Group Highlights

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November 11, 2019: Congratulations to Melanie A. Short and J. Miles Blackburn on acceptance of their Synpacts manuscript entitled, "Modifying Positional Selectivity in C–H Functionalization Reactions with Nitrogen-Centered Radicals: Generalizable Approaches to 1,6-Hydrogen-Atom Transfer Processes."

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November 7, 2019: Congratulations to Melanie A. Short, Mina F. Shehata, and Matthew Sanders on acceptance of their manuscript for publication in Chemical Science, Sulfamides Direct Radical-Mediated Chlorination of Aliphatic C–H Bonds.


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October 7, 2019: Suraj K. Ayer presents his research at the CRS! Thanks for highlighting our research.





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September 2, 2019: Mikey Kwon runs his first reaction as a member of the Roizen laboratory. Welcome, Mikey!



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August 30, 2019: Georgia Scott earns a URS Independent Study Grant to support her research this term. Congratulations, Georgia!



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August 28, 2019: Brittany Prempin runs her first reaction as a member of the Roizen laboratory! Welcome, Brittany!
August 30, 2019: Brittany Prempin earns a URS Independent Study Grant to support her research this term. Congratulations, Brittany!

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August 21, 2019: Our research on the Photochemically-Mediated, Nickel-Catalyzed Synthesis of N-(Hetero)aryl Sulfamate Esters has been published in Organic Letters! Nice work, J. Miles Blackburn, Anastasia Kanegusuku, and Georgia Scott!

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July 17, 2019: Congratulations to Anastasia Kanegusuku, Thomas Castanheiro, and Suraj K. Ayer on the online publication of their accepted manuscript, which demonstrates that Sulfamyl Radicals Direct Photoredox-Mediated Giese Reactions at Unactivated C(3)–H Bonds. A preprint of this manuscript has been available on ChemRxiv since May 31, 2019.

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July 12, 2019: Suraj K. Ayer presents his research at the GRS! What an exhilarating experience!




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May 24, 2019: Congratulations to Melanie A. Short, Roger D. Sommer, A. J. Falzone, T. Huang, and W. W. Weare on the online publication of their accepted manuscript, which reviews A five-coordinate iron(III) porphyrin complex including a neutral axial pyridine N-oxide ligand.

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May 20, 2019: J. Miles Blackburn successfully defends his Ph.D. Dissertation! Congratulations, Miles!







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May 19, 2019: Sean Li runs his first reaction as part of the Roizen laboratory. Welcome, Sean!

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May 18, 2019: Congratulations to Melanie A. Short, Mina F. Shehata, and Matthew Sanders on the online publication of their preprint, Sulfamides Direct Radical-Mediated Chlorination of Aliphatic C–H Bonds.

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May 12, 2019: Mina F. Shehata, Rafay Malik, Katya Khlystova, and Matthew Sanders officially graduate from Duke! Congratulations, Mina, Rafay, Katya, and Matt!


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April 19 and 22, 2019: Matt Sanders presents his research at a poster session hosted by the Chemistry Department, and at Visible Thinking. Thanks for representing us well, Matt!

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April 9, 2019: Congratulations to J. Miles Blackburn on the online publication of his accepted manuscript, which reviews Recent Advances in Catalytic Strategies to Convert 2-Halopyridines to 2-Alkylpyridines. This review is an invited submission for the Special Issue on Heterocyclic Chemistry with Guest Editors Takashi Ooi, Oliver Reiser, Chris Vanderwal and Andrew Smith.

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April 9, 2019: Matt Sanders presents the research he has completed as part of his undergraduate thesis! Congratulations, Matt!






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April 9, 2019: Melanie Short successfully defends her Ph.D. Dissertation! Congratulations, Melanie!






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March 22, 2019: Mina Shehata successfully defends his Ph.D. Dissertation! Congratulations, Mina!





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March 11, 2019: Tom Simons runs his first reaction as part of the Roizen group. Welcome, Tom!





