B.S. 1960, Brooklyn College
M.S. 1962, University of Chicago
Ph.D. 1963, University of Chicago
NAS-NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University, 1963-64
National Institutes of Health Special Postdoctoral Fellow, 1971-72
Visiting Scientist at MIT, 1971-72
Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford, 1976-77
Associate Dean for Science, Faculty of Arts & Science, Rutgers University, 1981-1987
Erna and Jakob Michael Visiting Professor, Weizmann Institute, Israel, 1984
Distinguished Visiting Scientist, National Research Council of Canada, 1988
Louis P. Hammett Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers University, 1991-2006
Wynberg Visiting Professor, University of Groningen, Netherlands, 1992
Forchheimer Visiting Professor, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1999
A.J. Arduengo III Lecturer, University of Alabama, 2012
AWARDS & HONORS
Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2011
Arthur C. Cope Senior Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society, 2010
National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award, 2007-2008
Chair, Coordinating Committee, International Symposia on Reactive Intermediates and Unusual Molecules, 2008-
Sr. Marian Jose Smith Excellence in Education Award, North Jersey Section, American Chemical Society, 2002
Editorial Advisory Board, Langmuir, 2000-2002
Section Committee, Section on Chemistry, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995-1999
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1992
Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 1979-1984
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1971-73
Organic chemistry in aggregates, chemistry of reactive intermediates
Research in my laboratory concerns physical organic chemistry; specifically the chemistry of reactive intermediates.
The Chemistry of Reactive Intermediates
Research in my laboratory focuses on organic reaction mechanisms, specifically the chemistry of short-lived reactive intermediates, such as carbenes, carbocations, radicals, and ion pairs. We use fast spectroscopic and kinetic techniques to probe these reactions and to measure the lifetimes of the transient species. Nanosecond and picosecond laser flash photolysis are the key methodologies. Ongoing collaborations with other laboratories also permit us to use advanced computational methods, matrix isolation spectroscopy, time resolved infrared spectroscopy, and ultrafast kinetic methods to study reactive intermediates. We are thus able to follow the evolution of the transient intermediates at very short reaction times. We also develop new synthetic methods to construct precursors (mainly diazirines) for the generation of novel reactive intermediates.
Our research is supported by the National Science Foundation.
conversion of isopropoxychlorodiazirine to isopropoxychlorocarbene
Reaction Profile for conversion of isopropoxychlorodiazirine to isopropoxychlorocarbene with AlCl3
Special Issue: International Symposium on Reactive Intermediates and Unusual Molecules (ISRIUM), Hiroshima, 2014. R. A. Moss and A. Gudmundsdottir, Guest Editors, J. Phys. Org. Chem., 28 (No.2), 69-169 (2015).
"Nucleophilic Intermolecular Chemistry and Reactivity of Dimethylcarbene," H. Cang., R.A. Moss, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 2730 (2015).
Contemporary Carbene Chemistry, R.A. Moss and M.P. Doyle, Editors, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ (2014).
"Dependence of Activation Parameters for Phenylchlorocarbene - Alkene Additions on Alkane Solvent Chain Length," R.A. Moss, L. Wang, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, Tetrahedron Lett., 55, 6016 (2014).
"O-Ylide and Pi-Complex Formation in Reactions of a Carbene with Dibenzo and Monobenzo Crown Ethers," P.A. Hoijemberg, R.A. Moss, D.V. Feinblum, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, J. Phys. Chem A, 118, 6230 (2014).
"The 2-Norbornyl Cation - A Retrospective," R.A. Moss, J. Phys. Org. Chem., 27, 374 (2014).
"The Nucleophilicity of a Dialkylcarbene: Unusual Activation Parameters in the Additions of Adamantanylidene to Simple Alkenes," R.A. Moss, L. Wang, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, 4885 (2014).
"The Nucleophilicity of Adamantanylidene: A Hammett Study," R.A. Moss, H. Cang, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, Tetrahedron Lett., 55, 4278 (2014).
"Visualizing Carbene Equilibria," R.A. Moss, L. Wang, P.A. Hoijemberg, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, Photochem. Photobiol., 90, 287 (2014).
"Hammett Analyses of Halocarbene - Halocarbanion Equilibria," L. Wang, R.A. Moss, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, Organic Lett., 15, 2014 (2013).
"Reactivity of Chlorotrifluoromethylcarbene: Activation Parameters for Halocarbene - Alkene Addition Reactions," R.A. Moss, L. Wang, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, J. Org. Chem. 78, 11040 (2013).
"Introduction to Reactive Intermediates," R. A. Moss, Chem. Rev. 113, 6903 (2013).
"Reactive Intermediates," Chem. Rev. (Special Issue), R.A. Moss, Guest Editor, 113 (9), 6903-7342 (2013).
"Carbenic Philicity and the 'Intrinsic Reactivity Index,'" R.A. Moss and K. Krogh-Jespersen, Tetrahedron Lett., 54, 4303 (2013).
"Directly Observed Halocarbene - Halocarbanion Equilibration," L. Wang, R.A. Moss, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 17459 (2012).
"Solvent Polarity Effects on Carbene/Ether - O-Ylide Equilibria," P.A. Hoijemberg, R.A. Moss, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, J. Phys. Chem. A, 116, 4745 (2012).
"Directly Measured Activation Parameters for the Ring Expansions of Cyclopropylhalocarbenes," Y-m. Shen, R.A. Moss, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, Organic Lett., 14, 910 (2012).
"Reversible O-Ylide Formation in Carbene/Ether Reactions," P.A. Hoijemberg, R.A. Moss, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, J. Phys. Chem. A, 116, 358 (2012).
"Evolution of Structure and Reactivity in a Series of Iconic Carbenes" (Featured Article), M. Zhang, R.A. Moss, J. Thompson, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, J. Org. Chem., 77, 843 (2012).
"Transient Innermolecular Carbene-Hemicarcerand Complex of Fluorophenylcarbene," Z. Lu, R.A. Moss, R. Warmuth, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, J. Phys. Chem. A, 115, 13799 (2011).
"Pentafluorophenylhalocarbenes," R.A. Moss, Y. Shen, L. Wang, and K. Krogh-Jespersen, Organic Lett., 13, 4752 (2011).