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Research Interests

As a staff researcher in Professor Robert H. Grubbs' Lab at the California Institute of Technology, I have been involved in the development of a new general protocol for the integration of silicon into organic molecules. Since January 2013, I have helped develop several methods for forming Carbon-Silicon bonds using Earth-Abundant-Metal Catalysis.

In a broader sense, I am interested in developing new, efficient methods for forming high-value chemical targets. I am particularly passionate about creating sustainable chemical methods using inexpensive, mild, and non-toxic conditions employing Earth-abundant elements over precious metals.



Research Technician - June 2015-August 2016

California Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Professor Robert Grubbs' lab


California Institute of Technology - September 2011-June 2015

B.S. in Chemistry, graduated with honors

Relevant coursework: synthetic chemistry, synthesis laboratories, advanced mathematics


Toutov, A., Liu, W., Betz, K., Federov, A., Stoltz, B., Grubbs, R. C-H bond silylation of aromatic heterocycles by an earth-abundant metal catalyst. Nature, 2015, 518, 80-84, doi:10.1038/nature14126.

Toutov, A., Liu, W., Betz, K., Stoltz, B., Grubbs, R. Catalytic C-H bond silylation for medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Nature Protocols, accepted 2015.

Lehman, J., Dowell, M., Basta, N., Betz, K., Grossman, E. Laser power-meter comparison at far-infrared wavelengths and terahertz frequencies. Metrologia, 2012, 49 (4), 583-587, doi:10.1088/0026-1394/49/4/583.


WO 2014055587 (Published June 5, 2014)

US 20140094607 (Published April 3, 2015)


"Cross-dehydrogenative silylation of non-aromatic C-H bonds by an Earth-abundan metal catalyst", Poster presentation, 25th International Society for Heterocyclic Chemistry conference, August 2015.


"Element 19", Resnick Institute Documentaries, available at, released April 22, 2015.


George W. and Bernice E. Green Memorial Award - June 2015

Friends of the Caltech Library Senior Thesis Prize - June 2015

Margaret Leighton Research Fellowship - Summer 2014

Research Experiences

Professor Robert H. Grubbs' Lab

California Institute of Technology

January 2013 - Present

Professor Jesse L. Beauchamp's Lab

California Institute of Technology

March 2012 - September 2012

National Institute of Standards and Technology

John Lehman's Lab

May 2011 - September 2011

Professor Wei Zhang's Lab

University of Colorado, Boulder

September 2010 - May 2011

Professor Hans Funke's Lab

University of Colorado, Boulder

May 2010 - September 2010

Volunteer Experience

Summer Fellowship Programs Ambassador

California Institute of Technology

September 2013 - June 2015

Undergraduate Counselling Program Upperclassman Counsellor

California Institute of Technology

September 2013 - June 2015

Other Work Experience

Teaching Assistant

California Institute of Technology

Introductory Chemistry Lab

October 2014 - January 2015

Caltech Public Events Usher

California Institute of Technology

December 2011 - June 2015