Throughout his career, Dr. Rucker has applied his scientific background to resolving challenging problems in synthetic and organometallic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and materials science. Dr. Rucker is well-versed in a wide variety of techniques for the design and characterization of materials, including the use of structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis, spectroscopy (UV-Vis and FTIR), electrochemistry (cyclic voltammetry), microscopy (optical, electron, and scanning-probe), x-ray crystallography, and multi-nuclear nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. At Exponent, he utilizes his expertise in these techniques in conjunction with chromatographic/spectrometric analyses (GC-MS and LC-MS) to provide a comprehensive solution for the analysis and quantification of additives, contaminants, and manufacturing by-products commonly encountered in a wide range of material types.
Due to Dr. Rucker’s training as a synthetic chemist, he is also trained in the safe use and handling, disposal, and analysis of mutagenic, teratogenic, pyrophoric, and other reactive chemicals and reagents.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Rucker worked at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he participated in an industry-driven initiative to develop catalytic methods for the selective synthesis of pharmaceutically-relevant compounds. Before working at York, Dr. Rucker’s Ph.D. research at the University of Washington focused on the discovery, characterization, and application of efficient and inexpensive base metal-derived catalysts for fine chemical synthesis as replacements for traditional catalysts derived from precious metals, such as gold.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Washington, 2013
- B.S., ACS Chemistry, Louisiana State University, 2008
Outstanding Research Award, Louisiana State University, 2008
Froese RDJ, Lombardi C, Pompeo M, Rucker RP, Organ MG. Designing Pd-N-Heterocyclic carbene complexes for high reactivity and selectivity for cross-coupling applications. Accounts of Chemical Research 2017; 50(9):2244-2253.
Sharif, S*; Rucker, RP*; Chandrasoma, N.; Mitchell, D.; Rodriguez MJ; Froese RDJ; Organ, MG. Selective Monoarylation of Primary Amines Using the Pd-PEPPSI-IPentCl Precatalyst. Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 2015, 54:9507-9511.
Mailig, M.; Rucker, RP; Lalic, G. Practical Catalytic Method for Synthesis of Sterically Hindered Anilines. Chemical Communications 2015; 51:11048-11051.
Uehling MR*; Rucker RP*; Lalic G. Catalytic anti-Markovnikov hydrobromination of terminal alkynes. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014; 136:8799–8803. (Note: * denotes equal author contribution).Rucker RP, Lalic G. Copper-catalyzed electrophilic amination of organoboron compounds. Synlett 2013; 24:0269–0275.
Rucker RP, Whittaker AM, Dang H, Lalic G. Synthesis of tertiary alkyl amines from terminal alkenes: Copper-catalyzed amination of alkyl boranes. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012; 134:6571–6574.
Rucker RP, Whittaker AM, Dang H, Lalic G. Synthesis of hindered anilines: Copper-catalyzed electrophilic amination of aryl boronic esters. Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 2012; 124:4019–4022.
Whittaker AM, Rucker RP, Lalic G. Catalytic SN2’-selective substitution of allylic chlorides with arylboronic esters. Organic Letters 2010; 12:3216–3218.
Dolliver DD, Sommerfeld T, Lanier ML, Dinser JA, Rucker RP, Weber RJ, McKim AS. Synthesis of NAlkoxybenzimidoyl azides and their reactions in electrophilic media. Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry 2010; 23:227–237.
Rucker RP. Hydrocupration of terminal alkynes: A key step in new catalytic routes for alkyne hydrofunctionalization. 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting: New Orleans, LA, April, 2013 (this oral presentation was highlighted in the Synform publication, August 2013 issue).
Rucker RP. Synthesis of O-alkylarylhydroximoyl azides. 62nd Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Houston, TX, October 2006.
American Chemical Society (member)
Materials Research Society (member)