A career in catalysis: John E. bercaw

Peter T. Wolczanski, Paul J. Chirik

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On the occasion of Professor John Bercaws 70th birthday, we reflect and highlight his distinguished career in organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. What began as a fundamental interest in the chemistry of bis(cyclopentadienyl)titanium compounds and their interaction with molecular nitrogen evolved into a vibrant and diverse program tackling some of the most important problems in catalysis. Using well-defined organometallic compounds, fundamental insights were gained in the mechanism of CO reduction; basic transformations of organometallic chemistry, such as alkene insertion and alkyl β-hydrogen elimination; the origin of stereocontrol in metallocene-catalyzed polymerization; and in the activation of hydrocarbons by electrophilic late transition metals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1747-1757
Number of pages11
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 6 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


  • C-H activation
  • CO reduction
  • metallocene
  • polymerization


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