John Faller

Member of Yale faculty since 1966

Research Interests


The goal of our research is to gain an understanding of how transition metal complexes and organometallic compounds can be used to control the stereochemistry of organic reactions.

Current topics of interest are: chirality in organometallics; asymmetric catalysis; asymmetric catalysis using racemic catalysts and chiral inhibitors (chiral poisoning) or chiral accelerants; X-ray crystallography; nmr spectroscopy; fluxional and stereochemically nonrigid molecules; NMR of paramagnetic molecules; stereochemistry of organometallics; mechanisms of inorganic and organometallic reactions; electronic control of stereochemistry in reactions of organometallics; organometallic reagents for organic synthesis; kinetic resolutions, spontaneous resolution, asymmetric transformations, and single source molecular precursors for semiconductor nanocrystals and quantum dots.


B.S. University of Louisville, 1963
M.S. University of Louisville, 1964
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967


A.P. Sloan Fellow, 1970
Guggenheim Fellow, 1972

Recent Publications

J. W. Faller, J. Parr, & A. Lavoie. Chiral Poisoning and Asymmetric Activation. Chem. Rev. 2003, 103, 3345-3367.

J.W. Faller, J. C. Wilt, & J. Parr. Kinetic Resolution and Unusual Regioselectivity in Palladium-Catalyzed Allylic Alkylations with a Chiral P,S ligand. Org. Lett. 2004, 6, 1301-1304.

J.W. Faller & P. P. Fontaine. Epimerization, Diastereoselectivity and Hemilability in Dicationic Chiral Ruthenium Complexes with Bidentate (P^S) Bisphosphine Monosulfide Ligands. J. Organometal. Chem. 2007, 692, 976-982.

S. Milheiro & J.W. Faller. Regioselectivity and Memory Effects in Palladium Catalyzed Allylic Alkylations with P^P=S Donor Ligands. J. Organometal. Chem. 2011, 696, 879-886.

J.W. Faller & J. Parr. A convenient synthesis of cadmium chalcogenide quantum dots from cadmium acetate and bis(diphenylphosphino)methane monosulfide and -selenide or 1,4-bis(diphenylphosphino)butane monoselenide. Phosphorus, Sulfur, Silicon and Related Elements, 2016, 191, 800-802.