Ryan Felix — Organic/Inorganic Chemistry
Research in the Felix lab focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and applications of novel N-heterocyclic carbene borenium ions. Recent research has shown that the borenium ion, which is a tricoordinate boron compound with a net positive charge, has unique applications in the direct functionalization of carbon-hydrogen bonds. This type of reactivity is of immense interest to chemists, with applications ranging from the development of new types of fuels to the synthesis of complex molecules with medicinal and pharmaceutical uses. Further investigation into this area could lead to new reaction systems that greatly expand the tools available for chemists to employ in challenging synthetic environments. In this research students will become familiar with standard organic and inorganic synthetic and characterization techniques (e.g. air-free techniques, crystallizations, NMR, mass spectroscopy).