Professor of Chemistry
We are engaged in synthetic chemistry with emphasis on developing molecules of importance in biomedical research and materials science.
We are interested in the development of boron(B)-nitrogen(N)-containing heterocycles, specifically azaborines. These are structures resulting from the replacement of two carbon atoms in benzene with a boron and a nitrogen atom. Azaborines are isosteres of the important family of benzenoid compounds / arenes. We aim to exploit the unique properties of azaborines and investigate their potential as arene surrogates in materials and biomedical research. Our approach combines the broad utility of arenes with the unique elemental features of boron. Areas of exploration include organic synthesis, catalysis, hydrogen storage, optoelectronic materials, and drug discovery. The development of azaborines has the potential of changing the way chemists think about creating molecular diversity, namely through isosterism.