BenU Faculty since 2017
Ph.D. – Northwestern University, 2009
B.A. – Gustavus Adolphus College, 2004
Organic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Medicinal Chemistry, Reactions Mechanisms, Organic Synthesis, Inorganic Chemistry
Organic chemistry, synthetic chemistry, catalysis, nucleophilic fluorination, medicinal chemistry
Current Research Projects:
Project 1 – Pyrrole library synthesis. Inspired by the biosynthesis of pyrroles, our lab seeks to synthetically access libraries of these small molecules with the larger goal of exploring the medicinal potential of this class of known bioactive compounds. The syntheses are achieved through an Achmatowitz / Paal-Knorr strategy, allowing access to high yields and a variety of structures.
Project 2 – New compounds for nucleophilic fluorination. Fluorine is a commonly used isostere in medicinal and polymer chemistry, and it can have profound effects on stability, activity, and the physical properties of chemical compounds. Our research is focused on developing new ways of introducing fluorine to organic compounds under safe, mild conditions.