Organic Synthesis and Catalysis

Research in the Chemler group is focused on organic synthesis and catalysis for applications in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and sustainability.  A major area of research in the Chemler group is the discovery, development and synthetic application of enantioselective copper-catalyzed oxidative functionalizations of alkenes.  Alkenes are a ubiquitous functional group and copper is an Earth abundant transition metal with significant catalytic versatility.  Many of the products are chiral saturated nitrogen and oxygen heterocycles, compounds frequently found in bioactive small molecules.


Sherry R. Chemler, Professor, 618 Natural Science Complex, Chemistry Department, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260

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