Vladimir Grushin, a native of Moscow, Russia, obtained his education and PhD degree (1984; Dr. Tat’yana P. Tolstaya) from Moscow State University.
He then spent several years doing research at the Institute of Organo-Element Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Dr. Mark E. Vol’pin) and at the University of Ottawa (Dr. Howard Alper) before joining the faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada.
In 1997, he moved to the United States to join DuPont Central Research & Development in Wilmington, Delaware. After 12 years with DuPont, in January 2010 he returned to academia as a Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ).
His research interests span organic and inorganic chemistry, including catalysis, C-H activation, organometallic fluorine chemistry, C-F bond formation, aromatic nucleophilic substitution reactions of nonactivated haloarenes, and mechanistic organometallic chemistry particularly of relevance to homogeneous catalysis.
He has over 150 publications that have attracted over 4000 citations, and is an inventor on 26 issued patents.