Prof. Mark Levin, University of Chicago, USA

Single Atom Logic for Skeletal Editing

Start Date 05.12.2023 - 16:30
Location University of Zurich, Department of Chemistry
Lecture Hall Y03-G-95

Reactions which can manipulate the connectivity of the molecular skeleton are underexplored as tools for late-stage functionalization, in part because their implementation has been hindered by their often nonintuitive retrosynthetic logic. This presentation will cover selected transformations discovered in our laboratory which address this challenge by enabling single-atom changes to aliphatic and aromatic systems through the insertion, deletion, and replacement of single heavy atoms (C,N,O, etc.). Our approach to this problem is modality-agnostic, drawing from a wide range of reactive species and synthetic disciplines, but with a significant focus on reagent design and photochemistry. Applications to late-stage functionalization and diversification of complex pharmaceutically relevant compounds as well as unique opportunities for synthesis will be presented alongside mechanistic findings.