Principal Investigator

Robert S. Paton

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Department of Chemistry
Colorado State University
1301 Center Avenue
Ft. Collins, CO 80523-1872

Phone: +1 (970) 791-7746
Office: Chemistry Research 313


Dr. Robert Paton is a Full Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University. Research in the Paton group is focussed on the development and application of computational tools to accelerate chemical discovery. Robert Paton has received the Harrison-Meldola Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the Silver Jubilee Prize of the Molecular Graphics and Modeling Society, and is a Fellow of the RSC. With Olaf Wiest, Nitesh Chawla, Abby Doyle, Richmond Sarpong and Matt Sigman, Dr. Paton is a founding member of the NSF Center for Computer-Assisted Synthesis (C-CAS). The group’s research is also supported by ARPA-E and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.

After graduating top of his year in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Robert Paton obtained his PhD in 2008 with Prof. Jonathan Goodman working on automated force field parameterization to study stereoselective C-C bond formation. In 2008 he took up an independent Junior Research Fellowship at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and received an HPC-Europa award in 2009 to visitthe group of Prof. Feliu Maseras at ICIQ, Spain. Dr. Paton was awarded a UK/US Fulbright-AstraZeneca Fellowship and a Science Fellowship from the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851 to carry out postdoctoral research with Prof. K. N. Houk at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2009-2010.

Robert Paton began his independent academic career in 2010 at the University of Oxford as a University Lecturer and as a Tutorial Fellow at St Hilda’s College. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 and moved to Colorado State University in 2018 where he is the Head of the Organic Chemistry Division. In 2021 he was promoted to Full Professor. Dr Paton currently serves on the Editorial Board for Cell: Trends in Chemistry, Wiley Chemistry Methods, and the Journal for Molecular Graphics and Modeling and is editing a book entitled Virtual and Augmented Reality in Chemistry Education to be published in 2021.

Awards and Honors

Invited Talks

  • July 2022: Gordon Conference on Stereochemistry, Discussion Leader
  • October 2021: Department of Chemistry, Montana State University
  • October 2021: Department of Chemistry, California Polytechnic State University
  • September 2021: Department of Chemistry, Truman State University
  • August 2021: IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Montreal, Canada
  • July 2021: VISTA Symposium on Artificial-Intelligence and Data-Science assisted Synthesis​
  • May 2021: International Consortium for Innovation and Quality in Pharmaceutical Development
  • April 2021: Houk International Alumni Meeting
  • November 2020: Genentech
  • August 2020: GSK 
  • June 2020: 24th Annual ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference
  • May 2020: Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CCCE), Winnipeg 
  • February 2020: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • November 2019: Department of Chemistry, University of Denver
  • November 2019: Frontiers in Physical Organic Chemistry, Southwest & Rocky Mountain Regional ACS Meeting, El Paso 
  • November 2019: Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, NJ
  • October 2019: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA, CA
  • September 2019: Machine Learning and Informatics for Chemistry and Materials, Telluride, CO 
  • September 2019: Mechanistic Homogeneous Catalysis – A Meeting between Theory and Experiment, Stockholm, Sweden
  • July 2019: ISTCP X, Tromsø, Norway
  • Jan 2019: University of Vienna, Austria
  • November 2018: University of Colorado, Denver, USA
  • July 2018: Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
  • July 2018: Pukyong National University, South Korea
  • June 2018: Computational Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry, ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain
  • June 2018: 37th Reaction Mechanisms Conference, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • May 2018: 2nd International Symposium on Organic Reaction Mechanism, Peking University, Shenzhen Graduate School, China
  • April 2018: Predictive Catalysis 2018, Girona, Spain
  • March 2018: Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  • February 2018: Colorado School of Mines, Golden, USA
  • June 2017: 11th EUCO-TCC, Barcelona, Spain
  • June 2017: Challenges in Computational Homogeneous Catalysis, Stockholm, Sweden
  • April 2017: V ENEQUI, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • February 2017: University of Cologne, Germany
  • October 2016: University of Liverpool, UK
  • August 2016: KAIST, South Korea
  • July 2016: IX International School On Organometallic Chemistry, San Sebastian, Spain
  • June 2016: ECS 2016, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • June 2016: RCOM9, Marseilles, France
  • June 2016: RSC Awards Symposium, Queens University Belfast, UK
  • April 2016: Hans Suschitzky Symposium, University of Salford, UK
  • March 2016: RSC South East Regional Meeting, University of East Anglia, UK
  • March 2016: UK-Japanese Symposium on Asymmetric Catalysis, University of Manchester, UK
  • February 2016: Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
  • February 2016: Department of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Cambridge, UK
  • February 2016: Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil
  • December 2015: Department of Chemistry, Warwick University, UK
  • December 2015: Department of Chemistry, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • November 2015: Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK
  • October 2015: University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • October 2015: Department of Chemistry, POSTECH, Pohang, South Korea
  • September 2015: International Symposium on Synthesis and Catalysis, Evora, Portugal
  • August 2015: Colorado State University, USA
  • July 2015: NSCCS Computational Workshop for Synthetic Chemists, Imperial College London, UK
  • May 2015: University of Helsinki, Finland
  • March 2015: Computational Molecular Science, Warwick, UK
  • February 2015: ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain
  • February 2015: Imperial College London, UK
  • February 2015: RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • August 2014: ACS Organic Division Young Investigators Award Symposium, San Francisco, USA
  • February 2014: RSC South-West Regional Meeting – Oxford, UK
  • December 2013: University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • October 2013: University College London, UK
  • August 2013: Transatlantic Frontiers of Chemistry – Kloster Seeon, Germany
  • July 2013: Asia-Pacific Conference of Theoretical/Computational Chemistry – Gyeongju, South Korea
  • April 2013: UK Young Chemists 2013 – Imperial College London, UK
  • March 2013: Seoul National University, South Korea
  • February 2013: University of Bristol, UK
  • January 2013: LCC University of Toulouse, France
  • June 2012: Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Dynamics of Chemical and Biological Reactivity, UCLA, USA
  • March 2012: University of Birmingham, UK
  • January 2011: University of Nottingham, UK
  • January 2011: United States Food and Drug Administration – Irvine, USA