Melanie S. Sanford

Moses Gomberg Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, University of Michigan

Melanie Sanford is best known for her studies of high-valent organopalladium species, particularly those implicated in Pd-catalyzed C–H functionalization reactions, and has received numerous awards and honors, including a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship and the 2013 Sackler Prize in Chemistry. She is also a Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an ACS Fellow, and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. Prof. Sanford’s research is widely applied in the chemical industry and utilized for the efficient synthesis of new pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. Prof. Sanford has also pioneered a tandem catalysis approach for carbon dioxide capture and conversion, and has made important discoveries in the design of energy storage materials for applications in redox flow batteries. Furthermore, she has developed new carbon-fluorine bond forming reactions for accessing important brain and heart imaging agents. She has received her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technologym, and her B.S./M.S. at Yale University.