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Gregory Fu

Gregory Fu

Mon, Mar. 21, 2016, 4:30pm
Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Taylor Auditorium
Host: Robert Knowles

Metal-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions of Alkyl Electrophiles

Despite the tremendous accomplishments that have been described in the development of transition metal-catalyzed coupling processes, it is nevertheless true that many significant opportunities remain. For example, to date the overwhelming majority of studies have focused on couplings between two sp2-hybridized reaction sites (e.g., an aryl metal with an aryl halide).

As of 2001, there were relatively few examples of metal-catalyzed coupling reactions of alkyl electrophiles. During the past decade, we have pursued the discovery of transition metal-based catalysts for coupling activated and unactivated alkyl electrophiles that bear β hydrogens. Our recent efforts to develop broadly applicable methods, including enantioselective processes, will be discussed.