Organometallic chemistry and transition metal
• Design & synthesis of homogeneous
catalysts for phosphorus and silicon chemistry
• Mechanistic aspects of catalytic E-H
• Structure/property relationships in
Victoria, Department of Chemistry
University of Victoria, Department of Chemistry
Assistant Professor, 2001-2005
University of Manitoba, Department of Chemistry
Assistant Professor, 1997-2001
University of Iowa
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1996-1997
Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (CNRS),
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1994-1995
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis;
University of British Columbia (M. D. Fryzuk)
Honours and Distinctions
Thesis: Reactions of Silanes with a Dinuclear
Rhodium Hydride Complex.
B.Sc., Honours Chemistry, Memorial University of
Newfoundland (L. K. Thompson)
Complexes of Tetradentate (N4) Pyridazine
and Phthalazine Ligands.
Visiting Professor, CCRI-University of Ottawa
Activities (last 6 years)
Visiting Associate in Chemistry, California Institute of
Visiting Scholar, University of California Berkeley
Spanish Ministry of Science & Education
Visiting Professorship, Zaragoza (2006)
Visiting Professor, University of York, UK (2005)
CNC-IUPAC Travel Award (2002)
E.R. Corey Memorial Fellowship, International Silicon
French Foreign Office Postdoctoral Fellowship (1994-95)
Outreach contact/Webmaster, Inorganic
Exchange program (ICE) (2011-2016)
Division of Inorganic Chemistry (2010-2012)
Chair CIC/CSC Division of Inorganic Chemistry
Past-Chair, Inorganic Chemistry Exchange
program (ICE) (2008-10)
Member, Canadian Society for Chemistry,
American Chemical Society.
Refereeing: Journals: Angewandte Chemie, Canadian Journal of
Chemistry, Chemical Communications, Dalton
Transactions, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry,
Inorganic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry
Communications, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry,
Journal of the American Chemical Society,
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Nature,
Organometallics. Proposals: NSERC, NSF, PRF,
Research Publications (last 6 years).
K. M. E. Burton, D. A. Pantazis, R. G.
Belli, R. McDonald, L. Rosenberg*,
Insertions into a Ru-PR2 Bond",
Organometallics 2016, 35,
3970-3980. ACS Editors'
Choice (open access).
- P. T. K. Lee, L.
Rosenberg*, "Scope and Selectivity of
Reactions of the Disilane (Ph2SiH)2",
J. Organomet. Chem., 2016, 809,
- R. G. Belli, K. M. E. Burton, S. A. Rufh, R.
McDonald, L. Rosenberg*, "Inner- and
Outer-Sphere Roles of Ruthenium Phosphido Complexes in
the Hydrophosphination of Alkenes", Organometallics,
2015, 34, 5637-5646.
- L. Rosenberg*, "Mechanisms of
Metal-Catalyzed Hydrophosphination of Alkenes and
Alkynes", ACS Catalysis, 2013, 3, 2845-2855.
- P. T. K. Lee, M. K. Skjel, L. Rosenberg*, "Borane-Catalyzed
Si-H Activation Routes to Polysilanes Containing
Thiolato Side-Chains", Organometallics, 2013,
- L. Rosenberg*, "Metal Complexes
of Planar PR2 Ligands: Examining the
Carbene Analogy", Coord. Chem. Rev.,
2012, 256, 606-626.
- M.-A. M. Hoyle, D. A. Pantazis, H. M. Burton,
R. McDonald, L. Rosenberg*, "Benzonitrile
of Terminal Diarylphosphido Complexes: Preparative
Sources of "Ru=PR2"",
2011, 30, 6458-6465.
- G. L. Gibson, K. M. E. Morrow, R. McDonald, L.
Synthesis of a “Chiral-at-Ru” Secondary Phosphine
Chim. Acta (Invited
contribution in honour of R. G. Bergman),
2011, 369, 133-139.
- S. M. Jackson, D. M. Chisholm, J. S. McIndoe*,
L. Rosenberg*, "Using NMR and ESI-MS to Probe the
Mechanism of Silane Dehydrocoupling Catalyzed by
Wilkinson’s Catalyst", Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2011, 327-330.
