Morken Research Group
Organic Chemistry Research at Boston College
Synthetic organic chemistry has undergone a paradigm shift over the past 15 years with new metal-catalyzed transformations enabling bond formation in ways that chemists previously only dreamed about.
Realizing the impact that new catalytic asymmetric reactions will have on the continued evolution of organic synthesis, we have focused our research on the development of new processes and on studying their utility in complex molecule synthesis. Control of enantioselectivity is an overarching theme as adequate control of molecular shape is paramount in the design of effective therapeutics, materials, and commodity chemicals. Our progress towards these goals depends upon expertise in many areas of chemistry including organometallic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and synthetic organic chemistry. Additionally, computational chemistry plays a central role in ligand design and in prediction of reaction outcomes.
Morken Research Group 2022
June 28, 2022
Congrats to Peilin and Weipeng on each finishing the Ph.D. defense! Wish them the best of luck at Enanta Pharmaceuticals!
June 28, 2022
Congrats to Alex on finishing his Ph.D. defense and it's now Dr. Vendola!
May 23, 2022
Round of applause to Dr. Zhang on his Ph.D. commencement!
June 23, 2022
We are thrilled to share our recent work on copper-catalyzed stereospecific cross-couplings of boronic esters with tert-butyl lithium activation! Congrats to Nina and Hao!