A little late to this, but happy trails to Lasith, who successfully defended his dissertation in August! He is headed off to the University of Nevada Reno for a postdoc with Ying Yang.
We have a new paper out in Org. Lett.! Isuru, Frank, Georgia, and Lasith show that diphenic acid derivatives undergo transient geometry changes on treatment with carbodiimide fuels.
A new paper is out in Eur. J. Org. Chem.! Viraj and our collaborators Briana Schrage and Chris Ziegler from the University of Akron study the assembly of hydrocarbon o-phenylene macrocycles assembled using olefin metathesis. We continue to learn more and more about assembling foldamers into more complex structures, and the molecules are particularly pretty.
We have a new paper out in Angew. Chem.! Mosharraf and Josh show that carbodiimide-fueled anhydride formation can be used to assemble macrocycles containing multiple transient bonds. We believe this will have significant implications for generating out-of-equilibrium species of increased structural complexity.
Many thanks to the editors for selecting this as a “Hot Paper”!
Welcome to new graduate students Renuka Baral and Andrew Miller and new undergraduate Nadeen Saleh!
Welcome to Will Carson and Griffin Betz, who have joined the group as undergraduate researchers!
Welcome to undergraduates Meng Gu, Sean Ginn, Kiley Blachaniec, and Kaitlyn Flynn, who have joined the group!
Our latest paper is out in Chemical Science! Zach and Viraj explore the interplay between folding and macrocyclization with ortho-phenylene hexamers and decamers. Confinement within the macrocycle forces the foldamer into conformations that are typically not observed, which is predictable using simple computational models.
Huge thanks to the NSF MRI program, which has funded a new NMR spectrometer for the department. This instrument will bring several new capabilities, including an autosampler (for greatly increased throughput of teaching and research samples), advanced 19F capabilities, and a flow accessory.