Roger A. Sheldon

Roger Arthur Sheldon (born 1942) FRS FRSC[6] is Emeritus Professor of Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

Roger Sheldon

Roger Sheldon at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2015
Roger Arthur Sheldon

(1942-06-24) 24 June 1942[1]
Alma materUniversity of Leicester (PhD)
Known for
Spouse(s)Janna Kornelia Dijkstra[1]
Scientific career
ThesisSome reactions of tetraphenyldiphosphine (1967)
Doctoral advisor
InfluencesJay Kochi[10][11]


Sheldon was educated at the University of Leicester where he was awarded a PhD in 1967 for research on the chemical reactions of the organophosphorus compound tetraphenyldiphosphine.[9][8] supervised by Stuart Trippett[8] and Stephen Davidson.[1][9]

Career and research

Sheldon is distinguished for his pioneering and wide-ranging contributions to catalytic oxidation, biocatalysis and green chemistry and for bridging the traditional gap between organic synthesis and catalysis.[6] He introduced the concept of the E-factor which is now used by companies globally for assessing the efficiency and environmental impact of chemical processes.[6] He has consistently emphasised the need for a new paradigm in the evaluation of efficiency in chemical processes from the traditional concept of chemical yield to one that assigns value to waste minimisation and is an avid proponent of elegance and precision in organic synthesis.[6]

Awards and honours

Sheldon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in 1980. He was awarded the Green Chemistry Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2010,[5][18] and made an Honorary Fellow of the same society in 2018.[18]


  1. Sheldon, Roger (2014). "Roger Sheldon CV". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014.
  2. Sheldon, R. A. (2000). "Atom efficiency and catalysis in organic synthesis". Pure and Applied Chemistry. 72 (7): 1233–1246. doi:10.1351/pac200072071233.
  3. Sheldon, R. A. (2007). "The E Factor: Fifteen years on". Green Chemistry. 9 (12): 1273. doi:10.1039/B713736M.
  4. Tuck, C. O.; Pérez, E; Horváth, I. T.; Sheldon, R. A.; Poliakoff, M (2012). "Valorization of biomass: Deriving more value from waste". Science. 337 (6095): 695–9. doi:10.1126/science.1218930. PMID 22879509.
  5. "Green Chemistry Award 2010 Winner: Roger Sheldon, Delft University of Technology". Royal Society of Chemistry. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015.
  6. Anon (2015). "Professor Roger A. Sheldon FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:
    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)
  7. Moiseev, I. I.; Murahashi, S. I.; Poliakoff, M.; Seddon, K. R.; Švedas, V. K. (2008). "Professor Dr Roger A. Sheldon—65 years on". Green Chemistry. 10 (3): 270. doi:10.1039/B719347P.
  8. Sheldon, Roger Arthur (1967). Some reactions of tetraphenyldiphosphine (PhD thesis). University of Leicester. hdl:2381/33898. OCLC 504738263. EThOS
  9. Davidson, R. S.; Sheldon, R. A.; Trippett, S. (1966). "The reactions of tetraphenyldiphosphine with alcohols". Journal of the Chemical Society C: Organic: 722. doi:10.1039/J39660000722.
  10. Sheldon, Roger; Kochi, Jay (1981). Metal-catalyzed oxidations of organic compounds: mechanistic principles and synthetic methodology including biochemical processes. New York: Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-12-639380-4.
  11. Sheldon, R. A.; Kochi, J. Y. K. (1981). "Introduction to Metal-Catalyzed Oxidations". Metal-catalyzed Oxidations of Organic Compounds. p. 1. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-639380-4.50007-5. ISBN 9780126393804.
  12. Roger A. Sheldon publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  13. Sheldon, R. (2001). "Catalytic reactions in ionic liquids". Chemical Communications (23): 2399–2407. doi:10.1039/B107270F. PMID 12239988.
  14. Van Rantwijk, F.; Sheldon, R. A. (2007). "Biocatalysis in Ionic Liquids". Chemical Reviews. 107 (6): 2757–85. doi:10.1021/cr050946x. PMID 17564484.
  15. Brink, G. T.; Arends, I. W. C. E.; Sheldon, R. A. (2000). "Green, Catalytic Oxidation of Alcohols in Water". Science. 287 (5458): 1636–9. doi:10.1126/science.287.5458.1636. PMID 10698735.
  16. Sheldon, R. A. (2007). "Enzyme Immobilization: The Quest for Optimum Performance". Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis. 349 (8–9): 1289–1307. doi:10.1002/adsc.200700082.
  17. Sheldon, R (2001). "Catalytic reactions in ionic liquids". Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England) (23): 2399–407. doi:10.1039/b107270f. PMID 12239988.
  18. "Our 2018 Honorary Fellows". Update. Royal Society of Chemistry. April 2019.

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