Current Research

Organometallic Chemistry constitutes a branch of Chemistry that draws from traditional Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Consequently, this branch of Chemistry can address and solve particularly unique problems ranging from catalytic industrial production issues to the synthesis and fabrication of compounds and materials relevant to nanotechnology. Our laboratory has been studying difficult problems relating to fundamental issues of structure and bonding in organometallic compounds. In particular, we are interested in the synthesis, stabilization, and structure of compounds containing multiple bonds between heavier main group elements (such as gallium and lead) and extending the concept of aromaticity beyond carbon ring systems to metallic ring systems-a phenomenon known as metalloaromaticity. Students engaged in this research will gain valuable experience in both organic and inorganic synthesis and become proficient in the synthesis and manipulation of air-sensitive compounds and materials (a very valuable technique in both the academic and industrial communities). In addition, as our principal characterization technique is single crystal X-ray diffraction, students will hone their skills in practical small molecule crystallography.

Selected Publications

Wang, Y. ; Xie, Y. ; Abraham, M. Y. ; Gilliard, R. J. ; Wei, P. ; Schaefer, H. F. ; v. Schleyer, P. R. ; Robinson, G. H. Carbene-Stabilized Parent Phosphinidene. Organometallics 2010, 29, 4778 - 4780.
Abraham, M. Y. ; Wang, Y. Z. ; Xie, Y. M. ; Wei, P. R. ; Schaefer, H. F. ; Schleyer, P. V. ; Robinson, G. H. Carbene Stabilization of Diarsenic: From Hypervalency to Allotropy. Chemistry-a European Journal 2010, 16, 432-435.
Wang, Y. ; Xie, Y. ; Abraham, M. Y. ; Wei, P. ; Schaefer, H. F., 3rd; Schleyer, P. R. ; Robinson, G. H. A viable anionic N-heterocyclic dicarbene. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010, 132, 14370-2.
Wang, Y. Z. ; Robinson, G. H. Unique homonuclear multiple bonding in main group compounds. Chemical Communications 2009, 5201-5213.
Quillian, B. ; Wei, P. R. ; Wannere, C. S. ; Schleyer, P. V. ; Robinson, G. H. A Neutral Ga-6 Octahedron: Synthesis, Structure, and Aromaticity. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2009, 131, 3168-+.
Wang, Y. Z. ; Xie, Y. M. ; Wei, P. R. ; King, R. B. ; Schaefer, H. F. ; Schleyer, P. V. ; Robinson, G. H. A stable silicon(0) compound with a Si=Si double bond. Science 2008, 321, 1069-1071.
Quillian, B. ; Wang, Y. Z. ; Wei, P. R. ; Robinson, G. H. Organometallic compounds containing new Hf-Ga and Hf-In bonds: Cp2Hf(ER)(2)(Cp = C5H5; E = Ga, In; R = -C6H3-2,6-(2,4,6-i-Pr3C6H2)(2)). New Journal of Chemistry 2008, 32, 774-776.
Wang, Y. Z. ; Quillian, B. ; Wei, P. R. ; Xie, Y. M. ; Wannere, C. S. ; King, R. B. ; Schaefer, H. F. ; Schleyer, P. V. R. ; Robinson, G. H. Planar, twisted, and trans-bent: Conformational flexibility of neutral diborenes. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130, 3298-+.
Wang, Y. Z. ; Xie, Y. M. ; Wei, P. R. ; King, R. B. ; Schaefer, H. F. ; Schleyer, P. V. ; Robinson, G. H. Carbene-Stabilized Diphosphorus. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130, 14970-+.
Wang, Y. Z. ; Robinson, G. H. Organometallics of the group 13 M-M bond (M = Al, Ga, In) and the concept of metalloaromaticity. Organometallics 2007, 26, 2-11.
Quillian, B. ; Wang, Y. ; Wei, P. ; Wannere, C. S. ; Schleyer, P. V. ; Robinson, G. H. Gallepins. Neutral gallium analogues of the tropylium ion: Synthesis, structure, and aromaticity. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2007, 129, 13380-+.
Wang, Y. ; Quillian, B. ; Wei, P. ; Wannere, C. S. ; Xie, Y. ; King, R. B. ; Schaefer, H. F. ; Schleyer, P. V. ; Robinson, G. H. A stable neutral diborene containing a B = B double bond. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2007, 129, 12412-+.