News

Our latest paper was published in Chemical Communications! Congrats to May and Xiaoran!

Congratulations to May and Xiaoran on their latest publication in ChemComm! We report a readily synthesized mechanophore enabling the efficient mechanically triggered release of phenol and arylamine molecular payloads. Read more about it here.

The Robb group welcomes Dr. Peng Liu!

A warm welcome to our newest postdoc, Dr. Peng Liu!  Peng earned his PhD in 2020 from the University of Fribourg working with Prof. Andreas Kilbinger.  He joins us after a brief stay as a postdoc with Profs. Nico Bruns, Chris Weder, and Michael Mayer where he got a head start honing his polymer mechanochemistry skills.  Welcome to Caltech, Peng!

Our latest paper was published in Chemical Science! Way to go, Ross!

Our latest publication appears in Chemical Science! We demonstrate a new highly modular and synthetically accessible mechanophore platform that enables mechanically gated photoswitching in solution and in solid polymeric materials. Congrats, Ross! Check it out here.

Our latest paper was published in ACS Central Science! Congrats to Xiaoran, May, and Corey!

Check out our latest research on mechanically triggered release published today in ACS Central Science!  We develop key structure–activity relationships for 2-furylcarbinol derivatives that enable the mechanically triggered release of functionally diverse molecular cargo. Congratulations to Xiaoran, May, and Corey! Link to the paper here.

Our latest paper was published in the Journal of Polymer Science! Congrats to Skylar and Molly!

Congratulations to Skylar and Molly on their paper published today in the Journal of Polymer Science! We demonstrate the impact of isomerism on the reactivity and properties of naphthopyran mechanophores. Hats off to Skylar on her first paper and in her first year to boot! Check it out here.

Jolly awarded the 2020 Renuka D. Sharma Prize!

Congratulations to Jolly on receiving the 2020 Renuka D. Sharma Prize recognizing outstanding performance during a student's freshman year at Caltech! We are proud of you, Jolly!

Our latest paper was accepted in JACS! Congrats, Molly!

Congratulations to Molly on her communication just accepted in JACS! Molly discovered a unique mechanochemical reaction of a 2H-naphthopyran mechanophore that generates a persistent merocyanine dye. Check it out here.

Brooke Receives the RSC Student Prize Award!

Brooke received the RSC Student Prize Award for her presentation at the spring ACS national meeting in the Fundamentals of Polymer Mechanics symposium! Congratulations, Brooke!

Molly Presents in Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium!

Molly was invited to present her research in the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research symposium at the spring ACS meeting! She was also one of four recipients of an additional recognition from Wiley!  Congratulations, Molly!

The Robb Group Says Farewell to Dr. Xiaoran Hu

We said farewell to the longest serving member of the Robb group, Dr. Xiaoran Hu. Good luck in your next adventure at Cornell University!

The Robb group welcomes two new graduate students!

A very warm welcome to Meng (Stella) Luo and Skylar Osler; We are excited for you to join the team!

Molly receives Barbara J. Burger Graduate Fellowship!

Congratulations to Molly who was recently awarded the 2020 Barbara J. Burger Graduate Fellowship!  Way to go, Molly!

Our latest paper was published in JACS!

Congratulations to Isabel and Corey, David, and Nick on their recent publication in JACS!  We took a deep dive into using the CoGEF computational method for predicting mechanochemical reactivity.  Also, our group's first paper with undergraduate coauthors!  Check it out here.

Brooke receives Eli Lilly Travel Award from the ACS Women Chemists Committee!

Congratulations to Brooke on receiving the Eli Lilly Travel Award from the ACS Women Chemists Committee to attend an upcoming ACS national meeting!

Molly's undergraduate research published in Nature!

Congratulations to Molly whose undergraduate research culminated in a coauthored paper published today in Nature!  Read about it out here.

We received a grant from the ACS PRF!

More good news!  We are grateful to the ACS Petroleum Research Fund for supporting our research with a 2020 Doctoral New Investigator grant!

Max receives 2020 Beckman Young Investigator Award!

We are incredibly grateful to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for supporting our research on mechanically triggered molecular release!

Our latest paper was accepted in Chemical Science! Congratulations to Brooke, Molly, and Corey!

Congratulations to Brooke, Molly, and Corey on their latest paper, which was recently accepted in Chemical Science!  "Designing Naphthopyran Mechanophores with Tunable Mechanochromic Behavior." Check it out here.

Congratulations Corey!

Congratulations to Corey for successfully passing his candidacy exam today!  The Robb group went 5 for 5 this year.  Way to go, everyone!

Congratulations Anna!

Congratulations to Anna for successfully passing her candidacy exam today!  This was also the Robb group's first virtual candidacy exam.  Well done, Anna!

Congratulations May and Brooke!

Congratulations to this week's newest PhD candidates May and Brooke!

Congratulations Isabel!

Congratulations to Isabel on successfully passing her candidacy exam today!

Welcome Jolly!

The Robb Group welcomes Jolly Patro to the group as an undergraduate researcher!

Welcome Joel!

The Robb Group welcomes incoming graduate student Joel Monroy who will be rotating with us this quarter!  Joel comes to Caltech with a BS in Chemistry from Cal State Long Beach where he was a NIH MARC U*STAR Scholar.

