Chemistry Department

Dr. Keying Ding

Dr. Keying Ding CONTACT INFO:


Phone: (615)
Office: Wiser-Patten Science Hall, Room 104 
P.O. Box : x0068 


  • B.S., 2001, LiaoCheng University.
  • M.S., 2006, University of Rochester.
  • Ph.D., 2009, University of Rochester. (Advisor: Dr. Patrick Holland)
  • Postdoc, 2009-2013, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. (Advisors: Dr. William Tolman, Dr. Marc Hillmyer and Dr. Connie Lu)


Our research revolves primarily around organometallics, catalysis and polymer chemistry. The first two projects focus on development of earth-abundant metal catalysts for small molecule activation and biomass conversion, respectively. We are also interested in design and synthesis of bio-derived polymers. Through these multidisciplinary research projects, students are expected to obtain comprehensive research skills and develop innovative approaches for sustainable chemistry.



  1. Keying Ding, Maria O. Miranda, Beth Moscato-Goodpaster, Noureddine Ajellal, Laurie E. Breyfogle, Eric D. Hermes, Chris P. Schaller, Stephanie E. Roe, Christopher J. Cramer, Marc A. Hillmyer, and William B. Tolman, "The Roles of Monomer Binding and Alkoxide Nucleophilicity in Aluminum-Catalyzed Polymerization of ε-Caprolactone," Macromolecules, 2012, 45(13), 5387–5396.(co-first authors)
  2. Keying Ding,Deanna L. Miller, Victor G. Young, Jr., and Connie C. Lu, "Study of the Conformationally Flexible, Wide Bite-Angle Diphosphine 4,6-Bis(3-diisopropylphosphinophenyl)dibenzofuran in Rhodium(I) and Palladium(II) Coordination Complexes,"Inorg. Chem., 2011, 50, 2545-2552.
  3. Keying Ding, Thomas R. Dugan, William W. Brennessel, Eckhard Bill, and Patrick L. Holland, "Synthesis, Properties, and Reactivity of Diketiminate-Supported Cobalt Fluoride Complexes," Organometallics, 2009, 28, 6650-6656.
  4. Keying Ding, William W. Brennessel, and Patrick L. Holland, "Three-Coordinate and Four-Coordinate Cobalt Hydride Complexes That React with Dinitrogen," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 10804-10805.
  5. Keying Ding, Aaron W. Pierpont, William W. Brennessel, Gudrun Lukat-Rodgers, Kenton R. Rodgers, Thomas R. Cundari, Eckhard Bill and Patrick L. Holland, "Cobalt-Dinitrogen Complexes with Weakened N-N Bonds," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 9471-9472.