About Pericles Stavropoulos


  • Imperial College, London, UK, Doctor of Philosophy, 1985

Pericles Stavropoulos

Prof, asoc
315A Schrenk Hall

573-341-7220 | pericles@mst.edu


  • Imperial College, London, UK, Doctor of Philosophy, 1985


Pericles was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He received a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at the University of Athens, and subsequently moved to London, UK, where he completed a Ph.D degree in Organometallic Chemistry under the tutelage of Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson at Imperial College. He then served a mandatory military service (Navy) in native Greece, and resumed his academic career first at the University of Strasbourg, France, for a short stint as a postdoctoral research associate with John A. Osborn, followed by a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard University with Richard H. Holm on Bioinorganic Chemistry topics. He has served on the faculty of Boston University (Chemistry) for ten years and currently is a member of the Chemistry faculty at the Missouri University of Sci&Tech. Over the years, Pericles has been exploring the stoichiometric and catalytic chemistry of a wide range of transition metals, both in artificial and biological settings. His current research focus is on developing methodologies for catalytic C-H and C=C bond activation and functionalization reactions, by means of first-row transition-metal reagents, via atom/group-transfer chemistry (C-N, C-O, C-C, C-Cl bond formation and cleavage).


Expertise areas

Organometallic Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Artificial and Biomimetic Catalysis, C-H Bond Activation and Functionalization

Research grants

  • NIH/NIGMS (R15GM117508) Electrophilic Amination of Hydrocarbons via Novel
    Transition-Metal Nitrenes, Amidos and Nitrenoids


  • ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 9183-9206 Comparative Nitrene-Transfer Chemistry to Olefinic
    Substrates Mediated by a Library of Anionic Mn(II)
    Triphenylamido-Amine Reagents and M(II) Congeners (M = Fe,
    Co, Ni) Favoring Aromatic over Aliphatic Alkenes
  • J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 13874-13887 Synthesis of Tripeptide Derivatives with Three Stereogenic
    Centers and Chiral Recognition Probed by Tetraaza
    Macrocyclic Chiral Solvating Agents Derived from
    D-Phenylalanine and (1S,2S)-(+)-1,2-Diaminocyclohexane via
    1H NMR Spectroscopy
  • Org. Biomol. Chem. 2017, 15, 1642-1650 Chiral discrimination of a-hydroxy acids and N-Ts-a-amino
    acids induced by tetraaza macrocyclic chiral solvating
    agents by using 1H NMR spectroscopy
  • Comm. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 1-57 Metal-Catalyzed and Metal-Free Intermolecular Amination of
    Light Alkanes and Benzenes
  • J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 11362-11381 A Versatile Tripodal Cu(I) Reagent for C-N Bond Construction
    via Nitrene-Transfer Chemistry: Catalytic Perspectives and
    Mechanistic Insights on C-H Aminations/Amidinations and
    Olefin Aziridinations
  • Polyhedron 2013, 52, 78-90 Synthesis and Characterization of a Family of Co(II)
    Triphenylamido-Amine Complexes and Catalytic Activity in
    Controlled Radical Polymerization of Olefins