Dr. Daugulis GroupWe have projects for both organic and inorganic incoming students, with most of the group focusing on organic methodology.
Our main interests are as follows:
- Development of new organic methodology by applying organometallic chemistry to organic chemistry problems. Specifically, we have been developing methods for carbon-hydrogen bond functionalization that should allow for more efficient synthesis of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and other substances of general interest.
- Organometallic chemistry of palladium, copper, silver, gold, and cobalt.
- Application of our methods to the synthesis of polymeric materials.
- Anything else that interests a particular group member and has some connection to organic or organometallic chemistry.
Students and postdoctoral associates in the group can choose the project they decide to pursue. Subsequently they have a large degree of freedom with respect to the direction of research. Group philosophy is that while scientific discussions are encouraged, ultimately each person has his/her own project or projects and is responsible for making the chemistry work. This allows students to learn problem-solving skills that are invaluable when entering the "real" world.
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled." - Richard Feynman