Robert J. Harris

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Degrees

  • B.S., Wofford College, Chemistry 2009
  • B.A., Wofford College, Mathematics 2009
  • Ph.D., Duke University 2015

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 111: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 399: Organometallic Chemistry

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Kathleen Zielek Fellowship, Duke University, NC, 2013-2014
  • Palam Wilder Teaching Fellowship, Duke University, NC, 2011, 2012
  • Phi Lamda Upsilon
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Publications

  • “Gold carbenes, gold-stabilized carbocations, and cationic intermediates relevant to gold-catalysed enyne
    cycloaddition” Harris, R. J.; Widenhoefer, R. A. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 16, 4533-4551.
  • “Kinetics and Mechanism of Allene Racemization Catalyzed by a Gold N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complex”
    Li, H.; Harris, R. J.; Nakafuku, K.; Widenhoefer, R. A. Organometallics. 2016, 35, 13, 2242-2248.
  • “Synthesis and Characterization of a Gold Vinylidene Complex Lacking π-Conjugated Heteroatoms” Harris,
    R. J.; Widenhoefer, R. A. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 23, 6867-6869.
  • “Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of a Gold Carbenoid Complex That Lacks Heteroatom Stabilization”
    Harris, R. J.; Widenhoefer, R. A. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 35, 9369-9371.
  • “Kinetics and Mechanism of the Racemization of Aryl Allenes Catalyzed by Cationic Gold(I) Phosphine
    Complexes” Harris, R. J.; Nakafuku, K.; Widenhoefer, R. A. Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 38, 12245-12354.

Research Interests

The Harris lab will be involved in ligand design and synthesis, the synthesis of small molecule substrates, and the development of new reactions.