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Robin E. Grote , Ph.D.

Associate Professor , Organic Chemistry
Department of

p/ 614.823.1206
e/ rgrote@otterbein.edu
Office: Science Center 326


  • B.A. San Diego State University
  • Ph.D. University of California

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Grote teaches a variety of courses including Organic Chemistry, Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry (Mechanism, Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry, and Spectroscopy), as well as courses in the Integrative Studies Program and Freshman Year Experience Program. Her research interests focus on the development of new synthetic methodology to make heterocycles and the characterization of novel compounds.


  • Peng, F.; Grote, R.E.; Wilson, R.M.; Danishefsky, S.J. “Pattern Recognition Analysis in Complex Molecule Synthesis and the Preparation of iso-Diels-Alder Motifs.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2013, 110, 10904-10909.
  • Peng, F.; Grote, R.E.; Danishefsky, S. J. “Further Expansion of the trans-Diels-Alder Paradigm: Reductive Alkylation of ∝-Cyanoketones.” Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 3957-3959.
  • Williams, F.J.; Grote, R.E.; Jarvo, E.R. “Rhodium-Catalyzed Redox Allylation Reaction of Ketones.” Chem. Comm. 2012, 48, 1496-1498.
  • Shaghafi, M.B.; Grote, R.E.; Jarvo. E.R. “Oxazolidine Synthesis by Complementary Stereospecific and Stereoconvergent Methods.” Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 5188-5191.
  • Grote, R.E. and Jarvo, E.R. “Palladium-Catalyzed, One-Pot, Three-Component Synthesis of Homoallylic Amines from Aldehydes, Anisidine, and Allyl Trifluoroacetate.” Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 485-488.
  • Barczak, N.T.; Grote, R.E.; Jarvo, E.R. “Catalytic Umpolung Allylation of Aldehydes by π-Allylpalladium Complexes Containing Bidentate N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands.” Organometallics 2007, 26, 4863-4865."

Affiliations & Awards

  • Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Amgen Medicinal Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2012
  • UC Irvine Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2010
  • ARCS Foundation Fellowship, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholar, 2008-2010

Personal Biography

Robin Grote grew up in Dayton, Ohio and Youngstown, Ohio where she attended Ursuline High School, home of the Fighting Irish. She then attended Youngstown State University as a “University Scholar” and became fascinated by Organic Chemistry in the class and research lab of Peter Norris. Robin finished her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, where she worked with Douglas Grotjahn on the synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic complexes.

Following her undergraduate studies, Robin attended the University of California, Irvine for her doctoral studies, working with Liz Jarvo on the development of new catalytic methodologies. She then went to Columbia University to complete her postdoctoral work with Samuel Danishefsky, studying non-traditional Diels-Alder reactions. 

Robin began teaching at Otterbein in 2012, lives in Westerville, and enjoys eating Graeter’s ice cream and walking around Inniswood gardens with her husband and two children.

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