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

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

Wang, X., et al. “Palladium-catalyzed ring-opening cyclization/hydrosilylation of 1-cyclopropyl-1,6-heptadienes to form (E)-1-butenyl cyclopentanes.” Organometallics, vol. 21, no. 5, Mar. 2002, pp. 901–05. Scopus, doi:10.1021/om010907l. Full Text

Pei, Tao, and Ross A. Widenhoefer. “Palladium-catalyzed cyclization of alkenyl beta-keto esters in the presence of chlorotrimethylsilane..” Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England), no. 6, Mar. 2002, pp. 650–51. Epmc, doi:10.1039/b111644d. Full Text

Perch, N. S., and R. A. Widenhoefer. “Direct observation of the conversion of a palladium 5-hexenyl chelate complex to a palladium cyclopentylmethyl complex.” Organometallics, vol. 20, no. 25, Dec. 2001, pp. 5251–53. Scopus, doi:10.1021/om010876u. Full Text

Wang, Xiang, et al. “Synthesis of Carbobicyclic Compounds via Palladium-Catalyzed Cyclization/ Hydrosilylation:  Evidence for Reversible Silylpalladation.” The Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 66, no. 23, American Chemical Society (ACS), Nov. 2001, pp. 7930–7930. Crossref, doi:10.1021/jo015717z. Full Text