Organic Chemistry Seminar: Dr. Jennifer Roizen, Duke

April 22, 2019 - 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Dr. Jennifer Roizen


Carol Lynch Lecture Hall

Chemistry Complex

Alcohol and Amine Derivatives Guide Position-Selective C–H Functionalization Reactions 




Free radical reactions represent an important and versatile class of chemical transformations. Nitrogen-centered radical applications remain underexplored due to the lack of convenient methods for their generation. Recent advances have improved access to nitrogen-centered radicals. Guided by this approach, we hypothesized that alcohols and amines could anchor sulfamate ester and sulfamide directing groups, which could support nitrogen-centered radicals, and thereby guide C–H functionalization reactions.

This directed technology has been inspired by one of the most reliable and powerful known reactions to guide C–H functionalization reactions: the Hofmann–Löffler–Freytag (HLF) reaction. Like many of the most robust radical-mediated technologies, the HLF reaction is typically guided through 1,5-hydrogen-atom transfer (HAT) processes, which proceeds through a kinetically-favorable six-membered ring transition state. By contrast, few reports describe 1,6-HAT with a traceless linker, such as a sulfamate ester or a sulfamide, and there are no general strategies to enable alcohols or amines to serve as anchors to direct functionalization of aliphatic g-C(sp3)–H centers. This talk will outline this novel strategy to harness alcohols and amines to replace C–H bonds at g-C(sp3)–H centers, which are not generally accessible to directed functionalization. We will demonstrate that C–H abstraction can be robustly coupled with varied functionalization reactions. This talk will highlight the first generalizable synthetic strategy to functionalize g-C(sp3)–H bonds based on masked alcohols or amines, to push the boundaries of organic chemistry at a fundamental level and benefits drug discovery.






Jennifer L. Roizen is an Assistant Professor at Duke University and a 2017 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award recipient. She had her first taste of synthetic research with J. Hodge Markgraf and Tom Smith as a Williams College undergraduate, where she advanced syntheses of benzoisocanthenones and contributed to publications on the total synthesis of hennoxazole A (a marine natural product). She moved to the California Institute of Technology to earn a Ph.D. with Brian Stoltz, researching approaches to access the ineleganolide core. These Cope-centric approaches remain the only published strategies to access the all carbon framework of ineleganolide, a small molecule that continues to elude synthetic campaigns. Upon graduation, Dr. Roizen became an NIH postdoctoral researcher and CMAD fellow with Justin Du Bois at Stanford University, where they extended intermolecular amination technologies. Dr. Roizen’s laboratory researches total synthesis and the development of cross-coupling and C–H functionalization processes.





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