Thomas Gianetti

Assistant Professor

Classification: Faculty 

Degrees and Appointments

  • B.S and M.Sc., 2009, CPE Lyon, France

  • Ph.D., 2014, University of California, Berkeley

  • Postdoctorate Fellow, 2014 - 2017, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

  • Assistant Professor, 2017, University of Arizona                                         

Field of Study: Inorganic ChemistryOrganic Chemistry

Awards and Honors

  • ETH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015 -2017

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley, 2012

  • Howard W. Crandall Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2010

  • Glaxo Smith Klein Organic Synthesis Award, CPE Lyon, 2007

  • Research Specialties: Chemical Reaction Dynamics/Kinetics/Interactions​, Energy Science, Spectroscopy/Molecular Structure, Synthesis/Synthetic Methods Development, Theory, Modeling, and Simulation


Our research targets the synthesis of novel organometallic species, through ligand design, that will tackle the most challenging reactions of our century. On one hand, novel species that involve metal - carbocation Z interaction, and late – late transition metal bimetallic will be synthesized, studied at the fundamental level and used as homogeneous catalyst for CO2 conversion, N2 and CH activations. On the other hand, new methodology in anode synthesis will be developed in order to obtain highly effective and well-defined electrodes for energy production using Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells.

Students in my group will receive rigorous training in organic and inorganic synthesis, air-sensitive organometallic synthesis and in solid-state synthetic methods, along homogenous, heterogeneous and electro catalysis. A broad range of physical methods will be used and learned by the members of my team, including single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and multinuclear NMR, UV/vis, IR, EPR, and X-ray absorption spectroscopies, as well as cyclic voltammetry.

Gianetti, T. L.; Rodriguez-Lugo, R. E.; Harmer, J.; Trincado, M., Vogt, M., Santiso-Quinones, G.; Grützmacher, H., "Zero‐Valent Amino‐Olefin Cobalt Complexes as Catalysts for Oxygen Atom Transfer Reactions from Nitrous Oxide" Angew. Chem. Intl. ed. 2016, 55, 15323-15328.

Yang, X.; Gianetti, T. L.; Harbort, J.; Wörle, M. D.; Tan, L.; Jurt, P.; Harmer, J. R.; Grützmacher, H., “From 0 to II in One Electron Steps: A Series of Ruthenium Complexes Supported by TropPPh2,” Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed, 2016,  55, 11999.

Gianetti, T. L.; Annen, S. P.; Santiso-Quinones, G.; Reiher, M.; Driess, M.; Grützmacher, H., “Nitrous Oxide as a Hydrogen Acceptor for the Dehydrogenative Coupling of Alcohols,” Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 2016, 55, 1854-1858.

Abubekerov, M.; Eymann, L.; Gianetti, T. L.; Arnold, J., “Activation of Heteroallenes by Coordinatively Unsaturated Nickel(II) Alkyl Complexes Supported by the Hydrotris(3-phenyl-5-methyl)Pyrazolyl Borate (Tp(Ph,Me)) Ligand,” Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 14581-14590.

Lichtenberg, C.; Bloch, J.; Gianetti, T. L.; Büttner, T., K.; Geier, J.; Grützmacher, H., “Diolefins with an Ether/Ehioether Functionality as Ligands in the Coordination Sphere of Ni and Rh,” Dalton Trans. 2016, 44, 20056-20066.

Lichtenberg, C.; Adelhardt, M.; Gianetti, T. L.; Meyer, K.; de Bruin, B.; Grützmacher, H., “Low-Valent Iron Mono-Diazadiene Compounds: Electronic Structure and Catalytic Application,” ACS Catalysis, 2015, 5, 6230-6240.

Nechayev, M.; Gianetti, T. L.; Bergman, R. G.; Arnold, J., “C–F sp2 Bond Functionalization Mediated by Niobium Complexes,” Dalton Trans. 2015, 46, 19494-19500.

