Research Divisions

A Broad Base of Education in Synthetic Organic Chemistry


Graduate students receive a broad base of education in synthetic organic chemistry.  Our research seeks to advance the fundamental understanding of reaction processes, new reagents, and novel reactivity. We devise efficient strategies for rapid assembly of molecular complexity. A substantial number of our publications describe developments of new methodology applicable to all areas of organic synthesis. We also undertake studies devoted to the target-oriented synthesis of recently discovered, biologically significant natural products. Our laboratories have published successful total syntheses of terpenes, alkaloids, antibiotics and macrolides which illustrate complex arrangements of stereochemistry and polyfunctionality. These projects are designed to enhance the knowledge, skill and creativity of the future Ph.D.


David R. Williams

Professor and Harry G. Day Chair

Organic