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We are a synthetic research group in the Department of Chemistry at York University focused on the

design of new organic and organometallic reactions for applications in drug discovery and development


October 2023

  • Dusty's first author paper on the "Fluoride-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Carbamoyl Fluorides and Alkynylsilanes" was published in Organic Letters! Congrats to all.

September 2023

  • We bid farewell to Darnella and Angela, and welcome new students Addia, Xavier and Sepehr to the group!

June 2023

  • Our paper Synthesis of Carbamoyl Fluorides Using a Difluorophosgene Surrogate Derived from Difluorocarbene and Pyridine N-Oxides was awarded the 2023 JOC Outstanding Publication of the Year! Read the ACS Interview with Christine and the YFile news article.

  • Christine co-organized OC in 2023: Showcasing the Diversity of People and Pursuits at the 2023 CSC Meeting in Vancouver with Prof. Marc Adler.

  • Congratulations to Alex for winning the 1st Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award at the CSC meeting!

May 2023

  • Ali's first author paper on the "Boron Trifluoride-Catalyzed Intramolecular Fluorocarbamoylation of Alkynes via Halide Recycling" was published in JACS! Congrats to all.

  • We bid farewell to Alex and Yuriko who successfully defended their CHEM 4000 thesis projects and will be pursuing their PhDs at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan. 

  • New undergraduate students Angela (NSERC USRA recipient) and Darnella (CHEM 4000 student) join the lab. Welcome!

  • After a 9-month internship with our group (supported by MITACS), Dima is off to the University of Toronto to pursue his PhD studies.

April 2023

  • Our review article on the "Carbofluorination of π-Bonds and Related Reactions Involving Tandem C−C/C−F Bond Formation" was published in EurJOC as a part of the #NextGenOrgChem Special Collection. Congrats Ali and Dusty! 

  • Our MITACS Accelerate Grant in collaboration with Prof. Chris Caputo was successfully funded.

  • Christine is part of an NSERC CREATE grant led by Prof. Sergey Krylov on Technology-Enhanced Pharmaceutical Discovery that was successfully funded.

  • Alex is the recipient of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award. 

November 2022

  • Congratulations to Dmytro for winning a MITACS Globalink Research Award to continue his research project in our lab.


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