Richard R. Schrock

Richard Royce Schrock is known for his his contributions to the metathesis reaction used in organic chemistry. He is interested broadly in synthetic and mechanistic organotransition metal and inorganic chemistry, catalysis, and polymers.

In 2005, Schrock received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Robert H. Grubbs and Yves Chauvin, for his work in the area of olefin metathesis, an organic synthesis technique.

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1985 ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry

1990 Harrison Howe Award of the Rochester ACS section

1995 Alexander von Humboldt Award

1996 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry

1998 Bailar Medal from the University of Illinois

2001 ACS Cope Scholar Award

2002 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Lecturer and Medalist

2004 Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lecturer

2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2005 F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry

2006 Theodore Richards Medal from the Northeast ACS section

2006 August Wilhelm von Hofmann Medal from the German Chemical Society

2007 Basolo Medal

1.    Potential Group IV olefin polymerization catalysts that contain a diamido ligand substituted with hexaisopropylterphenyl groups  Polyhedron, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 27 October 2005, Zachary J. Tonzetich and Richard R. Schrock.
2.    Enantioselective synthesis of cyclic allylboronates by Mo-catalyzed asymmetric ring-closing metathesis (ARCM). A one-pot protocol for net catalytic enantioselective cross metathesis Tetrahedron, Volume 60, Issue 34, 16 August 2004, Pages 7345-7351 Jesper A. Jernelius, Richard R. Schrock and Amir H. Hoveyda
3.    Recent advances in olefin metathesis by molybdenum and tungsten imido alkylidene complexes Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, Volume 213, Issue 1, 13 April 2004, Pages 21-30, Richard R. Schrock.
4.    Molybdenum alkylidyne complexes that contain a 3,3′-di-t-butyl-5,5′,6,6′-tetramethyl-1,1′-biphenyl-2,2′-diolate ([Biphen]2−) ligand  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 684, Issues 1-2, 1 November 2003, Pages 56-67 Richard R. Schrock, Jennifer Y. Jamieson, James P. Araujo, Peter J. Bonitatebus, Jr. , Amritanshu Sinha and L. Pia H. Lopez.
5.    Reactions of molybdenum and tungsten alkyl and aryl complexes that contain a triamidoamine ligand with carbon monoxide Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volumes 617-618, 15 January 2001, Pages 495-501 Richard R. Schrock, Celine Rosenberger, Scott W. Seidel, Keng-Yu Shih, William M. Davis and Aaron L. Odom.
6.    Modular Mo-based catalysts for efficient asymmetric olefin metathesis. Catalytic enantioselective synthesis of cyclic ethers and acetals Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 41, Issue 49, 2 December 2000, Pages 9553-9559, Gabriel S. Weatherhead, Jeffrey H. Houser, J. Gair Ford, Jennifer Y. Jamieson, Richard R. Schrock and Amir H. Hoveyda
7.    Synthesis of Group 4 [(RN-o-C6H4)2O]2− complexes where R is SiMe3 or 0.5 Me2SiCH2CH2SiMe2, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 591, Issues 1-2, 5 December 1999, Pages 163-173, Richard R. Schrock, Lan-Chang Liang, Robert Baumann and William M. Davis
8.    Olefin metathesis by molybdenum imido alkylidene catalysts Tetrahedron, Volume 55, Issue 27, 2 July 1999, Pages 8141-8153 Richard R. Schrock
9.    α-Hydrogen migration reactions in tungsten(VI) cyclopentadienyl alkylidyne complexes Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 569, Issues 1-2, 30 October 1998, Pages 125-137 Timothy H. Warren, Richard R. Schrock and William M. Davis.
10.    NMR detection of living intermediates prepared from activated [NON]ZrMe2 ([NON]2−=[(t-Bu-d6-N-o-C6H4)2O]2−) and olefins  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 557, Issue 1, 20 April 1998, Pages 69-75 Robert Baumann and Richard R. Schrock.
11.    The synthesis and structures of tantalum complexes that contain a triamido or a diamidoamine ligand  Inorganica Chimica Acta, Volume 270, Issues 1-2, 2 April 1998, Pages 353-362 Richard R. Schrock, Jesse Lee, Lan-Chang Liang and William M. Davis
12.    Molybdenum and tungsten Cp* complexes that contain 2,2′-diamidodiphenylamido or 2-amido-2′-oxydiphenylamido ligands Polyhedron, Volume 17, Issues 5-6, 30 March 1998, Pages 749-758 Shiang Cai, Richard R. Schrock, Rhett R. Kempe and W. M. Davis

