Robert Paton Associate Professor

Office: Chemistry Research 313

Phone: (970) 791-7746



  • PhD, University of Cambridge


The group's research interests focus on solving problems in organic and bio-organic chemistry using computational methods. Predictions and designs of new reactions, reagents, and catalysts are tested through close collaboration with experiment.


Guided by mechanistic investigation we develop tools to design more selective catalysts for asymmetric synthesis and renewable energy applications. Group members explore these areas using techniques in quantum chemistry, statistical modeling and data-mining alongside laboratory work.

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