Stanislav Groysman

Stanislav Groysman

Associate Professor


313-577-8822 (fax)

Chem 123


Stanislav Groysman

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, ligand design, catalysis, small molecule activation


We are a synthetic inorganic group with research interests in the areas of organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and catalysis. Our projects are focused on group-transfer chemistry and activation of small molecules of relevance to the fields of energy and the environment. Our research involves ligand design, coordination chemistry with transition and main-group elements, and reactivity studies. Our current projects involve nitrene/carbene transfer chemistry at 3d metals in bis(alkoxide) ligand environments, and design of homobimetallics bearing redox-active ligands for the cooperative activation of small molecules. Some of the highlights of first project involve reductive coupling of alkyl azides mediated by an iron(II), catalysis of nitrene coupling at iron and chromium platforms, and isolation and characterization of the first high-valent cobalt carbene complex. Highlights of the second project include synthesis of new open-chain and macrocyclic dinucleating ligands and their homobimetallic complexes, characterization of bis(heteroallene) complexes, and cooperative bimetallic C-C bond forming catalysis. For more details, see our group webpage containing further research description and the full list of publications.


  • B.Sc., Tel Aviv University, Israel, 2000
  • Ph.D., Tel Aviv University, Israel, 2006
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Harvard University, 2006-2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, 2009-2011

Selected publications

Reed, B. R.; Yousif, M.; Lord, R. L.; McKinnon, M.; Rochford, J.; Groysman, S. Coordination Chemistry and Reactivity of Bis(aldimino)pyridine Nickel Complexes in Four Different Oxidation States. Organometallics 2017, 36, 582-593

Hollingsworth, R. L.; Bheemaraju, A.; Lenca, N.; Lord, R. L.; Groysman, S. Divergent reactivity of a new dinuclear xanthene-bridged bis(iminopyridine) di-nickel complex with alkynes. Dalton Trans. 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C6DT04532D. (Invited contribution to the special Issue: Multimetallic complexes - synthesis and applications).

Bellow, J. A.; Stoian, S. A.; Van Tol, J.; Ozarowski, A.; Lord, R. L.; Groysman, S. Synthesis and Characterization of a Stable High-Valent Cobalt Carbene Complex. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 5531-5534.

Yousif, M.; Cabelof, A. C.; Lord, R. L.; Groysman, S. Synthesis of a Mononuclear, Non-Square-Planar Chromium(II) Bis(alkoxide) Complex and its Reactivity Toward Organic Carbonyls and CO2. Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 9794-9804. (Invited contribution to the special issue - New Talent Americas)

Yousif, M.; Tjapkes, D. J.; Lord, R. L.; Groysman, S. Catalytic Formation of Asymmetric Carbodiimides at Mononuclear Chromium(II)/(IV) Bis(alkoxide) Complexes. Organometallics 2015, 34, 5119-5128.

Reed, B. R..; Stoian, S. A.; Lord, R. L.; Groysman S. The Aldimine Effect in Bis(imino)Pyridine Complexes: Non-Planar Nickel(I) Complexes of a Bis(aldimino)pyridine Ligand. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 6496-6499.

Currently teaching

  • CHM 5998¬†Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry, 2-4 credit hours, W2020CHM 5999 Research in Chemistry, 2-4 credit hours, W2020CHM 6070 Advanced Bioinorganic Chemistry, 3 credit hours, W2020CHM 7070 Advanced Bioinorganic Chemistry, 3 credit hours, W2020

Courses taught

CHM 6070 Advanced Bioinorganic Chemistry, 3 credit hours, W2019
CHM 7070 Advanced Bioinorganic Chemistry, 3 credit hours, W2019
CHM 8820 Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry, 1 credit hours, W2019