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Anton Alexandrovich Toutov

Assistant Professor Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Toutov is the Founder and Chief Science Officer of Fuzionaire, Inc., a Los Angeles-based science and technology start-up company spun out of the Grubbs lab at Caltech in 2016. Dr. Toutov’s research led to the discovery of Earth-abundant alkali metal catalysts and reagents for a number of organic chemical transformations. This work has led to technologies that are being used across industries, including in diagnostic medicine, drug discovery, and emissions control.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2016–present
    Founder and Chief Science Officer, Fuzionaire, Inc.
  • 2017–present
    Founder and Chief Science Officer , Fuzionaire Diagnostics, Inc.
  • 2017–present
    Affiliated Research Scholar of Chemistry , University of Richmond


  • 2017
    Alkali Metal-Hydroxide-Catalyzed C(sp)–H Bond silylation, Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • 2017
    A potassium tert-butoxide and hydrosilane system for ultra-deep desulfurization of fuels, Nature Energy
  • 2017
    Potassium tert-Butoxide-Catalyzed Dehydrogenative C–H Silylation of Heteroaromatics: A Combined Experimental and Computational Mechanistic Study, Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • 2017
    Ionic and Neutral Mechanisms for C–H Bond Silylation of Aromatic Heterocycles Catalyzed by Potassium tert-Butoxide, Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • 2016
    Sodium Hydroxide Catalyzed Dehydrocoupling of Alcohols with Hydrosilanes, Organic Letters
  • 2015
    Potassium tert‐Butoxide–Catalyzed Dehydrogenative Cross‐Coupling of Heteroarenes with Hydrosilanes, Organic Syntheses
  • 2015
    Catalytic C–H bond silylation of aromatic heterocycles, Nature Protocols
  • 2015
    Silylation of C–H bonds in aromatic heterocycles by an Earth-abundant metal catalyst, Nature
  • 2013
    Lewis-base silane activation: from reductive cleavage of aryl ethers to selective ortho-silylation, Chemical Science
  • 2012
    In Situ Anionic Shielding for Regioselective Metalation: Directed peri and Iterative Metalation Routes to Polyfunctionalized 7‐Azaindoles, Angewandte Chemie International Edition