Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry
Phone: (706) 236-2237
Fax: (706) 238-7855
- B.S., Berry College
- Ph.D., Wake Forest University
- Organic Chemistry
- Advanced Organic Chemistry
- The research in my lab is focused on organic synthesis, methodology, and mechanism elucidation. Simply put, we try to make interesting molecules in unique ways. Many of the projects in my lab are in the field of organocatalysis. Inspired by nature, these types of catalysts activate substrates through hydrogen bonding. Organocatalysis is beneficial compared to traditional catalysts because reactions proceed without metal by-products and under mild conditions. Ultimately, we want to develop an easier, environmentally-friendly approach to access molecules that have biological significance including anti-bacterials, anti-virals, and anti-cancer agents.
Davis, L. O.; Daniel, W. F.; Tobey, S. L., Phosphonic acid catalyzed synthesis of pyrazolidines. Tetrahedron Letters,2012, 53, 522.
Davis, L.O.; Tobey, S. L., A halide-initiated aza-Baylis-Hillman reaction: generation of unnatural amino acids. Tetrahedron Letters, 2010, 51, 6078.