Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, USA.
The research group of Robert Grubbs is involved in the design, synthesis, and mechanistic studies of complexes that catalyze useful organic transformations.
Several years ago his group discovered a new class of olefin metathesis catalysts based on ruthenium alkylidenes that show unprecedented tolerance toward polar functional groups and which opened the way for the synthesis of a wide variety of functionalized polymers.
Recipient of the 2003 Linus Pauling Award.
Professor Grubbs’ other awards have included Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1974-76), Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1975-78), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1975), ACS National Award in Organometallic Chemistry (1988), the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1990), the ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry (1995), the Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry (1997), the Fluka Reagent of the Year (1998), the Mack Memorial Award (1999), the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry (2000), the ACS Herman F. Mark Polymer Chemistry Award (2000), the ACS Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods (2001), the ACS Arthur C. Cope Award (2002), and the ACS Award for Creative Research in Homogeneous or Heterogeneous Catalysis (2003). He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1989, and he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994.
"Red-Orange Electroluminescence with New Soluble and Air-Stable Poly (Naphthalene- Vinylene)s," S. Tasch, W. Graupner, W. Leising, G. Pu, M. W. Wagner, and R. H. Grubbs, Advan. Mater. 1995, 7(11), 903.
"A Series of Well-Defined Metathesis Catalysts P Synthesis and Applications of RuCl2(=CHR')(PR3)2," P. Schwab, M. B. France, J. W. Ziller, and R. H. Grubbs, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 1995, 34, 2039-2041. (Angew. Chem. 1995, 107, 2179-2181).
"Ring-Closing Metathesis and Related Processes in Organic Synthesis," R. H. Grubbs, S. J. Miller, and G. C. Fu, Acc. Chem. Res. 1995, 28, 446-452.
"Chain Transfer in the Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Cyclooctadiene Using Discrete Metal Alkylidenes," M. A. Hillmyer and R. H. Grubbs, Macromolecules 1995, 28, 8662-8667.
"Synthesis of Conformationally Restricted Amino Acids and Peptides Employing Olefin Metathesis," S. J. Miller and R. H. Grubbs, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1995, 117, 5855-5856.
"Main-Chain Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Oligomers by Acyclic Diene Metathesis Polymerization," D. W. Walba, P. Keller, R. Shao, N. A. Clark, M. Hillmyer, and R. H. Grubbs, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1996, 118(11), 2740-2741.
"alpha-Agostic Interactions and Olefin Insertion in Metallocene Polymerization Catalysts," G. W. Coates and R. H. Grubbs, Acc. Chem. Res. 1996, 29, 85-93.
"Asymmetric Ring-Closing Metathesis: Kinetic Resolution Catalyzed by a Chiral Molybdenum Alkylidene Complex," O. Fujimura and R. H. Grubbs, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1996, 118, 2499-2500.
"Synthesis and Applications of RuCl2(=CHRU)(PR3)2 - The Influence of the Alkylidene Moiety on Metathesis Activity," P. Schwab, R. H. Grubbs and J. W. Ziller, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1996, 118, 100-110.
"Catalytic Ring Closing Metathesis (RCM) of Dienynes: Construction of Fusted Bicyclic [n.m.0] Rings," S.-H. Kim, W. J. Zuercher, N. B. Bowden, and R. H. Grubbs, J. Org. Chem. 1996, 61, 1073-1081.