Gund Internal Steering Committee, Gund Fellow, Professor, Associate Dean, Department of Chemistry

Since 2006, Rory Wateman has been developing a program in inorganic chemistry and catalysis with many aspects that tie into themes at the Gund Institute.

One of Rory's primary research interests is in catalysis, which increases the efficiency of chemical reactions. Under that larger umbrella, he has been working toward catalysis that provides more efficient utilization of phosphorus as a finite resource as well as explored chemical storage media for hydrogen as an alternative fuel. He gravitates toward less rarefied metals as catalysts and engages the modern alchemy of displacing noble metals for earth abundant ones in catalysis.   

Rory has garnered recognition for his research including an NSF CAREER Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, Cottrell Scholar Award, Humboldt Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is engaged in outreach in the community through UVM and the Green Mountain Local Section of the American Chemical Society, and he frequently involves local high school students in his research.



  • Bange, C. A.; Conger, M. A.; Novas, B. T.; Young, E. R.; Liptak, M. D.; Waterman, R. Light-Driven, Zirconium-Catalyzed Hydrophosphination with Primary Phosphines ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 6230–6238.
  • Pagano, J. K.; Ackley, B. J; Waterman, R. Visible-Light and Thermal Driven Double Hydrophosphination of Terminal Alkynes Using a Commercially Available Iron Compound Chem. Commun.2018, 54, 2774–2776.
  • Pagano, J. K.; Ackley, B. A; Waterman, R. Evidence for Iron-Catalyzed α-Phosphinidene Elimination with Phenylphosphine Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 2554–2557. Check out the cover art!
  • Pagano, J. K.; Bange, C. A.; Farmiloe, S. E.; Waterman, R. Visible Light Photocatalysis Using a Commercially Available Iron Compound Organometallics 2017, 36, 3891–3895.
  • Bange, C. A.; Waterman, R. Zirconium-Catalyzed Intermolecular Double Hydrophosphination of Alkynes with Primary Phosphines ACS Catal. 2016, 6, 6413–6416.

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Association for Advancement of Science, member
  • American Chemical Society, member
  • Council on Undergraduate Research, member
  • UVM Materials Science Program, member
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow
Gund Affiliate Rory Waterman

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Catalysis, photocatalysis, phosphorus utilization, remediation, semiconductors, hydrogen storage


  • Postdoctoral fellowship, University of California Berkeley (Miller Research Fellow)
  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • BS, University of Rochester


Office Location:

Discovery W331