Research Divisions

Developing New and Important Chemical Reactions


Research in the Brown lab is directed towards the development of new and important chemical reactions (which include new catalysts/reagents) for the stereoselective preparation of small organic molecules. Representative research problems include: (1) development of new ways to prepare chiral beta-lactams and related N-containing heterocycles through novel enantioselective cycloaddition reactions, and (2) exploring new strategies for the stereoselective synthesis of highly substituted alkenes. All of these research problems have direct application toward the synthesis of biologically relevant molecules, contribute to our fundamental understanding of reaction mechanism, and introduce new concepts in organic chemistry.


M. Kevin Brown

Associate Professor

Organic