Dr. John J. Eisch
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Organic Chemistry (from 2013)
- B.S., summa cum laude, Marquette University, 1952
- Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1956, with Professor Henry Gilman
Our current research embraces a variety of studies on synthesis and reaction mechanism in organometallic and heterocyclic chemistry. Such interests in organometallic chemistry encompass the following aspects: 1) the stereoselective formation of carbon-carbon and carbon-hydrogen bonds by means of main-group or transition metal alkyls; 2) fundamental studies of Ziegler-Natta catalytic alkylations and oligomerizations, essential to industrial polymer and hydrocarbon technology; 3) the utility of subvalent organotransition-metal reagents in organic synthesis, especially in the homogenous desulfurization of sulfides and thiols (important for future chemical processes based on coal); 4) the generation of subvalent early transition metal reductants and their utility in organic synthesis and catalysis; and 5) unusual pericyclic or anionic rearrangments, such as those interconverting various transition metal, boron and aluminum compounds or the 1,n shifts observed in silicon and lithium compounds. Finally, this investigator has edited and composed Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of "Organometallic Syntheses," a treatment of research techniques and a compilation of reliable synthetic procedures for many organometallic compounds.