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Richard R. Schrock

Richard Schrock
Richard Schrock during the Opening Ceremony of 44th International Chemistry Olympiad
Born Richard Royce Schrock
(1945-01-04) January 4, 1945
Berne, Indiana, United States
Nationality American
Fields Chemistry
Alma mater
Thesis Synthesis and study of some Group VIII transition metal catalysts (1972)
Doctoral advisor J. A. Osborn
Known for
Notable awards
Spouse Nancy Carlson (m. 1971)
Children two

Richard Royce Schrock (born January 4, 1945) is an American chemist and

  • Photograph, Biography and Bibliographic Resources, from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, United States Department of Energy
  • Schrock Nobel Prize Lecture
  • Schrock Research Group
  • Research Summary
  • Schrock wins Nobel Prize
  • Richard R. Schrock Patents
  • UC Newswire story on Nobel Prize
  • A video interview with Richard R. Schrock
  • XiMo catalyst company founded in 2010 by Richard R. Schrock and Boston College Professor Amir Hoveyda

External links

  1. ^ a b American Chemical Society. Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  2. ^ a b "Fellows of the Royal Society". London:  
  3. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005". 
  4. ^ Mansuy, Daniel (2005). "Métathèse et catalyse à l’honneur". médecine/sciences 21 (11): 995–997.  
  5. ^ a b "Richard R. Schrock – Autobiography". 
  6. ^ Website von Ximo AG. Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  7. ^ Schrock, R. R. "Reduction of Carbon Monoxide. Past Research Summary", Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States Department of Energy, (1982).
  8. ^ Schrock, R. R. "Chemistry of Bimetallic Linked Cyclopentadienyl Complexes: Progress Report, 1 December 1986 --30 November 1989", Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States Department of Energy, (1989).
  9. ^ Schrock, R. R. "Controlled Synthesis of Polyenes by Catalytic Methods. Progress Report, December 1, 1989 – November 30, 1992", Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States Department of Energy, (1992).
  10. ^ Schrock, R. R. "Controlled Synthesis of Polyenes by Catalytic Methods. Progress Report, December 1, 1992 – November 30, 1993", Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States Department of Energy, (December 1993).
  11. ^ ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry. Retrieved on 2013-01-04. Archived February 24, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ The Harrison Howe Award – Past Recipients. Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  13. ^ Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation – 21 – Chemistry Nobel Prize for two Humboldtians. Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  14. ^ ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry. Retrieved on 2013-01-04. Archived February 24, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Bailar Medalists / Chemistry at Illinois. Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  16. ^ Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards. (2012-09-13). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  17. ^ RSC Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award Previous Winners. Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  18. ^ RSC Frankland Award Previous Winners. Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  19. ^ F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry. (2012-05-14). Retrieved on 2013-01-04.
  20. ^ Theodore William Richards Medal Recipients.


Schrock married Nancy Carlson in 1971 and has two children, Andrew and Eric. Nancy Schrock is the Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. Conservator of Special Collections for the MIT Libraries. The family lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.[5]

Personal life

  • ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry (1985)[11]
  • Harrison Howe Award of the Rochester ACS section (1990)[12]
  • Alexander von Humboldt Award (1995)[13]
  • ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry (1996)[14]
  • Bailar Medal from the University of Illinois (1998)[15]
  • ACS Cope Scholar Award (2001)[16]
  • Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Lecturer and Medalist (2002)[17]
  • Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lecturer (2004)[18]
  • [19]
  • Theodore Richards Medal from the Northeast ACS section (2006)[20]
  • August Wilhelm von Hofmann Medal from the German Chemical Society (2005)
  • Basolo Medal (2007)[1]
  • Elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 2008.[2]
  • Chemistry library at the University of Sussex named in his honour (2013)
  • Schrock carbenes are named in his honour

Many supporting ligands have been explored in efforts to better understand the nature of the single molecule catalysts, most notably 2,6-diisopropylphenylimido and adamantylimido, as well as various tert-butyl alkoxides with varying degrees of fluorination. The prototypical Schrock catalyst is (R"O)2(R'N)Mo(CHR) where R = tert-butyl, R' = 2,6-diisopropylphenyl, and R" = C(Me)(CF3)2. Such catalysts are now commercially available from such major suppliers as Sigma-Aldrich, and are used frequently in synthetic applications of olefin metathesis. Schrock's work is ongoing with goals of furthering the understanding of metathesis selectivity, developing new catalyst architectures, as well as projects outside of metathesis, such as elucidating the mechanism of dinitrogen fixation and developing single molecule catalysts which form ammonia from dinitrogen, mimicking the activity of nitrogenase enzymes in biology.[7][8][9][10] In addition to the Nobel Prize, Schrock has won numerous awards incliuding:

In 2005, Schrock received the olefin metathesis, with metallacyclobutadienes being the key intermediate in alkyne methathesis.

Nobel Prize

Awards and honors

He is co-founder and member of the board of, a Swiss-based company focused on the development and application of proprietary metathesis catalyst.[6]

He has held his current post, the Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry, at MIT since 1989. Schrock is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and was elected to the Board of Overseers of Harvard University in 2007.

Following his PhD, Schrock carried out Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and became full professor in 1980.[5]


Born in Berne, Indiana, Schrock went to Mission Bay High School in San Diego, California. He holds a B.A. (1967) from the University of California, Riverside and a Ph. D. (1971) from Harvard University. At Harvard he studied under J.A. Osborn in 1971–72.



  • Education 1
  • Career 2
  • Awards and honors 3
    • Nobel Prize 3.1
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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