Top Row (L-R): Dr. Timothy R. Blake, Rebecca L. McClellan, Wilson C. Ho, Dr. Jessica R. Vargas (Wender Group), Colin J. McKinlay, Professor Robert M. Waymouth, Dr. James C.A. Flanagan, Naomi E. Clayman, Dr. Jelena Samonina-Kosicka, Weiwei Wu
Bottom Row (L-R): Xiangyi Zhang, Dr. Andrey E. Rudenko, Cheyenne R. Peltier, Binhong “Ben” Lin, Katherine L. Walker, Elizabeth A. McLoughlin, Dr. Christopher R. Turlington
Not Pictured: Young A. Chang and Srinivasan Ramakrishnan


Prof. Robert M. Waymouth
Principle Investigator
(650) 723-4515
Curriculum Vitae


Born in 1960 in Warner Robins, Georgia, Robert Waymouth studied chemistry and mathematics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (B.S. and B.A., respectively, both summa cum laude, 1982). He developed an interest in synthetic and mechanistic organometallic chemistry during his doctoral studies in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology under Professor R.H. Grubbs (Ph.D., 1987). His postdoctoral research with Professor Piero Pino at the Institut fur Polymere, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, focused on catalytic hydrogenation with chiral metallocene catalysts. He joined the Stanford University faculty as assistant professor in 1988, becoming full professor in 1997 and in 2000 the Robert Eckles Swain Professor of Chemistry.


Group Members


Dr. Timothy R. Blake
Postdoctoral Scholar
Palladium Catalyzed Oxidative Lactonization and Organocatalytic Polymerization of Functionalized Lactones
Xiangyi Zhang
Graduate Student
Organocatalytic Strategies for the Synthesis of Polyesters and Polycarbonates
Wilson C. Ho
Graduate Student
Aerobic Palladium Catalysis


Colin J. McKinlay
Graduate Student
Co-advisor: Prof. Paul A. Wender
Organocatalytic Ring-Opening Polymerization to Access Novel Biomaterials for the Delivery of Oligonucleotides and Small-molecule Therapeutics
Weiwei Wu
Graduate Student
Cobalt Shvo Catalyst Analogs and Electrocatalysis
Naomi E. Clayman
Graduate Student
Dual Activity Catalytic Systems


Cheyenne R. Peltier
Undergraduate Researcher
DFT Investigations of Dithiolane Ring-Opening Thermodynamics
Katherine L. Walker
Graduate Student
Co-advisor: Prof. Richard N. Zare
Elucidation of Novel Reaction Mechanisms Using In Situ Mass Spectrometry
Rebecca L. McClellan
Graduate Student
Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Polymer Topologies


Dr. Christopher R. Turlington
Postdoctoral Scholar
Exploring New Organocatalysts for Ring-Opening Polymerization
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
Graduate Student
Co-advisor: Prof. Christopher E.D. Chidsey
Theory-guided Design of Transition Metal Hydride Complexes for Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction
Elizabeth A. McLoughlin
Graduate Student
Investigation of Novel Homogenous Electrocatalysts and Development of Analytical Techniques to Study them in situ


Binhong “Ben” Lin
Webmaster, Photographer
Graduate Student
Development of Fast and Selective Catalysts for the Ring-Opening Polymerization of Renewable Monomers
Frank X. Greene
Graduate Student
Investigation into Ring-Opening Polymerization of Dithiolanes
Keith C. Armstrong
Graduate Student
Investigation of CO2 Reduction Performance of Electrochemical Hydrogen Atom Transfer – Regenerable Bis(imino)pyridine Ruthenium Complexes


Laura M. Dornan
Postdoctoral Scholar
Selective Oxidation of Glycosides