Research Description

Organic chemistry at UCI includes: the total synthesis of complex natural products; the development of powerful synthetic methods, new reagents, and catalysts; the discovery of new organic and organometallic reactions; the creation of new polymers and materials; the design and synthesis of new antagonists and inhibitors that may ultimately lead to new drugs; the elucidation of biosynthetic pathways and mechanisms; the chemical modification of peptides and proteins to create novel structure and function and elucidate of protein-protein and receptor-ligand interactions.

Area Adviser: Prof. Chris Vanderwal

Courses that all organic students are expected to take:

Chemistry 200 Conduct of Research

Chemistry 201 Organic Reaction Mechanisms

Chemistry 203 Organic Spectroscopy

Chemistry 204 Organic Synthesis or Chemistry 220 Bioorganic Chemistry

Chemical Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry Rotations:

The chemical biology, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry rotation assignments are listed on the link below. Every effort was made to accommodate the preferences submitted by each student; however, owing to space limitations in some groups, not every request could be granted. Remember that you may still join a group, even if you did not rotate in that group. If you are or become interested in a group other than those in which you are rotating, ensure to interact with the PI and the group in other ways, including attending group meetings and discussing science with the PI. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the appropriate area advisor.
Rotation Schedule: 
  • Rotation 1: Monday, September 24 to Friday, October 12
  • Rotation 2: Monday, October 15 to Friday, November 2
  • Rotation 3: Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 30

2018-2019 Chemical Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry Rotation Assignments

Advising Handouts

Associated Faculty