Donald J. Wink

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Project 2061 (ref. 7) is an initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to advance scientific and technological literacy. It is a more recent proponent of approaches that promote inquiry activities among students. The National Science Education Standards from the US National Research Council (NRC) provide a set of standards(More)
A 2-O-benzyl-3,5-O-benzylidene-alpha-d-thioarabinofuranoside was obtained by reaction of the corresponding diol with alpha,alpha-dibromotoluene under basic conditions. On activation with 1-benzenesulfinyl piperidine, or diphenyl sulfoxide, and trifluoromethanesulfonic anhydride in dichloromethane at -55 degrees C, reaction with glycosyl acceptors affords(More)
We report here a method for synthesizing CdSe quantum dots (QDs) containing copper such that each QD is doped with four copper ions. The synthesis is a derivative of the cluster-seed method, whereby organometallic clusters act as nucleation centers for quantum dots. The method is tolerant of the chemical identity of the seed; as such, we have doped four(More)
The differential binding of a number of water-soluble cationic porphyrins to a branched DNA molecule is reported. Tetrakis(4-N-methylpyridiniumyl)porphine (H2TMpyP-4) interacts near the branch point with an immobile DNA junction formed from four 16-mer strands. Its Cu(II) and Ni(II) derivatives show stronger preferential binding in the neighborhood of the(More)
A series of four S-allyl D-thiopyranosides, alpha- and beta-manno and xylo, were oxidized with MCPBA at low temperature to give seven of the eight possible sulfoxides, whose configuration at sulfur was determined either directly by X-ray crystallography or by correlation with closely related structures. For the axial thioglycosides oxidation leads very(More)
A sequence of a carbonyl addition between 4-alkenyl ketones and aldehydes with trimethylsilyldiazomethane followed by a 1,3-Brook rearrangement and an intramolecular 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition was promoted by Lewis bases tetrabutylammonium triphenyldifluorosilicate (TBAT) or potassium tert-butoxide (KO-t-Bu). Through these concatenated bond-forming(More)
The benzeneselenol-catalyzed, tributyltin hydride-mediated addition of phenolic iodides to benzene gives the 3-(hydroxyaryl)-1,4-cyclohexadienes, predominantly. Under conditions of controlled osmoylation, these are converted to the racemic 1,2-syn-2,3-anti-3-(hydroxyaryl)-4-cyclohexene-1,2-diols, whereas exhaustive osmoylation gives the(More)
A solvent-controlled cascade process has been identified for the dual purpose of the preparation of either dihydrocarbazoles or dihydropyridoindoles from identical N-aryl-α,β-unsaturated nitrones and electron-deficient allene starting materials. These reactions proceed smoothly under mild metal-free conditions affording a range of two types of skeletally(More)
Catalyst control of the site-selectivity of electron-rich alkyl, aryl disubstituted carbenes generated in situ from o-alkenyl-substituted N-tosylhydrazones was achieved in this study. Exposure of these substrates to copper iodide triggered the formation of α-alkoxy 2H-naphthalenones. This investigation established that changing the catalyst to a rhodium(II)(More)
An asymmetric method for the synthesis of dihydropyrido[1,2-a]indoles from mixtures of nitrones and allenoates has been developed. This transformation showcases the use of squaramide catalysis in a complicated cascade system that has been shown to be highly sensitive to reaction conditions and substituent effects. The new method provides access to(More)