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March 2, 2019: Congratulations to Mina Shehata, Melanie Short, and Matt Sanders on the online publication of their accepted manuscript. They have documented the Efficient synthesis of unsymmetrical sulfamides from sulfamic acid salts by activation with triphenylphosphine ditriflate.

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February 26, 2019: Funding arrives to Anastiasia Gant from the Sigma Xi Grants-In-Aid of Research program to purchase CV electrodes and materials (valued at $520)! Congratulations, Anastasia!

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February 21, 2019: Congratulations to Suraj Ayer on the online publication of his accepted manuscript. Suraj has demonstrated that Sulfamate Esters Guide C(3)-Selective Xanthylation of Alkanes.

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January 22, 2019: Matt Sanders earns a URS Independent Study Grant to support his research this term! Congratulations, Matt!

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January 8, 2019: Melanie Short earns support for computational investigations in the form of an XSEDE Startup allocation (valued at $932)! Congratulations, Mel!

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September 6, 2018: Matt Sanders earns a URS Independent Study Grant to support his research this term! Congratulations, Matt!

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September 5, 2018: Georgia Scott returns from a summer in Uttam Tambar's Lab to run her first reaction as a member of the Roizen Laboratory! Welcome, Georgia!

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September 1, 2018: Funding arrives from the American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Initiative to initiate collaborative investigations with Prof. Wiley! Thank you, ACS GCI for enabling high-risk research!

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August 19-20, 2018: Anastasia L. G. Kanegesuku presents a talk and then a poster at the ACS National Meeting in Boston as an Eli Lilly Travel Award Winner.

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August 15, 2018: Anastasia Gant Kanagesuku and Mina Shehata earn support as a 2018 GAANN Fellows!! Congratulations, Anastasia and Mina!

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July 15, 2018: Dr. Thomas Castanheiro returns to France to continue training as a chemist.



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July 1, 2018: Funding arrives from the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA, R35) program! Thank you, NIGMS, for supporting our research!

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June 3, 2018: Tobias Muellers earns a Bachelors of Arts degree from Williams College! Congratulations, Tobias!

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May 13, 2018: Ashling Zhang and Michelle Zhu earn their bachelors degrees! Congratulations Ashling and Michelle!

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May 11, 2018: Melanie Short earns support as a 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fellow! Congratulations Mel!

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May 11, 2018: Suraj K. Ayer earns support as a 2018 Charles Hauster Fellow! Congratulations Suraj!

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May 11, 2018: J. Miles Blackburn earns support as a 2018 Kathleen Zielik Fellow! Congratulations Miles!

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May 11, 2018: Anastasia Gant Kanagesuku's high quality teaching is recognized with a Pelham Wilder Award! Congratulations Anastasia!

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April 20, 2018: Michelle Zhu presents her research in a poster at the Chemistry Undergraduate Research Poster Session!

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April 12, 2018: Congratulations to Mina Shehata and Suraj Ayer on the online publication of their accepted manuscript. The manuscript describes Iron(MCP) Complexes Catalyze Aziridination with Olefins as Limiting Reagents.

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January 24, 2018: Matt Sanders runs his first reaction as a member of the Roizen laboratory! Welcome, Matt!
January 30, 2018: Matt Sanders earns a URS Independent Study Grant to support his research this term! Congratulations, Matt!
March 30, 2018: Matt Sanders earns a Chemistry Department Fellowship to support upcoming research in the Roizen laboratory! Nice work, Matt!

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November 7, 2017: Congratulations to Jennifer L. Roizen and co-workers on the online publication of their accepted article. The manuscript describes Model Studies to Access the [6,7,5,5]-Core of Ineleganolide Using Tandem Translactonization-Cope or Cyclopropanation-Cope Rearrangements as Key Steps.

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November 2, 2017: Congratulations to J. Miles Blackburn, Melanie A. Short, and Jennifer L. Roizen on the online publication of their accepted article. The manuscript describes Sulfamate Esters Guide Selective Radical-Mediated Chlorination of Aliphatic C–H Bonds.


