Bob Grubbs, Caltech, USA
B.S., Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1963; M.S., Merle Battiste, 1965. Ph.D., Ronald Breslow, Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, New York, 1968. NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, James P. Collman, Chemistry, Stanford University, 1968-69. At Michigan State University from 1969 to 1978 achieving the rank of Associate Professor. Caltech faculty member since 1978 and The Victor & Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry, His more recent awards have included the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2005).|
The Grubbs group discovers new catalysts and studies their fundamental chemistry and applications. Catalysts facilitate the transformation of organic molecules and are used widely in industry and academia for the preparation of important organic compounds and polymers. A family of catalysts for the interconversion of olefins, the olefin metathesis reaction has been discovered in the Grubbs laboratory. Catalysts for other useful transformations are also being developed and studied in detail.