Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology

MSC03 2060
300 Terrace St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
Clark Hall

Phone: 505-277-6655

Ramesh Giri

Associate Professor

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Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: 505-277-6655
Office: Clark Hall Room 209


  • BSc in Chemistry and Biology, 1995, Tribhuvan University
  • MSc in Chemistry, 1998, Tribhuvan University
  • MPhil in Bioorganic Chemistry, 2003, University of Cambridge
  • PhD in Chemistry, 2009, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry, 2009-2012, UC-Berkeley/UIUC


Our research focuses on developing novel organic transformations through transition metal catalysis in order to solve problems in the areas of energy, materials and health. Our group is currently interested in the following research areas:

  • Photo-induced transition metal catalysis
  • Mechanism of transition metal catalysis
  • Ligand design and catalyst development
  • C-H activation and decarboxylative processes

Please visit our Research Homepage for more details.

Selected Publications

  1. Giri, R.; Lan, Yu.; Liu, P.; Houk, K. N.; Yu, J.-Q. "Understanding Reactivity and Stereoselectivity in Palladium-Catalyzed Diastereoselective sp3 C-H Bond Activation: Intermediate Characterization and Computational Studies" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 14118.
  2. Giri, R.; Hartwig, J. F. "Cu(I) Amido Complexes in the Ullmann Reaction. Reactions of Cu(I)-Amido Complexes with Iodoarenes with and without Autocatalysis by CuI" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 15860.
  3. Giri, R.; Yu, J.-Q. "Synthesis of 1,2- and 1,3-Dicarboxylic Acids via Pd(II)-Catalyzed Carboxylation of Aryl and Vinyl C-H Bonds" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 14082.
  4. Giri, R.; Maugel, N.; Li, J.-J.; Wang, D.-H; Breazzano, S. P.; Saunders, L. B.; Yu, J.-Q. "Palladium-Catalyzed Methylation and Arylation of sp2 and sp3 C-H Bonds in Simple Carboxylic Acids" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 3510.
  5. Giri, R.; Chen, X.; Yu, J.-Q. "Palladium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Iodination of Unactivated C-H Bonds under Mild Conditions" Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 2112.