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October 19, 2017: Congratulations to J. Miles Blackburn, Melanie A. Short, Thomas Castanheiro, Suraj K. Ayer, Tobias Muellers, and Jennifer L. Roizen on the online publication of their accepted manuscript. The manuscript describes Synthesis of N-Substituted Sulfamate Esters from Sulfamic Acid Salts by Activation with Triphenylphosphine Ditrilfate.

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October 9, 2017: Miles Blackburn, Melanie Short and Anastasia Gant deliver posters at the Graduate Research Symposium at Duke.



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August 4, 2017: Tobias Müellers presents a poster at the Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Mini-Symposium. Nice research, Tobias!


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July 31, 2017: Miles Blackburn delivers a poster talk at the Natural Products and Bioactive Compounds GRC. We thank conference organizers Chris Boddy and Steve Wittenberger for this honor, and to Duke University for partial financial support!

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June 21, 2017: Melanie Short delivers a poster talk at the Heterocyclic Compound GRC. Thanks to conference organizers, Daniel Romo and Julia Clay for this honor!

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June 12, 2017: Tobias Müellers runs his first reaction at Duke University, sponsored by the Williams Alumni Fund. Welcome, Tobias!

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May 14, 2017: Michael Shih earns a Bachelor of Science from Duke Chemistry! Congratulations, Michael!

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May 13, 2017: Brendan Sweeney is granted a bachelors degree by Franciscan University. Congratulations, Brendan!


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April 18, 2017: Suraj Ayer has his candidacy exam.











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March 3, 2017: Congratulations to Sébastien Laulhé, J. Miles Blackburn, and Jennifer L. Roizen on the online publication of their accepted manuscript. The manuscript describes Exhaustive Suzuki-Miyaura Reactions of Polyhalogenated Heteroarenes with Alkyl Boronic Pinacol Esters, and is expected to appear in the ChemComm Emerging Investigators Issue 2017.

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January 30, 2017: Rafay Malik has earned an URS independent study grant to support his independent study research! Congratulations, Rafay!


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January 18, 2017: Thomas Castanhiero runs a first reaction as part of the Roizen laboratory. Welcome, Thomas.



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November 21, 2016: Congratulations to Prof. Roizen on being chosen as a 2017 Thieme Chemistry Awardee. The award, which is given by the editorial boards of Synlett, Synthesis, and Synfacts, recognizes promising young faculty at the beginning of their careers.

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September 6, 2016: Michelle Zhu runs her first reaction as part of the Roizen group. Welcome, Michelle!

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August 18, 2016: A manuscript appears online at Organic Letters by Sébastien Laulhé, J. Miles Blackburn, and Jennifer L. Roizen describing Selective and Serial Suzuki-Miyaura Reactions of Polychlorinated Aromatics with Alkyl Pinacol Boronic Esters.

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August 17, 2016: Congratulations to Prof. Roizen on the long awaited publication of a tandem annulation cascade route to access the core of ineleganolide!


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August 1, 2016: Congratulations to Assistant Professor Sébastien Laulhé on starting his dream job as a faculty member at IUPUI! It has been a true pleasure to work with you.

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May 19, 2016: Brendan Sweeney runs his first reaction as part of the 2016 Duke/Franciscan Summer Pilot Program/Collaboration. Welcome, Brendan!

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May 18, 2016: Rafay Malik runs his first reaction in the French Family Science Center. Welcome, Rafay!

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May 15, 2016: Cody Parrott earns his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Chemistry minor. Congratulations Cody!

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April 20, 2016: Ashling Zhang and Michael Shih present their research at Visible Thinking. Nice research, Ashling and Michael!

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April 11, 2016: Anastasia Gant Kanagusuku passes her Ph.D. candidacy exam! Congratulations, Anastasia!

