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 - Madison 1994

B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College 1989

Research Areas:
Synthesis, Inorganic, Organic

Widenhoefer, Ross A. “A palladium-catalyzed formal (4+1) annulation: a new approach to cyclopentene construction.Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English), vol. 48, no. 38, Jan. 2009, pp. 6950–52. Epmc, doi:10.1002/anie.200902404. Full Text

Kinder, Robert E., et al. “Intermolecular hydroamination of allenes with N-unsubstituted carbamates catalyzed by a gold(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complex.Organic Letters, vol. 10, no. 14, July 2008, pp. 3157–59. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ol8010858. Full Text

Bender, Christopher F., and Ross A. Widenhoefer. “Gold(I)-catalyzed intramolecular hydroamination of unactivated C==C bonds with alkyl ammonium salts.Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England), no. 24, June 2008, pp. 2741–43. Epmc, doi:10.1039/b804081h. Full Text

Bender, C. F., et al. “Sterically hindered mono(phosphines) as supporting ligands for the platinum-catalyzed hydroamination of amino alkenes.” Organometallics, vol. 27, no. 10, May 2008, pp. 2356–58. Scopus, doi:10.1021/om8000982. Full Text

Zhang, Zhibin, and Ross A. Widenhoefer. “Regio- and stereoselective synthesis of alkyl allylic ethers via gold(I)-catalyzed intermolecular hydroalkoxylation of allenes with alcohols.Organic Letters, vol. 10, no. 10, May 2008, pp. 2079–81. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ol800646h. Full Text

Widenhoefer, Ross A. “Recent developments in enantioselective gold(I) catalysis.Chemistry (Weinheim an Der Bergstrasse, Germany), vol. 14, no. 18, Jan. 2008, pp. 5382–91. Epmc, doi:10.1002/chem.200800219. Full Text

Zhang, Zhibin, et al. “Gold(I)-catalyzed dynamic kinetic enantioselective intramolecular hydroamination of allenes.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 129, no. 46, Nov. 2007, pp. 14148–49. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ja0760731. Full Text

Liu, Cong, et al. “Platinum-catalyzed hydrofunctionalization of unactivated alkenes with carbon, nitrogen and oxygen nucleophiles.Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England), no. 35, Sept. 2007, pp. 3607–18. Epmc, doi:10.1039/b615698c. Full Text

Han, X., and R. A. Widenhoefer. “Palladium-mediated cyclization of 6-methyl-1-phenyl-6-hepten-2-one to form 3-methyldiphenylmethane: Carbonyl activation by a neutral palladium(II) complex.” Organometallics, vol. 26, no. 16, July 2007, pp. 4061–65. Scopus, doi:10.1021/om700379g. Full Text

Zhang, Zhibin, et al. “Gold(I)-catalyzed enantioselective hydroamination of N-allenyl carbamates.Organic Letters, vol. 9, no. 15, July 2007, pp. 2887–89. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ol071108n. Full Text