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

Liu, C., and R. A. Widenhoefer. “Palladium-Catalyzed Cyclization/Carboalkoxylation of Alkenyl Indoles,.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., vol. 126, 2004, pp. 10246–47.

Goj, L. A., et al. “Dramatic effect of homoallylic substitution on the rate of palladium-catalyzed diene cycloisomerization.” Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, vol. 687, no. 2, Dec. 2003, pp. 498–507. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.jorganchem.2003.09.046. Full Text

Wang, Xiang, et al. “Palladium-catalyzed intramolecular hydroalkylation of unactivated olefins with dialkyl ketones.Organic Letters, vol. 5, no. 15, July 2003, pp. 2699–701. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ol034879+. Full Text

Qian, Hua, and Ross A. Widenhoefer. “Mechanism of the palladium-catalyzed intramolecular hydroalkylation of 7-octene-2,4-dione.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 125, no. 8, Feb. 2003, pp. 2056–57. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ja0293002. Full Text

Chakrapani, Harinath, et al. “Enantioselective cyclization/hydrosilylation of 1,6-enynes catalyzed by a cationic rhodium bis(phosphine) complex.Organic Letters, vol. 5, no. 2, Jan. 2003, pp. 157–59. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ol027196n. Full Text

Pei, Tao, et al. “Palladium-catalyzed intramolecular oxidative alkylation of unactivated olefins.Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 125, no. 3, Jan. 2003, pp. 648–49. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ja026317b. Full Text

Liu, G., and R. A. Widenhoefer. “Cyclization/hydrosilylation of functionalized diynes catalyzed by a cationic rhodium bis(phosphine) complex.” Organometallics, vol. 21, no. 25, Dec. 2002, pp. 5666–73. Scopus, doi:10.1021/om020643i. Full Text

Widenhoefer, Ross A. “Synthetic and mechanistic studies of the cycloisomerization and cyclization/hydrosilylation of functionalized dienes catalyzed by cationic palladium(II) complexes.Accounts of Chemical Research, vol. 35, no. 10, Oct. 2002, pp. 905–13. Epmc, doi:10.1021/ar010040n. Full Text

Wang, Xiang, et al. “Cyclization/hydrosilylation of functionalized 1,6-diynes catalyzed by cationic platinum complexes containing bidentate nitrogen ligands.The Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 67, no. 9, May 2002, pp. 2778–88. Epmc, doi:10.1021/jo015986p. Full Text