Rory Waterman
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Cook Physical Sciences Building
82 University Place
Burlington, VT 05405

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


Office: A-129 Cook
Lab: A-104 Cook
Rory Waterman


Appointments Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Vermont, 2007-2012
Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Vermont, 2012-present
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 faculty pages.    

inorganic chemistry
organometallic chemistry
science literacy
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