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Organic Synthesis

The mastery of organic synthesis affords chemists with a powerful and unique skill—the ability to create new structures with new properties. The intellectual challenge of organic synthesis coupled with the potential of synthesis to help solve real world problems continues to attract generation after generation of talented young scholars to the field. Students at the University of Oregon have excellent opportunities to explore and learn both the depth and breadth of contemporary organic synthesis, as well as prepare themselves for tomorrow’s organic chemistry related careers in academia and industry.

The UO has a strong research program focusing on problems in modern synthetic organic chemistry, including: the synthesis and application of carbon-rich nanostructures (Haley, Jasti, D. W. Johnson), the design and implementation of new chemical tools for biological investigations (Pluth, DeRose, Haley), and the study of novel supramolecular phenomena (D. W. Johnson, Haley, Pluth, Jasti, Doxsee).

In addition, several interdisciplinary research problems under study at the University of Oregon also apply organic synthesis as a key component. These programs include the synthesis of hybrid organic/inorganic materials (Hutchison, D. W. Johnson, Jasti, Tyler), the preparation of novel ligands for use in organometallic mechanistic studies and in catalysis design (Haley, Tyler, Pluth), assembly of water-soluble structures for applications in catalysis and molecular recognition (Tyler, D. W. Johnson, Jasti), and the  synthesis of functional molecules for optical and electronic applications (Haley, Page, Jasti).

All of these areas of study benefit greatly from state-of-the-art characterization facilities and support staff at the University of Oregon (see

Amanda Cook
Victoria J. DeRose
Kenneth M. Doxsee
Michael M. Haley
James E. Hutchison
Ramesh Jasti
Darren W. Johnson
Catherine J. Page
Michael D. Pluth
David R. Tyler