July 2019

We bid farewell to postdoctoral associate Yexenia Nieves who is starting a job at Exemplify BioPharma and to visiting scholar Wahid Patel who will be returning to the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Goa to finish his MS degree in Chemistry.

Welcome to high school student Avalon Rosenberger and undergraduate researcher Saad Albawardi!

Congratulations to William Neuhaus on being awarded a fellowship in the 2019 class of VIEST Graduate Fellows.

Congratulations to Yexenia and our collaborators in the Walsh group on publication in ACIE of the base catalyzed openings of propellane with aryldithianes.

Welcome to visiting scholar Yuvraj Satkar! Yuvraj is a 4th year graduate student at Guanajuato University in the research group of César Rogelio Solorio Alvarado.

Kudos to Tom and Yexenia for publication of our full mechanistic picture of the Cr catalyzed phenol coupling in JACS, which involves unprecedented control via spin localization.

June 2019

May 2019

We are happy to welcome first year graduate students Hanna Roenfanz, Mac Schumer, Melissa Sebold, and Lucille Wells into the group!

April 2019

Our highly efficient base metal catalyst system for coupling of oxindoles using dioxygen as the terminal oxidant has appear in a special issue of ChemSusChem “Sustainable Organic Synthesis”

March 2019

Congratulations to Hong, Pradip, Uday, Peter and the rest of the team on publication of our Pd catalyzed oxidative activation of sp3 C-H bonds to make hindered centers!

Many thanks to Sergei and our collaborators at Boehringer Ingelheim for publication of an Ir catalyzed enantioselective hydrogenation to afford pharmaceutically relevant benzodioxanes.

Welcome back to Pradip Nahide as he joins the group for a postdoctoral stay.

We are excited that our collaborative work with Patrick Walsh on cation-pi interactions in acidification of substrates for deprotonative cross-coupling, which appears in JACS has been selected for a JACS Spotlight.

October 2018

Congratulations to visiting student Pradip Nahide on successful defense of his thesis at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Congrats to Houng and coworkers on publication of the first total synthesis of Chaetoglobin A!

Kudos to Sergei and all of our collaborators on publication of the complex story of asymmetric Negishi and Suzuki couplings

Congratulations to Cris Ochoa on renewal of his NIH CBI Training Grant Fellowship!

September 2018

Goodbye to undergraduate Marcus Nowlan and Jose Rosario, as well as high school student Olivia Landes after a highly productive summer.

Good news - our most recent NSF grant on oxidative catalysis has been funded!

August 2018

Congratulations to Houng Kang on the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation!

It was great to see everyone at the group BBQ this summer. The bocce ball tournament was keenly contested with xxx making off with the grand prize of 10 NMR tubes!

July 2018

Congratulations to Phil Gilmartin and Madison Herling for advancing to candidacy!

April 2018

We are please to contribute to a collaborative projective with Prof. Limin Wang at the East China University of Science and Technology that was just published (J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 4739-4753).

March 2018

February 2018

Congratulations to Sergei Tcyrulnikov on publication of his DFT studies on the asymmetric hydrogenation of pyridinium salts in collaboration with Boehringer-Ingelheim!

We are happy to welcome first-year graduate student William Neuhaus to the group!
We wish Sobia Jabeen and Anaum Ihsan the best of success as they return to Pakistan to finish their PhD degrees.

January 2018

December 2017

Congratulations to Cris Ochoa and Tom Paniak as we have published our novel antibacterial compounds in ACS Infectious Diseases in collaboration with the Wuest group!

We bid fond farewell to Pradip Nahide as he returns to Mexico to complete his PhD.

November 2017

Congratulations to Houng Kang and the whole oxidation team on publication of the first asymmetric oxidative coupling of phenols!

October 2017

Congratulations to Sergei Tcyrulnikov on receipt of the Graduate Research Award! 

September 2017

We welcome Sobia Jabeen and Anaum Ihsan, visiting PhD students from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.

August 2017

The implications of our hydrogen bonding sensors just keep building. Check out our recent publication with Carlo Ballatore in ACS Med Chem Lett!

July 2017

Cris Ochoa has been selected for a Chemistry-Biology Training Grant Fellowship - kudos!

