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Alexandra Strom

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Alexandra Strom


Ford Hall 312


Before coming to Smith in 2018, Allie Strom was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the chemistry department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She conducted her doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Illinois and the University of Oslo.

Strom’s interests include organometallic chemistry, catalysis and synthetic chemistry. The Strom group focuses on the development of new catalytic reactions through the study and application of mechanistic insights using the tools of physical organic and synthetic chemistry. These research interests are applied to the development of reactions for making aromatic rings and forming C-N and C-C bonds.

Selected Publications

Song, F.; Park, S. H.; Wu, C.; Strom, A. E. Iron-Catalyzed Oxidative α-Amination of Ketones with Primary and Secondary Sulfonamides. J. Org. Chem. 2023, 88 (5), 3353–3358. 

McGeough, C. P.; Strom, A. E.; Jamison, T. F. Ni-Catalyzed Cross-Electrophile Coupling for the Synthesis of Skipped Polyenes. Org. Lett. 2019, 21 (10), 3606–3609. 

Wang, J. Y.; Strom, A. E.; Hartwig, J. F. "Mechanistic Studies of Palladium-Catalyzed Aminocarbonylation of Aryl Chlorides with Carbon Monoxide and Ammonia" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 7979–7993.

Strom, A. E.; Balcells, D.; Hartwig, J.F. "Synthetic and Computational Studies on the Rhodium-Catalyzed Hydroamination of Aminoalkenes" ACS. Catal. 2016, 6, 5651–5665.

Strom, A. E.; Hartwig, J. H. "One-Pot Anti-Markovnikov Hydroamination of Unactivated Alkenes by Hydrozirconation and Amination" J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 8909–8914.

Furuya, T.; Benitez, D.; Tkatchouk, E.; Strom, A. E.; Tang, P.; Goddard, W. A. III; Ritter, T. "Mechanism of C-F Reductive Elimination from Palladium(IV) Fluorides" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 3793–3807.

Furuya, T.; Strom, A. E.; Ritter, T.. "Silver-Mediated Fluorination of Functionalized Aryl Stannanes" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 1662–1663.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
A.B., Harvard College

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks