Russell Profit Hughes

Research Professor

Frank R. Mori Professor Emeritus
Research Professor of Chemistry

Professor Hughes's interests lie in the areas of mechanistic organometallic, inorganic, and organic chemistry. He currently uses computational methods to determine electronic structure, bonding motifs and reaction pathways in compounds related to catalytically important systems.  He is the 2010 winner of the ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the American Chemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Born in Denbigh, Wales, he received his undergraduate education at UMIST in England, and his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, Canada, under the guidance of John Powell.  After postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Bristol, England (with Michael Green) and McGill University, Montréal, Canada (with John Harrod), he joined the Chemistry Department at Dartmouth College, where he is now a Research Professor and the Frank R. Mori Professor of Chemistry (Emeritus).

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Personal Website
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306 Burke
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Department:
Chemistry
Education:
B.Sc. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
Ph.D. University of Toronto
D.Sc. University of Manchester

Selected Publications

Generation of Hydrofluoronickelacycles from Trifluoroethylene and Ni(0): Ligand Effects on Regio-/Stereo-Selectivity and Reactivity.  Katie A. Giffin, Lorraine A. Pua, Sarah Piorkowski, Bulat Gabidullin, Ilia Korobkov, Russell P. Hughes, and R. Tom Baker.  J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 4075-4086.

Fluorocarbene, Fluoroolefin, and Fluorocarbyne Compexes of Rh.  Christopher J. Pell, Yanjun Zhu, Rafael Huacuja, David E. Herbert, Russell P. Hughes, and Oleg V. Ozerov.  Chemical Science, 2017, 8, 3178-3186.

Cationic Two-Coordinate Complexes of Pd(I) and Pt(I) Have Longer Metal-Ligand Bonds Than Their Neutral Counterparts.  Morgan C. MacInnis, Jessica C. DeMott, Eva M. Zolnhofer, Jia Zhou, Karsten Meyer, Russell P. Hughes, and Oleg V. Ozerov.  Chem.., 2016, 1, 902-920.

X-ray structures and electronic properties of the 1, 1', 2, 2' - and 1, 1', 3, 3' - tetra-t-butylferrocenium (1+) cations.  Kristina M. Gansle, Alexander E. Gash, C. Kevin Chambliss, Brady J. Clapsaddle, Brian S. Newell, Susie M. Miller, Oren P. Anderson, Russell P. Hughes, and Steven H. Strauss.  Polyhedron, 2016, 121, 88-94.

A Nascent Phosphinidene Trapped in a Fluxional NCN Pincer.  Jakub Hyvel, Wesley Y. Yoshida, Arnold L. Rheingold, Russell P. Hughes, and Matthew F. Cain.  Chemistry - A European Journal, 2016, 22, 17562-17565.

Coordination contributions to protein stability in metal-substituted carbonic anhydrase.  George P. Lisi, Russell P. Hughes, and Dean E. Wilcox.  J. Biol. Inorg. Chem, 2016, 21, 659-667.

Synthesis of a Tris(phosphaalkene)phosphine Ligand and Fundamental Organometallic Reactions on Its Sterically Shielded Metal Complexes.  Preston M. Miura-Akagi, Mika L. Nakashige, Caitlin K. Maile, Shelly M. Oshiro, Joshua R. Gurr, Wesley Y. Yoshida, A. Timothy Royappa, Colleen E. Krause, Arnold L. Rheingold, Russell P. Hughes, and Matthew F. Cain.  Organometallics, 2016, 35, 2224-2231.

Streamlined Preparation and Coordination Chemistry of Hybrid Phosphine-Phosphaalkene Ligands.  Kevin W. Magnuson, Shelly M. Oshiro, Joshua R. Gurr, Wesley Y. Yoshida, Milan Gembicky, Arnold L. Rheingold, Russell P. Hughes, and Matthew F. Cain.  Organometallics, 2016, 35, 855-859.

A New Stepwise Mechanism for Formation of Metallacyclobutane via a Singlet Diradical Intermediate.  Jay T. Fuller, Daniel J. Harrison, Matthew C. Leclerc, R. Tom Baker, Daniel H. Ess, and Russell P. Hughes.  Organometallics, 2015, 34, 5210-5213.

Dearomative Indole (3+2) Reactions with Azaoxyallyl Cations - New Method for the Synthesis of Pyrroloindolines.  Maria C. DiPoto, Russell P. Hughes, and Jimmy Wu.  J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 14861-14864.

Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of Iridium Perfluorrocarbene Complexes: Regio- and Stereo-specific Addition of HCI Across a Metal Carbon Double Bond.  Jian Yuan, Cheryl J. Bourgeois, Arnold L. Rheingold, and Russell P. Hughes.  Dalton Transactions, 2015, 44, 19528-19542.

Bonding Analysis of TM(cAAC)2 (TM=Cu, Ag, Au) and the Importance of reference State.  Clark R. Landis, Russell P. Hughes, and Frank Weinhold.  Organometallics, 2015, 34, 3442-3449.

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Speaking Engagements

1978 Invited Speaker, University of Vermont

1979 Invited Speaker, University of Bristol, England

1980 Invited Speaker, SUNY Binghamton

1980 Invited Speaker, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

1980 Plenary Lecturer, Chemical Institute of Canada Conference, Ottawa

1980 Invited Speaker, NSF National Organometallic Chemistry Workshop, Northwestern  University

1981 Invited Speaker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1981 Invited Speaker, Brown University

1981 Invited Speaker, Wesleyan University

1981 Invited Speaker, Middlebury College

1981 Invited Speaker, SUNY Plattsburg

1981 Session Chair and Speaker, 10th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Toronto

1981 Invited Speaker, University of New Hampshire

1982 Invited Speaker, International Symposium of Fluorine Chemistry, Vancouver

1982 Invited Speaker, University of Delaware

1982 Invited Speaker, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Wilmington, DE

1982 Invited Speaker, Clark University

1983 Invited Speaker, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Seattle

1983 Invited Speaker, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

1983 Invited Speaker, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

1983 Invited Speaker, University of Houston

1983 Invited Speaker, University of Texas at Austin

1983 Invited Speaker, University of Aachen, FRG

1983 Invited Speaker, University of Frankfurt, FRG

1984 Invited Speaker, University of Bristol, England

1984 Invited Speaker, Oxford University, England

1984 Invited Speaker, University of Sheffield, England

1984 Invited Speaker, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, England

1984 Invited Speaker, University of Heidelberg, FRG

1984 Invited Speaker, University of Würzburg, FRG

1984 Invited Speaker, University of Regensburg, FRG

1984 Invited Speaker, Max Planck Institute fur Kohlenforschung, Mülheim, FRG

1984 McGill University Chemical Society Lecturer, Montreal

1984 Plenary Speaker, Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Newark, NJ

1984 Invited Speaker, NSF National Organometallic Chemistry Workshop, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1984 Invited Speaker, Yale University

1984 Invited Speaker, American Cyanamid Corporate Laboratories, Stamford, CT

1984 Invited Speaker, Exxon Corporate Laboratories, Clinton, NJ

1984 Invited Speaker, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Wilmington, DE

1984 Invited Speaker, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ

1985 Invited Speaker, University of Toronto, Canada

1985 Invited Speaker, SUNY Plattsburg

1985 Invited Speaker, SUNY Albany

1986 Invited Speaker, General Electric Research Labs, Schenechtady, NY

1986 Invited Speaker, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

1987 Invited Speaker, Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society,Columbus, OH

1987 Invited Speaker, University of Vermont

1987 Invited Speaker, Boston College

1987 Invited Speaker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1987 Invited Speaker, University of  Waterloo (Canada)

