The central themes of our research fall within mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry. In this context, we place a particular emphasis on selective catalysis, driven by the devise of new reactivity patterns and the discovery of unprecedented reaction mechanisms.
On one hand, the challenges associated with novel reactivity and selectivity often stimulate the interest for a given transformation. On the other hand, our selection of target reactions is guided by the objective of synthesizing small molecules that bear the potential to find applications in multiple areas such as food, fragrance, materials, medicinal chemistry, and pharmaceuticals. State-of-the-art physical-organic chemistry tools are regularly used to glean insights into the nature and the fate of the intermediates that govern all aspects of reactivity and selectivity. Supporting organometallic chemistry at the stoichiometric level often provides important structurally relevant mechanistic information.