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Postdoctoral fellow Spring Knapp


BA, Grinnell College, 2007; MS (2009), PhD (2012), University of Oregon


Inorganic and organometallic chemistry


Homogeneous catalysis, reaction mechanisms, green chemistry


  • S.M.M. Knapp, S.E. Shaner, D. Kim,* D.Y. Shopov,* J.A. Tendler,* D.M. Pudalov,* A.R. Chianese; “Mechanistic Studies of Alkene Isomerization Catalyzed by CCC-Pincer Complexes of Iridium” Organometallics 2014, 33, 473-484. (Journal Article)
  •  S.M.M. Knapp, T.J. Sherbow, T.J. Ahmed, I. Thiel, L.N. Zakharov, J.J. Juliette, D.R. Tyler; “Modification of platinum phosphinito catalysts for nitrile hydration” J. Inorg. Organomet. Polym. Mater. 2014, 24, 145-156. (Journal Article)
  • S.M.M. Knapp, T.J. Sherbow, R.B. Yelle, J.J. Juliette, D.R. Tyler; “Catalytic Nitrile Hydration with [Ru(η6-p-cymene)Cl2(PR2R′)] Complexes: Secondary Coordination Sphere Effects with Phosphine Oxide and Phosphinite Ligands” Organometallics 201332, 3744-3752. (Journal Article)
  • S.M.M. Knapp, T.J. Sherbow, R.B. Yelle,  L.N. Zakharov,  J.J. Juliette, D.R. Tyler; “Mechanistic Investigations and Secondary Coordination Sphere Effects in the Hydration of Nitriles with [Ru(η6-arene)Cl2PR3] Complexes” Organometallics 201332, 824-834. (Journal Article)
  • S.M.M. Knapp, L. Zacharov, D.R. Tyler; “Dichlorido([eta]6-p-cymene)(ethoxydiphenylphosphane)ruthenium(II)” Acta Cryst. 2012E68, m1465
  • S.M.M. Knapp, T.J. Sherbow, J.J. Juliette, D.R. Tyler; “Cyanohydrin hydration with [Ru(η6-p-cymene)Cl2PR3] complexes” Organometallics 2012, 31, 2941-2944. (Journal Article)
  • T.J. Ahmed, S.M.M. Knapp, D.R. Tyler; “Frontiers in catalytic nitrile hydration: Nitrile and cyanohydrin hydration catalyzed by homogeneous organometallic complexes” Coord. Chem. Rev. 2011, 255, 949-974. (Journal Article)
  • S.M.M. Knapp, L. Zacharov, D.R. Tyler; “2,2'-(Propane-2,2-diyl)dibenzothiazole” Acta Cryst. 2010, E66, o2520
  • T.J. Ahmed, B.R. Fox, S.M.M. Knapp, R.B. Yelle, J.J. Juliette, D.R. Tyler; ”Investigation of the reactivity of Pt phosphinito and molybdecene nitrile hydration catalysts with cyanohydrins” Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 7828–7837. (Journal Article)
* Denotes Colgate student coauthors

Teaching Experience

CHEM 101: General Chemistry I
CHEM 102: General Chemistry II
CHEM 212: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 387: Special Topics in Structure and Analysis - NMR Methods
CHEM 413: Molecular Symmetry
CHEM 415: Organometallic Chemistry


Investigation of Secondary Coordination Sphere Effects for Cyanohydrin Hydration with Transition Metal Catalysts


NSF Graduate STEM Fellow in K-12 Education, 2010–2012