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Dr. Robert Comito

Dr. Comito

Robert J. Comito
Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral Scholar, MIT, 2014-2018
Ph.D, Princeton University, 2009-2014
BA, Rutgers University, 2005-2009

Department of Chemistry
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-5003

Office: 445 - STL
Phone: 713.743.6861
rjcomito@central.uh.edu

 

Research Interests

My research focuses on new catalytic methods for organic and polymer synthesis. In particular, this program uses main group catalysis to target synthetically valuable transformations that are underserved by established transition metal methods. This approach takes advantage of the complementarity between main group and organometallic chemistry. In general, main group complexes show greater coordinative lability and improved alkyl stability than their transition metal counterparts, potential advantages for reactions designed to incorporate polar functional groups or involving alkyl intermediates. In polymer chemistry, methods of interest include living olefin polymerization and ambiphilic copolymerization, potentially amenable to advanced polyolefins with improved properties. For organic synthesis, I am interested in olefin difunctionalization and C-H activation, relevant for medicinal chemistry and complex molecule synthesis.