The McDonald research laboratory explores new and improved methods for preparing organic (carbon-containing) compounds, particularly bioactive compounds that may become new pharmaceutical agents or other biologically important materials.
Our research plans begin by identifying a molecular structure or family of related structures, in some cases with a potential application to medicine based on known biological activity. However, our goals are not just limited to making the target compound. As a matter of fundamental research, we are always interested in discovering a new chemical transformation, uncovering new modes of chemical reactivity, or developing a new synthetic strategy.
Our research activities also provide excellent training for graduate and undergraduate chemistry students. Alumni of the McDonald laboratory hold positions in a variety of roles in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, in colleges and universities, and law firms.
We are a diverse group of people aiming to solve organic chemistry problems with novel thinking and enthusiasm.
Our works have been published in several renowned journals such as JACS, Organic Letters, JOC, Angewandte Chemie, etc.
Our research program includes a wide range of area involving synthetic organic chemistry.