Our group strives to develop new homogeneous transition metal catalysts for use in synthetic chemistry. Catalysis is a crucial area of study, with applications in fine chemicals manufacturing, the petrochemical industry, as well as the drug discovery efforts of medicinal chemistry laboratories.
The core of our research program is organometallic chemistry, an interdisciplinary area that unites the structural diversity of organic molecules with the remarkable reactivity and properties of inorganic compounds. Students have the opportunity to work in many areas, including inorganic synthesis and organic reaction methodology.
Samples, E.M.; Schuck, J.M.; Joshi, P.B.; Willets, K.A.; Dobereiner, G.E. Synthesis and Properties of N-arylpyrrole-functionalized poly(1-hexene-alt-CO). Macromolecules, 2018, 51, 9323-9332. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01629
Wozniak, D.I.; Sabbers, W.A.; Weerasiri, K.C.; Dinh, L.V.; Quenzer, J.L.; Hicks, A.J.; Dobereiner, G.E. Comparing interactions of a three-coordinate Pd cation with common weakly-coordinating anions. Organometallics, 2018, 37, 2376-2385. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00356
Becica, J.; Glaze, O.D.; Wozniak, D.I.; Dobereiner, G.E. Selective Isomerization of Terminal Alkenes to (Z)-2-Alkenes Catalyzed by an Air-Stable Molybdenum(0) Complex. Organometallics, 2018, 37, 482-490. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00914
Becica, J.; Dobereiner, G.E. Acceleration of Pd-Catalyzed Amide N-Arylations Using Cocatalytic Metal Triflates: Substrate Scope and Mechanistic Study. ACS Catalysis, 2017, 7, 5862-5870. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b01317
Weerasiri, K.C.; Chen, D.; Wozniak, D.I.; Dobereiner, G.E. Internal Alkyne Regio- and Chemoselectivity Using a Zwitterionic N-heterocyclic Carbene Gold Catalyst in a Silver-free Alkyne Hydration Reaction. Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 2016, 358, 4106-4113. DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201601013