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Travis Williams

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-5961
Office: LHI 104



Ph.D. Chemistry, Stanford University, 6/2005
B.S. , California Institute of Technology, 12/1998

Postdoctoral Training

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 07/2005-07/2007  

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, 01/01/2014-  
Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California, 02/21/2013-  
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California, 07/15/2007-02/20/2013  

PostDoctoral Appointments

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 07/01/2005-06/30/2007  

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Center for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Fellow,
Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute,


Journal Article

Celaje, J. J., Lu, Z., Kedzie, E. A., Terrile, N. J., Lo, J. N., Williams, T. J. (2016). A Prolific Catalyst for Dehydrogenation of Neat Formic Acid. Nature Commun.. Vol. 7, pp. 11308. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11308.
Williams, T. J., Zhang, X., Kam, L. (2016). Dehydrogenation of Ammonia Borane through the Third Equivalent of Hydrogen. Dalton Trans.. Vol. 45, pp. 7672-7677. DOI: 10.1039/c6dt00604c.
Lu, Z., Demianets, I., Hamze, R., Terrile, N. J., Williams, T. J. (2016). A Prolific Catalyst for Selective Conversion of Neat Glycerol to Lactic Acid. ACS Catal.. Vol. 6, pp. 2014-2017. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b02732.
Zhang, X., Zhiyao, L., Lena, F. K., Williams, T. J. (2015). Nitrogen-Based Ligands Accelerate Ammonia Borane Dehydrogenation with the Shvo Catalyst. Organometallics. Vol. 34 (15), pp. 3732-3738. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.5b00409.
Williams, T. J., Wu, X., Dawsey, A. C., Siriwardena-Mahanama, B. N., Allen, M. J. (2014). A (Fluoroalkyl)Guanidine Modulates the Relaxivity of a Phosphonate-Containing T1-Shortening Contrast Agent. J. Fluorine Chem.. Vol. 168, pp. 177-183. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfluchem.2014.09.018.
Pennington-Boggio, M. K., Conley, B. L., Richmond, M. G., Williams, T. J. (2014). Synthesis, Structure, and Conformational Dynamics of Rhodium and Iridium Complexes of Dimethylbis(2-pyridyl)borate. Polyhedron. Vol. 35, pp. 24-31. DOI: 10.1016/j.poly.2014.05.042.
Boutemy, A., Filho, O. R., Adams, J. D., Williams, T. J. (2014). Adenostoma fasciculatum, California Chamise, Chemistry and Use in Skin Conditions. Integr. Med. Int.. Vol. 1, pp. 25-31. DOI: 10.1159/000362630.
Krylova, V. A., Djurovich, P. I., Conley, B. L., Haiges, R., Whited, M., Williams, T. J., Thompson, M. E. (2014). Control of Emission Colour with N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Ligands in Phosphorescent Three-Coordinate Cu(I) Complexes. Chem. Commun.. Vol. 50, pp. 7176-7179. DOI: 10.1039/C4CC02037E.
Celaje, J. A., Pennington-Boggio, M. K., Flaig, R. W., Williams, T. J. (2014). Synthesis and Characterization of Dimethyldi(2-pyridyl)borate Nickel(II) Complexes: A Unimolecular Square Planar to Square Planar Rotation Around Nickel(II). Organometallics. Vol. 33, pp. 2019–2026. DOI: 10.1021/om500173j.
Lu, Z., Williams, T. J. (2014). A Dual Site Catalyst for Mild, Selective Nitrile Reduction. Chem. Commun.. Vol. 50, pp. 5391-5393. DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47384H.
Li, V., Ghang, Y., Hooley, R. J., Williams, T. J. (2014). Non-Covalent Self Assembly Controls the Relaxivity of Bound Gd Complexes. Chem. Commun.. Vol. 50, pp. 1375-1377. DOI: 10.1039/C3CC48389D.
Li, V., Chang, A. Y., Williams, T. J. (2013). A Noncovalent, Fluoroalkyl Coating Monomer for Phosphonate-Covered Nanoparticles. Tetrahedron. pp. 7741-7745. DOI:10.1016/j.tet.2013.05.
Dawsey, A. C., Hathaway, K. L., Kim, S., Williams, T. J. (2013). Introductory Chemistry: A Molar Relaxivity Experiment in the High School Classroom. J. Chem. Educ.. Vol. 90, pp. 922-925. DOI: 10.1021/ed3006902.
Fontaine, P., Wong, V., Williams, T. J., Garcia, C., Adams, J. D. (2013). Chemical Composition and Antinociceptive Activity of California Sagebrush (Artemisia Californica). Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy. Vol. 5 (1), pp. 1-11. DOI 10.5897/JPP11.053.
