Jay C. Conrad

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Present address: Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204. Present address: Eindhoven University of Technology, ICMS & WTB, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Present address: Institute of Physics of Biological Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL , CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland. Present address:(More)
The first highly enantioselective α-fluorination of ketones using organocatalysis has been accomplished. The long-standing problem of enantioselective ketone α-fluorination via enamine activation has been overcome via high-throughput evaluation of a new library of amine catalysts. The optimal system, a primary amine functionalized Cinchona alkaloid, allows(More)
Statistical mechanical averages of vectors and tensors characterizing the configurations of polypeptides have been calculated for poly-L-alanines (PLA) of xu = 2-400 peptide units. These quantities are expressed in the reference frame of the first peptide unit, the X axis being situated along the virtual bond, the Y axis in the plane of the peptide unit.(More)
Ruthenium alkylidene complexes containing one aryloxide "pseudohalide" ligand catalyze ring-closing metathesis of diene and ene-yne substrates with exceptionally high efficiency. Chromatographic removal of Ru residues is unexpectedly facile, offering a convenient means of isolating pure organic products in high yields.
The combination of photoredox catalysis and enamine catalysis has enabled the development of an enantioselective a-cyanoalkylation of aldehydes. This synergistic catalysis protocol allows for the coupling of two highly versatile yet orthogonal functionalities, allowing rapid diversification of the oxonitrile products to a wide array of medicinally relevant(More)
Singly occupied molecular orbital (SOMO) activation provides a pathway for asymmetric a-addition to aldehydes. The scope of SOMO activation includes the allylation, enolation, vinylation, styrenation, chlorination, polyene cyclization, and arylation of a range of aldehydes. This union of organocatalysis with single-electron oxidative coupling is an(More)
The intramolecular alpha-arylation of aldehydes has been accomplished using singly occupied molecular orbital (SOMO) catalysis. Selective oxidation of chiral enamines (formed by the condensation of an aldehyde and a secondary amine catalyst) leads to the formation of a 3pi-electron radical species. These chiral SOMO-activated radical cations undergo(More)
An efficient route towards biologically relevant pentose derivatives is described. The de novo synthetic strategy features an enantioselective α-oxidation reaction enabled by a chiral amine in conjunction with copper(II) catalysis. A subsequent Mukaiyama aldol coupling allows for the incorporation of a wide array of modular two-carbon fragments. Lactone(More)
The combination of photoredox catalysis and enamine catalysis has enabled the development of an enantioselective α-cyanoalkylation of aldehydes. This synergistic catalysis protocol allows for the coupling of two highly versatile yet orthogonal functionalities, allowing rapid diversification of the oxonitrile products to a wide array of medicinally relevant(More)