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.

Recent Publications

Apr 14, 2021

Org. Lett.

"Construction of Azacycles by Intramolecular Amination of Organoboronates and Organobis(boronates)"

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Apr 1, 2021

Org. Lett.

"Diastereoselective Diboration of Cyclic Alkenes: Application to the Synthesis of Aristeromycin"

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Morken Research Group 2019

Group News

Apr 14, 2021

Congratulations to Peilin, Mingkai and Bryan for their paper on intramolecular amination of alkyl boronates.

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Apr 1, 2021

Congratulations to Alex and James for their paper on diastereoselective diboration of cyclic alkenes in collaboration with Pfizer.

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Oct 6, 2020

Congratulations to Elton for his oral presentation at the BSOBC! Also congrats to Weipeng and Alex for their poster presentations.

Jul 14, 2020

Congratulations to Gabe for being selected as one of the 45 finalists for the Reaxys PhD Prize 2020!

June 30, 2020

Congrats to Postdoctoral Fellow Prof. Bryan Ingoglia! Brandeis University will be getting an outstanding lecturer!

May 26, 2020

Congrats to Dr. Sheila Namirembe who defended her thesis! Vertex Pharmaceuticals will be getting an outstanding scientist!

May 1, 2020

Congrats to Ms. Jingjia Chen on earning her B.S. in Chemistry! Princeton Chemistry will be luck to have you!

April 30, 2020

Congrats to Prof. Mark Aparece who defended his thesis! The students at Northeastern University will be lucky to learn from you!

March 26, 2020

Congrats to Dr. Marshall Law on defending his thesis! Incyte Pharmaceuticals will be getting an excellent new colleague!

March 16, 2020

Congrats to Dr. Jesse Myhill who defended his thesis! Vertex Pharmaceuticals will be getting a fantastic chemist!

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.

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Jan 7, 2020

Congratulations to Paul, Alex and Sarah! Their paper on sp3-sp3 conjunctive cross-coupling was airred on Org. Lett.

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