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 2019
Feb 7, 2020
Awesome work, Kizzy! Former group member Dr. Kizzy Corbett (high school research assistant 2004, now Senior Research Fellow at NIH) was interviewed about the Coronavirus.
Jan 7, 2020
Congratulations to Paul, Alex and Sarah! Their paper on sp3-sp3 conjunctive cross-coupling was airred on Org. Lett.
Oct 31, 2019
Congratulations to Mark and Weipeng! Their paper on conjunctive cross-coupling with propargylic carbonates was accepted in ACS Catalysis.
Oct 2, 2019
Congratulations to Gabe for winning the Ereztech Young Organometallic Scientist Award!
Aug 8, 2019
Congratulations to Matteo, Peilin and Gabe for their radical-addition-cross-coupling-cascade paper!
July 24, 2019
Congratulations to group alumna Laura Kliman (Ph.D. 2011, now at Impossible Foods) who was named as one of Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 for 2019.
May 29, 2019
Congratulations to Sheila for her paper on the Boron Wittig reaction with ketones!
May 22, 2019
Congratulations to Sheila for her recently published review on "Reactions of organoboron compounds enabled by catalyst-promoted metalate shifts". And congratulations to Lu for her paper on the selective oxidation of 1,2-bis(boronates)!
April 29, 2019
Congratulations to our outstanding undergraduates Jingjia Chen who received the NESACS Norris Richards summer scholarlship and Johnny Wang who received a Kozarich summer fellowship. Well deserved!
April 2, 2019
Congrats to Marshall, Yan, and Paul! Their paper on conjunctive cross-coupling with carboxylic acid derivatives was accepted in ACIE.