Barry Trost

Barry M. Trost (born June 13, 1941 in Philadelphia) is an American chemist, Tamaki Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.

Barry M Trost
Barry M. Trost in June 2012
Born13 June 1941 (1941-06-13) (age 78)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forTrost ligand
AwardsACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1977)
Arthur C. Cope Award (2004)
The Ryoji Noyori Prize (2013)
Linus Pauling Award (2015)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Stanford University
Doctoral advisorHerbert O. House
Doctoral studentsBrian Coppola
Michael J. Krische

He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his B.A. in 1962. His Ph.D. thesis research on The Structure and Reactivity of Enolate Anions was conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1965 until his appointment to Stanford University in 1987.

The Tsuji Trost reaction and the Trost ligand are named after him. He is prominent for advancing the concept of atom economy.[1][2]


  1. Trost, Barry M. (1991). "Atom Economy: A Search for Synthetic Efficiency". Science. 254 (5037): 1471–1477. Bibcode:1991Sci...254.1471T. doi:10.1126/science.1962206. PMID 1962206.
  2. Trost, Barry M. (1995). "Atom Economy - A Challenge for Organic Synthesis: Homogeneous Catalysis Leads the Way". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 34 (3): 259–281. doi:10.1002/anie.199502591.

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