working on electrophilic cobalt chemistry.
Keith Hilferding (B.S. Juniata College, 2012-) is working on a joint project with Dan Weix on nickel based cross-coupling.
Matt Sleck (B.S. Mesa State College, 2013-) is working on vanadium oxidative routes to aniline.
Jing Yuwan (B.S. Wuhan U. 2013-) is working on C-H activation with first row metals.
Natalie Chan (B.S., ‘15)
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
Yunzhe Jiao (B.S. Nankai U., 2010-) is working in Tarragona Spain.
James Morris (B.S. Bard College, 2007-) is posdocing in England with Manfred Bochmann.
Kim Manbeck (B.S. Lebanon Valley College, 2011-) is working in Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Miller (B.S. Whitworth, 2006-) is teaching in Texas.
Meagan Evans (M.S. RIT, 2006-2011) is postdocing at Univ. Chicago with Rich Jordan.
Matt Grochowski (M.S. UNC Charlotte, 2006-2010) is postdocing with Ayusman Sen at Penn. State.
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 now a postdoc with Mark Biscoe at CUNY.
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.
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
Oster (B.S. York University, 1998-2003) is now teaching
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 our CCLab 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 (1982-2014)*
2. The National Science Foundation (2014-2017)*
The National Science Foundation CBC (2004-2017)*:
"Electrophilic Alkane Functionalization,"
4. General Electric EFRC/ERD (2013-2014):
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 9/8/14