The Gunnoe Research Group

Synthetic and Mechanistic Organometallic Chemistry at the University of Virginia


  • Juan de la Cierva fellowship

    Congratulations to postdoc Dr. Ana Geer who has been awarded a prestigious Juan de la Cierva fellowship to join the Inst. of Chem. Syn. & Homogeneous Catalysis!

  • Gunnoe Group is on Twitter!!

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  • New Book Published on WILEY

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

  • Allan Talbott Gwathmey Memorial Award - Junqi Chen

    Congratulations to Junqi for winning the 2019 Allan Talbott Gwathmey Memorial Award, an honor reserved for the most accomplished graduate students in the physical sciences at the University.

  • Congratulations to Zhongwen

    Zhongwen received second place in the Student Research Presentation Competition at the Chinese American Chemical Society Great Lake Chapter 23rd Annual Conference in April 2019.

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.