Three PhD students graduate
Dr. Corrie Burlas, Dr. Benjamin Headford, and Dr. Corrie Burlas were hooded during the winter commencement ceremony. All three defended their dissertations during the fall.
Jordan Pierce defends dissertation
Chemical Record account published
New students join the group
Welcome to Maria Evola, Abbie Halloran, and Ty Murphy who have joined the group as undergraduate researchers. Maria is a Junior pursuing an interdisciplinary major in New College. Abbie is a junior chemistry major, and Ty is a sophomore chemistry major and a member of the McCoullough Medical Scholars program.
Corrie Burlas defended her dissertation entitled, An Evaluation of the Ligand Effects on Neopentyl Phosphine Derived Precatalysts for N-Arylation Reactions and for the Cross-Coupling of Aryl Acetylenes with Propargyl Alcohols and Amides, on July 25th.
Benjamin Headford defended his dissertation entitled, Development of Modular Synthetic Pathways Towards
Novel P‑Unsymmetric Bidentate Ligands, on August 3rd.
Congratulations to Dr. Burlas and Dr. Heaford.
Austyn West joins the group
Austyn West has joined the group as an undergraduate researcher. Austyn is a chemistry major at UA. His research is focused on the synthesis of ligand for cooperative metal-ligand catalysis.
Pierce presents at ACS meeting
PhD student Jordan Pierce presented a poster entitled, "Synthesis of air-stable bulky trialkylphosphine precatalysts and evaluation of their efficiency in Buchwald-=Hartwig amination reactions" at the National ACS Meeting in San Diego.
Kehinde Ogunmola has joined the Shaughnessy group as a PhD student. Kehinde came to UA from Nigeria. His research is focused on metal-catalyzed methods for modification of closo-borate anions.
Makynna Koper joins group
Makynna Koper has joined the group as a new PhD student. Makynna received her BS degree in chemistry at Southwest Oklahoma State University. Her work is focused on understanding mechanisms of palladium precatalyst activation.
Kevin Shaughnessy organized a symposium on "New Directions in Metal-Catalyzed Reactions" at the 2021 SERMACS meeting held in Birmingham, AL. Speakers included Xin Cui (Mississippi State), Jesse Carrick (Tennessee Tech), Eric Ferreira (University of Georgia), Jake Soper (Georgia Tech), Dale Wilger (Samford), Nathan Schley (Vanderbilt), Chris Goldsmith (Auburn), and Vicky Monteil-Palma (Mississippi State). The symposium was generously sponsored by Organic Reactions, VWR, and Biocryst Pharmaceuticals.