Texas Tech University

Dr. Michael Findlater


Title: Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2003-2008
Postdoctoral Study, University of North Carolina, 2008-2011

Research Area: Organic Chemistry & Organometallic Chemistry

Office: Chemistry 232-A

Phone: 806-834-8976

Email: michael.findlater@ttu.edu
Research Group
(positions available, please contact Dr Findlater via email)

Principal Research Interests

  • Catalysis
  • C-H Bond Activation / Functionalization
  • Synthetic Organometallic Chemistry
The Findlater laboratory seeks to encompass a broad range of research areas. These span such disparate topics as C-H bond activation, Lewis acid catalysis, materials applications and the chemistry of the lanthanide elements. These projects are all grounded in the rational design and preparation of catalysts capable of converting low value substrates into important (higher value / functionalized) products via a range of synthetic techniques (organic, inorganic and organometallic alike). More information is available by exploring our group webpages!

Representative Publications

"Comparison of Migratory Aptitudes of Hydride in -Migratory Insertion Reactions of Pincer Iridium and Rhodium Complexes." Michael Findlater; Alison Cartwright-Sykes; Peter S. White and Maurice S. BrookhartJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, DOI: 10.1021/ja204851x
"Alkane Dehydrogenation." Michael Findlater; Alan S. Goldman and Maurice S. Brookhart, In"Alkane C-H Activation by Single-Site Metal Catalysis." Ed. P. Perez, Springer, 2011.
"Catalytic dehydroaromatization of n-alkanes by pincer-ligated iridium complexes." RituAhuja; Michael Findlater; Maurice Brookhart; Alan S. Goldman; BenudharPunji and Carolyn Supplee Nature Chemistry 2011, 3, 167-171.
"Proton-assisted Hydrogenation of a d8Ir(I) Complex Yields a transIr(III) Dihydride." Michael Findlater; Wesley H. Bernskoetter and Maurice S. Brookhart J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132(13), 4534-4535.
"Boron Di- and Trications." Ignacio Vargas-Baca; Michael Findlater; Adam Powell; Kalyan V. Vasudevan and Alan H. Cowley Dalton Trans. 2008, 6421-6426.
"Synthesis and structure of two new (guanidinate)borondichlorides and their attempted reduction to boron(I) derivatives." Michael Findlater; Nicholas J. Hill; and Alan H. Cowley Dalton Trans. 2008, 4419-4423 (selected for Dalton Discussions 11).


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry