California Institute of Technology, Pasadena | Pasadena, CA
For his wide ranging seminal contributions to greatly advance and expand the field of olefin metathesis, a unique carbon-carbon bond breaking/making process, that has enormously added to the chemist's capabilities at making a broad range of drugs and other useful complex molecules, improved rubbers, and plastics for laboratory and commercial applications.
Robert Grubbs received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. From 1968-69, Grubbs was the NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Today, in his lab at Caltech, Grubbs carries out his research involving the design, synthesis, and mechanistic studies of complexes that catalyze useful organic transformations.
Information as of April 2000