ChemistryWestern Science

Brian L. Pagenkopf

Brian L. Pagenkopf

Contact Information

Title: Professor
Office: 2020 BGS
Lab: 2008 BGS
Phone (Office): ext 81430
Phone (Lab): ext 81589

Organic Teaching Division

Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Materials

Synthetic methods and natural product total synthesis, catalysis, silole-based materials

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B.Sc. University of Minnesota, Ph.D. Montana State University, Postdoc Caltech and ETH



In my group we are engaged in a variety of reaction discovery, methodology development and natural products/functional materials synthesis projects. Our long term objectives for new transformations is to bring them to a sufficient state of maturity that they find use in the standard repertoire of synthetic chemistry. We use natural products to contextualize representative substrates to ensure synthetic relevancy, and in turn some of these become targets for total synthesis. We have a multidisciplinary research program with expertise in cyclopropanes, epoxide reactions, THF synthesis, asymmetric catalysis and siloles.


Selected Publications