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December 10, 2015: Suraj Ayer runs his first reaction in the French Family Science Center. Welcome, Suraj!

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October 12, 2015: Melanie Short and Sébastien Laulhé present their research at the Duke Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium.

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October 1, 2015: Ashling Zhang has earned an URS independent study grant to support her research! Congratulations, Ashling!




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August 18, 2015: Sébastien Laulhé has earned a CIBA/YCC Travel Award to present his work at the Boston ACS ORGN poster session! Congratulations, Seb!

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July 29, 2015: Michael Dibble runs his first reaction during a visit as a BioCoRE fellow in the Roizen group! Welcome, Michael!


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June 9, 2015: Ashling Zhang runs her first reaction as a member of the Roizen group! Welcome, Ashling!


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June 9, 2015: Ashling Zhang runs her first reaction as a member of the Roizen group! Welcome, Ashling!

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June 6, 2015: Katya Khlystova graduates from the North Carolina School of Science and Math! Congratulations, Katya!

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May 12, 2015: Mina Shehata earns support as a 2016 Kathleen Zielik Fellow! Congratulations, Mina!

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May 10, 2015: Arielle Brackett becomes the first group member to earn a Bachelor of Science with a Pharmacology Concentration! Congratulations, Arielle!

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May 1, 2015: Funding arrives from the American Chemical Society Doctoral New Investigator program! Thank you, ACS, for supporting our research!

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April 22, 2015: Melanie Short passes her Ph.D. candidacy exam! Congratulations, Mel!

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April 21, 2015: Arielle Brackett, Cody Parrott and Michael Shih present posters at Visible Thinking!

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April 20, 2015: Miles Blackburn passes his Ph.D. candidacy exam! Congratulations, Miles!

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April 17, 2015: Arielle Brackett presents her research at the Chemistry Undergraduate Research Poster Session!

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April 13, 2015: Mina Shehata passes his Ph.D. candidacy exam! Congratulations, Mina!

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March 30, 2015: Michael Shih earns a Deans' Summer Research Fellowship! Congratulations to Michael and Mel!

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January 9, 2015: Anastasia Gant runs her first reaction as a graduate student! Welcome Anastasia!

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October 19, 2014: Arielle Brackett earns a URS Independent Study Grant! Congratulations to Arielle and Seb!

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October 6, 2014: Cody Parrott earns a URS Independent Study Grant! Congratulations to Cody and Miles!


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September 1, 2014: Michael Shih runs his first reaction! Welcome, Michael.
September 7, 2014: Michael Shih earns a URS Independent Study Grant! Congratulations to Michael and Mel!

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July 14, 2014: Miles Blackburn earns support from the Pharmacological Sciences Training Program! Congratulations, Miles!

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June 11, 2014: Katya Khlystova joins the group from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics! Welcome, Katya!

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April 1, 2014: Melanie Short recieves a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation! Congratulations, Mel!

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February 3, 2014: Cody Parrott enjoys his first chemical reaction as a group member. Welcome, Cody!

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January 4, 2014: Mina Shehata executes his first reactions as a Duke Graduate Student. Welcome, Mina!

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December 14, 2013: Miles Blackburn sets up his first reaction as member of the Roizen group. Welcome, Miles!

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December 13, 2013: Melanie Short runs her first reaction as a graduate student. Welcome, Mel!

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November 20, 2013: Arielle Brackett runs her first reaction as member of the Roizen group. Welcome, Arielle!

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Prof. Jennifer Roizen runs a reaction.

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September 2, 2013: Dr. Sébastien Laulhé runs his first reaction as a postdoctoral research scientist. Sébastien earned his Ph.D. with Mike Nantz at the University of Louisville. Welcome, Sébastien!

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September 2, 2013: Dr. Jennifer Roizen's manuscript describing the Selective Intermolecular Amination of C-H Bonds at Tertiary Carbon Centers appears online at Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

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August 1, 2013: The Roizen Laboratory begins!