Organometallic chemistry and transition metal
• Design and synthesis of homogeneous
catalysts for silicon and phosphorus 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 Scholar, University of California Berkeley
Spanish Ministy 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-)
Division of Inorganic Chemistry (2010-2012)
Chair CIC/CSC Division of Inorganic Chemistry
Past-Chair, Inorganic Chemistry Exchange
program (ICE) (2008-10)
Vice-Chair CIC/CSC Division of Inorganic
Chair and Founding Member, Inorganic Chemistry Exchange
program (ICE) (2004-2008)
Member, Canadian Society for Chemistry, American
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).
- 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.
- E. J. Derrah, K.E. Giesbrecht, R. McDonald, L.
Rosenberg*, "Ruthenated Acetonitrile: Unusual Brønsted
Acidity of a Polar, "Aprotic" Solvent" Organometallics,
2008, 27, 5025-5032.
- D. J. Harrrison, D. R. Edwards, R. McDonald, L.
Rosenberg*, "Toward Selective Functionalisation of
Oligosilanes: Borane-Catalysed Dehydrogenative
Coupling of Silanes with Thiols" Dalton Trans. (Invited
to theme issue "Main group chemistry: from molecules
to materials"), 2008,
3401-3411. Designated "Hot Article".
Invited Research Talks (last 6 years).
Southern California Organometallics Meeting; Inorganic
Reaction Mechanisms Gordon Research Conference;
California Institute of Technology; University of
Southern California; University of California, Los
Fraser University; 44th Silicon Symposium; University of
2011 94th CSC
Montréal QC; University of British Columbia
Research Conference; University of
California, Berkeley; University of
Texas, El Paso
Memorial University of
Newfoundland; 91st CSC Edmonton AB;
6th International Workshop on Silicon-Based
Polymers (ISPO-08), Busan, Korea
- Current students:
Peter Lee (Ph.D. candidate), Mark Fairchild (M.Sc.
- Former students: Roman
Belli (ICE, B.Sc. candidate), Bryony McAllister (B.Sc.
candidate), Krista Morrow (M.Sc. 2012), Michael Jarosz
(B.Sc. candidate), 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)
- 39th IUPAC / 86th CSC (Ottawa, 2003):
Mechanisms in Homogeneous Catalysis
- 85th CSC (Vancouver, 2002): Mike Fryzuk 50th
- XVIth International Symposium on Silicon
Chemistry (Hamilton, 2011)
- 40th Silicon Symposium (Victoria, 2007,
- BC Inorganic Weekend (University of Victoria,
- XXIst International Conference on
Organometallic Chemistry (Vancouver, 2004)