Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Diego Benitez

Research Associate

Hometown: España

Joined group: 2005

Left group: 2008


PhD California Institute of Technology


1) Bielawski, C. W.; Benitez, D.; Morita, T.; Grubbs, R. H. "Synthesis of End-Functionalized Poly(norbornene)s via Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization" Macromolecules 2001, 34, 8610-8618.

2) Bielawski, C. W.; Benitez, D.; Grubbs, R. H. "An 'Endless' Route to Cyclic Polymers" Science 2002, 297, 2041-2044.

3) Bielawski, C. W.; Benitez, D.; Grubbs, R. H. "Synthesis of Cyclic Polybutadiene via Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization: The Importance of Removing Trace Linear Contaminants" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 8424-8425.

4) Benitez, D.; Goddard, W. A., III "The Isomerization Equilibrium Between cis and trans Chloride Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts from Quantum Mechanics Calculations" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 12218-12219.

5) Yates, C. R.; Benitez, D.; Khan, S. I.; Stoddart, J. F. "Hexafunctionalized Borromeates Using Olefin Cross Metathesis" Org. Lett. 2007, 9, 2433-2436.

6) Zhang, W. Y.; Dichtel, W. R.; Stieg, A. Z.; Benitez, D.; Gimzewski, J. K.;Heath, J. R.; Stoddart, J. F. "Folding of a donor-acceptor polyrotaxane by using noncovalent bonding interactions" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2008, 105, 6514-6519.

7) Yoon, I.; Miljanic, O. Š.; Benítez, D.; Khan, S. I.; Stoddart, J. F. Chem. Commun. 2008, 4561-4563.

8) Wu, J. Leung, C.-F.; Benitez, D.; Han, J.-Y.; Cantrill, S. J.; Fang, L. Stoddart, J. F "An Acid-Base-Controllable [c2]Daisy Chain" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 7470-7474.

9) Benitez, D.; Tkatchouk, E.; Yoon, I.; Stoddart, J. F.; Goddard, W. A., III "Experimentally-Based Recommendations of Density Functionals for Predicting Properties in Mechanically Interlocked Molecules", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 14928–14929.

10) Benitez, D.; Tkatchouk, E.; Goddard, W. A., III “Relevance of Cis- and Trans-Dichloride Ru Intermediates in Grubbs II Olefin Metathesis Catalysis (H2IMesCl2Ru=CHR)” Chem. Commun., 2008, 6194–6196.

11) Yoon, I.; Benítez, D.; Zhao, Y.-L.; Miljanić, O. S.; Kim, S. Y.; Tkatchouk, E.; Leung, K. C.-F.; Khan, S. I.; Goddard W. A., III, Stoddart, J. F. “Functionally Rigid and Degenerate Molecular Shuttles” Chem. Eur. J., 2008, 15, 1115–1122.

12) Zhao, Y.-L.; Benitez, D.; Yoon, I.; Stoddart, J. F. “Inclusion Behavior of Cyclodextrin with Bipyridine Molecules: Factors Governing Host-Guest Inclusion Geometries” Chem. Asian J., 2009, 4, 446–456.

13) Stewart, I. C.; Benitez, D.; O'Leary, D. J.; Tkatchouk, E.; Day, M. W.; Goddard, W. A., III, Grubbs, R. H. “Conformations of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands in Ruthenium Complexes Relevant to Olefin Metathesis” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 1931–1938.

14) Olson, M. A.; Braunschweig, A. B.; Fang, L.; Ikeda, T.; Klajn, R.; Trabolsi, A.; Mirkin, C. A.; Benitez, D.; Grzybowski, B. A.; Stoddart, J. F. “A Bistable Poly[2]catenane Forms Nanosuperstructures” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 1792–1797.

15) Yoon, I.; Benitez, D.; Miljanic, O.; Zhao, Y.-L.; Stoddart, J. F. “Rigidity-Stability Relationship in Interlocked Model Complexes Containing Phenylene-ethynylene-Based Disubstituted Naphthalene and Benzene” Cryst. Growth Des., 2009, 9, 2300-2309.

16) Benitez, D.; Tkatchouk, E.; Goddard, W. A., III “Conformational Analysis of Olefin-Carbene Ru Metathesis Catalysts” Organometallics, 2009, 28, 2643-2645.


I participated in the 28th International Chemistry Olympiad (honorable mention in Organic Chemistry) in Moscow, Russia and in the Iberoamerican Chemistry Olympiad (Gold Medal) in Cocoyoc, Mexico. I graduated with a PhD degree in May of 2005 under the supervision of Robert H. Grubbs and William A. Goddard. I enjoy fast cars (600HP 2.7TT Audi S4), faster bikes (GSXR 750), and traveling to remote places. I like to listen to Rush, Soda Stereo, Enanitos Verdes, die Arzte, Zemfira, and Camaron de la Isla.


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