Department of Chemistry
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John Gladysz
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Dow Chair in Chemical Invention

Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3255

P: 979-845-1399
F: 979-845-4719

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Current Activities

My research has traditionally been centered around organometallic chemistry, and from this core area branches into catalysis, organic synthesis, enantioselective reactions, stereochemistry, mechanism, and materials chemistry. About half of my group is involved with catalysis projects. Areas receiving emphasis include (a) structurally novel new families of highly enantioselective catalysts, (b) metal-containing "organocatalysts" and (c) recoverable catalysts, particularly those with "ponytails" of the formula (CH2)m(CF2)nF; these can be recycled via "fluorous" liquid or solid phases, such as Teflon. The other half of my group synthesizes organometallic building blocks for molecular devices. These include (a) molecular wires composed of metal endgroups and linear (sp) carbon chains, including stable species with C28 bridges, (b) analogs in which the charge-transmitting bridges are insulated by a pair of polymethylene or (CH2)n chains that adopt a double-helical conformation, (c) polygons and multistranded molecular wires based upon such building blocks, and (d) molecular gyroscopes and compasses consisting of a rotating MLn fragment and an external cage (stator) that insulates the rotator from neighboring molecules, exactly as with the commercial gyroscopes used for aircraft and space-station navigation.

Educational Background

B. S., 1971, University of Michigan

Ph. D., 1974, Stanford University

Awards & Recognition

  • International Fluorous Technologies Award
  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award
  • ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry
  • Humboldt Foundation Award for Senior Scientists
  • Editor-in-Chief of Organometallics

Selected Publications

  • "Cobalt(III) Werner Complexes with 1,2-Diphenylethylenediamine Ligands: Readily Available, Inexpensive, and Modular Chiral Hydrogen Bond Donor Catalysts for Enantioselective Organic Synthesis", Lewis, K. G.; Ghosh, S. K.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Gladysz, J. A. ACS Central Science, 2015, 1, 50-56. DOI:10.1021acscentsci5b00035.
  • "Fluorous Chemistry Meets Green Chemistry: A Concise Primer", Mukherjee, T.; Gladysz, J. A. Aldrichimica Acta, 2015, 48.
  • "Rotaxanes Derived from Dimetallic Polyynediyl Complexes: Extended Axles and Expanded Macrocycles", Baranov√° , Z.; Amini, H.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Gladysz, J. A. Organometallics 2014, 33, 6746-6749. DOI:10.1021/om501026u.
  • "Highly Active Families of Catalysts for the Ring Opening Polymerization of Lactide: Metal Templated Organic Hydrogen Bond Donors Derived from 2-Guanidinobenzimidazole", Thomas, C.; Gladysz, J. A. ACS Catalysis 2014, 4, 1134-1138. DOI: 10.1021/ cs500134z.
  • "Gyroscope Like Molecules Consisting of PdX2/PtX2 Rotators Within Three-Spoke Di-bridgehead Diphosphine Stators: Syntheses, Substitution Reactions, Structures, and Dynamic Properties", Nawara-Hultzsch, A. J.; Stollenz, M.; Barbasiewicz, M.; Szafert, S.; Lis, T.; Hampel, F.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Gladysz, J. A. Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 4617-4637. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201304419