Congratulations to Sergei on publication of our work with Boehringer-Ingelheim on enantioselective nickel-catalyzed Mizoroki-Heck cyclization.  Synfacts has highlighted this work.

June 2017

Congratulations to all on the publication of our collaborative work with the Walsh group on transition metal free vinylation of aza-allyls. This work has been highlighted on the PhysOrg website.

April 2017

Congrats to Phil Gilmartin on receipt of an NSF Graduate Fellowship!

A prior collaborative report from the Walsh and Kozlowski groups is being featured in an 2014 Organometallics virtual issue honoring Bob Bergman as recipient of the 2017 Wolf Prize in Chemistry 

March 2017

Check our our Accounts of Chemical Research in the Holy Grails issue. Our thoughts on the efficiencies and challenges in oxidative to build structural complexity are outlined.

February 2017

We are excited for new graduate students joining the group, Philip Gilmartin and Madison Herling.
Welcome to Pradip Nahide, a visiting student from Guanajuato University in México.

January 2017

Congratulations to Sergei Tcyrulnikov and the team of collaborators at Boehringer-Ingelheim for our JACS publication on Pd and Ni catalyzed Heck-type reactions or pyridinium salts

October 2016

Congratulations on Van Tran on publication of her work in J. Med. Chem. which was  highlighted on the Curious Wavefunction Blog.
Welcome to Peddiahgari Vasu Govardhana Reddy, a visiting scholar from Yogi Semana University, and Gang Hong, a visiting student from  East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai, China).

September 2016

August 2016

It was great to see so many former group members a the ACS meeting this week in Philadelphia. Here is a picture from the Penn Alumni reception at the Chemical Heritage Foundation: Mike Fennie (PhD 2006, Asst. Prof. Univ. of Scranton ), Liz Linton (PhD 2009, West Chester School District), Josh Dickstein (PhD 2009, Bridgestone), James Ianni (postdoc 2002-2006, Lidos), Ryan Walvoord (PhD 2014, Asst. Prof. Ursinus College), Erin DiMauro (PhD 2003, Amgen), Erin Podlesney (PhD 2012, Asst. Prof. Richard Stockton College), John Curto (PhD 2014, Pfizer). Missing: Kelsey VanGelder (PhD 2016, GSK), Andrew Lowell (PhD 2008, postdoc University of Michigan with David Sherman)

Arjun Vijeta, a vising undergraduate from IISER Pune, is headed to the University of Cambridge where he is going to work on "artificial photosynthesis" under the supervision of Prof. Erwin Reisner.

Farewell to undergraduate summer researcher Adrian Riives (San Jose State Univ.) and to high school student summer researcher Alexa Bartels (Baldwin School).

July 2016

Congratulations to former PhD student Ryan Walvoord as he begins a faculty position at Ursinus College after finishing postdoctoral work with Chris Chang at UC Berkeley.

Congratulations to Kelsey Van Gelder on successful completion of her PhD. We wish her luck in her new position at Glaxo Smith-Kline.

June 2016

Welcome to undergraduate researchers Kirsten Hewitt (Penn), Adrian Riives (San Jose State Univ.), and Jiyoung Song (Penn Viper Program) and to high school student Alexa Bartels (Baldwin School) for summer research.

Congratulations to Young Eun Lee on successful defense of her PhD thesis.

May 2016

Congratulations to Osvaldo Gutierrez and the team of collaborators at Boehringer-Ingelheim for our Chemical Science publication on nickel catalyzed Heck-type reactions

We wish undergraduates Van Tran and Luke Chen a fond farewell, as they move on to Scripps La Jolla for graduate school and a consulting position, respectively.

Congratulations and best wishes to postdoctoral scholar Osvaldo Gutierrez as he starts his faculty position at the University of College Park, Maryland

March 2016

Congratulations to Van Tran on her publication in J. Med. Chem. on our work determining hydrogen bonding strengths, which has important implication in medicinal chemistry design

January 2016

Welcome to Peter Amadeo, Adriana Jemison, Kyle Niederer, Cris Ochoa, and Tom Paniak, first-year students who are joining the group!