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Aran Hubbell

Mentor: Geoff Coates

Education:

Boston College – B.S. in Chemistry, September 2011 – May 2015

Awards and Honors

  • 2016-2017 – Covestro Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2014-2015 – President and Co-Founder of The American Chemical Society of Boston College
  • 2014 – John Kozarich Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • 2013 – Accepted Participant of the Novartis Next Generation Scientist Event (Cambridge, MA)

Research Experience:

I worked in the Hoveyda Lab at Boston College, developing the first method to reliably install (Z)-alkenes via conjugate addition.  I performed Cu-catalyzed enantioselective conjugate addition reactions with alkenylaluminum nucleophiles for the production of building blocks for natural product synthesis.

Current Research Activities:

My current research, under the guidance of Professor Geoffrey Coates, focuses on the carbonylation epoxides. This transformation utilizes carbon monoxide, a potentially biorenewable small molecule, to afford β-lactones with inversion of stereochemistry. I plan to use careful catalyst design and mechanistic studies to investigate two classes of epoxide starting materials for the production of strained click chemistry substrates and difficult-to-access aldol products.

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