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Faculty and Staff|Department of Chemistry

Dean Roddick

Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry

B.S., 1979, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., 1984, California Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1984-1985, University of Wisconsin
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1985-1986, University of California, San Diego • (307) 766-2535 • PS 418 

Our research program centers on the application of novel perfluorinated phosphine ligands (“PFAP’s”) to a variety of challenging problems in metal coordination chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. This class of ligand mimics the electronic properties of the classic  pi--acceptor ligand carbon monoxide while possessing substantially greater steric influence and chemical inertness, allowing us to synthesize a wide range of highly electrophilic "Teflon-coated" transition metal complexes with unique chemical properties. Aside from their interesting coordination properties, PFAP complexes can be exploited in homogeneous catalysis.  Current applications being explored in our group include group 10 metal olefin oligomerization and alkane dehydrogenation and selective oxidation chemistry.    


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