Education:College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota: B.S., 1964. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa: Ph.D., 1968 (Thesis advisor: Walter S. Trahanovsky). University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Chicago, Illinois: Postdoctoral Associate and Instructor, 1968 (Postdoctoral advisor: Jan Rocek).
Prior Employment:Hope College, Holland, Michigan: Assistant Professor (1968), Associate Professor (1971), Professor (1974), Chairman (1976-1979), Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Chemistry (1982-1984).
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas: Dr. D.R. Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (1984-1997).
Experience:American Chemical Society: Member, Executive Committee for the Division of Organic Chemistry (1988-1990, elected office), Councilor (1990-2004, elected office), Chairman-Elect (1992), Chairman (1993), Past-Chairman (1994). Chairman, Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications (1997-1999); consultant (2000-2001). Chair, Editorial Board for C&E News(1997-1999). Member, Committee on Science (1995-2003); Associate Member, (1993-94). Member, Committee on Committees (1996-98, elected by Council). Member, Committee on Nominations and Elections (1993, 2002-2004, elected by Council). Member, ACS Task Force to Monitor C&E News (1993). Member, Board Implementation Task Force on Minorities (1991-92). Chairman, Membership Affairs Committee (1990-1992). Member, Board of Trustees, Group Insurance Plans (1990-1992). Member, Committee on Professional Training (1985-1990). Member, Joint COMSCI, CPT, SOCED Task Force on Research and Teaching (1989). Member, Ad Hoc Task Force to Monitor C &ENews (1986). Chairman of the Task Force on Awards in Undergraduate Education, Division of Chemical Education (1983-1987). Member, Program Committee, Division of Chemical Education (1982-1988). Program Co-chairman for the Fall 1987 National ACS Meeting in New Orleans, Division of Chemical Education. Program Co-chairman for the Joint Central and Great Lakes Regional ACS Meeting in Kalamazoo, MI, May 23-25, 1984.
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry: Titular Member and Secretary, Commission on Physical Organic Chemistry (III.2), 1987-91. Associate Member, Commission on Physical Organic Chemistry (III.2), 1979-87.
National Science Foundation: Member, Committee of Visitors, Division of Chemistry (March, 1998). Co-chairman, Workshop on Undergraduate Education in Chemistry, SEE Directorate/ Chemistry Division of MPS Directorate (May, 1988). Member, Chemistry Division Advisory Committee (1982-85). Member, NSF Panel for Research Facilities Awards (September, 1990). Member, Chemistry Division Panel for Presidential Young Investigator Award proposals (January, 1988, December, 1988, and February, 1990). Member, Chemistry Division Panel for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) awards (December, 1988). Member, Chemistry Panel for Instructional Laboratory Improvement (ILI) Program (January, 1989). Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Exploratory Research Grants (March, 1989). Member, Committee on Evaluation of Macro-ROA Activities and Recommendations for Future Undergraduate Research Participation (December, 1986). Member, Workshop on Undergraduate Science Education (June, 1986). Member, Ad Hoc Review Group for Evaluation of the Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) Program (December, 1984). Member, Ad Hoc Panel for review of Proposals for the Regional Instrumentation Program (June, 1978).
National Research Council: Member, Chemical Sciences Roundtable (2000-2002) and member of its Executive Committee. Member, Committee on Career Paths for Graduates in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics (Planning Group, 1995). Member, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (1990-1994). Member, Committee on Undergraduate Science Education (1993-96). Member, Workshop on "The Chemistry Department of the Future," Washington, D.C. (August 1987).
Research Corporation: Member, Board of Directors (1989-1997, 2000-present). Member, Cottrell Program Advisory Committee (1978-83). Invited participant to the Conference on Research at the Undergraduate Level, Callaway Gardens, April, 1975.
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Foundation Advisor, 1989-1997.
