Deryn Fogg

Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Department of Chemistry, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Deryn Fogg is a Full Professor of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and Professor II at the University of Bergen in Norway. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (1994). After a postdoctoral stage with Richard Schrock (MIT; Nobel Prize 2005), she took up a faculty position at Ottawa in 1997. A global leader in olefin metathesis, she has pioneered methods for mechanistic insight in homogeneous catalysis, and for the systematic decoding of decomposition pathways in molecular olefin metathesis, an essential prelude to informed catalyst and process design. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2014 and of the Canadian Institute for Chemistry in 2009, and was a Visiting Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 2015. She was most recently recognized with the 2020 Rio Tinto Award (the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s top honour in inorganic chemistry). She is Permanent Secretary of the International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis (ISHC), and a member of the International Advisory Boards of the International Symposium on Olefin Metathesis (ISOM) and the International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (ICOMC). From 2000–2009, she chaired “Bacon & Eggheads”, a breakfast lecture series for Canadian Parliamentarians that presents leading Canadian research with important implications for federal decision-makers.

Selected publications:
  • Occhipinti, G.; Nascimento, D. L.; Foscato, M.; Fogg, D. E.; Jensen, V. R., The Janus Face of High Trans-Effect Carbenes in Olefin Metathesis: Gateway to Both Productivity and Decomposition. Chem. Sci. 2022, 13, 5107-5117.
  • Nascimento, D. L.; Foscato, M.; Occhipinti, G.; Jensen, V. R.; Fogg, D. E., Bimolecular Coupling in Olefin Metathesis: Correlating Structure and Decomposition for Leading and Emerging Ruthenium-Carbene Catalysts. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 11072–11079.
  • Nascimento, D. L.; Fogg, D. E., Origin of the Breakthrough Productivity of Ruthenium-CAAC Catalysts in Olefin Metathesis (CAAC = Cyclic Alkyl Amino Carbene). J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 19236–19240.
  • Bailey, G. A.; Foscato, M.; Higman, C. S.; Day, C. S.; Jensen, V. R.; Fogg, D. E., Bimolecular Coupling as a Vector for Decomposition of Fast-Initiating Olefin Metathesis Catalysts. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 6931–6944.
  • McClennan, W. L.; Rufh, S. A.; Lummiss, J. A. M.; Fogg, D. E., A General Decomposition Pathway for Phosphine-Stabilized Metathesis Catalysts: Lewis Donors Accelerate Methylidene Abstraction. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 14668−14677.
  • Conrad, J. C.; Eelman, M. D.; Duarte Silva, J. A.; Monfette, S.; Parnas, H. H.; Snelgrove, J. L.; Fogg, D. E., Oligomers as Intermediates in Ring-Closing Metathesis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 1024–1025.