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Jessica Hoover, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. University of Washington

Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests

Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis, New Reaction Development, Kinetics and Mechanistic Studies

Prof. Hoover has been awarded a NSF Career Grant for her proposal “Copper-Catalyzed Oxidative Decarboxylative Coupling Reactions for the Functionalization of Arenes” and an ACS-PRF grant for the study of “Mononuclear Iron Mercaptoimidazolyl Complexes for the Reductive Coupling of Isonitriles”.

Dr. Hoover has also initiated CESTA (Community Engagement in Science Through Art), a 1-month summer program that is run as a collaboration with Jason Lee (WVU College of Creative Arts, Sculpture) and Todd Hamrick (WVU Statler College, Engineering and Robotics).  More information on the program and the online application can be found at the CESTA website:

Teaching Fields

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 

Courses Offered

  • Chem 335: Methods: Structure Determination
    Chem 339: Organic Syntheses
    Chem 521: Organometallics


1.       "Silver-Mediated Oxidative Decarboxylative Trifluoromethylthiolation of Coumarin-3-Carboxylic Acids" Li, M.; Petersen, J. L; Hoover, J. M. Org. Lett. 2017 doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b03806.

 2.      "Copper and Silver Benzoate and Aryl Complexes and Their Implications for Oxidative Decarboxylative Coupling Reactions" Baur, A.; Bustin, K. A.; Aguilera, E.; Petersen, J. L; Hoover, J. M. Org. Chem. Front. 2017 DOI: 10.1039/c6qo00678g.!divAbstract

 3.      “Mechanistic Aspects of Copper-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Coupling Reactions of (Hetero)aryl Carboxylic Acids” Hoover, J. M. Comments on Inorganic Chemistry 2016, doi: 10.1080/02603594.2016.1261023.

 4.      4. “Formation of Di-tert-butylurea from a Mononuclear Iron Tris(isocyanide) Complex” Gowda, A. S.; Baur, A.; Scaggs, C. A.; Petersen, J. L.; Hoover, J. M. Organometallics 2016, 35, 3720-3727.

 5.      “Aerobic Copper-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Thiolation” Li, M.; Hoover, J. M. Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 8733-8736.

 6.      “Copper-Catalyzed Oxidative Decarboxylative C-H Arylation of Benzoxazoles with 2-Nitrobenzoic Acids” Chen, L.; Ju, L.; Bustin, K. A.; Hoover, J. M. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 15059-15062.

 7.      “Copper/TEMPO-Catalyzed Aerobic Alcohol Oxidation: Mechanistic Assessment of Different Catalyst Systems” Hoover, J. M.; Ryand, B. L.; Stahl, S. S. ACS Catal. 2013, 3, 2599-2605.

 8.      “Continuous-Flow Aerobic Oxidation of Primary Alcohols with a Copper(I)/TEMPO Catalyst” Greene, J. F.; Hoover, J. M.; Mannel, D. S.; Root, T. W.; Stahl, S. S. Org. Process Res. Dev. 2013, 17, 1247-1251.

 9.      “Air Oxidation of Primary Alcohols Catalyzed by Copper(I)/TEMPO. Preparation of 2-Amino-5-bromo-benzaldehyde” Hoover, J. M.; Stahl, S. S. Org. Synth. 2013, 90, 240-250.

 10.  “Mechanism of Copper(I)/TEMPO-Catalyzed Aerobic Alcohol Oxidation” Hoover, J. M.; Ryland, B. L.; Stahl, S. S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013135, 2357-2367.

 11.  “Aerobic Alcohol Oxidation Using a Cu(I)/TEMPO Catalyst System: A Green, Catalytic Oxidation Reaction for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory” Hill, N. J.; Hoover, J.M.; Stahl, S. S. J. Chem. Ed. 2012, 90, 102-105.

 12.  “Copper(I)/TEMPO Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidation of Primary Alcohols to Aldehydes with Ambient Air” Hoover, J. M.; Steves, J. E.; Stahl, S. S. Nature Protocols 20127, 1161- 1166.

 13.  “A Highly Practical Copper(I)/TEMPO Catalyst System for Chemoselective Aerobic Oxidation of Primary Alcohols” Hoover, J. M.; Stahl, S. S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011133, 16901-16910.

 14.  “Platinum-Catalyzed Intramolecular Hydrohydrazination; Evidence for Alkene Insertion into a Pt-N Bond” Hoover, J. M.; DiPasquale, A.; Mayer, J. M.; Michael, F. E. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010132, 5043-5053.

 15.  Reactivity of Low-Valent Iridium, Rhodium, and Platinum Complexes with Di- and Tetrasubstituted Hydrazines" Hoover, J. M.; Freudenthal, J. M.; Michael, F. E.; Mayer, J. M. Organometallics 2008, 27, 2238-2245.

 16.  "Synthesis and Reactivity of a Ruthenium(III) Bis(anilide) Dimer by Oxidative Addition of an N,N'-Disubstituted Hydrazine" Hoover, J. M.; DiPasquale, A.; Mayer, J. M.; Michael, F. E. Organometallics 2007, 26, 3297-3305.