Faculty Profiles

Ross A. Widenhoefer
Professor of Chemistry
124 Science Drive, 2101 French Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-1533
(919) 660-1605



Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1994

B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College 1989

Research Areas:
Synthesis, Inorganic, Organic

Carden, RG, Lam, N, and Widenhoefer, RA. "Experimental Evaluation of (L)Au Electron-Donor Ability in Cationic Gold Carbene Complexes." Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 23.71 (December 2017): 17992-18001. Full Text

Lanier, ML, Park, H, Mukherjee, P, Timmerman, JC, Ribeiro, AA, Widenhoefer, RA, and Hong, J. "Formal Synthesis of (+)-Laurencin by Gold(I)-Catalyzed Intramolecular Dehydrative Alkoxylation." Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 23.30 (May 2017): 7180-7184. Full Text

Timmerman, JC, Laulhé, S, and Widenhoefer, RA. "Gold(I)-Catalyzed Intramolecular Hydroamination of Unactivated Terminal and Internal Alkenes with 2-Pyridones." Organic letters 19.6 (March 7, 2017): 1466-1469. Full Text

Timmerman, JC, Schmitt, WW, and Widenhoefer, RA. "Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular, anti-Markovnikov Hydroarylation of Methylenecyclopropanes with Indoles." Organic letters 18.19 (October 2016): 4966-4969. Full Text

Harris, RJ, and Widenhoefer, RA. "Gold carbenes, gold-stabilized carbocations, and cationic intermediates relevant to gold-catalysed enyne cycloaddition." Chemical Society reviews 45.16 (August 2016): 4533-4551. Full Text

Li, H, Harris, RJ, Nakafuku, K, and Widenhoefer, RA. "Kinetics and Mechanism of Allene Racemization Catalyzed by a Gold N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complex." Organometallics 35.13 (July 11, 2016): 2242-2248. Full Text

Brooner, REM, Brown, TJ, Chee, MA, and Widenhoefer, RA. "Effect of Substitution, Ring Size, and Counterion on the Intermediates Generated in the Gold-Catalyzed Intramolecular Hydroalkoxylation of Allenes." Organometallics 35.11 (June 13, 2016): 2014-2021. Full Text

Bender, CF, Brown, TJ, and Widenhoefer, RA. "Mechanism of the Platinum(II)-Catalyzed Hydroamination of 4-Pentenylamines." Organometallics 35.2 (January 25, 2016): 113-125. Full Text

Timmerman, JC, and Widenhoefer, RA. "Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular anti-Markovnikov Hydroamination of Methylenecyclopropanes with 2-Pyridones." Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis 357.16-17 (November 16, 2015): 3703-3706. Full Text


Widenhoefer, RA, and Bender, CF. "Silane-initiated carbocyclization catalyzed by transition metal complexes." Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry III. December 1, 2007. 367-410.

Butler, KL, and Widenhoefer, RA. "Platinum(II)-catalyzed intermolecular hydroamination of allenes." August 28, 2011.