Luigi Cavallo, PhD

Principal Investigator
Computational Chemistry Laboratory (KC2L)
Associate Professor of Chemical Science
KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Interests

Co-author of 150 articles, he has given lectures in practically all the industrialized countries. Prof. Cavallo’s research interests are in the understanding of the mechanics of reactions promoted by transition metals, in the development of tools for a better rationalization of structure and function relationship in organometallic compounds, to the computer aided rational design of catalysts.

Selected Publications

  • Breaking the regioselectivity rule for acrylate insertion in the Mizoroki–Heck reaction
    P. Wucher, L. Caporaso, P. Roesle, F. Ragone, L. Cavallo, S. Mecking, I. Göttker-Schnetmann
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 108, 8955-8959, (2011)

  • Comparing the Enantioselective Power of Steric and Electrostatic Effects in Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis
    A. Poater, F. Ragone, R. Mariz, R. Dorta, L. Cavallo
    Chem. Eur. J., 16, 14348, (2010)
  • Mechanism of Racemization of Chiral Alcohols Mediated by 16-Electron Ruthenium Complexes
    J. Bosson, A. Poater, L. Cavallo, S.P. Nolan
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132, 13146, (2010)

  • Flexibility of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands in Ruthenium Complexes Relevant to Olefin Metathesis and Their Impact in the First Coordination Sphere of the Metal
    F. Ragone, A. Poater, L. Cavallo
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132, 4249, (2010)
  • Golden Carousel in Catalysis: The Cationic Gold/Propargylic Ester Cycle
    A. Correa, N. Marion, L. Fensterbank, M. Malacria,  S.P. Nolan, L. Cavallo
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47, 718, (2008)

  • Education

    • Visiting Scientist, University of Calgary, Canada, 1992, 1995, 1998
    • Ph.D, Chemistry, University of Napoli, Italy, 1991

    Professional Profile

    • 2012-Present: Associate Professor of Chemistry, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
    • 2002-2012: Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry, University of Salerno, Italy
    • 1994-2002: Assistant Professor of Industrial Chemistry, University of Napoli, Italy

    KAUST Affiliations

    KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
    Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE)