Prof. George Christou receives a 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Distinguished Professor George Christou

Distinguished Professor George Christou is one of fourteen Southeastern Conference (SEC) faculty members who have been named winners of a 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award. Established in 2012, these awards honor one faculty member from each SEC university who has excelled in teaching, research and scholarship. Each winner receives an honorarium from the SEC and becomes their university?s nominee for the subsequent SEC Professor of the Year Award to be announced in April. The SEC Universities are Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.

Prof. Christou’s research is in synthetic and physical-inorganic chemistry of the transition metals, and spans molecular nanoscience, bioinorganic chemistry, and molecular magnetism.

Aponick Group research featured on the JACS website masthead

A recently published paper by the Aponick Group is featured on the JACS website. The work, entitled “Enantioselective Alkyne Conjugate Addition Enabled by Readily Tuned Atropisomeric P,N-Ligands” describes how moving from the traditional 6-membered atropisomeric biaryl ligand architecture to chiral biaryl ligands containing a 5-membered heterocycle facilitates tuning. By the nature of the scaffold structure, ligand congeners are readily prepared, enabling one to address issues of selectivity and reactivity.

As an illustrative example, co-workers Sourabh Mishra and Ji Liu reported several novel ligands and identified Me-StackPhos as optimal for the enantioselective, direct conjugate addition of alkynes to ?,?-unsaturated Meldrum’s acids. The reaction scope was quite broad, allowing them to use this as a key reaction in the synthesis of OPC 51803, a pre-clinical agent that had previously only been prepared via classical resolution of off-path intermediates.

For more information, see the article at: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.7b00363

Aponick Group research featured on the JACS website masthead

“A recently published paper by the�Aponick Group�is featured on the�JACS�website. The work, entitled “Enantioselective Alkyne Conjugate Addition Enabled by Readily Tuned Atropisomeric P,N-Ligands” describes how moving from the traditional 6-membered atropisomeric biaryl ligand architecture to chiral biaryl ligands containing a 5-membered heterocycle facilitates tuning. By the nature of the scaffold structure, ligand congeners are readily prepared, enabling one to address issues of selectivity and reactivity.”

Professor Weihong Tan named Associate Editor of JACS

University Distinguished Professor Weihong Tan has been appointed as an Associate Editor of Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS). JACS, founded in 1879, is the flagship journal of the American Chemical Society and the world’s preeminent journal in all of chemistry and interfacing areas of science. In 2015, JACS published 2379 papers with more than half a million citations. JACS is devoted to the publication of fundamental research papers and publishes approximately 19,000 pages of Articles, Communications, and Perspectives a year. Published weekly, JACS provides research essential to the field of chemistry and interfacing areas.

Professor Tan’s research is in the general area of Chemical Biology and Bioanalytical Chemistry. He specializes in molecular engineering, nucleic acid chemistry, aptamers and DNA nanotechnology as well as biosensors. He served as the Associate Editor for Analytical Chemistry from 2014 till 2016. He is currently on the editorial board of many renowned scientific journals such as JACS, ACS Nano, Chemical Sciences, National Science Review and Science China: Chemistry, Science Bulletin, Nano Research, NPG Asia Materials, and American Journal of Translational Research, Nanomedicine etc.

Professor Weihong Tan named Associate Editor of JACS

“University Distinguished Professor Weihong Tan has been appointed as an Associate Editor of Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS). JACS, founded in 1879, is the flagship journal of the American Chemical Society and the world’s preeminent journal in all of chemistry and interfacing areas of science. In 2015, JACS published 2379 papers with more than half a million citations. JACS is devoted to the publication of fundamental research papers and publishes approximately 19,000 pages of Articles, Communications, and Perspectives a year. Published weekly, JACS provides research essential to the field of chemistry and interfacing areas.”