Melanie S. Sanford

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Moses Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
(734) 615-0451

Melanie Sanford grew up in Providence, RI. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Yale University in 1996 where she worked with Professor Bob Crabtree studying C-F bond functionalization. She then moved to Caltech where she worked with Professor Bob Grubbs investigating the mechanism of ruthenium-catalyzed olefin metathesis reactions. After receiving her PhD in 2001, she worked with Professor Jay Groves at Princeton University as an NIH post-doctoral fellow studying metalloporphyrin-catalyzed functionalization of olefins. Melanie has been a professor at the University of Michigan since the summer of 2003.

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Research Interests: 
Professor Sanford’s research focuses developing homogeneous transition metal catalysts for more sustainable production of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, commodity chemicals, and fuels.