Robert H. Grubbs

Robert H. Grubbs is currently the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California, US, where he has been a faculty member since 1978.

Grubbs received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Richard R. Schrock and Yves Chauvin, for his work in the field of olefin metathesis.

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1975-78 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

1975 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship

1988 ACS National Award in Organometallic Chemistry (1988)

1990 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

1995 ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry

1997 Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry

1998 Fluka Reagent of the Year

1999 Mack Memorial Award

2000 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry

2000 CS Herman F. Mark Polymer Chemistry Award

2001 ACS Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods

2002 ACS Arthur C. Cope Award

2003 ACS Award for Creative Research in Homogeneous or Heterogeneous Catalysis

2003 Richard C. Tolman Medal (Southern California Section ACS

1.    A neutral, water-soluble olefin metathesis catalyst based on an N-heterocyclic carbene ligand Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 46, Issue 15, 11 April 2005, Pages 2577-2580 Justin P. Gallivan, Jason P. Jordan and Robert H. Grubbs
2.    Jim Feast: a career in polymer science  Polymer, Volume 46, Issue 5, 14 February 2005, Pages 1427-1438 Robert H. Grubbs, Richard H. Friend, E.W. Meijer, Randal W. Richards and Neil R. Cameron
3.    Synthesis of tri-substituted vinyl boronates via ruthenium-catalyzed olefin cross-metathesis  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 45, Issue 41, 4 October 2004, Pages 7733-7736 Christie Morrill, Timothy W. Funk and Robert H. Grubbs
4.    Olefin metathesis Tetrahedron, Volume 60, Issue 34, 16 August 2004, Pages 7117-7140 Robert H. Grubbs
5.    Vacuum-UV influenced design of polymers and dissolution inhibitors for next generation photolithography  Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, Volume 122, Issue 1, 1 July 2003, Pages 17-26 Brian C. Trinque, Charles R. Chambers, Brian P. Osborn, Ryan P. Callahan, Geun Su Lee, Shiro Kusumoto, Daniel P. Sanders, Robert H. Grubbs, Willard E. Conley and C. Grant Willson
6.    Alternative routes to pterulone Tetrahedron, Volume 58, Issue 26, 24 June 2002, Pages 5203-5208 Pia Kahnberg, Choon Woo Lee, Robert H. Grubbs and Olov Sterner
7.    Polycyclooctatetraene (polyacetylene) produced with a ruthenium olefin metathesis catalyst  Synthetic Metals, Volume 124, Issues 2-3, 22 October 2001, Pages 431-434 Oren A. Scherman and Robert H. Grubbs
8.    The 2000 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry presented to Rober H. Grubbs  Journal of the Franklin Institute, Volume 337, Issue 7, November 2000, Pages 793-805 Roger A. Grey
9.    The Pharmacology of a New Nitric Oxide Donor: B-NOD  Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Volume 275, Issue 2, 28 August 2000, Pages 350-353 Richard J. Bing, Tadahiko Yamamoto, Hyunjin Kim and Robert H. Grubbs
10.    A series of ruthenium(II) ester-carbene complexes as olefin metathesis initiators: metathesis of acrylates  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 41, Issue 24, 10 June 2000, Pages 4689-4693 Michael Ulman, Tomás R. Belderrain and Robert H. Grubbs
11.    Increased ring closing metathesis activity of ruthenium-based olefin metathesis catalysts coordinated with imidazolin-2-ylidene ligands  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 40, Issue 12, 19 March 1999, Pages 2247-2250 Matthias Scholl, Tina M. Trnka, John P. Morgan and Robert H. Grubbs
12.    Total synthesis of (−)- and (±)-frontalin via ring-closing metathesis  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 40, Issue 8, 19 February 1999, Pages 1425-1428 Matthias Scholl and Robert H. Grubbs
13.    Terminal olefin cross-metathesis with acrolein acetals  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 40, Issue 6, 5 February 1999, Pages 1091-1094 Daniel J. O’Leary, Helen E. Blackwell, Rebecca A. Washenfelder, Katsukiyo Miura and Robert H. Grubbs
14.    Purification technique for the removal of ruthenium from olefin metathesis reaction products  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 40, Issue 22, 28 May 1999, Pages 4137-4140 Heather D. Maynard and Robert H. Grubbs
15.    A new method for cross-metathesis of terminal olefins  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 39, Issue 41, 8 October 1998, Pages 7427-7430 Daniel J. O’Leary, Helen E. Blackwell, Rebecca A. Washenfelder and Robert H. Grubbs
16.    Recent advances in olefin metathesis and its application in organic synthesis  Tetrahedron, Volume 54, Issue 18, 30 April 1998, Pages 4413-4450 Robert H. Grubbs and Sukbok Chang
17.    Template-promoted dimerization of C-allylglycine: A convenient synthesis of (S,S)-2,7-diaminosuberic acid  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 39, Issue 13, 26 March 1998, Pages 1689-1690 Daniel J. O’Leary, Scott J. Miller and Robert H. Grubbs
18.    A simple method to polyhydroxylated olefinic molecules using ring-closing olefin metathesis  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 38, Issue 27, 7 July 1997, Pages 4757-4760 Sukbok Chang and Robert H. Grubbs
19.    Characterization of pH-Dependent Poly(acrylic Acid) Complexation with Phospholipid Vesicles Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 185, Issue 1, 1 January 1997, Pages 210-216 Mitsuko Fujiwara, Robert H. Grubbs and John D. Baldeschwieler
20.    Receptor-mediated endocytosis of poly(acrylic acid)-conjugated liposomes by macrophages Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Biomembranes, Volume 1278, Issue 1, 12 January 1996, Pages 59-67 Mitsuko Fujiwara, John D. Baldeschwieler and Robert H. Grubbs
21.    The syntheses and activities of polystyrene-supported olefin metathesis catalysts based on Cl2(PR3)2Ru = CH−CH = CPh2  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 497, Issues 1-2, 26 July 1995, Pages 195-200 SonBinh T. Nguyen and Robert H. Grubbs
22.    Synthesis of perfect rubber using ring-opening metathesis polymerization of 1-methylcyclobutene Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 90, Issues 1-2, May 1994, Pages 39-42 Zhe Wu and Robert H. Grubbs
23.    Block and graft copolymers by living ring-opening olefin metathesis polymerization  Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 65, Issues 1-2, March 1991, Pages 211-217 Wilhelm Risse and Robert H. Grubbs
24.    The synthesis of low crystallinity polyacetylene from the precursor polymer polybenzvalene  Synthetic Metals, Volume 28, Issue 3, 20 February 1989, Pages D57-D62 Timothy M. Swager and Robert H. Grubbs
25.    Kinetic control in the polymerization of a feast monomer: A route into finite polyenes  Synthetic Metals, Volume 26, Issue 4, 30 November 1988, Pages 311-319 Floyd L. Klavetter and Robert H. Grubbs
26.    The stereochemistry of norbornene polymerization by titanametallacyclobutanes  Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 46, Issues 1-3, 30 July 1988, Pages 255-266 Laura Gilliom and Robert H. Grubbs
27.    Transition metal carbonyl compounds containing intramolecular nucleophiles: Crystal structure of [(η5-C5H4---(CH2)3---OH)Mo(CO)3]2  Inorganica Chimica Acta, Volume 98, Issue 2, 15 March 1985, Pages 99-105 Thomas S. Coolbaugh, Robert J. Coots, Bernard D. Santarsiero and Robert H. Grubbs
28.    Synthesis of polymer-attached niobium and tantalum complexes and their applications to the catalysis of olefin hydrogenation, isomerization and ethylene dimerization  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 281, Issues 2-3, 19 February 1985, Pages 213-220 Biau-Hung Chang, Chak-Po Lau, Robert H. Grubbs and Carl H. Brubaker Jr.
29.    The preparation and catalytic applications of supported zirconocene and hafnocene complexes  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 280, Issue 3, 5 February 1985, Pages 365-376 Biau-Hung Chang, Robert H. Grubbs and Carl H. BrubakerJr.
30.    (α,β-Substituted bis(cyclopentadienyl)titanacyclobutanes and their role in productive metathesis  Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 28, Issues 1-3, January 1985, Pages 9-25 Daniel A. Straus and Robert H. Grubbs
31.    Reverse methyl migration from a methyliron complex to trimethylaluminum forming an ionic complex [Fe(dmpe)2(acac)]+[AlMe4] Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 260, Issue 1, 3 January 1984, Pages 115-119 Sanshiro Komiya and Morimatsu KatohTakao Ikariya and Robert H. GrubbsTakakazu Yamamoto and Akio Yamamoto
32.    The methylenation of enolizable ketones and esters using organotitanium chemistry Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 25, Issue 50, 1984, Pages 5733-5736 Leigh Clawson, Stephen L. Buchwald and Robert H. Grubbs
33.    Mechanism of olefin metathesis over a supported molybdenum catalyst Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 8, Issues 1-3, May 1980, Pages 25-36 Robert H. Grubbs and Sandra J. Swetnick
34.    Chemical synthesis with metal Atoms. Cyclodimerization of norbornadiene via nickela-cyclopentane intermediates Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 173, Issue 2, 13 July 1979, Pages 253-261 J. Richard Blackborow, Udo Feldhoff, Friedrich-Wilhelm Grevels, Robert H. Grubbs and Akira Miyashita
35.    Preparation and isomerization reactions of 2-nickelahydrindanes Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 161, Issue 3, 28 November 1978, Pages 371-380, Robert H. Grubbs and Akira Miyashita
36.    Polymer attached catalysts: A comparison between polystyrene attached and homogeneous Rh(I) Hydro- genation catalysts Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 3, Issue 4, January 1978, Pages 259-270 Robert H. Grubbs and Edward M. Sweet
37.    Hybrid catalyst-metathesis catalysts attached to polystyrene copolymer  Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Volume 3, Issues 1-3, November-December 1977, Pages 11-15 Robert H. Grubbs, Sandra Swetnick and S. C-H. Su
38.    Asymmetric hydrogenation by an atropisomeric diphosphinite rhodium complex  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 18, Issue 22, 1977, Pages 1879-1880 Robert H. Grubbs, and Robert A. DeVries
39.    The preparation of polymeric organophosphorus ligands for catalyst attachment  Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 122, Issue 2, 14 December 1976, Pages 151-157 Robert H. Grubbs and Shiu-Chin H. Su
40.    Chemical synthesis with metal atoms: The reaction of 1,4- and 1,3-cyclohexadiene with chromium atoms and trifluorophosphine Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Volume 122, Issue 1, 7 December 1976, Pages C6-C10 J. Richard Blackborow, Robert H. Grubbs, Akira Miyashita, Alberto Schrivanti and E. A. Koerner Von Gustorf
41.    Intramolecular trapping of cyclobutadiene  Tetrahedron Letters, Volume 15, Issue 28, 1974, Pages 2425-2426 Robert H. Grubbs, Taylor A. Pancoast and Roger A. Grey

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