Steve Geier

Research associate

Steve Geier

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Barclay 217
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Steve Geier is co-ape to Chris Vogels in the Westcott lab.
In his current role, Steve assists undergraduate researchers who are with the WiLd ToAdS research group
He also conducts research in main group chemistry and helps with manuscript and grant proposal preparation.
Perhaps the most challenging part of Geier's job is attempting to preserve what's left of Steve Westcott's sanity.


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Grants, awards, & honours

NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-13

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-13

F.E. Beamish Award in Inorganic Chemistry (Top Inorganic Chemistry Seminar), 2008

NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (PGS-D), 2008-10

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2007-08


BSc. (Honours) - Mount Allison University, 2005

Visiting Scholar - Universitat Mϋnster (Germany), Summer 2007

PhD - University of Toronto, 2010

Post-doctoral Fellow - University of California, Berkeley, 2011-13



25. M.T. Kapelewski, S.J. Geier, M.R. Hudson, D. Stück, J.A. Mason, J.N. Nelson, D.J. Xiao, Z. Hulvey, E. Gilmour, S.A. FitzGerald, M. Head-Gordon, C.M. Brown, J.R. Long. 'M2(m-dobdc) (M = Mg, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) Metal-Organic Frameworks Exhibiting Increased Charge Density and Enhanced H2 Binding at the Open Metal Sites.' J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, Accepted.

24. E.D. Bloch, M.R. Hudson, J.A. Mason, S. Chavan, V. Crocella, J.D. Howe, K. Lee, A.L. Dzubak, W.L. Queen, J.M. Zadrozny, S.J. Geier, L.-C. Lin, L. Gagliardi, B. Smit, J.B. Neaton, S. Bordiga, C.M. Brown, J.R. Long. 'Reversible CO Binding Enables Tunable CO/H2 and CO/N2 Separations in Metal-Organic Frameworks with Exposed Divalent Metal Cations.' J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 10752.

23. S.J. Geier, J.A. Mason, E.D. Bloch, W.L. Queen, M.R. Hudson, C.M. Brown, J.R. Long.  'Selective Adsorption of Ethylene over Ethane and Propylene over Propane in the Metal-Organic Frameworks M2(dobdc) (M = Mg, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn).'  Chem. Sci.  2013, 4, 2054.

22. M.J. Geier, S.J. Geier, N.R. Halcovitch, C.M. Vogels, A. Decken, S.A. Westcott. 'Rhodium Complexes Containing Arylspiroborates Derived from 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol and their use in Catalyzed Hydroborations.'  Polyhedron. 2013, 52, 1181.

21. C.B. Caputo, S.J. Geier, D. Winkelhaus, N.W. Mitzel, V.N. Vukotic, S.J. Loeb, D.W. Stephan.  'Reactions of Substituted Pyridines with Electrophilic Boranes.'  Dalton Trans. 2012, 41, 2131.

20. C.B. Caputo, S.J. Geier, E.Y. Ouyang, C. Kreitner, D.W. Stephan. 'Chloro- and Phenoxy-Phosphines in Frustrated Lewis Pair Additions to Alkynes.' Dalton Trans2012, 41, 237.

19. D.W. Stephan, S. Greenberg, T.W. Graham, P.A. Chase, J.J. Hastie, S.J. Geier, J.M. Farrell, C.C. Brown, Z.M. Heiden, G.C. Welch, M. Ullrich. 'Metal-Free Catalytic Hydrogenation of Polar Substrates by Frustrated Lewis Pairs.' Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 12338. 

18. C. Kreitner, S.J. Geier, L.J.E. Stanlake, C.B. Caputo, D.W. Stephan. 'Ring Openings of Lactone and Ring Contractions of Lactide by Frustrated Lewis Pairs.'  Dalton Trans. 2011, 40, 6771.

17. S.J. Geier, T.M. Gilbert, D.W. Stephan. 'Synthesis and Reactivity of the Phosphinoboranes R2PB(C6F5)2.' Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 336.

