Aaron D Sadow

Aaron D Sadow

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David C. Henderson ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, Iowa State University2024–present
DirectorInstitute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP)2020–present
ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, Iowa State University2016–present
Senior ScientistAmes National Laboratory2018–present
DirectorCenter for Catalysis, Iowa State University2012–2020
Associate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, Iowa State University2011–2016
Faculty ScientistAmes Laboratory, Iowa State University2010–2018
Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, Iowa State University2005–2011


My interest in organometallic chemistry and catalysis began in Ayusman Sen's research group. As an undergraduate at Penn State, I worked on synthesis of polyesters, using CO and activated alcohols as co-monomers. I continued to study organometallics in Don Tilley's group as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, working first on catalysts for polymerization of silanes to make long chains with silicon-only backbones, synthesizing possible intermediates containing reactive metal-silicon bonds, and then on related CH activation reactions and hydrocarbon functionalization catalysis. We developed two new catalytic reactions that used methane as a source for methyl groups, hydromethylation of propene and dehydrogenative simulation of methane. I then moved to ETH Zürich, where I worked with Antonio Togni on enantioselective hydroamination and hydrophosphination for the synthesis of chiral amines and phosphines.