Dr. Aaron D. Sadow

Scientist, Ames Laboratory and Associate Professor, Iowa State University
2760 Gilman Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone 515-294-8069
Email sadow@iastate.edu

Research Interests

  • Stereoselective organometallic chemistry, involving synthesis of achiral and chiral oxazolinylborate ligands, a range of reactive organometallic compounds, mechanistic investigations of their reactions, and development of catalytic transformations.
  • Alkyl ligands containing b-SiH groups, which impart interesting structural and spectroscopic features (e.g., b-agostic SiH moieties) as well as new reaction pathways (such as intermolecular b-hydride abstractions).
  • Surface supported organometallic chemistry, where the goal is to prepare 'single-site' catalysts and 'site-isolated well defined organometallic compounds on surfaces. Here, the ligand synthesis (oxazolinylborane, oxazolinylborate and silylmethyl ligands) and solution reactivity defined above will be applied to surface species.

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(Chronologically most recent on top)Education

  • 2003-2005: Postdoctoral Associate, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
  • 2003: PhD., University of California, Berkeley
  • 1997: B.S., The Pennsylvania State University

(Chronologically most recent on top)Professional Appointments

  • 2011-Present: Associate Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University
  • 2011-Present: Interim Director, Center for Catalysis, Iowa State University
  • 2005-Present: Faculty Scientist, Ames Laboratory
  • 2005-2010: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University  

(Chronologically most recent on top)Honors & Awards

  • 2010: Sloan Research Fellow 2010
  • 2010: NSF Career
  • 2009: Poster Prize, Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Gordon Conference
  • 2008: Poster Prize, Organometallic Gordon Conference
  • 2006: Wilkinson Teaching Award, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University

(Chronologically most recent on top)Publications with the Ames Laboratory

Manna K; Xu S C; Sadow A D . 2011. A Highly Enantioselective Zirconium Catalyst for Intramolecular Alkene Hydroamination: Significant Isotope Effects on Rate and Stereoselectivity. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition. 50:1865-1868. abstract
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Neal S R; Ellern A; Sadow A D . 2011. Optically active, bulky tris(oxazolinyl)borato magnesium and calcium compounds for asymmetric hydroamination/cyclization. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 696:228-234. abstract
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Dunne J F; Fulton D B; Ellern A; Sadow A D . 2010. Concerted C-N and C-H Bond Formation in a Magnesium-Catalyzed Hydroamination. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 132:17680-17683. abstract
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Ho H A; Dunne J F; Ellern A; Sadow A D . 2010. Reactions of Tris(oxazolinyl)phenylborato Rhodium(I) with C-X (X = Cl, Br, OTf) Bonds: Stereoselective Intermolecular Oxidative Addition. Organometallics. 29:4105-4114. abstract
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Mukherjee D; Ellern A; Sadow A D . 2010. Conversion of a Zinc Disilazide to a Zinc Hydride Mediated by LiCl. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 132:7582. abstract
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Dunne J F; Manna K; Wiench J W; Ellern A; Pruski M; Sadow A D . 2010. Bis(oxazolinyl)phenylborane: A Lewis acid-containing ligand for methide abstraction-based coordination to aluminum(III). Dalton Transactions. 39:641-653. abstract
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Manna K; Ellern A; Sadow A D . 2010. A zwitterionic zirconium complex that catalyzes hydroamination of aminoalkenes at room temperature. Chemical Communications. 46:339-341. abstract
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Yan K; Upton B M; Ellern A; Sadow A D . 2009. Lewis Acid-Mediated beta-Hydride Abstraction Reactions of Divalent M(C(SiHMe2)(3))(2)THF2 (M = Ca, Yb). Journal of the American Chemical Society. 131:15110-+. abstract
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Pawlikowski A V; Gray T S; Schoendorff G; Baird B; Ellern A; Windus T L; Sadow A D . 2009. Structure, bonding, and ligand-based reactions of zwitterionic boratoiridium(I) complexes with oxazolinyl scorpionate ligands. Inorganica Chimica Acta. 362:4517-4525. abstract
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Yan K; Pawlikowski A V; Ebert C; Sadow A D . 2009. A tris(alkyl)yttrium compound containing six beta-agostic Si-H interactions. Chemical Communications. :656-658. abstract
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