16. B. Birkmann, T. Voss, S.J. Geier, M. Ulrich, G. Kehr, G. Erker, D.W. Stephan. 'Frustrated Lewis Pairs and Ring Opening of THF, Dioxane and Thioxane.' Organometallics2010, 29, 5310.

15. S.J. Geier, P.A. Chase, D.W. Stephan. 'Reductions of N-Heterocycles via Lewis Acid Catalyzed Hydrogenation.' Chem. Commun.2010, 27, 4884.

14. R.C. Neu, E.Y. Ouyang, S.J. Geier, X. Zhao, A. Ramos, D.W. Stephan. 'Probing Substituent Effects in the Activation of H2 by Phosphorus and Boron Frustrated Lewis Pairs.' Dalton Trans.  2010, 39, 4285.

13. J.D. Webb, V.S. Laberge, S.J. Geier, D.W. Stephan, C.M. Crudden. 'Borohydrides from Organic Hydrides: Reaction of Hantzsch's Esters with B(C6F5)3.'  Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 4895.

12. S.J. Geier, D.W. Stephan. 'Lewis Acid Mediated P-P Bond Hydrogenation and Hydrosilylation.'  Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 1026.

11. S.J. Geier, M.A. Dureen, E.Y. Ouyang, D.W. Stephan.  'New Strategies to Phosphino-Phosphonium Cations and Zwitterions.'  Chem. Eur. J.2010, 16, 988.

10. S.J. Geier, A.L. Gille, T.M. Gilbert, D.W. Stephan.  'From Classical Adducts to Frustrated Lewis Pairs: Steric Effects on the Interactions of Pyridines and B(C6F5)3.'  Inorg. Chem.2009, 48, 10466.

9. S.J. Geier, D.W. Stephan. 'Lutidine/B(C6F5)3: At the Boundary of Classical and Frustrated Lewis Pair Reactivity.'  J. Am. Chem. Soc.2009, 131, 3476.

8. A.J. Rossini, R.W. Mills, G.A. Briscoe, E.L. Norton, S.J. Geier, I. Hung, S. Zheng, J. Autschbach, R.W. Schurko.  'Solid-State Chlorine NMR of Group IV Transition Metal Organometallic Complexes.' J. Am. Chem. Soc.2009, 131, 3317.

7. M.J. Geier, S.J. Geier, C.M. Vogels, F. Béland, S.A. Westcott.  'Hydroboration of Vinyl Arenes Using SiO2-Supported Rhodium Catalysts.' Syn. Lett. 2009, 3, 477.

6. D.A. Kanas, S.J. Geier, C.M. Vogels, A. Decken, S.A. Westcott.  'Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of Rhodium(I) Acetylacetonato Complexes Containing Pyridinecarboxaldimine Ligands.' Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 8727.

5. S.J. Geier, T.M. Gilbert, D.W. Stephan.  'Activation of H2 by Phosphinoboranes R2PB(C6F5)2.' J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 12632.

4. S.J. Geier, D.W. Stephan.  'Activation of P5R5 (R=Ph, Et) by a Rh-β-diketiminate Complex.'  Chem. Commun. 2008, 2779.

3. S.J. Geier, D.W. Stephan.  'Rh-Catalyzed P-P Bond Activation.'  Chem. Commun. 2008, 99.

2. S.J. Geier, E.E. Chapman, D.I. McIsaac, C.M. Vogels, S.A. Westcott.  'Bulky Rhodium Diimine Catalysts for the Catalyzed Borylation of Vinyl Arenes.'  Inorg. Chem. Commun.2006, 9, 788.

1. D.I. McIsaac, S.J. Geier, C.M. Vogels, A. Decken, S.A. Westcott.  'Novel Rhodium Catalysts Containing a Bulky Iminophosphine Ligand for the Hydroboration of Vinyl Arenes.' Inorg. Chim. Act. 2006, 359, 2771.