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David Nicewicz

Professor of Chemistry

    Murray Hall 2202G
    919-843-9150
    nicewicz@unc.edu
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Research Interests

Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Catalysis, Natural Product Synthesis

Professional Background

B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2000; M.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2002; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, 2007-2009; Eli Lilly New Faculty Award, 2009; Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, 2012; New Investigator Award in Organic Chemistry, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, 2013; NSF CAREER Award, 2014-2019; Amgen Young Investigator Award, 2014

Research Group

Research Synopsis

My research interests lie in the broadly defined fields of asymmetric catalysis and target-oriented synthesis. Concerning the area of asymmetric catalysis, my laboratory will focus primarily on the development of novel catalytic processes to access highly reactive intermediates under operationally mild conditions. Methods encompassing the general areas of electron transfer and atom abstraction are of particular interest. In the context of natural product synthesis, targets will be selected on the basis of their biological activity and structural complexity. Specifically, I am interested in complex molecules that inspire the development of new strategies and methods for their construction.

News & Publications

Photoredox Catalysis

Strategies for the direct C–H functionalization of amines are valuable as these compounds comprise a number of pharmaceuticals...

 

C–H Functionalization

Direct C–H functionalization of aromatic compounds is a useful synthetic strategy that has...