Biological Chemistry Seminar (Mark Goulian, University of Pennsylvania)

Thu, 2017-03-02 15:00 - 16:00
Lynch Lecture Hall

Biological Chemistry Seminar (Arjun Raj, University of Pennsylvania)

Thu, 2017-02-16 15:00 - 16:00
Lynch Lecture Hall

Biological Chemistry Seminar (Dustin Brisson, University of Pennsylvania)

Thu, 2017-01-26 15:00 - 16:00
Lynch Lecture Hall

Thieme Science of Synthesis Roadshow

Mon, 2017-02-13 12:00

Dr. Guido F. Herrmann,

Managing Director, Thieme Chemistry

Lynch Lecture Hall

Novartis Lecture (Helma Wennemers, ETH Zurich)

Fri, 2017-02-10 14:00 - 16:30

Prof. Helma Wennemers, ETH-Zurich

Dr. Duncan Shaw, Novartis

Lynch Lecture Hall
Attached Document: 

Karen I. Goldberg

First Name: 
Karen I.
Last Name: 
Official Title: 
Vagelos Professor of Energy Research

Research in the Goldberg group is focused on the development of new catalytic systems to efficiently produce chemicals and fuels from a range of available feedstocks. We are interested in transforming both highly saturated feedstocks, such as natural gas and alkanes, as well as highly oxygenated materials like CO2 and those found in biomass. Using catalysis, we seek to develop new environmentally responsible and economically viable methods to convert these feedstocks to more valuable organic products.


Contact Information
Office Location: 
Room 453, 1973 Building
Admin Support: 

A.B.: Barnard College of Columbia University

Ph.D.: University of California at Berkeley

Postdoctoral Fellow: The Ohio State University

Selected Publications: 

Goldberg, J. M.; Goldberg, K. I.; Heinekey, D. M.; Burgess, S. A.; Lau, D. B.; Linehan, J. C. “Detection of Detection of an Iridium-Dihydrogen Complex: A Proposed Intermediate in Ionic Hydrogenation” J. Am. Chem. Soc2017139, 12638-12646.


Stevens, T. E.; Smoll, K. A.; Goldberg, K. I. “Direct Formation of Carbon(sp3)-heteroatom Bonds from RhIII to Produce Methyl Iodide, Thioethers and Alkyl amines” J. Am. Chem. Soc2017139, 7725-7728.


Gao, Y.; Guan, C.; Zhou, M.; Kumar, A.; Emge, T.; Wright, A. M.; Goldberg, K. I.; Krogh-Jespersen, K; Goldman, A. S. “b-Hydride Elimination and C-H Activation by an Iridium Acetate Complex, Catalyzed by Lewis Acids. Alkane Dehydrogenation Co‑Catalyzed by Lewis Acids and (Phebox)Ir” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139, 6338-6350.


Smoll, K. A.; Kaminsky, W.; Goldberg, K. I. “Photolysis of Pincer-Ligated PdII–Me Complexes in the Presence of Molecular Oxygen” Organometallics 2017, 36, 1213-1216 

Goldberg, K. I.; Goldman, A. S. “Large-Scale Alkane Functionalization” Acc. Chem. Res201750, 620-626.


Goldberg, J.M.; Cherry, S. D.T.; Guard, L.M.; Kaminsky, W; Goldberg, K. I.; Heinekey, D.M. “Hydrogen Addition to (pincer)IrI(CO) Complexes: The Importance of Steric and Electronic Factors” Organometallics 2016, 35, 3546-3556.


Brewster, T.P.; Goldberg, J.M.; Tran, J.C.; Heinekey, D.M.; Goldberg, K. I. “High Catalytic Efficiency Combined with High Selectivity for the Aldehyde-Water Shift using (para-cymene)Ruthenium Precatalysts” ACS Catalysis 20166, 6302-6305.


Brewster, T.P.; Rezayee, N.M.; Culakova, Z.; Sanford, M.S.; Goldberg, K.I. “Base-Free Iridium-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Esters and Lactones” ACS Catal. 20166, 3113-3117.

Physical Chemistry Seminar (Patrice Rannou, Grenoble Alpes)

Thu, 2017-01-12 13:00 - 14:00

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Special Energy Research Seminar: Jarad Mason, Northwestern

Tue, 2016-12-13 10:00
Dr. Jarad Mason, Northwestern
Lynch Lecture Hall

Phase Transitions and Adsorption at the Atomic and Nanoscale: From Storing and Separating Gases to Manipulating Light




Inorganic Chemistry Seminar (Alison Fout, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Tue, 2016-12-13 12:00 - 13:00

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Inquires please contact Camille Pride at

Organic Chemistry Seminar (Raghavan B. Sunoj, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)

Mon, 2017-02-06 12:00 - 13:00

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

Inquires please contact Camille Pride at

Department of Chemistry

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