Organic Synthesis

Organic Synthesis

Research in the Ritter group focuses on the development of novel reaction chemistry. We seek to discover molecular structure and reactivity that can contribute to interdisciplinary solutions for challenges in science. The lab focuses on synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry, complex molecule synthesis, and mechanistic studies to develop practical access to molecules of interest in catalysis, medicine, and materials.

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The term late-stage functionalization (LSF) is now frequently used in the field of organic methodology development to describe transformations on complex molecules. Such reactions include catalytic and... [more]
The term late-stage functionalization (LSF) is now frequently used in the field of organic methodology development to describe transformations on complex molecules. Such reactions include catalytic and non-catalytic reactions, C–H functionalizations, and functional group manipulations, with one or several desired products. My group has contributed to the development ... [more]
We have discovered fundamentally unappreciated redox reactivity of palladium. Historically, for over 40 years, Pd(II)/Pd(IV) catalysis cycles have been proposed for many oxidative transformations catalyzed by palladium.  We have presented detailed studies of Pd(OAc)2-catalyzed aromatic C–H functionalization reactions and... [more]

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