Pd-Catalyzed Intramolecular α‑Allylic Alkylation of Ketones with Alkynes: Rapid and Stereodivergent Construction of [3.2.1] Bicycles
Our research interests is to harness the power of transition-metal catalysts to address the challenges in the arena of chemoselectivity and multi-step synthesis. Our research philosophy is guided by three questions:
1) What would be the most efficient way to introduce functional groups into (small or large) organic molecules?
2) What would be the most efficient method to synthesize various molecular skeletons (bridged or fused rings) with high complexity?
3) What would be the most efficient strategy to access mutiple structurally complicated and biologically important natural products and their analogues in a rapid fashion?
Congratulations to our former graduate student Dr. Jianchun Wang for being selected as one of 45 finalists in the 2020 Reaxys PhD Prize! He developed the new norbornene co-catalysts in palladium/norbornene catalysis.
Congratulations to our graduate student Renhe Li for being awarded George Van Dyke Tiers Fellowship for Small Molecule Research!
Dong group just produced two more bright scientists: Dr. Chengpeng Wang and Dr. Brent Billett. They both successfully defended their Ph.D. thesis.