Robert Crabtree

Energy Research Initiative

Robert Crabtree

“Catalysts and Linkers for Energy Storage Applications”

Bob Crabtree, educated at New College, Oxford with Malcolm Green, did his Ph.D. with J. Chatt at Sussex and spent four years in Paris with Hugh Felkin at the CNRS. He has been at Yale since 1977, where he is now Whitehead Professor. He has several awards—A.P. Sloan Fellow, Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, ACS and RSC organometallic chemistry prizes, H.C. Brown Lecturer, Mack Award, Baylor Medal, Sabatier Lecturer—and chaired the Inorganic Division at ACS. He is the author of a textbook in the organometallic field, and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry and Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry. Early work on catalytic alkane C-H activation and functionalization chemistry was followed by C-F bond activation, H2 complexes, M-H...H-O hydrogen bonding, and halocarbon and HF complexation. His homogeneous hydrogenation catalyst is in wide use. His current areas are green chemistry and energy chemistry, notably virtual hydrogen storage. He is an ACS Fellow and a member of the American Academy.