Research efforts in our laboratory will be dedicated to developing new and innovative organic transformations that address challenges in organic synthesis and have broad implications in multiple areas, including environmental and medicinal chemistry. Design of novel catalysts that enable efficient and sustainable catalysis will be the center of our research program. Major research topics include:
(a) Development of new strategies or paradigms of catalysis for enantioselective synthesis of bioactive molecules and useful synthetic building blocks.
(b) Identifying new transition metal or main group catalysts to enable efficient bond forming reactions that avoid the generation of hazardous waste.
(c) Catalytic and chemoselective conversion of biomass derivatives to fine chemicals with high atom economy.