Melanie Sanford

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Melanie Sanford
Sanford in 2011
Born (1975-06-16)June 16, 1975
Nationality American
Fields chemistry
Institutions University of Michigan
Education Classical High School
Alma mater Yale University, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University
Doctoral advisor Robert H. Grubbs
Other academic advisors John T. Groves
Notable awards MacArthur Fellowship

Melanie Sanford (born June 16, 1975) is an American chemist, who currently works at the University of Michigan, where she holds the positions of Moses Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry.[1] Sanford is best known for her studies of high-valent organopalladium species, particularly those implicated in Pd-catalyzed C–H functionalization reactions.[2][3] She has received numerous awards and honors, including a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship[4] and the 2013 Sackler Prize in Chemistry.[5] She is also a Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Sanford was born and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended Classical High School. She graduated from Yale University with a BS and MS in 1996, having carried out research with Robert H. Crabtree, and from the California Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in 2001, where she studied with Robert H. Grubbs. She did postdoctoral work at Princeton University, where she studied with John T. Groves.[6]


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  2. ^ Dick, Allison R.; Hull, Kami L.; Sanford, Melanie S. (2004). "A Highly Selective Catalytic Method for the Oxidative Functionalization of C–H Bonds". Journal of the American Chemical Society 126 (8): 2300–2301. doi:10.1021/ja031543m. 
  3. ^ Lyons, Thomas W.; Sanford, Melanie S. (2010). "Palladium-Catalyzed Ligand-Directed C–H Functionalization Reactions". Chemical Reviews 110 (2): 1147–1169. doi:10.1021/cr900184e. 
  4. ^ "Melanie Sanford, Organometallic Chemist". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in the Physical Sciences". Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jim Austin (November 24, 2006). "Melanie Sanford: The Interview". Science. 

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