Gianetti, T. L.; Nocton, G.; Minasian, S. G.; Kaltzoyannis, N.; Kilcoyne, A. L. D.; Kozimor, S. A.; Shuh, D. K.; Tyliszczak, T.; Bergman, R. G.; Arnold, J., “Electron Localization in a Mixed-Valence Diniobium Benzene Complex,” Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 993-1003.

Obenhuber, A.; Gianetti, T. L.; Bergman, R. G.; Arnold, J., “Regioselective [2+ 2] and [4+ 2] Cycloaddition Reactivity in an Asymmetric Niobium (Bisimido) Moiety Towards Unsaturated Organic Molecules,” Chem. Comm. 2015, 51, 1278-1281.

Nechayev, M.; Kriegel, B.; Gianetti, T. L.; Bergman, R. G.; Arnold, J., “Synthesis and Characterization of Group 5 Imido Complexes Supported by the 2,6-Dichloroaryl-b-diketiminato Ligand,” Inorg. Chim. Acta 2014, 422, 114-119.

Arnold, J.; Gianetti, T. L.; Kashtan, Y., “Thorium lends a fiery hand,” Nat. chem. 2014, 6, 554.

Gianetti, T. L.; Bergman, R. G.; Arnold, J., “Stoichiometric Carbon–Carbon Bond Formation Mediated by Well-defined Nb (III) Complexes,” Polyhedron 2014, 84, 19-23.

Obenhuber, A.; Gianetti, T. L.; Berrebi, X.; Bergman, R. G.; Arnold, J., “Reaction of (Bisimido) Niobium (V) Complexes with Organic Azides:[3+ 2] Cycloaddition and Reversible Cleavage of β-Diketiminato Ligands Involving Nitrene Transfer,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 2994-2997.

Gianetti, T. L.; Bergman, R. G.; Arnold, J., “Carbon–Fluorine Bond Cleavage in Fluoroarenes via a Niobium (III) Imido Complex: from Stoichiometric to Catalytic Hydrodefluorination,” Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 2517-2524.

Abubekerov, M.; Gianetti, T. L.; Arnold, J., “Synthesis and Characterization of Coordinatively Unsaturated Nickel (II) and Manganese (II) Alkyl Complexes Supported by the Hydrotris (3-phenyl-5-methylpyrazolyl) borate (TpPh, Me) Ligand,” Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 10525-10532.

Gianetti, T. L.; La Pierre, H. S.; Arnold, J., “Group 5 Imides and Bis (imide) s as Selective Hydrogenation Catalysts,” Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 22-23, 3771-3783.

Gianetti, T. L.; Bergman, R. G.; Arnold, J., “Dis-assembly of a Benzylic CF3 group mediated by a Niobium (III) Imido Complex,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 8145-8148.

Gianetti, T. L.; Nocton, G.; Minasian, S. G.; Tomson, N. C.; Kilcoyne, A. L. D.; Kozimor, S. A.; Shuh, D. K.; Tyliszczak, T.; Bergman, R. G.; Arnold, J., “Diniobium Inverted Sandwich Complexes with µ-η6: η6-arene Ligands: Synthesis, Kinetics of Formation, and Electronic Structure,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 3224-3236.

Kunishita, A.; Gianetti, T. L.; Arnold, J., “Structures, Physicochemical Properties, and Reactivities of Cobalt (II) Complexes Supported by a Homoscorpionate (Tris (pyrazolyl) borate) Ligand TpPh, Me,” Organometallics 2012, 31, 372-380.

Gianetti, T. L.; Tomson, N. C.; Arnold, J.; Bergman, R. G., “Z-selective, Catalytic, Internal-alkyne Semihydrogenation under H2:CO Mixtures by a Niobium(III) Imido Complex,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 14904-14907.    

Organometallic-Inorganic and Organic Synthesis-Small Molecule Activation-Homogeneous Catalysis-Kinetic Analysis-Mechanistic Study