Paul Fischer

Professor of Chemistry (on sabbatical, AY 2014-15)
Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

Olin-Rice Science Center, 319
Telephone: 651-696-6585

My scholarship is “organometallic chemical synthesis.” My students and I collaborate to create (i.e., synthesize) new molecules containing metals. These molecules are “organometallics”; they contain at least one chemical bond connecting a metal atom and a carbon atom. The objective is to create molecules that exhibit interesting reactivity. My research group is interested in building molecules where metals are positioned in unique environments to learn how reactivity at the metal will be impacted. Understanding how metal-based reactions can be systematically and rationally modified is a major research area. The National Science Foundation funds my current projects involving molybdenum and iron chemistry.

BS: Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1993

PhD: Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1998