Prof. Robert H. Grubbs is currently the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, where he has been a faculty member since 1978. The research group of Prof. Grubbs is involved in the design, synthesis, and mechanistic studies of complexes that catalyze basic organic transformations. The major focus of the group over the past few years has been on the olefin metathesis reaction using ruthenium-based catalysts, which have found wide applications in organic and polymer synthesis. He has 450+ publications and 90+ patents based on his research. Prof. Grubbs has received numerous professional fellowships and awards, including the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the 2003 Linus Pauling Award, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in1989, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994, and the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2006. He is also a founder or a member of the scientific advisory boards of numerous technology companies, including Cyrano Sciences, Pharmacopeia, Insert Therapeutics, and Symyx Technologies. Prof. Grubbs earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry with R. Breslow at Columbia University.