National Institutes of Health: Ad Hoc Member, National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council (Jan., 1992; Jan., 2001). Ad Hoc Member, Medicinal Chemistry Study Section (Nov., 1993 (Chairman); Oct., 1989; Feb., 1987; June, 1985).
American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow (1995). Nominating Committee for Chemistry Section (1999-2001).
Council on Undergraduate Research: Councilor (1978-1990, 1991-1994), Chairman (1987-1989), President (1978-1983), and Editor of the CUR Newsletter (1978-1993). Coordinator (1987-1997) of Academic-Industrial Undergraduate Research Partnership Program (AIURP). Organized the Spring Hill Conference on "Critical Issues Influencing Undergraduate Research at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions" and obtained funding for conference participants, July 1983.
National Conferences on Undergraduate Research: Member, National Advisory Board (1985-1988); Chairman, Executive Committee (1987-1988). Member, Governing Board (1989-1993). Chairman, Steering Committee for the Third National Conference at Trinity University, April, 1989.
International Science Foundation: Chairman of Chemistry Panel 2 for the evaluation of long-term grants to the Former Soviet Union: Dec., 1993; July, 1994.
Professional Memberships: American Chemical Society; American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists.
Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis(2000-2002), Editorial Advisory Board Organic Letters(1999-2004), Editorial Advisory Board Accounts of Chemical Research(1999-2004), Editorial Advisory Board Concepts in Magnetic Resonance(1995-2000), Editorial Board Russian Chemical Bulletin(1995-present), International Advisory Board CUR Newsletter(1978-1993), Editor
Honors and Awards:
U.S. Public Health Service Fellow, Iowa State University, 1966-67. Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award, 1973-78. Observer for IUPAC Assembly in Warsaw, Poland, August 1977, National Research Council Selection. Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award, 1982. American Chemical Society Award for Research at Undergraduate Institutions sponsored by the Research Corporation, 1988. Doctor Honoris Causaof the Russian Academy of Sciences (election March 1994). Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1995). Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award for U.S. Scientists (1995), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Teaching of Chemistry (1995), Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship (1996). Paul G. Gassman Distinguished Service Award (1998) from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Gilman Research Award (2001) from the Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education (2002) of the American Chemical Society
Areas of Research:
Design and Development of Chiral Catalysts Highly Enantioselective Catalytic Reactions Enantioselective Syntheses Bioinorganic Chemistry of Nitrogen Oxides and Nitrosyls Bioorganic Chemistry of Arenediazonium Salts Metal Carbene Chemistry Carbon-Hydrogen Insertion Ylide Formation/Reactions Catalytic Enantioselective Hetero-Diels-Alder Reactions Formation and Reactions of Diazonium Ions Carbocation Chemistry Organosilane Reductions Selective Chemical Oxidations Catalytic Hydrosilylation and Silylcarbonylation Catalytic Hydroformylation Mechanisms for Catalysis Cyclopropane Chemistry Macrolide Formation in Catalytic Metal Carbene Reactions Lewis Acid Catalysts
Selected Research Contributions:
Nitrosonium and Nitronium Ion Chemistry (1968-1979) Alkyl Nitrite-Metal Halide Deamination Reactions (1976-1980) Organosilane Reductions in Acidic Media (1971-1978) Nickel(II) Promoted Alcohol Oxidations (1979-1981) Lewis Acid Promoted Reactions of Diazocarbonyl Compounds (1978-1982) Nitrosyl Chemistry of Hemoproteins (1980-1991) Carbenes Generated From Diazirines (1984-1989) Selective Catalysts for Metal Carbene Transformations (1980-present) Highly Enantioselective Dirhodium(II) Catalysts (1990-present) Catalytic Hydrosilylation, Silylcarbonylation, and Hydroformylation (1990-1994) Macrocylization via Metal Carbene Intermediates (1995-present) Enantioselective Lewis Acid Catalyzed Reactions (2000-present)
Publications: more than 230 Patents: 7 Book Chapters: 16 Books: 10