13.    Reactions of [(Me3SiNCH2CH2)3N]WH with dihydrogen, olefins, acetylenes, carbon monoxide, n-butylisocyanide and azobenzene, Inorganica Chimica Acta, Volume 263, Issues 1-2, 15 October 1997, Pages 171-180, Daniel A. Dobbs, Richard R. Schrock and William M. Davis
14.    Conversion of rhenium alkylidyne complexes that contain unsupported metal-metal double bonds into relatives that contain μ-alkylidyne ligands  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 520, Issues 1-2, 9 August 1996, Pages 69-78 Robert Toreki, Richard R. Schrock and William M. Davis
15.    The alkoxide ligand in olefin and acetylene metathesis reactions  Polyhedron, Volume 14, Issue 22, October 1995, Pages 3177-3195 Richard R. Schrock
16.    Ligand variation in alkylidene complexes of the type Mo(CHR)(NR′)(OR″)2 Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 459, Issues 1-2, 19 October 1993, Pages 185-198 John H. Oskam, Harold H. Fox, Kimo B. Yap, David H. McConville, Richard O‘Dell, Bradley J. Lichtenstein and Richard R. Schrock
17.    The synthesis of trans-(Me3CO)3W&z.tbnd;CCH=CHC&z.tbnd;W(OCMe3)3, cis,cis-(Me3CO)3W&z.tbnd;CCH=CHC&z.tbnd;CCH=CHC&z.tbnd;W(OCMe3)3, and related metal-capped ene-ynes, and evaluation of them as catalysts for preparing polydiacetylenes  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 355, Issues 1-3, 8 November 1988, Pages 257-265 Steven A. Krouse and Richard R. Schrock
18.    Preparation of bis and tris(arylimido) complexes of rhenium(VII), including bis(arylimido) neopentylidene complexes, candidates as olefin metathesis catalysts  Polyhedron, Volume 7, Issues 19-20, 1988, Pages 1841-1853 Andrew D. Horton and Richard R. Schrock
19.    On the trail of metathesis catalysts Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 300, Issues 1-2, 4 February 1986, Pages 249-262 Richard R. Schrock
20.    Recent advances in the chemistry of well-defined olefin and acetylene metathesis catalysts Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 28, Issues 1-3, January 1985, Pages 1-8 Richard R. Schrock, John H. Freudenberger, Mark L. Listemann and Laughlin G. McCullough
21.    Acetylene metathesis by tungsten(VI) alkylidyne complexes Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 15, Issues 1-2, April-May 1982, Pages 75-79 Jose Sancho and Richard R. Schrock
22.    Attempts to prepare alkylidene zirconium complexes by α-hydrogen atom abstraction  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 205, Issue 3, 10 February 1981, Pages 319-327 Jeffrey H. Wengrovius and Richard R. Schrock
23.    X-ray crystallographic studies on octahedral oxo alkylidene complexes of tungsten(VI): W(=O)(=CHCMe3)(PMe3)2Cl2 and W(=O)(=CHCMe3)(PEt3)2Cl2  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 204, Issue 2, 13 January 1981, Pages C17-C20 Melvyn Rowen Churchill, Arnold L. Rheingold and Wiley J. Youngs, Richard R. Schrock and Jeffrey H. Wengrovius
24.    Preparation and characterization of active niobium, tantalum and tungsten metathesis catalysts  Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 8, Issues 1-3, May 1980, Pages 73-83 Richard Schrock, Scott Rocklage, Jeffrey Wengrovius, Gregory Rupprecht and Jere Fellmann
25.    Niobium and tantalum mesityl complexes and the role of the mesityl ligand in α- and γ-hydrogen abstraction reactions Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 182, Issue 4, 18 December 1979, Pages 477-488 Paul R. Sharp, Didier Astruc and Richard R. Schrock.
26.    A kinetic study of the thermal decomposition of pentabenzyltantalum Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 152, Issue 3, 6 June 1978, Pages C53-C56 V. Malatesta, K. U. Ingold and Richard R. Schrock.
27.    Preparation and characterization of M(CH3)5 (M = Nb or Ta) and Ta(CH2C6H5)5 and evidence for decomposition by α-hydrogen atom abstraction Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 122, Issue 2, 14 December 1976, Pages 209-225, Richard R. Schrock
28.    The preparation of NbH5(Me2PCH2CH2Me2)2 and NbHL2(Me2PCH2CH2PMe2)2 (L = CO or C2H4) Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 121, Issue 3, 30 November 1976, Pages 373-379, Richard R. Schrock
29.    Reduction of Carbon Monoxide. Past Research Summary”, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States Department of Energy, Schrock, R. R.  1982
30.    Chemistry of Bimetallic Linked Cyclopentadienyl Complexes: Progress Report, 1 December 1986 –30 November 1989”, Department of Chemistry at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States Department of Energy, Schrock, R. R.  1989
31.    Controlled Synthesis of Polyenes by Catalytic Methods. Progress Report, December 1, 1989 — November 30, 1992”, Department of Chemistry at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States Department of Energy, Schrock, R. R.  1992
32.    Controlled Synthesis of Polyenes by Catalytic Methods. Progress Report, December 1, 1992 — November 30, 1993”, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),United States Department of Energy, Schrock, R. R.  December 1993

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