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

Baird B; Pawlikowski A V; Su J; Wiench J W; Pruski M; Sadow A D . 2008. Easily Prepared Chiral Scorpionates: Tris(2-oxazolinyl)boratoiridium(I) Compounds and Their Interactions with MeOTf. Inorganic Chemistry. 47:10208-10210. abstract
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Dunne J F; Su J C; Ellern A; Sadow A D . 2008. A new scorpionate ligand: Tris(4,4-dimethyl-2-oxazolinyl)borate and its zirconium(IV) complexes. Organometallics. 27:2399-2401. abstract
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