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  • Christopher J. Douglas

    Associate Professor

    • Organic Chemistry, Synthesis
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Organic Electronics
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1999
    • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, 2005 (Larry E. Overman)
    • Post Doctorate California Institute of Technology (Robert H. Grubbs), 2005-2007
    Office: 568C Kolthoff Hall

Principal Research Interests

Research in our group focuses on the development of new synthetic methods and on finding solutions to a variety of synthesis problems. Our program in developing new methods is particularly focused on reactions we feel have the potential to change the way scientists approach the construction of organic molecules. For example, development of carbon–carbon sigma bond activation could open up unusual disconnections in retrosynthetic analysis, leading to new or more efficient syntheses of desirable molecules. We are also interested in new approaches to conjugated systems applicable in organic electronics, particularly the linear acenes including derivatives of tetracene, pentacene, and polyacene, a long-sought polymer. Our interest in synthesis extends well beyond organic electronics to encompass biologically relevant compounds.

Several natural product targets:

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Honors and Awards

  • George W. Taylor/College of Science & Engineering Alumni Society Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2017
  • George Taylor Career Development Award (UMN), 2014
  • National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2012
  • DuPont Young Investigator, 2011
  • 2010-2011, Outstanding Professor Award, College of Science & Engineering (selected by undergraduates at the University of Minnesota)
  • Cottrell Scholar, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2010
  • Thieme Synthesis/Synlett Journal Award, 2010
  • 3M Nontenured Faculty Grantee, 2009
  • National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006
  • ARCS Foundation Graduate Fellow, 2004
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellow, 2001

Mailing Address

  • Christopher J. Douglas, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • A-12, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431