Robert H. Grubbs

Robert H. Grubbs

Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., University of Florida, 1963; M.S., 1965; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1968. Professor, Caltech, 1978-90; Atkins Professor, 1990-.


Research Group Matters
Linda Syme
357B Crellin Laboratory
(626) 395-6068

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Research Overview

Professor Grubbs pursues research in: organometallic synthesis and mechanisms; organic synthesis and reagents; and polymer synthesis. As a world-renown expert in material synthesis, he is interested in synthesizing various optical/mechanical sensing materials and smart reshapable structural materials for medical applications. He has developed light-triggered shape-morphing polymers and demonstrated their use in light-adjustable intraocular lens that could reshape and compensate for the astigmatism that frequently results from cataract surgery.

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