Research Interests: Organic Synthesis, Organometallic Chemistry, and Catalysis
Our research program centers on the field of main group and transition metal catalysis for efficient, stereoselective chemical synthesis. In particular, we are interested in the design and development of new, chiral catalytic platforms that enable various asymmetric transformations including C-H bond functionalizations and cross coupling reactions. Our efforts include understanding the fundamental reactivity of catalysts/reaction intermediates and underlying reaction mechanisms that will allow us to improve the rate, yield, selectivity, and scope of chemical processes.
Students joining our group can expect to obtain a range of synthetic expertise in the preparation of organic/organometallic compounds and learn techniques for the investigation of reaction mechanisms.
Design of New Chiral Catalytic Platforms
Development of New Asymmetric Reactions
Understanding Reaction Mechanisms
Key words: Asymmetric Catalysis, Frustrated Lewis pairs, Remote Functionalizations, Alkene Functionalizations, Strained Molecules, Cooperative Catalysis, Main Group Chemistry, Transition Metal Catalysis, All-Carbon Quaternary Stereocenters