The Dolbier research program is dedicated mainly
to the synthesis and study of compounds containing fluorine.
Organic compounds that contain fluorine are of vital interest and
importance to virtually every area of modern technology, including
polymers, pharmaceutical/agrochemical products, and material science.
Because of the special synthetic challenges that it presents, and
because of the unique structure/reactivity relationships observed for
fluorine-containing compounds, the field of organofluorine chemistry is
one of both fundamental and practical interest. In our case this is reflected by the projects in the group, which are a mixture
of fundamental and applied projects. Although
we remain interested in the fundamental aspects of reactivity of
fluorinated molecules and reactive intermediates, our major research
interests now involve the development of new synthetic methods for
incorporation of fluorine into organic molecules, mainly through the
invention and development of new fluorinated “building blocks.”