Molly wins poster award!

Congratulations to Molly for winning a poster award at our annual CCE Seminar Day!

Our recent paper was highlighted in JACS Spotlights!

Many thanks to Deirdre Lockwood for highlighting our recent paper on mechanically triggered small molecule release in this week's JACS Spotlights!  "Small-Molecule Delivery at the Push of a Chemical Button."  Read it here.

Our latest paper was accepted in JACS! Congratulations to Xiaoran, May, and Corey!

Congratulations to Xiaoran, May, and Corey on their latest paper, which was recently accepted in JACS!  "Mechanically Triggered Small Molecule Release from a Masked Furfuryl Carbonate." Access it online here.

Molly's paper accepted in JACS!

Congratulations to Molly on her latest (and first 1st-author) paper, which was recently accepted in JACS!  "Force-Dependent Multicolor Mechanochromism from a Single Mechanophore." Access it online here.

Ross, Molly, and Xiaoran publish in Synlett!

Congratulations to Ross, Molly, and Xiaoran on their recent Synpacts publication in Synlett!  Check it out to learn more about polymer mechanochemistry and our work on mechanically gated photoswitching (PDF).  Article online here.

Congratulations Molly!

Congratulations to Molly on successfully passing her candidacy exam today!  The Robb Group now has TWO PhD candidates!

Congratulations Ross!

Congratulations to Ross on successfully passing his candidacy exam today!  The first PhD candidate of the Robb Group!

Welcome New Graduate Students!

The Robb group officially welcomes first year graduate students Corey Husic, Isabel Klein, Anna Overholts, Brooke Versaw, and Tian (May) Zeng!  Isabel will be working jointly with the Cushing group.  Welcome aboard everyone!

Max Receives CGSC Teaching Award!

Max was presented with the 2017-18 GSC Teaching Award!  This annual award is given by the Caltech Graduate Student Council and recognizes a Caltech faculty member for excellence in teaching.

Welcome May, Corey, and Zack!

The Robb Group welcomes incoming graduate students Tian (May) Zeng, Corey Husic, and Zachary Sercel who will be rotating this quarter!  May joins Caltech after earning a BS in Chemistry from UC San Diego (working with Prof. Keary Engle at Scripps).  Corey comes to us from Harvard University with an AB in Chemistry (working with Prof. George Whitesides).  Zack comes to Caltech with a BS in Chemistry from Cal State LA (working with Prof. Brian Stoltz at Caltech).

Feel The Force!

Our recent paper on mechanochemically gated photoswitching was highlighted in Nature Reviews Chemistry!  "Feel the force" by D. Schilter. Nature Rev. Chem. 2018, 2, 331.

We Published Our First Paper!

The Robb Group just published our first paper!  Congratulations to Xiaoran, Molly, and Ross for their communication on mechanochemically gated photoswitching in JACS!  #feeltheforce #revealtheforce

Welcome Anna and Michael!

The Robb Group welcomes incoming graduate students Anna Overholts and Michael Daugherty who will be rotating this quarter!  Anna joins Caltech after earning a BA in Chemistry from Cornell University (working with Prof. Geoff Coates).  Michael comes to us from Northwestern University with a BA in Chemistry and Environmental Science (working with Prof. Will Dichtel).

Welcome Isabel!

The Robb Group welcomes incoming graduate student Isabel Klein who will be getting a head start on research this summer!  Isabel joins Caltech after earning a BA in Chemistry from Barnard College of Columbia University.

New Lab Photos!

Check out the Robb Lab!  Some new photos are now posted.

Welcome Brooke!

The Robb Group welcomes incoming graduate student Brooke Versaw who will be getting a head start on research this summer!  Brooke joins Caltech after earning a BS in Chemistry from Texas A&M (with Prof. Karen Wooley).

Welcome David and Nick!

The Robb Group welcomes undergraduate students David Kovacs (University of Cambridge) and Nick Choquette (Caltech) who will be performing research with us this summer!

Molly Awarded NSF Fellowship!

Congratulations to G1 Molly McFadden who was recently awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Our New Labs are Finished!

The Robb Group has officially moved into our new laboratory!  Check out some photos here.

Welcome Chelsea!

The Robb Group officially welcomes G1 Chelsea Edwards (Chemical Engineering) who will be working in collaboration with the Shapiro Group!

Welcome Chelsea!

The Robb Group welcomes Chelsea Edwards (Chemical Engineering) who will be rotating in the lab this quarter!

Welcome Molly and Ross!

The Robb Group welcomes new graduate students Molly and Ross!

Max selected as a Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardee for 2018!

Max was selected as a Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardee for 2018!  Many thanks to the editorial boards of Synlett, Synthesis, and Synfacts for this recognition!

Welcome Xiaoran!

The Robb Group welcomes postdoctoral scholar Xiaoran Hu!  He joins us after completing his PhD with Prof. Samuel Thomas at Tufts University.

Renovations in Full Swing!

Our new student offices are finished and lab renovations are moving full speed ahead!  Boxes are arriving in droves.  Looking forward to doing some chemistry!  Photos

Ch 144b - Advanced Organic Chemistry

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New Website!

Welcome to the Robb Group Website!  Stay tuned for updates.

The Robb Group is coming to Caltech!

Max will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry this fall!