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Office: 568C Kolthoff Hall
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139 Smith Hall
207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
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			photo winter 2017

Winter 2017

Back Row
1. Elizabeth Alonzi, 2. Connie Anderson, 3. Sarah Wegwerth, 4. Shengyang Wang, 5. Sadie Otte
Front Row
1. Steve Underwood, 2. Nick Serratore, 3. Matt Eastwood, 4. Chris Douglas, 5. Jason Brethorst, 6. Grant Frost
Not Pictured
1. Lafe Purvis, 2. Zhuoran Zhang
Previous Group Photographs


August 2017

Chris helps facilitate at the ACS hosted Cottrell Scholar Collaborative New Faculty Workshop in Washington DC. (August 3-5)

Jason Brethorst defends his thesis “Development of Carbon–Carbon, Carbon–Nitrogen, and Carbon–Hydrogen Bond Functionalization Methodologies and Efforts Toward the Total Synthesis of Dragmacidin E”. Congratulations, Dr. Brethorst! (August 2)

July 2017

Sarah Wegwerth defends her thesis “Studies into the Synthesis of Cyclacenes”. Congratulations, Dr. Wegwerth! (July 27)

June 2017

Connie Anderson presents her work at GLRM 2017 (June 28).

The Douglas & Topczewski labs go camping! Campfire cooking, yard games, canoeing, cards, and Grant Frost’s newly-minted Hawaiian Derby combine for an awesome trip. (June 9-11)

Graduate students Shengyang Wang and Matt Eastwood present at Minnesota’s annual 3rd year symposium. (June 6)

May 2017

We bid farewell to Elizabeth Alonzi, who is leaving to do research in her major with Prof. Brett Barney in the Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering. Stay awesome, Elizabeth!

Sadie & Kellen Otte welcome baby Ash into their lives. Congratulations, Sadie! (May 6)

April 2017

We welcome undergraduate Kelly Mitzel to the lab as a volunteer (April 28)

Some group members march for science: Grant Frost marches in St. Paul and Chris marches in Chicago with his family and a few old friends. (April 22)

Grant Frost presents his work on developing a mechanistic model for enantioselective cyanoamidation via C–CN bond activation in the HC Brown symposium at Purdue University. (April 14)

Group Alum Phil Gemmel accepts an offer for graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Chicago (April 12)

Chris Douglas

Katie McGarry and Chris Douglas coauthor with Johannes Benduhn, Koen Vandewal and an international team on voltage loss in organic solar cells. Read the work in Nature Energy. (April 10)

Nick Serratore
Chris Douglas

Nick Serratore and Chris Douglas coauthor with Brett Barney and his lab on characterizing the aldehyde binding pocket of dehydrogenase enzymes. Read the work in Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (April 7)

Chris gives seminar on the group's rubrene work at Rutgers University - Newark. Thank you to Professor Elena Galoppini for the invitation and serving as an outstanding host! (April 6)

Lafe Purvis and Phil Gemmel present on their work at the National ACS Meeting in San Fransisco (April 2–6)

March 2017

Chris covers class for Prof. Hoye in CHEM 8322. By request, Chris took the class on a 50 minute walk to the memory lane of his PhD research on the synthesis of (–)-sarain A (March 27)

Chris wins Taylor Award for Distinguished Teaching

Group alumna Melissa Hardy is awarded a NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship. Good luck to Melissa in her graduate studies!

Grant Frost, Nick Serratore, and Jodi Ogilvie coauthor “Mechanistic Model for Enantioselective Intramolecular Alkene Cyanoamidation via Palladium-Catalyzed C–CN Bond Activation” in J. Org. Chem. (March 15)

Giang Hoang, Dylan Walsh, Katie McGarry, and Connie Anderson coauthor “Development and Mechanistic Study of Quinoline-Directed Acyl C–O Bond Activation and Alkene Oxyacylation Reactions” in J. Org. Chem. (March 2)

February 2017

Connie Anderson passes her Oral Preliminary Exam! (February 9)

January 2017

Steve Underwood passes his Oral Preliminary Exam! (January 23)

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