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The group, winter 2013: (left to right) Huck, Michelle, Matthew, Anthony, Erin, The Boss, Poly, Bryan, Sharon, Mike


We are engaged in the development of new and useful synthetic chemical methods and their application to the chemical synthesis of complex targets. Please have a look at our list of publications here.

We are located in the Chemistry Department at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

Western Chemistry
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario

Recent Publications

  1. gamma-Substituted Butanolides from Cyclopropane Hemimalonates: An Expedient Synthesis of Natural (R)-Dodecan-4-olide
    Grover, Huck K.; Emmett, Michael R.; Kerr, Michael A.
    Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 4838-4841. DOI: 10.1021/ol402252u
  1. Multicomponent Synthesis of Pyrroles from Cyclopropanes: A One-Pot Palladium(0)-Catalyzed Dehydrocarbonylation/Dehydration
    Humenny, William J.; Kyriacou, Polydoros; Sapeta, Katarina; Karadeolian, Avedis; Kerr, Michael A.
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 11088-11091. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201206177
  1. Tandem Ring-Opening Decarboxylation of Cyclopropane Hemimalonates with Sodium Azide: A Short Route to gamma-Aminobutyric Acid Esters
    Emmett, Michael R.; Grover, Huck K.; Kerr, Michael A.
    J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 6634-6637. DOI: 10.1021/jo3010606
  1. Nucleophilic Ring Opening of Cyclopropane Hemimalonates Using Internal Bronsted Acid Activation
    Emmett, Michael R; Kerr, Michael A.
    Org. Lett 2011, 13, 4180-4183. DOI: 10.1021/ol201486x
  1. Synthesis of Highly Substituted Indoles via Diels-Alder/Plieninger Indolization Sequence: Applications in Total Synthesis
    Sapeta, Katarina; Lebold, Terry P.; Kerr, Michael A.
    Synlett 2011, 11, 1495-1514. DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1260579

73. Grover, Huck K.; Lebold, Terry P.; Kerr, Michael A. Tandem Cyclopropane Ring-Opening/Conia-ene Reactions of 2-Alkynyl Indoles: A [3 + 3] Annulative Route to Tetrahydrocarbazoles. Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 220-223 DOI: 10.1021/ol102627e

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