Lu, Z., Malinoski, B., Flores, A. V., Guess, D., Conley, B., Williams, T. J. (2012). Alcohol Dehydrogenation with a Dual Site Ruthenium, Boron Catalyst Occurs at Ruthenium. Catalysts. Vol. 2, pp. 412-421. DOI:10.3390/catal2040412.
Lu, Z., Conley, B. L., Williams, T. J. (2012). [Cover] A Three-Stage Mechanistic Model for Ammonia–Borane Dehydrogenation by Shvo’s Catalyst. Organometallics. Vol. 31, pp. 6705–6714. DOI: 10.1021/om300562d.
Pennington-Boggio, M. K., Conley, B. L., Williams, T. J. (2012). A Ruthenium-Catalyzed Coupling of Alkynes with 1,3-Diketones. J. Organometallic Chem.. Vol. 716, pp. 6-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2012.05.017.
Dawsey, A. C., Li, V., Hamilton, K. C., Jianmei, W., Williams, T. J. (2012). Copper-Catalyzed Oxidation of Azolines to Azoles. Dalton Trans.. Vol. 41, pp. 7994-8002. DOI: 10.1039/c2dt00025c.
Wu, X., Boz, E., Sirkis, A. M., Chang, A. Y., Williams, T. J. (2012). Synthesis and Phosphate Binding of Guanidine-Functionalized Fluorinated Amphiphiles. J. Fluorine Chem.. Vol. 135, pp. 195-218. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfluchem.2011.12.011.
Conley, B. L., Guess, D., Williams, T. J. (2011). A Robust, Air-Stable, Reusable Ruthenium Catalyst for Dehydro-genation of Ammonia Borane. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. Vol. 133, pp. 14212-14215. DOI: 10.1021/ja909858a.
Williams, T. J., Kershaw, A. D., Li, V., Wu, X. (2011). An Inversion Recovery NMR Experiment. J. Chem. Ed.. Vol. 88 (5), pp. 665-669. DOI: 10.1021/ed1006822.
Conley, B. L., Williams, T. J. (2011). Dual Site Catalysts for Hydride Manipulation. Comments Inorg. Chem.. (32), pp. 195-218. DOI:10.1080/02603594.2011.642087.
Conley, B. L., Williams, T. J. (2010). Dehydrogenation of Ammonia Borane by Shvo’s Catalyst. Chem. Commun.. (46), pp. 4815-4817. DOI: 10.1039/C003157G.
Conley, B. L., Williams, T. J. (2010). Thermochemistry and Molecular Structure of a Remarkable Agostic Interaction in a Heterobifunctional Ruthenium-Boron Complex. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. Vol. 132 (6), pp. 1764-1765. DOI: 10.1021/ja909858a.
Conley, B. L., Pennington-Boggio, M. K., Boz, E., Williams, T. J. (2010). Discovery, Applications, and Catalytic Mechanisms of Shvo’s Catalyst. Chem. Rev.. Vol. 110 (4), pp. 2294-2312. DOI: 10.1021/cr9003133.
Thorson, M. K., Klinkel, K. L., Wang, J., Williams, T. J. (2009). Mechanism of Hydride Abstraction by Cyclopentadienone-Ligated Metal Carbonyls (M = Ru, Fe). Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.. (2), pp. 295-302. DOI: 10.1002/ejic.200800975.
Williams, T. J., Caffyn, A. J., Hazari, N., Oblad, P. F., Labinger, J. A., Bercaw, J. E. (2008). C—H Bond Activation Mediated by Air-Stable [(diimineMII(OH)]22+ Dimers (M = Pd, Pt). J. Am. Chem. Soc.. Vol. 130, pp. 2418-2419.
Wender, P. A., Paxton, T. J., Williams, T. J. (2006). Rhodium Catalyzed [3+2] Cycloaddition Reactions of Cyclopropenones and Alkynes. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. Vol. 128, pp. 14814-14815.
Wender, P. A., Deschamps, N. M., Williams, T. J. (2004). The Intermolecular Dienyl Pauson-Khand Reaction. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. Vol. 43, pp. 3076-3079.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

United States Patent, No. 9273184. Synthesis of Highly Fluorinated Amines for Use in Polymers and Biomaterials , 03/01/2016-  
United States Patent, No. 9079768. Dehydrogenation of Ammonia-Borane by Bifunctional Catalysts, 07/14/2015-  
United States Patent Application, No. PCT/US2012/044052. Pub. No. WO/2012/178184. Removable Protective Shell for Imaging Agents and Bioactive Substances, 05/08/2014-  
United States Patent Application, No. 13/543403. Pub. No. US/2013/0012719 A1. Convenient Synthesis of Azolines to Azoles, 01/10/2013-  
United States Patent Application, No. PCT/US2010/06214. Pub No. WO/2011/079317. Ultrasound-Activated Nanoparticles as Imaging Agents and Drug Delivery Vehicles. , 06/30/2011-  

Honors and Awards

NIH/NSF Career Development Award, NSF CAREER Award, 4/1/2011-6/30/2016  
NIH/NSF Career Development Award, NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, 7/2005-7/2007  
Stanford Centennial Teaching Award, 2003-2004   
California Institute of Technology ASCIT Teaching Award, 1997-1998   
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