Dr. Rob Paton to join faculty in January 2018

Posted: August 28th, 2017

The Department of Chemistry is excited to announce that Dr. Rob Paton will be joining Colorado State University in January 2018 to continue his independent career as an Associate Professor in Chemistry.

Rob Paton obtained an MSci in Natural Sciences, receiving the Raphael Prize for distinction in Organic Chemistry, at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He completed PhD studies with Prof. Jonathan Goodman at Cambridge developing computational tools to model organic stereoselectivity and was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship by St Catharine’s College. Supported by Fellowships from Fulbright-AstraZeneca and the 1851 Royal Commission, Rob conducted postdoctoral research at UCLA with Prof. K. N. Houk. In 2010 he returned to the UK to an independent position at the University of Oxford, becoming an Associate Professor in 2014.

At Colorado State University, the Paton group  will continue to address the challenge of molecular design computationally. Mechanistic understanding and prediction are used to design new catalysts, with a particular focus on asymmetric reactions. As well as collaborations with academic groups around the world, the group has benefited from support and scientific partnership with pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Paton’s work has been recognized by the 2014 Silver Jubilee Prize of the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society, the 2015 Harrison-Meldola Memorial Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the American Chemical Society COMP division.

Welcome to CSU Rob!