Rory Waterman
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Discovery Hall
82 University Place
Burlington, VT 05405

phone: (802) 656-0278
fax: (802) 656-8705


Office: A-129 Cook
Lab: A-104 Cook
Appointments Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Vermont, 2007-2012
Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Vermont, 2012-2016

Professor of Chemistry, University of Vermont, 2016-present
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Vermont,
B. S. in chemistry (1999), University of Rochester
Ph. D. in chemistry (2004),The University of Chicago
postdoctoral research (2004-2006), University of California, Berkeley
Synthetic and mechanistic inorganic/organometallic chemistry, catalysis

The core of my research program is using metals as catalysts to build chemical bonds. There are interesting molecules featuring elements such as phosphorus or silicon, but the routes to making these molecules are difficult, inefficient, or produce large amounts of waste. My goal is to discover efficient ways to make these kinds of main-group molecules that may have application as materials with unique electronic properties for energy-related applications. Recently, my program has expanded to include small-molecule activation, particularly carbon dioxide as a substrate.

For more information on this work, see the group research or UVM faculty pages.

inorganic chemistry
organometallic chemistry
science literacy

Faculty professional development
Undergraduate research access (see guide for Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, CUREs) 
K-12 teacher professional development
Research opportunities for high school students
K-12 classroom support

Awards Leadership Enrichment And Development (LEAD) Award, 2017
Cottrell Scholar Lecturer, 2017
Fellow, American Institute of Chemists, 2016
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, 2013
UVM Sustainability Fellow, 2010
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 2009
Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell Scholar Award, 2009
nominee, Kroepsch Maurice Teaching Award, 2009
US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2008
Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science Fellowship, 2004