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Dennis F. Taylor

Dr. Dennis F. Taylor Lecturer

Phone: (864) 656-2680
Office: 265Hunter Laboratories


Dr. Taylor received his B.S. in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, from King College in Bristol, TN in 1981 and his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1987 under Prof. Brian Hanson. His research involved characterization of zeolitically supported metal complexes for use as shape selective catalysts. As a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University and the University of Iowa under Prof. Richard Jordan, he investigated the use of cationic zirconocene complexes, which are model compounds for single-site olefin polymerization catalysts, as catalysts for the functionalization of substituted pyridines. In 1990, he joined research effort of Akzo’s, later Akzo-Nobel’s, Polymer Chemicals Business Unit doing process development work for the commercial production of Single-Site Catalysts. In 1999, he moved to Engelhard’s manufacturing facility in Seneca SC, leading the Material Services Business Unit’s process development effort, providing technical support to the plant and serving as the primary customer technical contact. He joined the facility of Clemson in the fall of 2005.


“Process for Forming a Bromomagnesium Tetrakis(fluorophenyl)borate” – March 3, 1995
A. M. Piotrowski, D. F. Taylor and D. Seyferth, US 5473036 March 3, 1995 assigned to Akzo Nobel N. V.

“Insertion Chemistry of Cp2Zr(η2-C,N-CH2{6-Me-pyrid-2-yl})+: Facile Zirconium Mediated Functionalization of Methyl C-H Bonds of 2,6-Lutidine.”
A. S. Guram, R. F. Jordan and D. F. Taylor, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1991, 113, 1833.

“Synthesis and Insertion Chemistry of Cationic Zr(IV) Pyridyl Complexes. Productive σ-Bond Metathesis.”
R. F. Jordan and D. F. Taylor, Organometallics 1990, 9, 1546.

“Cationic Zirconium Catalysts for C-C Bond Forming Chemistry.”
R. F. Jordan, P. K. Bradley, R. E. LaPointe and D. F. Taylor, New J. Chem. 1990, 14, 505.

“Zirconium Catalyzed Coupling of Propylene and α-Picoline.”
R. F. Jordan and D. F. Taylor, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1989, 111, 778.

“Zirconium Catalyzed Coupling of Olefins With Heteroaromatics.”
R. F. Jordan and D. F. Taylor, A.C.S. Pet. Div. Preprints, 1989, 34, 577.

“Zeolite-Supported Rhodium Carbonyls From Rh(allyl)3 and Their Use As 1-Hexene Hydroformylation Catalysts.”
D. F. Taylor, B. E. Hanson and M. E. Davis, Inorg. Chim. Acta 1987, 128, 55.

“Hydroformylation of 1-Hexene by Soluble and Zeolite-Supported Rhodium Species. Part II.”
M. E. Davis, J. Schnitzer, J. A. Rossin, D. Taylor and B. E. Hanson, J. Mol. Catal. 1987, 39, 243.

“Intrazeolite Rhodium Carbonyls and Rhodium Carbonyl Phosphine Complexes.”
B. E. Hanson, M. E. Davis, D. Taylor and E. Rode, Inorg. Chem. 1984, 23, 52.

“A Comparison of X and Y Zeolite Supported Rhodium as Propylene Hydroformylation Catalysts.”
M. E. Davis, E. Rode, D. Taylor and B. E. Hanson, J. Catal. 1984, 86, 67.