1988 Invited Speaker, University of Utah

1988 Invited Speaker, University of Indiana

1988 Invited Speaker, University of Chicago

1989 Plenary Lecturer, American Chemical Society Winter Fluorine Meeting, St. Petersburg, Florida

1989 Invited Speaker, Organometallic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference, Newport, R.I.

1989 Invited Speaker, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

1989 Invited Speaker, University of California at San Diego

1989 Invited Speaker, University of Southern California

1989 Invited Speaker, University of California at Irvine

1989 Invited Speaker, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

1989 Invited Speaker, University of Oklahoma

1990 Invited Speaker, Washington University (St. Louis)

1990 Invited Speaker, Merrimack College, Massachusetts

1991 Invited Speaker, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

1991 Invited Speaker, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

1991 Invited Speaker, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

1991 Invited Speaker, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

1992 Invited Speaker, American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco

1992 Invited Speaker, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.

1992 Invited Speaker, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

1993 Invited Speaker, Bates College, Lewiston, ME.

1993 Invited Speaker, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

1993 Invited Speaker, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

1993 Invited Speaker, SUNY at Albany, Albany, NY

1993 Invited Speaker, MIT, Cambridge, MA

1994 Invited Speaker, NSF National Organometallic Chemistry Workshop, Corpus Christi TX

1994 Invited Speaker, University of Sussex, Brighton, England

1995 Invited Speaker, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA

1995 Invited Speaker, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

1995 Invited Speaker, Massey University, New Zealand

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

1995 Invited Speaker, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

1995 Invited Speaker, Monash University, Clayton, Australia

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

1995 Invited Speaker, Rand Afrikaner University, Johannesburg, South Africa

1995 Invited Speaker, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1995 Invited Speaker, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

1995 Invited Speaker, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

1996 Invited Speaker, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

1996 Invited Speaker, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

1996 Invited Speaker, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

1996 Invited Speaker, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

1996 Invited Speaker, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

1997 Invited Speaker, American Chemical Society Winter Fluorine Meeting, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida

1997 Invited Speaker, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

1997 Invited Speaker, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1997 Invited Speaker, Utah State University, Logan, UT

1997 Invited Speaker, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

1997 Invited Speaker, NSF National Organometallic Chemistry Workshop, Santa Fe, NM

1997 Invited Speaker, International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry, Vancouver, Canada.

1997 Invited Speaker, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Roanoke, VA

1998 Invited Speaker, Columbia University, New York City, NY

1998 Invited Speaker, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

1998 Invited Speaker, Organometallic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference, Newport, R.I.

1999 Invited Speaker, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

2000 Invited Speaker, Clark University, Worcester, MA

2000 Invited Speaker, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV

2000 Invited Speaker, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2000 Invited Speaker, National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington DC

2000 Invited Speaker, Meeting of the Pacific Rim Chemical Societies, Honolulu, HI

2001 Plenary Speaker, ACS Winter Fluorine Conference, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida

2001 Invited Speaker, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2001 Invited Speaker, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California

2001 Invited Speaker, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

2001 Invited Speaker, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

2001 Invited Speaker, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2001 Invited Speaker, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

2001 Invited Speaker, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

2001 Plenary Speaker, South African Chemical Institute Meeting, Pilanesberg, South Africa

2001 Invited Speaker, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

2001 Invited Speaker, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

2001 Invited Speaker, University of Bristol, Bristol, England

2002 Invited Speaker, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

2002 Invited Speaker, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

2002 Invited Speaker, National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Orlando, Florida

2002 Invited Speaker, Universita' di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

2002 Invited Speaker, Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2002 Invited Speaker, National Research Council, Florence, Italy

2002 Invited Speaker, Università di Perugia, Perugia, Italy

2002 Invited Speaker, Universita' "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

2003 Invited Speaker, Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Gordon Research Conference, Ventura, CA

2003 Invited Speaker, Organometallic Gordon Research Conference, Newport, RI

2003 Invited Speaker, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

2004 Invited Speaker, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN

2004 Invited Speaker, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

2004 Invited Speaker, National Science Foundation Inorganic Chemistry Workshop, Sedona, AZ

2005 Invited Speaker, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

2005 Invited Speaker, Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Gordon Research Conference, Ventura, CA

2005 Geoffrey Coates Lecturer, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

2005 Invited Speaker, Inorganic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference, Newport, RI

2005 Invited Speaker, Pacifichem Research Conference, Honolulu, HI

2006 Invited Speaker, Boston Area Inorganic Conference, MIT, Cambridge, MA

2006 Invited Speaker, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2006 Invited Speaker, Organometallic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference, Newport, RI

2007 Invited Speaker, Boston University, Boston, MA.

2007 Charles Pedersen Lecturer, E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. Wilmington DE.

2007 Invited Speaker, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2010 Plenary Speaker, American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA

2010 Plenary Speaker, Royal Society of Chemistry Fluorine Group, University of Durham, UK

2010 Invited Speaker, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2011 Invited Speaker, Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium, Brown University. RI

2011 Invited Speaker, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Anaheim, CA

2011 Invited Speaker, “Fluorine as a Key Element; Graduate College”, Free University, Berlin, Germany.

2011 Invited Speaker, “Fluorine as a Key Element; Graduate College”, von Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

2011 Invited Speaker, Organometallic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference, Newport, RI

2012 Invited Speaker, American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA

2012 Invited Speaker, University of Ottawa, Canada.