Research in the Alexanian group focuses on the general areas of reaction development and chemical synthesis. Our studies are driven by the discovery of new and useful forms of chemical reactivity which can be harnessed for the development of powerful transformations and strategies for synthesis. Our studies emphasize catalytic transformations employing easily accessed substrates and common molecular functionality. Complex synthesis is also a focus of our group, as the remarkable array of unique architectures that nature provides can inspire us to develop creative solutions to challenging problems in synthesis.
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News and Events:
- Our Palladium-Catalyzed, Ring-Forming Aromatic CH Alkylations with Unactivated Alkyl Halides paper has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is now available online. Congratulations Alex!
- Njamkou has successfully defended her graduate thesis. Congratulations Njamkou!
- Our Enantioselective Synthesis of cis-Fused Cyclooctanoids via Rhodium(I)-Catalyzed [4 + 2 + 2] Cycloadditions paper has been accepted by Organic Letters and is now available online. Congratulations Brendan!
- Our Stereoselective Nickel-Catalyzed [2+2] Cycloadditions of Ene-Allenes paper has been accepted by Angewandte Chemie and is now available online. Congratulations Njamkou!
- The Alexanian lab welcomes first-year graduate students, Nick and Brendon, to the group.
- Our Site-Selective Aliphatic C–H Bromination Using N-Bromoamides and Visible Light paper has been accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. and is available online. Congratulations Valerie, Ryan, and Andy!
- Caitlin has been selected to receive an ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations Caitlin!
- Our Alkene Hydrofunctionalization Using Hydroxamic Acids: A Radical-Mediated Approach to Alkene Hydration paper has been accepted by Organic Letters and is available online. Congratulations Ben!
- Ben has successfully defended his graduate thesis. Congratulations Ben!
- The Alexanian group welcomes Matt as an undergrad in the lab.
- Congratulations Patrick on graduating (UNC, Class of 2014) and moving on to graduate school at Berkeley!
- Our Palladium-Catalyzed Heck-Type Cross-Couplings of Unactivated Alkyl Iodides paper has been accepted by Angewandte Chemie and is available online. Congratulations Caitlin!