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July 2014 - Ebenezer Jones-Mensah's manuscript entitled "Aryl methyl sulfides via SNAr using DMSO as the source of the thiomethyl moiety." is accepted for publication in Tetrahedron Letters.

May 2014 - Undergraduate students Stephen Holmbo and Leslie Nickerson complete their studies at UI and their research work in our lab.  In the fall Leslie begins graduate studies at University of California, Davis and Stephen begins graduate school at University of California, Irvine. Thank you Stephen and Leslie for your efforts in the lab and best of luck to you both in graduate school!

April 2014 - Kyle Clark is awarded a summer INBRE fellowship.  He will be joined in the lab this summer two visiting INBRE fellows: Jeff Crawford (from Brigham Young University Idaho) and Jacob Wimpenny (from Lewis-Clark State College).  Congratulations Kyle, and welcome Jeff and Jacob!  We sincerely thank the Idaho INBRE program for their continued support of our biomedical-focused undergraduate synthetic research projects.

April 2014 - Ebenezer Jones-Mensah attends is the 40th annual National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) Conference in Nashville where he is awarded first prize in the Technical Research Exhibition for his poster and talk entitled "A New Strategy for the Syntheses of Aryl Methyl sulfides"  Congratulations Jones!

January 2014 - The group welcomes new graduate student Ram Gautam and undergraduate intern William Gibbs from Brigham Young University Idaho.

December 2013 - Huro Araujo successfully defends his Masters thesis entitled ‘Total Synthesis of Veranamine’.  Congratulations Hugo!  We wish you all the best with the next phase of your studies.

December 2013 - Two undergraduate group members, Joseph Schmalz and Hailey Knox are awarded, prestigious Brian and Gayle Hill Fellowships. Congratulations Joe and Hailey!

September 2013 - Our recent paper is highlighted in Synfacts!

August 2013 - The group welcomes three new undergraduate students: Kyle Clark, Joseph Schmalz, and Hailey Knox!

July 2013 - We are happy to announce that our group has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Chemical Synthesis, to support our continued efforts to develop efficient synthetic methods using heterogeneous tools!

July 2013 - The work of Megha Karki and Hugo Araujo on dehydroaromatizations with vanadium pentoxide is published in Synlett!

June 2013 - Four students (Megha, Hugo, Jones, and Conner) attend the ACS National Organic Symposium in Seattle (see photos).  They return to the lab inspired and ready to do great science.

May 2013 - Undergraduate group member Leslie Nickerson receives an NIH INBRE summer research fellowship.  Steve Holmbo accepts a summer internship position from Gilead Pharmaceuticals.  Steve will spend the summer as medicinal chemist in Foster City, CA.

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Dr. Magolan's organic chemistry research program is part of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Idaho located in Moscow, Idaho.


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Graduate student positions are available.




Dr. Jakob Magolan
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Idaho