Department of Chemistry
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John Gladysz
Distinguished Professor
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

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow 1980-1984
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar 1980-1985
  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (American Chemical Society) 1988
  • University of Utah Distinguished Research Award 1992
  • American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry 1994
  • von Humboldt Foundation Research Award for Senior Scientists 1995-1996
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 2004
  • International Fluorous Technologies Award 2007
  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society (inaugural 2009 class) 2009
  • Editor-in-Chief of Organometallics 2010-2014
  • Texas A&M Distinguished Achievement Award in Research 2013
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Organometallic Chemistry 2013
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2014
  • Texas A&M Foundation Partner in Philanthropy Faculty Award 2017

Selected Publications

  • "Syntheses, Structures, and Spectroscopic Properties of 1,10-Phenanthroline-Based Macrocycles Threaded by PtC8Pt, PtC12Pt, and PtC16Pt Axles: Metal-Capped Rotaxanes as Insulated Molecular Wires", Amini, H.; Baranová, Z.; Weisbach, N.; Gauthier, S.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Gladysz, J. A. Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 15896-15914. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201903927.
  • "Launching Werner Complexes into the Modern Era of Catalytic Enantioselective Organic Synthesis", Wegener, A. R.; Kabes, C. Q.; Gladysz, J. A. Acc. Chem. Res. 2020, 53, 2299-2313. DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00410.
  • "Gyroscopes and the Chemical Literature, 2002-2020: Approaches to a Nascent Family of Molecular Devices", Ehnbom, A.; Gladysz, J. A. Chem. Rev. 2021, 121, 3701-3750. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.0c01001.
  • "Macrocyclic Complexes Derived from Four cis-L2Pt Corners and Four Butadiynediyl Linkers; Syntheses, Electronic Structures, and Square versus Skew Rhombus Geometries", Collins, B. K.; Mastry, M. C.; Ehnbom, A.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Hall, M. B.; Gladysz, J. A. Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 10021-10039. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202100305.
  • "Chiral Cobalt(III) tris(1,2-Diamine) Catalysts that Incorporate Nitrogeneous Base Containing Anions for the Bifunctional Activation of Nucleophiles and Electrophiles in Enantioselective Addition Reactions", Kabes, C. Q.; Lucas, R.; Gunn, J. H.; Gladysz, J. A. ACS Catalysis 2021, 11, 7762-7771. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.1c01883.