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Ryan Trovitch

Ryan Trovitch

Associate Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Molecular Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 871604
Tempe, AZ 85287-1604


  • Associate Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Ryan Trovitch received a BS degree in chemistry from the Honors Program at King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA) in 2004, where he worked with Professor Robert L. LaDuca (now at Michigan State University) to prepare metal-organic frameworks for use as gas storage materials. After discovering air-free synthesis in Professor Mark M. Banaszak-Holl's Group (now at Monash University) during an NSF-REU appointment at the University of Michigan, he went on to receive a PhD in inorganic chemistry from Cornell University (2009) under the direction of Prof. Paul J. Chirik (now at Princeton University). His graduate work focused on the study of redox-active ligand supported iron complexes and their utility as sustainable late-transition metal catalysts. He joined Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate in 2008 and was later appointed as a Glenn T. Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow. While at LANL, he worked with Dr. Kevin D. John (LANL), Dr. John C. Gordon (LANL), Dr. Alfred P. Sattelberger (ANL), and Prof. R. Tom Baker (University of Ottawa) to study a range of projects including nitrogen fixation, the solution reactivity of dimeric molybdenum complexes, and the spectroscopic investigation of alumina-supported iridium dehydrogenation catalysts. Professor Trovitch is an associate professor in ASU's School of Molecular Sciences and is working with his students to develop transition metal catalysts for energy- and sustainability-driven initiatives.


  • PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, Cornell University, 2009
  • BS, Chemistry, King's College, 2004