Robert Howard Grubbs

Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
 
B.S. and M.S. Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1963 and 1965. Ph.D., Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, 1968. NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry, Stanford University, 1968-69. He was a faculty member at Michigan State University from 1969 to 1978. He is the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA, and faculty member since 1978. 
The Grubbs group discovers new catalysts and studies their fundamental chemistry and applications. For example, a family of catalysts for the interconversion of olefins, the olefin metathesis reaction has been discovered in the Grubbs laboratory.  In addition to their broad usage in academic research, these catalysts are now used commercially. He has also been involved in the translation of technology through the founding of five companies.  
His awards have included the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2005), and ten ACS National Awards. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1989), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994), the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2006), Fellow of National Academy of Inventors (2014), National Academy of Engineering (2015), Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014), and of Great Britain’s Royal Society (2017). He has 655+ publications and 160+ patents based on his research. 

Selected publications
 
  • Olefin-Metathesis Catalysts for the Preparation of Molecules and Materials (Nobel Lecture 2005). R. H. Grubbs, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2007, 349, 34-40. 
  • Concise Syntheses of Insect Pheromones Using Z-Selective Cross Metathesis. M. B. Herbert, V. A. Marx, R. L. Pederson, R. H. Grubbs, Angewandte Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 2013, 52 (1), 310-314. PMCID: PMC3789658.
  • Consequences of Grafting Density on Linear Viscoelastic Behavior of Graft Polymers. I. N. Haugan, M. J. Maher, A. B. Chang, T. P. Lin, R. H. Grubbs, M. A. Hillmyer, F. S. Bates, ACS Macro Letters 2018, 7 (8), 1039-1039. doi: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.8b00592.
  • Concise Syntheses of Delta(12)-Prostaglandin J Natural Products via Stereoretentive Metathesis. J. M. Li, T. S. Ahmed, C. Xu, B. M. Stoltz, R. H. Grubbs, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 141 (1), 154-158. doi: 10.1021/jacs.8b12816.