Gladysz, John individual record
Distinguished Professor

My research has traditionally been centered around organometallic chemistry, and from this core area branches into catalysis, organic synthesis, enantioselective reactions, stereochemistry, mechanism, and materials chemistry. About half of my group is involved with catalysis projects. Areas receiving emphasis include (a) structurally novel new families of highly enantioselective catalysts, (b) metal-containing "organocatalysts" and (c) recoverable catalysts, particularly those with "ponytails" of the formula (CH2)m(CF2)nF; these can be recycled via "fluorous" liquid or solid phases, such as Teflon. The other half of my group synthesizes organometallic building blocks for molecular devices. These include (a) molecular wires composed of metal endgroups and linear (sp) carbon chains, including stable species with C28 bridges, (b) analogs in which the charge-transmitting bridges are insulated by a pair of polymethylene or (CH2)n chains that adopt a double-helical conformation, (c) polygons and multistranded molecular wires based upon such building blocks, and (d) molecular gyroscopes and compasses consisting of a rotating MLn fragment and an external cage (stator) that insulates the rotator from neighboring molecules, exactly as with the commercial gyroscopes used for aircraft and space-station navigation.

selected publications
Academic Articles601
  • Zhu, Y., Ehnbom, A., Fiedler, T., Shu, Y. i., Bhuvanesh, N., Hall, M. B., & Gladysz, J. A. (2021). Platinum(ii) alkyl complexes of chelating dibridgehead diphosphines P((CH2)n)3P (n = 14, 18, 22); facile cis/trans isomerizations interconverting gyroscope and parachute like adducts. Dalton Transactions. 50(36), 12457-12477.
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  • Kabes, C. Q., Jameson, B. L., & Gladysz, J. A. (2021). Solvent free enantioselective catalysis with chiral cobalt(iii) Werner complexes via ball milling. New Journal of Chemistry. 45(37), 17101-17107.
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  • Castillo Molina, D. A., Wititsuwannakul, T., Hampel, F., Hall, M. B., & Gladysz, J. A. (2021). Syntheses, Structures, Reactivities, and Basicities of Quinolinyl and Isoquinolinyl Complexes of an Electron Rich Chiral Rhenium Fragment and Their Electrophilic Addition Products. Chemistry – A European Journal. 27(53), 13399-13417.
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  • Collins, B. K., Clough Mastry, M., Ehnbom, A., Bhuvanesh, N., Hall, M. B., & Gladysz, J. A. (2021). Macrocyclic Complexes Derived from Four cis-L2 Pt Corners and Four Butadiynediyl Linkers; Syntheses, Electronic Structures, and Square versus Skew Rhombus Geometries.. Chemistry. 27(39), 10021-10039.
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  • Gladysz, J. A. (2013). Palladium-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
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  • Gladysz, J. A., Curran, D. P., & Horvth, I. T. (2004). Handbook of Fluorous Chemistry. Wiley.
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  • Fiedler, T., & Gladysz, J. A. (2014). Multifold Ring-Closing Olefin Metatheses in Syntheses of Organometallic Molecules with Unusual Connectivities. Olefin Metathesis. 311-328. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
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  • KlUi, W., Kunz, P. C., Seidel, S. N., & Gladysz, J. A. (2010). Organometallic Reagents. Inorganic Syntheses. 109-128. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
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  • Gladysz, J. A. (2009). The Experimental Assay of Catalyst Recovery: General Concepts. Recoverable and Recyclable Catalysts. 1-14. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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  • Gladysz, J. A. (2008). Thermomorphic Fluorous Palladacycles. Palladacycles. 341-359. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
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  • Ryu, I., Matsubara, H., Emnet, C., Gladysz, J. A., Takeuchi, S., Nakamura, Y., & Curran, D. P. (2005). Fluorous Solvents. Green Reaction Media in Organic Synthesis. 59-124. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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Conference Papers64
  • Ehnbom, A., Perez, L., Hall, M., & Gladysz, J. (2019). Computational simulation of homeomorphic isomerism in phosphine macrobicycles: Topology, spectroscopy, and stability of in/out isomers. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 257,
  • Ehnbom, A., Kuszynski, J., Perez, L., Hall, M., & Gladysz, J. (2019). Elucidating homeomorphic isomerism in macrobicycles of the pnictogen-series. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 257,
  • Estrada, A., Bluemel, J., & Gladysz, J. (2018). Molecular cage synthesis and substitution chemistry of rhodium based molecular gyroscopes. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 256,
  • Deme, J., Kovacs, E., Merza, G., Szolnoki, G., Kiss, V., Szarka, G., ... Tuba, R. (2018). Synthesis of supramolecular vinyl alcohol (VA) copolymers via ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) for biogenic amine delivery. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 256,
  • Luu, Q., & Gladysz, J. (2018). Werner-type complexes as chirality and prochirality sensing agents for a variety of functional groups. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 256,
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Texas A&M University; Chemistry Department; 3255 TAMU
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