Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Natural Products and the Chemistry They Inspire
Professor Sarah Reisman (Caltech, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering)
Host: Professor Qiu Wang
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: French Family Science Center 4233
Rosenthal, Janet

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Abstract:  The chemical synthesis of natural products provides an exciting platform from which to conduct fundamental research in chemistry and biology. Our group is currently pursuing the synthesis of a number of structurally complex natural products, including the diterpenoids perseanol and talatisamine. The densely-packed arrays of heteroatoms and stereogenic centers that constitute these polycyclic targets challenge the limits of current technology and inspire the development of new synthetic strategies and tactics. This seminar will describe the latest progress in our methodological and target-directed synthesis endeavors.