- E. J. Derrah, R. McDonald, L. Rosenberg*,
"[2+2] Cycloaddition Reactions of Alkynes at a Ru-P
- E. J. Derrah, D. A. Pantazis, R. McDonald, L.
Rosenberg*, "Concerted [2+2]-Cycloaddition of Alkenes
at a Ruthenium-Phosphorus Double Bond" Angew. Chemie Int. Ed.,
2010, 49, 3367-3370.
- M. K. Skjel, A. Y. Houghton, A. E. Kirby, D. J.
Harrison, R. McDonald, L. Rosenberg*, "Silane-Controlled
Diastereoselectivity in the
Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane-Catalyzed Reduction of
α-Diketones to Silyl-Protected 1,2-Diols"
Org. Lett., 2010, 12, 376.
Invited Research Talks (last 6 years).
ACS San Diego; University of Western
Ontario; 8th European Silicon Days
CSC Ottawa; 5th Latin American Symposium on Coordination
and Organometallic Chemistry; Pacifichem
Washington; University of Toronto; 248th ACS San
Southern California Organometallics Meeting; Inorganic
Reaction Mechanisms Gordon Research Conference;
California Institute of Technology; University of
Southern California; University of California, Los
Angeles; University of Ottawa/Centre for Catalysis
Research & Innovation
Fraser University; 44th Silicon Symposium; University of
2011 94th CSC
Montréal; University of British Columbia
Research Conference; University of
- Current students:
Roman Belli (Ph.D. candidate), Jin Yang (M.Sc. 2016),
Elena Liles (B.Sc. candidate).
- Former students: Alberto Escobar Mingo
(B.Sc. candidate) Julia Rimmer (B.Sc.
candidate), James Hui (B.Sc. candidate) Peter Lee
(Ph.D. 2015), Tory Borsboom-Hanson (B.Sc. 2016),
Stephanie Rufh (B.Sc. 2015), Chris Huang (B.Sc. 2014),
Jon Clarke (B.Sc. candidate), Mark Fairchild, Audrey
Cassen (Ph.D. 2014), Roman Belli (ICE, B.Sc. 2014),
Bryony McAllister (B.Sc. 2014), Krista Morrow (M.Sc.
2012), Michael Jarosz (B.Sc. 2014), Sophie
Langis-Barsetti (ICE, B.Sc. 2012), Marc-André Hoyle
(B.Sc. 2011), Miranda Skjel (B.Sc. 2011), Eric
Derrah (Ph.D. 2009), Gregory Gibson (B.Sc.
Hannah Burton (B.Sc. 2009), Gregory
(ICE, B.Sc. 2009), Eleanor von Aderkas
(B.Sc. 2008), Ryan Abel (B.Sc. 2010),
Erica Jones (B.Sc. 2008), Andrea Kirby (ICE, B.Sc.
2008), Sarah Jackson (M.Sc. 2007), Karina
Giesbrecht (B.Sc. 2007), Adrian Houghton (B.Sc. 2007),
Shaun Hall (ICE, B.Sc. 2006), Dawn
Friesen (Ph.D. 2005), Dan Harrison (M.Sc. 2005), Cat
Hughes (M.Sc. 2005), Sébastien Monfette (ICE, B.Sc.
2005), Kari Frantzen (B.Sc. 2005), Danielle Kobus
(B.Sc 2004), Dave Edwards (B.Sc. 2004), Anika Louie
(B. Sc. 2003), Jazmin Marlinga (B.Sc. 2003), Owen
Bowles (B.Sc. 2002), Debbie Mitra (B.Sc. 2000), Colin
Davis (B.Sc. 2000)
- Former Postdoctoral Research Associate:
Junzhi Yao (1999-2000)
- XIXth International Symposium on Homogeneous
Catalysis (Ottawa, 2014)
- XVIth International Symposium on Silicon
Chemistry (Hamilton, 2011)
- 40th Silicon Symposium (Victoria, 2007,