Direct functionalization of C-H bonds is a useful tool in organic synthesis. In the past few years, our group has developed efficient strategies to construct C-C, C-N, C-O and C-S bonds assisted by palladium and copper catalysts, hypervalent iodine reagents and photocatalysts in visible light. Copper catalyzed site-selective methylthiolation of arenes and heteroarenes, alkylation of azine N-oxides, amidation of N,N,-dimethyl anilines, and aminomethylation of phenols has been accomplished. With Palladium as catalyst, decarboxylative alkylation of arenes with carboxylic acids and carbonylative coupling using chloroform as the CO source are few representative functionalizations. Iodine and hypervalent iodine assisted oxidative transformations in heterocycles have been developed for C-N bond formation and cyclization. Photocatalyzed thioyanation, halogenation, decarboxylative benzoylation, hydroarylation and other functionalizations in visible light are being explored.

About School research seminars

Seminars cover all aspects of chemistry and molecular biosciences and are delivered by visiting national and international academics. PhD completion seminars are also incorporated into the program.

Seminars are usually held in person and via zoom. All are welcome to attend.  



Mansergh Shaw Building, Learning Theatre (45-204)