Anthony Chianese

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Anthony Chianese

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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305 Wynn Hall


I grew up in Bethlehem, Connecticut, and went on to obtain a BA in 2001 from Drew University, conducting research with Barbara Petrack. After my graduate studies at Yale University under the direction of Robert Crabtree, I  earned my PhD in chemistry in 2005. After one year as an NRC postdoctoral research associate with Mike Gagné, I accepted a position as Assistant Professor here at Colgate in 2006. I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.

My research is conducted through the Chianese group, in the Department of Chemistry, which focuses on the field of transition-metal homogeneous catalysis. In the Chianese group, undergraduate students learn techniques for organic and inorganic synthesis, including the handling of air-sensitive compounds. We rely on multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography to characterize new products, and students gain direct experience with these methods.

Many students in the group have had the opportunity to co-author publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Learn more about the Chianese group:

My publications on Google Scholar

Undergraduate co-authors are marked with an asterisk.

  From the Chianese group at Colgate University:

  • Knapp, S. M. M.; Shaner, S. E.; Kim, D.*; Shopov, D. Y.*; Tendler, J. A.*; Pudalov, D. M.*; Chianese, A. R.‡ "Mechanistic Studies of Alkene Isomerization Catalyzed by CCC-Pincer Complexes of Iridium," Organometallics, 2014, 33, 473-484.

  • Chianese, A. R.;‡ Drance, M. J.*; Jensen, K. H.*; McCollom, S. P.*; Yusufova, N.*; Shaner, S. E.; Shopov, D. Y.*; Tendler, J. A.* "Acceptorless Alkane Dehydrogenation Catalyzed by Iridium CCC-Pincer Complexes," Organometallics, 2014, 33, 457-464.

  • Chianese, A. R.‡; Shaner, S. E.; Tendler, J. A.*; Pudalov, D. M.*; Shopov, D. Y.*; Kim, D.*; Rogers, S. L.*; Mo, A.* "Iridium Complexes of Bulky CCC-Pincer N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands: Steric Control of Coordination Number and Catalytic Alkene Isomerization," Organometallics, 2012, 31, 7359-7367.

  • Chianese, A. R.‡; Mo, A.*, Lampland, N. L.*, Swartz, R. L.*, and Bremer, P. T.* "Iridium Complexes of CCC-Pincer N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands: Synthesis and Catalytic C-H Functionalization," Organometallics, 2010, 29, 3019-3026.

  • Chianese, A. R.‡; Rogers, S. L.*; Al-Gattas, H.* "Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of Carbazoles from N-(2-Halophenyl)-2,6-diisopropylphenylanilines via C–C Cleavage," Tetrahedron Lett., 2010, 51, 2241-2243.

  • Yan, H.; Wong, C.*; Chianese, A. R.; Luo, J.; Wang, L.; Yin, J.; Zhong, C. J.‡ "Dendritic Arenethiol-Based Capping Strategy for Engineering Size and Surface Reactivity of Gold Nanoparticles," Chem. Mater., 2010, 22, 5918-5928.

  • Chianese, A. R.‡; Bremer, P. T.*; Wong, C.*; Reynes, R. J.* "Rigid, Sterically Diverse N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Pyridine Chelates: Synthesis, Mild Palladation, and Palladium-Catalyzed Allylic Substitution," Organometallics, 2009, 28, 5244-5252.

  • Chianese, A. R.‡; Mo, A.*; Datta, D.* "Flexible, Bowl-Shaped N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands: Substrate Specificity in Iridium-Catalyzed Ketone Hydrosilylation," Organometallics, 2009, 28, 465-472.

Chianese's publications with the Gagné group (UNC):


Chianese's publications with the Crabtree group (Yale):



  • Leung, C. H.; Chianese, A. R.; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "Complexation of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHC) to Transition Metals by Transmetallation from Silver-NHC Complexes," Inorg. Synth., 2010, 35, 84-87.

  • Voutchkova, A. M.; Appelhans, L. N.; Chianese, A. R.; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "Disubstituted Imidazolium-2-Carboxylates as Efficient Precursors to N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes of Ru, Rh, Ir and Pd," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 17624-17625.

  • Li, X. W.; Chianese, A. R.; Vogel, T.; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "Stable Iridium Hydrides as Active Catalysts for Intramolecular Alkyne Hydroalkoxylation and Hydroamination," Organic Letters 2005, 7, 5437-5440.

  • Appelhans, L. N.; Zuccaccia, D.; Kovacevic, A.; Chianese, A. R.; Miecznikowski, J. R.; Macchioni, A.; Clot, E.; Eisenstein, O.‡; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "An Anion-Dependent Switch in Selectivity Results from a Change of C-H Activation Mechanism in the Reaction of an Imidazolium Salt With IrH5(PPh3)2," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 16299-16311.

  • Chianese, A. R.; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "Axially Chiral Bidentate N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands Derived from BINAM: Rhodium and Iridium Complexes in Asymmetric Ketone Hydrosilylation," Organometallics 2005, 24, 4432-4436.

  • Chianese, A. R.; Zeglis, B. M.; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "Unexpected Oxidative C-C Cleavage in the Metallation of 2-Substituted Imidazolium Salts to Give N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes," Chem. Commun. 2004, 2176-2177.

  • Chianese, A. R.; Kovacevic, A.; Zeglis, B. M.; Faller, J. W.‡; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "Abnormal C5-Bound N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: Extremely Strong Electron Donor Ligands and their Iridium(I) and Iridium(III) Complexes," Organometallics 2004, 23, 2461-2468.

  • Mata, J. A.; Chianese, A. R.; Miecznikowski, J. R.; Poyatos, M.; Peris, E.; Faller, J. W.‡; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "Reactivity Differences in the Syntheses of Chelating N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes of Rhodium are Ascribed to Ligand Anisotropy," Organometallics 2004, 23, 1253-1263.

  • Chianese, A. R.; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "Pincer and Chelate N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes of Rh, Ir, and Pd: Synthetic Routes, Dynamics, Catalysis, Abnormal Binding, and Counterion Effects," In Activation and Functionalization of C-H Bonds; Goldberg, K. I., Goldman, A. S., Eds.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2004; Vol. 885, pp 169-183.

  • Chianese, A. R.; Li, X. W.; Janzen, M. C.; Faller, J. W.; Crabtree, R. H.‡ "Rhodium and Iridium Complexes of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes via Transmetalation: Structure and Dynamics," Organometallics 2003, 22, 1663-1667.


BA, Drew University, 2001; MS, PhD Yale University, 2005

  • CHEM 101: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102: General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 212: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 381: Practical Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 387: Structure and Analysis: Small-Molecule X-Ray Crystallography
  • CHEM 413: Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory
  • CHEM 415: Organometallic Chemistry
  • CORE 102/FSEM 122: Molecules, Energy, and the Environment

Inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry

Organometallic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, reaction mechanisms