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Professors Byers, Hoveyda, Kelly, Liu, Morken, Scott, & Snapper
T. Ross Kelly

Thomas A. and Margaret A. Vanderslice Professor of Chemistry

Contact Information:
ross.kelly@bc.edu
617-552-3621

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1968

NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brandeis University, 1968-1969

Selected Honors & Awards:

Teacher of the Year Award, Boston College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 2004

American Chemical Society Cope Scholar Award, 1996

National Institutes of Health Career Development Award, 1975-1980


Organic synthesis is the underlying theme of all our research programs. Much effort is directed toward the total synthesis of natural products, and the Kelly group has synthesized approximately fifty carbocyclic and heterocyclic natural products over the years. Another focus of our work is the design and synthesis of non natural molecules that exhibit function. These molecules include receptors, templates, catalysts and, most recently, molecular devices (motors, brakes, etc.).

Representative Key Publications:

T.R. Kelly, H. De Silva and R.A. Silva, "Unidirectional rotary motion in a molecular system," Nature, 1999, 400, 150-152.

T. R. Kelly (Editor) “Molecular Machines”, Topics in Current Chemistry, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2005, Vol. 262.

T. R. Kelly, E. L. Elliott, R. Lebedev and J. Pagalday, “Synthesis of the Pyrazolo[4,3-e][1,2,4]triazine Family of Natural Products: Nostocine A, Fluviol A, and Pseudoiodinine.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006 128, 5646-5647 .