Robert H. Crabtree

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Robert Howard Crabtree
Born (1948-04-17)April 17, 1948
Nationality British
Fields chemistry
Institutions Yale University
Alma mater Brighton College, New College, Oxford, University of Sussex, Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles
Doctoral advisor Joseph Chatt
Other academic advisors Malcolm Green, Hugh Felkin
Known for Crabtree's catalyst, organometallic chemistry

Robert Howard Crabtree (born 17 April 1948 in London) is a British chemist. He is serving as Whitehead Professor of Chemistry at Yale University in the United States. He is a naturalized citizen of the United States.[1] He is known for the iridium-based Crabtree's catalyst for hydrogenations, and for his textbook on organometallic chemistry.


Crabtree studied at Brighton College (1959-1966). He received a B.A. degree from New College, Oxford in 1970, studying under Malcolm Green. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Sussex in 1973, studying under Joseph Chatt. He performed postdoctoral research under Hugh Felkin at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles at Gif-sur-Yvette, near Paris. He was a postdoctoral fellow (1973-1975) and then attaché de recherche (1975-1977). At the end of that time he was chargé de recherche.

In 1977 Crabtree took an assistant professorship in Inorganic Chemistry at Yale University. He served as associate professor from 1982-1985, and as full professor from 1985 until the present.

Awards and honors[edit]

Crabtree is noted for his work in iridium-catalyzed hydrogenation reactions, and particularly for his work on the so-called Crabtree's catalyst.

Editorial positions and published works[edit]

  • The Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals (5 editions)(ISBN 0-471-66256-9)
  • Inorganic Chemistry Section (editor) Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry (1992-1994)
  • Associate Editor of New Journal of Chemistry (1998-2003)
  • Editor-in-chief of Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry III (2004-present)
  • Editor-in-chief of Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry (2004-present)
  • Board of regional editors of Science (2006-present)
  • Chemistry of the Transition Metals (2009)
  • Handbook of Green Chemistry - Green Catalysis (2009) (co-author)


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