Morken Research Group

Organic Chemistry Research at Boston College

Synthetic organic chemistry has undergone a paradigm shift over the past 15 years with new metal-catalyzed transformations enabling bond formation in ways that chemists previously only dreamed about.

Realizing the impact that new catalytic asymmetric reactions will have on the continued evolution of organic synthesis, we have focused our research on the development of new processes and on studying their utility in complex molecule synthesis. Control of enantioselectivity is an overarching theme as adequate control of molecular shape is paramount in the design of effective therapeutics, materials, and commodity chemicals. Our progress towards these goals depends upon expertise in many areas of chemistry including organometallic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and synthetic organic chemistry. Additionally, computational chemistry plays a central role in ligand design and in prediction of reaction outcomes.

Recent Publications

Aug 8, 2019

Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed.

"Enantioselective Radical Addition/Cross Coupling of Organozinc Reagents, Alkyl Iodides, and Alkenylboron Reagents"

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May 29, 2019

Organic Letters

"Stereoselective Synthesis of Trisubstituted Alkenylboron Reagents by Boron-Wittig Reaction of Ketones"

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May 7, 2019

Chemical Society Reviews

"Reactions of organoboron compounds enabled by catalyst-promoted metalate shifts"

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May 8, 2019

Organic Letters

"Site-Selective Mono-Oxidation of 1,2-Bis(boronates)"

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Morken Research Group 2019

Group News

Aug 8, 2019

Congratulations to Matteo, Peilin and Gabe for their radical-addition-cross-coupling-cascade paper!

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July 24, 2019

Congratulations to group alumna Laura Kliman (Ph.D. 2011, now at Impossible Foods) who was named as one of Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 for 2019.

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May 29, 2019

Congratulations to Sheila for her paper on the Boron Wittig reaction with ketones!

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May 22, 2019

Congratulations to Sheila for her recently published review on "Reactions of organoboron compounds enabled by catalyst-promoted metalate shifts". And congratulations to Lu for her paper on the selective oxidation of 1,2-bis(boronates)!

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April 29, 2019

Congratulations to our outstanding undergraduates Jingjia Chen who received the NESACS Norris Richards summer scholarlship and Johnny Wang who received a Kozarich summer fellowship. Well deserved!


April 2, 2019

Congrats to Marshall, Yan, and Paul! Their paper on conjunctive cross-coupling with carboxylic acid derivatives was accepted in ACIE.

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November 16, 2018

Congrats to Mark, Chenpeng, and Gabe! Their paper on the vinylidenation of boronic esters is now in ACIE.

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October 30, 2018

Congrats to Jesse, Chris, and Liang! Their paper on diastereoselective conjunctive cross-coupling is now in JACS.

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August 9, 2018

Congrats to Jesse, Liang, and Gabe! Their paper on the asymmetric synthesis of tertiary boronic esters was published on ACIE.

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June 20, 2018

Congrats to Emma, Andy, and Max for your publication on stereospecific amination of boronic esters!

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Department of Chemistry, Boston College
Merkert Chemistry Center
2609 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA 02467-3860
morken@bc.edu