The Gunnoe Research Group

Synthetic and Mechanistic Organometallic Chemistry at the University of Virginia


  • Fanji's new paper

    Congratulations to Fanji on his recent publication in Organometallics on the effects of additives for Rh catalyzed arene C-H activation!

  • Gunnoe Group is on Twitter!!

    Follow us to stay tuned to our group news! @GunnoeGroup

  • New Book Published on WILEY

    "Catalytic Hydroarylation of Carbon-Carbon Multiple Bonds" has been published.

  • Shunyan's Graduation

    Congratulations to Shunyan Gu ( @cbtm_20 ) on defending his Ph.D thesis titled "Studies of Rh and Ir complexes relevant to catalytic functionalization of hydrocarbons and alcohols”!

  • Congratulations to Zhongwen

    Congratulations to Dr. Zhongwen Luo, who recently defended his Ph.D. thesis from the Gunnoe group, on accepting a position as a CMC consultant at DataRevive!

Research Focus

Our group focuses on the development of homogeneous molecular and single-site supported catalysts for the conversion of small organic molecules. Interests span from processes relevant to energy and large commodity chemicals to higher value fine chemical synthesis. We prepare new inorganic and organometallic complexes and probe their reactivity in both new stoichiometric reactions as well as catalytic conversions. In addition to the synthesis and characterization of new complexes and study of reactivity, we also place significant effort toward mechanistic studies.