Graduate Research Highlights

Laurence Rohde

2024 Graduate from Dr. Diver's lab.

Notable recent achievements

Laurence Rohde headshot.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Seybert Fellowship


  • Rohde, L. N.; Yildiz, E.; Diver, S. T. Stereoconvergent Synthesis of 1,2,3-Trisubstituted-1,3-Dienes by Tandem Ene-Yne Metathesis and Uphill Photocatalysis. Manuscript in Preparation.
  • Diver, S. T.; Glickert, E.; Rohde, L. N.; Wild, T. Stereoconvergent Synthesis of Z-1,3-Disubstituted-1,3-Dienes by Uphill Photocatalysis. Chem. Eur. J. 2023, 29, e2022026.
  • Rohde, L. N.; Diver, S. T. Styrene-alkyne cross ene-yne metathesis: Catalyst screening and optimization for unbranched terminal alkyne substrates. Tetrahedron Lett. 2022108, 154121-154128
  • Rohde, L. N.; Diver, S. T. Preparation of Dienyl boronates by Tandem Ene-Yne Metathesis/Dienyl Isomerization: Ready Access to Diene Building Blocks for the Synthesis of Polyenes. J. Org. Chem. 202287, 14078-14092
  • Xu. R.; Rohde, L. N.; Diver, S. T. Regioselective Cu-Catalyzed Hydroboration of 1,3-Disubstitued-1-3-Dienes: Functionalization of Conjugated Dienes Readily Accessible through Ene-Yne Metathesis. ACS Catal. 202212, 6434-6443
  • Rohde, L. N.; Wild, T. H.; Diver, S. T. Ene-Yne Metathesis of Allylphosphonates and Allylphosphates: Synthesis of Phosphorus-Containing 1,3-Dienes. J. Org. Chem. 202186, 1371-1384

Oral presentations:

  • Rohde, L. N.; Ylidiz, E.; Li, L.; Diver, S. T. Stereoconvergent Synthesis of (Z)-1,3-Dienes and Ring-Strain Assisted Ene-Yne/Olefin Metathesis. Presented at Western New York Inorganic Symposium at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, Aug. 2023.
  • Rohde, L. N.; Yildiz, E.; Diver, S. T. Stereoconvergent Synthesis of (Z)-1,3-Dienes by Tandem Ene-Yne Metathesis and Uphill Photocatalysis. Presented at GSS at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, May 2023.

Poster presentations:

  • Rohde, L. N.; Wild, T. H.; Diver, S. T. Synthesis of Dienyl Phosphonates via Ene-Yne Metathesis. Presented at Recruitment Weekend at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, Mar. 2020.

Research highlight

My work centers on challenging ene-yne and olefin cross metatheses catalyzed by ruthenium carbene catalysts. These highly functionalized dienyl/olefinic cross products were also used in a variety of functionalization reactions to expand their synthetic utility.

At UB, its faculty and facilities have challenged me intellectually and improved my technical skills. I’ve also had the pleasure to mentor three undergraduate students within the Diver lab, which has contributed to our research projects.

Outside of research, I spend a lot of my time connecting with long-distance friends through Discord for movie/gaming nights. Ever since the pandemic, this has been a significant routine in our lives and shows no signs of slowing down.

Congratulations, Laurence!

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