Project descriptionOne approach to sustainability in organic synthesis is to develop synthetic methods in which toxic, scarce and environmentally damaging catalysts such as heavy metals are replaced with electricity. Previously we have shown that alkoxyamines, stable, non-toxic and easily accessible reagents, can be converted in situ into powerful methylating agents through simple one electron oxidation in an electrochemical reactor. Now we aim to generalise the method through changing the R-group, so as to design alkylations, aldol reactions, Ritter reactions, and so forth. We have projects using theory, experiment or both to design, optimise and implement these synthetic methods.
Further informationI have recently joined Flinders University as a member of the College of Science and Engineering. My research group uses both theory and experiment to study chemical reactions, with applications spanning organic synthesis, organometallic catalysis, polymer chemistry and physical chemistry. Students wishing to do computational chemistry projects do not need prior experience in this area.
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