Congratulations to Richard P. Rucker, who defended his Ph.D. work “New Reactions of Organoboron Compounds” on November 15. As a student with Professor Gojko Lalic, Richard studied the development and mechanisms of reactions utilizing catalytic organoboron–copper transmetallation to create well-defined nucleophilic organocopper intermediates. In January, Richard will start a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Michael Organ at York University in Toronto, Ontario, where he will study the fundamental reactivity of organopalladium complexes using a variety of experimental and computational techniques in an effort to develop more efficient catalysts for cross-coupling reactions.
Congratulations to Aaron Whittaker, who defended his Ph.D. work “New Copper Catalyzed Reactions of Organoboron and Organosilicon Compounds” on August 21. Aaron was a student in Professor Gojko Lalic’s laboratory. In October he will be joining the laboratory of Professor Vy Dong as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Irvine. Aaron’s future research will involve the use of ruthenium as a hydroacylation catalyst, as well as applications of this methodology towards natural product synthesis.