Student Involvement and Ongoing Projects

Foundational course materials provide a basis to build more complex knowledge. Often with research problems, the foundational knowledge goes well beyond what is taught in the classroom.  Therefore, it is imperative that I mentor students on the specific details that will lay the foundation for the project. It is an expectation that students in my group read through scientific literature related to their project. 

The proposed projects are intentionally designed to be interdisciplinary and touch on elements of organic synthesis, methodology, organometallic chemistry and various spectroscopic techniques including NMR, HPLC and GCMS.Students will gain first-hand experience into logical experimental design needed to plan, prepare and execute difficult air-free reactions as well as gain valuable hands-on experience using a variety of instrumentation. Students will also develop both a qualitative (did a reaction occur?) and a quantitative (reaction conversion/yield?) understanding of chemistry through the analysis of results. Through these projects, students will gain not only an appreciation for designing and new chemical reactions, but gain a deeper appreciation for the critical thinking needed to assess scientific discoveries, regardless of the context.

Project #1: Boron trihalide-promoted 1-aryl-3,3-dialkyltriazene decomposition leading to aryl halides

  • Undergraduates Researchers: Currently Recruiting; Victoria Kuipers (graduated 2017)

Project #2: Functionalized Isoquiolines through Boron-Mediated Benzannulation

  • Undergraduates Researchers: Currently Recruiting; Pauline Mansour (graduated 2018)

Project #3: Synthesis, characterization and fluorescent analysis of a new class of chromophore-terminated polycaprolactones and polylactides. 

  • Undergraduates Researchers: Jenna Burton