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Chemistry Seminar: Advances in the Synthesis and Use of Cyclobutanes
Start Date: 5/18/2018Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 5/18/2018End Time: 12:00 PM

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Kevin Brown, PhD, Indiana University


Development of enantioselective [2+2] cycloadditions to access cyclobutanes is an important yet unsolved problem in chemical synthesis. In the absence of efficient methods for the synthesis of chiral cyclobutanes, their accessibility as biologically active synthetic targets and, more generally, their utility as synthons for chemical synthesis, are hindered. Described in this seminar will be development of reagent or catalyst controlled stereoselective [2+2] cycloadditions of alkenes with ketenes or electron-deficient allenes. These reactions lead to the formation of highly substituted chiral cyclobutanes that can be easily transformed into other interesting and important motifs. Inspiration for the developed of these methods is rooted in the structures of several biologically active natural products. The synthesis of these molecules will also be discussed.

Contact Information:
Name: Haifeng (Frank) Ji
Phone: 215.895.2562
Email: hj56@drexel.edu
Disque Hall 109, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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