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Robert Damrauer

Special Assistant to the Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor of Chemistry

ROBERT DAMRAUER                                                                       

(303)-315-2131 (one phone number for CU Denver Offices)

(303)-315-2087 (fax)

July, 2018


University of Michigan, B.S., 1963                                              

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 1967 

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 1967-8    


Professor of Chemistry, University of Colorado Denver, 1977- present

Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Denver, 1972-76

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Denver, 1968-71


Special Assistant to the Provost, July, 2008- present

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, September, 2013- present

Professor of Chemistry, 1977- present


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 

Visiting Professor, Chemistry Department, University of Michigan, 1980-81

Visiting Professor, Biophysics and Physiology, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Dallas, 1973-4


Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Leicester, 1987

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS:  (2002 to present) (undergraduate research students marked by **)

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 RingsPolyhedron, 2015, 97, 13-19.

Damrauer, R., Lin, H., Damrauer, N. H., Computational Studies of Carbodiimide RingsJ. 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 StudyOrganometallics, 2010, 29, 4975-4982.

Damrauer, R., Pusede, S. E.**, Activaion of P4 by Singlet Silylene (SiH2): A Computational StudyOrganometallics, 2009, 28, 1289-1294.

Damrauer, R., Pusede, S. E.**, Staton, G.M..**, Singlet and Triplet Methylene (CH2) Plus P4: A Computational StudyOrganometallics, 2008, 27, 3399-3402.

Damrauer, R.and Noble, A. L., Ions Related to Silynes and DisilynesOrganometallics, 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 SeriesOrganometallics, 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 ReviewOrganometallics, 2004, 23, 1462-79.

Damrauer, R; Crowell, A. J**; Craig, C. F.**, Electron, Hydride, and Fluoride Affinities of Silicon-Containing Species: Computational StudiesJ. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 10759-66.

Damrauer, R.; O'Hair, R. A. J., Organic Negative Ions of Aluminum, Silicon, Phosphorus, and SulfurEncyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry: Volume 1: Theory and Ion Chemistry, 2003, 674-686

Caskey, D. C.; Damrauer, R.; McGoff, D.**, Computational Studies of Aliphatic Amine BasicityJ. Org. Chem., 2002, 67, 5098-5105

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.


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.

HONORS (partial list):         

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


Chair, CU-Denver Vice Chancellor's-level Campus Committee on RTP, AY 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-5, 1995-96, 2013- 2018.

Member, Denver Campus-wide  Retention, Promotion, Tenure (RTP) Committee, AY1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1987-88, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08.

Chair, University of Colorado Denver, College of Arts and Media Dean Search Committee, 2012-13.

Chair, University of Colorado Denver, Engineering Dean Search Committee, 2009-10.

Co-Chair, University of Colorado Denver, Provost Search Committee, 2008.

Chemistry Department, Chair Search Committee, September, 2006 to 2007.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Strategic Planning Committee, August, 2006 to 2007.

University of Colorado System-Wide Advisory Committee on Tenure-Related Processes, April, 2005- November, 2006.

Organizer, Faculty Nobel Prize Discussion Forum, mid-1980's to present with one or two gaps.

UCD Campus Coordinator of Faculty Career Development, 1996-2002. Created these Faculty Development Activities, including YUMPS. 

Member, System Search Committee for Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, 1989-90..

Member, System Presidential Task Force on Search Procedures, 1986.

Member, System-Wide Presidential Search Committee, 1984-85.

Co-creator with Phyllis Schultz, UCD Health Sciences Committee, 1972

Co-creator with Clyde Zaidins, Topics in Science Modular Curriculum, 1971


Member, Governor's Science and Technology Advisory Committee, State of Colorado: 1980-1982

Member, State of Colorado Water Quality Control Commission: 1978-1980

Chair, Lamm-Wirth Monitoring Committee on Rocky Flats: 1976-1977


Member, American Chemical Society

Reviewer, for variety of journals and funding agencies including Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organometallics, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, and Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society.

RESEARCH SUPPORT (since 1995):

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

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.


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.

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