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My research interests begin with pioneering new chemical methods and improving extant synthetic methods to make them useful. The application of many reported synthetic methods is hampered by a lack of substrate generality, poor yield in all but a few select examples, and metal-mediated reactions that are catalytic and asymmetric with respect to the metal/ligand complex, but are wasteful in other aspects. Along with the development of new and improved methods, I will undertake the total synthesis of structurally intreguing and biologically active natural products. I am also driven to broaden the use of computational chemistry in the synthetic arena by using it as a predictive tool used to plan natural product syntheses and also to rationalize the sometimes surprising stereochemical and regiochemical outcomes that befall synthetic chemists, often necessitating a change in strategy. Projects in my group will initially involve the design of new, better, and more environmentally friendly catalytic, asymmetric reactions to form nitrogen-containing three-membered rings, as well as pioneering new chemistry involving HOMO(Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital)-raising chiral auxiliaries in reactions such as the Diels-Alder [4 + 2] cycloaddition.
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Please join us for Hector Casique's Thesis Proposal "Iron Reductions in Soot", Monday, June 3rd at 9CWU Students Honored At National Chemistry Convention
Thirteen Central Washington University chemistry students presented research results at the 245th A