Life Science Center 201E
We are a synthetic organic chemistry group whose research is at
the frontier of organic synthesis, catalysis and medicinal chemistry.
We develop new catalytic asymmetric reactions that we, and others, can
use in the synthesis of natural products and drugs. Specifically, we
have developed a number of cascade reactions, in which multiple
synthetic steps are carried out in a single reaction flask, and that
are catalyzed by organic molecules, which are known as organocatalysts.
The methods we develop can thus reduce the time, waste, and cost
associated with the conventional organic synthesis of valuable synthons.
In addition, we are interested in developing fluorinated analogues of
select small bioactive molecules using the cascade reactions involving
fluorination that we have developed.
Synthetic Organic Chemistry