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Recent Publications

Zeng, B.; Yu, X.; Siu, P. W.; Scheidt, K. A. “Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of 2-Aryl Chromenes” Chem. Sci. 2014, Accepted Manuscript.

Johnston, R. C.; Cohen, D. T.; Eichman, C. C.; Scheidt, K. A.; Cheong, P. “Catalytic Kinetic Resolution of a Dynamic Racemate: Highly Stereoselective β-Lactone Formation by N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalysis” Chem. Sci. 2014, Accepted Manuscript.

Jang, K. P.; Hutson, G. E.; Johnston, R. C.; McCusker, E. O.; Cheong, P. H.-Y.; Scheidt, K. A. "Asymmetric Homoenolate Additions to Acyl Phosphonates through Rational Design of a Tailored N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyst", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, ASAP.

McCusker, E. O.; Scheidt, K. A. "Enantioselective N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyzed Annulation Reactions with Imidazolidinones", Angew. Chem Int. Ed. 2013, Early View.

Lombardo, V. M.; Thomas, C. D.; Scheidt, K. A. "A Cascade Isomerization/Prins Strategy through Iridium(III)/Brønsted Acid Cooperative Catalysis", Angew. Chem Int. Ed. 2013, Early View.

Siu,P. W.; Brown,Z. J.; Farha, O. K.; Hupp, J. T.; Scheidt, K. A. "A Mixed Dicarboxylate Strut Approach To Enhancing Catalytic Activity Of A De Novo Urea Derivative Of Metal-Organic Framework Uio-67", Chem. Comm. 2013, 49, 10920-10922.

Izquierdo, J.; Orue, A.; Scheidt, K. A. "A Dual Lewis Base Activation Strategy for Enantioselective Carbene-Catalyzed Annulations", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135​, 10634-10637.

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Group News

Graduate student Kristine Deibler has received an NSF graduate research fellowship. Congratulations Kristine!

Former graduate student Daniel Cohen has been selected as one of two recipients for the departmental "Award for Excellence in Graduate Research". Congratulations Daniel!

Graduate student Eric Lee has been selected for appointment to the Chemistry of Life Processes Predoctoral Training Grant (1T32GM15538). Congratulations Eric!

Our manuscript on a dual Lewis base strategy for carbene-catalyzed annulations appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Our manuscript on the enantioselective synthesis of the anticancer rotenoid deguelin appears in Chemical Science.

Scheidt Research Group member Daniel Cohen has been named a finalist for the international Reaxys PhD Prize. Congratulations Daniel!

Scheidt Research Group undergrads Alexander Wong, Xinyi Marta Yu, Liam Conway-Pearson, and Alexandra Sipher were each awarded a Northwestern University Summer 2013 Undergraduate Research Grant. Congratulations Alexander, Marta, Liam and Alexandra!

Karl is a course director in a new R25 NIH course "Training in Neurotherapeutics Discovery and Development for Academic Scientists". Link:

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