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The philosopher Eli Siegel believed that all children are equally capable of learning regardless of ethnic background or social class, stated: "The purpose of all education is to like the world through knowing it."

Group Meetings + Literature Club

Spring 2024---Friday Afternoon 13:00 (Room PS-227)

Group Meetings

Courses Taught (2011-present)



Undergraduate Courses

• CHM 2210 – Organic Chemistry I                   (Taught 7 semesters, ~ over 2,000 students)

• CHM 4220 – Organic Chemistry III                 (Taught 2 semesters, 24 students)


Graduate Courses

• CHM 6225 – Advanced Organic Chemistry  (New course, taught 1 semester, 8 students)

• CHM 6157 – Instrumentation                         (Taught 1 semester, 16 students)

• CHM 6380 – Topics in Stereochemistry         (New course , taught 3 semesters, 32 students)

From the Web

Useful links and websites from around the web


Prof. Andrew Myers (Courses)

Prof. Reich (Courses and NMR and more...)

Prof. David Evans (Courses Harvard/Group Meetings)

Prof. Phil Baran (Group Meetings)


Prof. Takeda and Sasaki (updated Highlights from Literature)

Prof. Dirk Trauner (Food for Thoughts)

Prof. Johann Mulzer (Food for Thoughts)

Prof. Armen Zakarian (Tips)

Prof. Alison Frontier (Tips)

Prof. Richmond Sarpong (Tips)


Professors in The U.S.

Simple Huckel Molecular Orbital Theory Calculator

IUPAC Nomenclature

Search Engine Google Scholar

Web Reactions

Nottingham University Chemistry Online (Periodic Table Videos)

Organic Chemistry Portal (Named Reactions)

Nucleophile/Electrophyle Database

Organomettallic Chemistry

pH Tutorial

Technical Library from Sigma-Aldrich

Normality and Molarity Calculator from Sigma-Aldrich

Molecular Sieves properties from Sigma-Aldrich

Pressure-temperature monograph for vacuum distillation

Growing crystals from UF

Protecting groups for peptides

Amino acid ligation reagents from Sigma-Aldrich

Optical rotation calculator

Mass Spec calculator

Spectral Database (SBDS)

Edit and Simulate NMRs

NMRs Parameters from UCSD

MSDS Look Up

Reference Finder

Supported Reagents

Blogs around the web:

Totally Synthetic Blog (Keep Connected)

Natural Productman's (Link)

The scepticalchymist (Link)

Porco Research Group Blog (Boston University; Link)

Periodic Table videos from Nottingham University


In 2017, we started to celebrate the National Chemistry week (NCW) and we went to demonstrate several fun experiments to a class of second grade at HAAS, a Charter school in Hollywood Florida. The theme this year span around the discovery of energy (glucose oxidoreduction and the role of oxygen), the periodic table of elements and some molecular models of small molecules (CO2, H2O, O2).

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) started a new showcase initiative of our FAU students that have been successful in research at FAU. Take a look at Charles Shearer discussing his summer undergraduate research fellowship (SURF) in the Roche lab.

Charles also did a Directed Independent Study (DIS) Undergraduate Research Experience in Chemistry and presented a poster of his results at the FURC . Interested in learning about what it takes to become a chemist?

All Videos

All Videos

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Room PS-339, Every other Friday (Guests are welcome to attend)
Begins at 16:00, unless otherwise stated.


Short Literature


Prof. Zakarian, 111511-SR-(New Methods)

Dr. Reisman, 032112-SR-acetylaranotin

Dr. Thomson, 040412-Shyam-streptorubin B

Prof. Blackmond, 050212-SR-proline-prolinol-catalysis

Dr. Herzon, 051612-Bret-Huperzine A

Dr. Shenvi, 053012-JJY-Indolizidines

Prof. Dixon, 062612-Tanya-daphniyunnine B

Prof. Metha, 071012-Camille-Merrilactone A

Prof. Belanger, 072412-Emmanuelle-Daphnilactone-Alkaloids

Prof. Snyder, 091112-Shyam-Rippertenol

 Prof. Vanderwal, 101612-Greg-Zincke-aldehyde

Prof. Lambert, 112712-Jennie-Cyclopropenimines-catalysis

Prof. Trauner, 011513-Shyam-Light-Gated Ion Channels

Prof. Sarpong, 020613-Lakshmi-Total Synthesis of (+)-Complanadine

Prof. Gaunt,021213-Lakshmi-reverse biosynthesis of the Rhazinilam

Prof. Stoltz, 031213-Tanya-Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (-)-Presilphiperfolan-1-ol

Prof. MacMillan, 043013-Greg-Accelerated Serendipity




Full Literature


 04-18-12-Indole-dearomatization (Bret)

06-12-12-cascade Reaction with Glyoxylate (Shyam)

07-24-12-Cancer Targets (Alberto)

08-07-12-C-H Bond Activation-PartI-(JJY)

08-07-12-C-H Bond Activation-PartII-(JJY)

12-11-12-o-quinone methides-(TK)




Named Reactions


Barluenga-palladium-cross coupling (Camille)

Barton Mc Combie deoxygenation (Bret)

Baylis Hillman reaction (Bret)

Bischler Napieralski (Alberto)






Michael-addition (Tanya)


Pictet Spengler (Emmanuelle)


Rauhut-Currier (SR)



Stetter (JJY)



Group Seminars
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