Rebekka Klausen

Rebekka Klausen

Assistant Professor

Remsen 216
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Rebekka Klausen joined the faculty at JHU as an assistant professor in July 2013. Prior to JHU, Klausen earned her PhD with Prof. Eric Jacobsen (Harvard University, 2005–2011) and completed postdoctoral work with Prof. Colin Nuckolls (Columbia University, 2011–2013).


The unifying theme of research in the Klausen Research Group is the application of rational organic synthesis to advance the frontiers of materials science.

Through the atomic-level control provided by bottom-up synthesis, we precisely determine and control materials properties. In particular, we focus on carbon and silicon-based materials. Crystalline silicon, the preeminent solid state semiconductor, powers defining modern technologies like integrated circuits and solar cells. Inspired by the structure and properties of Group IV and III-V electronic materials, like silicon, graphene, and h-BN, we explore the synthetic chemistry and materials properties of carbon and silicon molecules, polymers, and other nanomaterials.

Fall Courses

Advanced Organic Synthesis AS.030.677

Spring Courses

Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory AS.030.228


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EA Marro, EM Press, TK Purkait, D Jimenez, MA Siegler, RS Klausen
Cooperative Noncovalent Interactions Induce Ion Pair Separation in Diphenylsilanides
Chemistry-A European Journal, 2017

RS Klausen, CR Kennedy, AM Hyde, EN Jacobsen
Chiral Thioureas Promote Enantioselective Pictet–Spengler Cyclization by Stabilizing Every Intermediate and Transition State in the Carboxylic Acid-Catalyzed Rea...
Journal of the American Chemical Society 139 (35), 12299-12309, 2017

TA Su, H Li, RS Klausen, NT Kim, M Neupane, JL Leighton, ...
Silane and Germane Molecular Electronics
Accounts of Chemical Research 50 (4), 1088-1095, 2017

EM Press, EA Marro, SK Surampudi, MA Siegler, JA Tang, RS Klausen
Synthesis of a Fragment of Crystalline Silicon: Poly (Cyclosilane)
Angewandte Chemie 129 (2), 583-587, 2017

HL van de Wouw, JY Lee, RS Klausen
Gram-Scale Free Radical Polymerization of an Azaborine Vinyl Monomer
Chemical Communications, 2017

J Zhou, CP Folster, SK Surampudi, D Jimenez, RS Klausen, AE Bragg
Asymmetric charge separation and recombination in symmetrically functionalized σ–π hybrid oligosilanes
Dalton Transactions, 2017

TA Su, H Li, RS Klausen, JR Widawsky, A Batra, ML Steigerwald, ...
Tuning Conductance in π–σ–π Single-Molecule Wires
Journal of the American Chemical Society 138 (24), 7791-7795, 2016

J Zhou, SK Surampudi, AE Bragg, RS Klausen
Photoinduced Charge Separation in Molecular Silicon
Chemistry-A European Journal 22 (18), 6204-6207, 2016

HL van de Wouw, JY Lee, MA Siegler, RS Klausen
Innocent BN bond substitution in anthracene derivatives
Organic & biomolecular chemistry 14 (12), 3256-3263, 2016

TA Su, H Li, V Zhang, M Neupane, A Batra, RS Klausen, B Kumar, ...
Single-molecule conductance in atomically precise germanium wires
Journal of the American Chemical Society 137 (38), 12400-12405, 2015

HL van de Wouw, J Chamorro, M Quintero, RS Klausen
Opposites Attract: Organic Charge Transfer Salts
Journal of Chemical Education 92 (12), 2134-2139, 2015

S Surampudi, ML Yeh, MA Siegler, JFM Hardigree, TA Kasl, HE Katz, ...
Increased carrier mobility in end-functionalized oligosilanes
Chemical Science 6 (3), 1905-1909, 2015

RS Klausen, JR Widawsky, TA Su, H Li, Q Chen, ML Steigerwald, ...
Evaluating atomic components in fluorene wires
Chemical Science 5 (4), 1561-1564, 2014

TA Su, JR Widawsky, H Li, RS Klausen, JL Leighton, ML Steigerwald, ...
Silicon ring strain creates high-conductance pathways in single-molecule circuits
Journal of the American Chemical Society 135 (49), 18331-18334, 2013

RS Klausen, J Widawsky, M Steigerwald, L Venkataraman, C Nuckolls
Conductive molecule silicon

RS Klausen, JR Widawsky, ML Steigerwald, L Venkataraman, C Nuckolls
Conductive molecular silicon
Journal of the American Chemical Society 134 (10), 4541-4544, 2012

S Ahn, SV Aradhya, RS Klausen, B Capozzi, X Roy, ML Steigerwald, ...
Electronic transport and mechanical stability of carboxyl linked single-molecule junctions
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 14 (40), 13841-13845, 2012

Y Lee, RS Klausen, EN Jacobsen
Thiourea-catalyzed enantioselective iso-Pictet–Spengler reactions
Organic letters 13 (20), 5564-5567, 2011

RS Klausen
Benzoic Acid and Thiourea Co-catalysis
Harvard University, 2010

RS Klausen, EN Jacobsen
Brønsted Acid-Thiourea Co-Catalysis
Synfacts 2009 (04), 0443-0443, 2009