Solid-state synthesis of the truxillates

In JACS today, Ellie, Hyung Joo, and Matt report a general approach to the truillate family of natural products enabled by solid state photochemistry. Synthetically, this paper complements the route to the truxinates we published …

Enantioselective 6π Photoelectrocyclizations

The latest chapter in our ongoing collaboration with the Baik group is now published in JACS. Wes and Hanna lead a comprehensive synthetic, spectroscopic, and computational study of highly enantioselective 6π photoelectrocyclizations. Previously on the …

Cu oxidant review

A coda to Grace’s successful PhD career: her review describing the use of Cu(II) salts as terminal oxidants in photochemical reactions is online at OBMC.

General synthesis of the truxinates

Part of the motivation for continued development of enantioselective photocatalysis has been the possibility of streamlining the synthesis of densely substituted small-ring compounds. Matt, Matthew, and Herman have devised a demonstration of this principle by …

Allylic amination

Grace, Ellie, and Nic have leveraged an unexpected observation into an unusual method for allylic amination using Cu(II)-mediated radical–polar crossover.  Online now at OL!

Fe-mediated decarboxylative coupling

Grace and Sam’s magnum opus on Fe(III)-mediated photochemical couplings of carboxylic acid feedstocks is published in Chem. This is the second installment in a productive collaboration with Scott Bagley and Mark Bundesmann at Pfizer.

NSF awards

Congratulations to Alana and Cade for receiving an NSF GRFP Award and Honorable Mention, respectively! These awards are increasingly competitive, and we’re incredibly proud of everyone who applied.


This month has a lot of transitions for the group. We welcome Alana, Matthieu, and Max as new first-years in the group, and GM as a new undergraduate researcher.  We also bid fond farewells to …