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Professor Ryan Trovitch

Professor Ryan Trovitch

The Trovitch laboratory is working to develop first-row transition metal catalysts that can be used to achieve a variety of organic transformations. The first complexes from this group made available are the hydrosilylation catalysts, (Ph2PPrPDI)Mn and (Ph2PPrDI)Ni. Although these compounds are formally zerovalent, both feature a reduced chelate that coordinates to the metal center beyond its redox non-innocent core. This design element allows for ligand-centered electron storage with concomitant catalyst stabilization via the chelate effect. The manganese catalyst, (Ph2PPrPDI)Mn, exhibits outstanding carbonyl hydrosilylation activity at ambient temperature and has also been shown to reductively cleave the acyl C—O bonds of formates and esters. The nickel catalyst, (Ph2PPrDI)Ni, has been found to mediate the hydrosilylation of aldehydes, ketones, alkenes, alkynes, and ester C—O bonds. These catalysts are air and water sensitive and should be handled under inert atmosphere. More information regarding the performance of these catalysts is available through the links provided below.

Trovitch Group Website

Recent papers from the Trovitch Group

Mukhopadhyay TK, Flores M, Groy TL, Trovitch RJ. 2014. A Highly Active Manganese Precatalyst for the Hydrosilylation of Ketones and Esters. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 136(3):882-885.
Mukhopadhyay TK, Rock CL, Hong M, Ashley DC, Groy TL, Baik M, Trovitch RJ. 2017. Mechanistic Investigation of Bis(imino)pyridine Manganese Catalyzed Carbonyl and Carboxylate Hydrosilylation. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 139(13):4901-4915.
Rock CL, Trovitch RJ. Anti-Markovnikov terminal and gem-olefin hydrosilylation using a ?4-diimine nickel catalyst: selectivity for alkene hydrosilylation over ether C?O bond cleavage. Dalton Trans.. 48(2):461-467.


  • Organic Synthetic Chemistry
  • Catalysis

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