Robert Damrauer PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities Special Assistant to the Provost, Professor of Chemistry
Bob Damrauer arrived at the University of Colorado Denver in 1968. He served as a regular member of the CU Denver chemistry department for about forty years with brief excursions into administrative roles. From 2007 to present, various administrative positions have more fully occupied his time. During his career at CU Denver, he has been involved in research activities in organometallic, gas-phase, and computational chemistry. During most of this time, funding was provided by the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, the Research Corporation, and other agencies. A steady stream of publications in these research areas has been produced.
Education, Licensure & Certifications
- NSF Post Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University - 1967-1968
- PhD Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 1967
- BS Chemistry, University of Michigan - 1963
- Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (retired membership-- an interesting story!!)
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, 2010.
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, CU-Denver, Award for Service, 2005.
- University of Michigan, Chemistry Department Advisory Committee, 2000- ~2007
- University of Colorado System Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Citizenship, 1999
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Service Award, May, 1998
- Invited Speaker, Gordon Conference on Innovations in College Chemistry Teaching, January, 1995
- Chancellor's Research Lectureship Award, University of Colorado at Denver, Spring, 1992
- Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar/Fellow, awarded October, 1991
- Special Assistant to the Provost, July, 2008- present
- Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, September, 2013- present
- Professor of Chemistry, 1977- present
Some other Appointments
- Graduate School Dean, Downtown Denver Campus. July, 2008- November, 2010
- Acting Provost, May and June, 2008
- Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, September, 2007- 2008
- Visiting Scientist, Institute for Physical Research and Technology, Iowa State University, 2006- 2008
- Chair, Chemistry Department, September 2001- August. 2003 and 1974-1979
- Visiting Professor and Scientist, Iowa State University, 1999-2000
- Visiting Professor and Scientist, Ames National Laboratory, 1999-2000
- Acting Dean, CU-Denver Graduate School: July, 1989- August, 1990
- Program Officer, Organic Dynamics, National Science Foundation, 1987-8
- Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Leicester, 1987
- Visiting Professor, Chemistry Department, University of Michigan, 1980-81
- Visiting Professor, Biophysics and Physiology, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Dallas, 1973-4
- National Science Foundation: Cyber-Infrastructure and Research Facilities: Tools for Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics and Simulation Analysis, part of a development effort to create tutorial Web text for GAMESS users, administered by Iowa State University, 9/1/2005- 8/31/2008, ~$35,000.
- Research Corporation: Solvent Effects on Acidities and Radical Reactions: Computational Studies, Supplemental $5,000 awarded in June, 2001.
- Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society: Computational Studies of Solution/Gas Phase Behavior Reversals in Alcohols, Silanols, and Radicals, May, 1999- April, 2001, $30,000.
- Research Corporation: Solvent Effects on Acidities and Radical Reactions: Computational Studies, June, 1999- May, 2001, $35,000.
- National Science Foundation: Gas Phase and Related Studies of Main Group Elements. February, 1993- June, 1997, $234,600.
- Research Corporation, Partners in Science Program, Synthesis and Properties of Silicon-Containing Cages. June, 1993- August, 1996, $14,000
- Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Special Grant Award for Departmental Mass Spectrometer, 1994-5, $30,000
- NSF-CAUSE: Topics in Science Modules for Nonscience Majors, 1979, $200,000. Co-founder of this program with Professor Clyde Zaidins -- funded with Professor Zaidins as Project Director. First major NSF science education grant as far as we know.
Many other grants were obtained between 1968 and 1994 from NSF, Research Corporation, NSF-ERDA, NATO, and CU. A list can be obtained on request.
Publications and Presentations
- Bierbaum, V.; Damrauer, R., 2017, On-Line Biographical Memoir of Charles H. DePuy, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- Damrauer, R., Computational Studies of Silanediimine Rings, Polyhedron, 2015, 97, 13-19.
- Damrauer, R., Lin, H., Damrauer, N. H., Computational Studies of Carbodiimide Rings, J. Org. Chem., 2014, 79, 3781-3788.
- Damrauer, R., Stanton, J. F., Studies of l,2-Dihalo Shifts in Carbon-Carbon, Carbon-Silicon, Silicon- Silicon Systems: A Computational Study, Organometallics, 2012, 31, 8426-8436.
- Damrauer, R., Interactions of Tetrahedrane and Tetrasilatetrahedrane with CH2 and SiH2: A Computational Study, Organometallics, 2010, 29, 4975-4982.
- Damrauer, R., Pusede, S. E.**, Activaion of P4 by Singlet Silylene (SiH2): A Computational Study, Organometallics, 2009, 28, 1289-1294.
- Damrauer, R., Pusede, S. E.**, Staton, G.M..**, Singlet and Triplet Methylene (CH2) Plus P4: A Computational Study, Organometallics, 2008, 27, 3399-3402.
- Damrauer, R.and Noble, A. L., Ions Related to Silynes and Disilynes, Organometallics, 2008, 27, 1707-1715.
- Damrauer, R., Pusede, S. E.**, Custer, T. C., Computational Studies of Electron Affinities, Acidities, and Bond Dissociation Energies of Boron-Containing Species: The CH3(CH2)n-1BH2, CHF(CH2)n-1BH2¬, and CH3(CH2)n-1BHF Series, Organometallics, 2007, 26, 1599-1606.
- Damrauer, R, Dissolving Metal Reductions of Acetylenes: A Computational Study, J. Org. Chem., 2006, 71, 9165-9171. Damrauer, R, Organometallic Chemistry in the Flowing Afterglow: A Review, Organometallics, 2004, 23, 1462-79.
- Damrauer, R; Crowell, A. J**; Craig, C. F.**, Electron, Hydride, and Fluoride Affinities of Silicon-Containing Species: Computational Studies, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 10759-66.
- Damrauer, R.; O'Hair, R. A. J., Organic Negative Ions of Aluminum, Silicon, Phosphorus, and Sulfur, Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry: Volume 1: Theory and Ion Chemistry, 2003, 674-686 Caskey, D. C.;
- Damrauer, R.; McGoff, D.**, Computational Studies of Aliphatic Amine Basicity, J. Org. Chem., 2002, 67, 5098-5105
- Damrauer, R., Lamm-Wirth Task Force Report on the Rocky Flats Flats Nuclear Installation, 121 pages, 1975. This report was prepared for then Governor Richard Lamm and then Congressman Tim Wirth on the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant in conjunction with a task force set up by Lamm-Wirth. The report chronicles the history of the plant and details its technical aspects in lay person terms.
A list of approximately seventy papers published from 1969 to 2000 can be obtained on request. About twenty undergraduate authors were among these.
A list of nine papers published from 1966 to 1971 and coauthored with Professor Dietmar Seyferth can be obtained on request. These resulted from Ph.D. thesis work at MIT.