Robert Grubbs

Robert Grubbs is the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at Caltech and a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.  The Grubbs laboratory 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.  In addition to their use in academic research, catalysts discovered in the Grubbs laboratory are used commercially to prepare new pharmaceuticals, composites for structural applications and to convert biorenewable carbon sources into fuels and commodity chemicals.  Dr. Grubbs has received numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2005) and nine American Chemical Society Awards.  He has been 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), and the National Academy of Engineering (2015), and is a Foreign Member of Great Britain’s Royal Society (2017).  He has 655+ publications and 160+ patents based on his research.  Dr. Grubbs received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Florida and an MS and PhD from Columbia University.  He was a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.

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