News and Highlights


  • January: Widenhoefer lab has three new group members, Caroline, Yichen, and Liqi! Welcome!


  • Octover: Bob and Nathan's paper on experimental evaluation of (L)Au electron donor ability in cationic gold carbene complexes is accepted to Chem. Eur. J.
  • May: Bob recieves the GAANN fellowship and Nana recieves Kathleen Zielik fellowship.
  • April: Paramita and Jacob's paper on the intramolecular dehydrative alkoxylation for the synthesis of (+)-Laurencin is accepted to Chem. Eur. J.
  • March: Jacob Timmerman successfully defends his PhD dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Timmerman!
  • March: Jacob's paper on the gold-catalyzed intramolecular hydroamination of alkenyl-2-pyridones appears in Org. Lett. 
  • January: Nana's paper on the mechanism of skeletal rearragements in enyne cyclisomerizations appears in Organometallics


  • September: Jacob and William's paper on the gold-catalyzed hydroarylation of MCPs is published in Org. Lett.
  • August: Hillary recieves the PSTP fellowship. Congrats, Hillary!
  • July: Jacob presents at the Divison of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium in Bryn Mawr, PA.
  • June: Bob recieves the GAANN fellowship and Nana recieves Burroughs Wellcome fellowship. Congrats!
  • June: Hao and Robert's paper on allene racemization appears in Organometallics
  • May: Rachael's paper on intermediates in the gold-catalyzed hydroalkoxylation of allenes appears in Organometallics.
  • April: Bob and Nana pass their preliminary examinations. Congrats!
  • Febuary: Jacob's recent Adv. Synth. Catal. paper is highlighted in Synfacts.
  • January: The Widenheofer lab welcomes new graduate student Hillary Straub!
  • January: Chris and Tim's paper on the mechanism of Platinum-catalyzed hydroamination appears in Organometallics


  • November: Jacob's anti-Markovnkivov hydroamination of MCPs with 2-pyridones is published in Adv. Synth. Catal.
  • October: Brad successfully defends his PhD dissertation. Congrats, Dr. Robertson!
  • May: Jacob recieves the C.R. Houser Memorial Fellowship for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.
  • April: Robert successfully defends his PhD dissertation. Congrats, Dr. Harris!
  • April: Bob recieves an honorable mention for his NSF GRFP application. Congrats, Bob!
  • March: Brad's enyne cyclization/hydroarylation paper appears in Chem. Eur. J.
  • Febuary: Jacob's anti-Markovnikov hydroamination of alkylidenecyclopropanes is highlighted in Synfacts.


  • December: The Widenhoefer lab welcomes graduate students Nana Kim and Bob Carden!
  • November: Jacob and Brad's paper on the anti-Markovnikov hydroamination of alkylidenecyclopropanes is accepted in Angew. Chem.
  • October: Brad and Rachel's paper on the mechanism of enyne cycloisomerization appears in Organometalics.
  • August: Jacob and Seong Du's intramolecular alkene hydroamination paper is published in Adv. Synth. Catal.
  • July: Robert's non-heteroatom stabilized gold carbene paper appears in Angew. Chem.
  • May: Brad and Tim's gold pi-allene isomerization paper appears in J. Organomet. Chem. 
  • Jacob recieves the Burroughs Wellcome Fellowship. Congrats, Jacob!
  • March:  Robert and Kohki’s paper on allene racemization accepted in Chem. Eur. J. 
  • Jessica Reel recieves the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congrats, Jessica!
  • February:  Rachel’s gold carbene paper appears in Chem. Commun.


  • December: The Widenhoefer lab welcomes graduate student Jessica Reel!
  • September:  Rachel’s minireview on gold pi-complexes appears in Angew. Chemie.
  • Undergraduate Kohki Nakafuku named the Alvin Crumbliss Research Fellow
  • July:  Rachel Brooner successfully defends her PhD dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Brooner!
  • June: Robert is awarded the Kathleen Zielek Fellowship for the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014!
  • June: The Widenhoefer lab welcomes Brad Robertson!
  • April: Rachel and Tim's paper on enyne cycloisomerization appears in Angewandte Chemie


  • December: The Widenhoefer lab gets three new members! Welcome, Jacob, John and Katelyn!
  • November: Seong Du successfully defends his PhD dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Lee!
  • July: Rachel is awarded the Charles Bradsher and Joe Taylor Adams Fellowships, and Robert is awarded the Wilder Fellowship!
  • June: Paramita and Tim successfully defend their PhD dissertations. Congratulations Dr. Mukherjee and Dr. Brown!
  • May: Kristina successfully defends her PhD dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Butler!
  • May: Tim's paper on bis(gold) vinyl complexes appears in J. Am. Chem. Soc.  
  • April: Kristina's paper on intermolecular enantioselective allene hydroamination appears in Angew. Chem. as a "Hot Paper." 
  • January: Paramita's paper on enantioselective dehydrative amination recently appears in Angew. Chem.