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Professor Blum


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Welcome to the Blum Group website!




Our group pioneers new mechanisms for transition-metal reactivity with synthetic applications

and aims to change the way people study chemical reactions by developing microscopy techniques

to study mechanisms and catalysis.

Latest News:


Dec. 12: Our communication on dynamic chemical kinetics at individual molecular catalysts was accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congrats, Quinn!


Nov. 27: Welcome new undergraduate student David!


Nov. 6: Professor Blum is elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Congratulations, Prof. Blum!


Oct. 11: Our research account of borylative heterocyclization is one of the Most Read Articles in Acc. Chem. Res. Congratulations, Adena and Kim!


Oct. 1: Welcome new postdoc Kristof, who is joining the group from TU Braunschweig!


Sept. 21: Our research account of borylative hetrocyclization covering oxyboration, aminoboration, and thioboration was published in Acc. Chem. Res. Congrats, Adena and Kim!


Sept. 20: We’re in the news! Our communication on spatiotemporally resolved single monomer turnover at individual molecular catalysts was highlighted in a UCI News Brief. Congratulations, Quinn!


Sept. 11: Our communication on spatiotemporally resolved single monomer turnover at individual molecular catalysts was accepted and published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congrats, Quinn!


Sept. 11: Welcome new undergraduate student Scott!


July 20-23: Kim presented at the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium!


July 3: Our paper on mechanistic studies of thioboration was published in J. Org. Chem. Congrats, Adena and Darius!


July 1: Professor Blum is promoted to full professor. Congratulations, Prof. Blum!


June 17: Darius participates in the Graduate Hooding commencement ceremony. Congrats, Dr. Faizi!


June 9: Adena received the American Institute of Chemists Award. Congratulations, Adena!

May 24: The group received the Department of Chemistry Safety Award at the E. K. C. Lee Dinner. Keep up the safe work, group!

Apr. 27: Kim was invited to present at the American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Chemistry, Graduate Research Symposium. Way to go, Kim!

Apr. 24: Our viewpoint article on structure-reactivity studies of intermediates for mechanistic information by subensemble fluorescence microscopy was published in ACS Catal. Congrats, Kaz!

Apr. 6: Quinn presented our papers on insertion of alkyl and aryl iodides to Zn powder, followed by their solubilization using LiCl, at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco!

Apr. 3: Welcome new postdoc, Nozomi, who is joing us from Tohoku University!

Apr. 1: Darius started work at PacificTech in Southern California. Best of luck!

Apr. 1: Kaz began working at Showa Denko in Japan. Good luck!

Mar. 8: Darius successfully defended his thesis. Congrats, Dr. Faizi!

Mar. 7: The group hosted Professor Randy Goldsmith from the University of Wisconsin, Madison for a seminar. Thanks for the great selfie!

Feb. 13: We have a new group photo!

Feb. 3: Our paper on direct insertion of alkyl and aryl iodides to Zn powder was published in Organometallics as an ACS Editors' Choice article. Congrats, Chao and Quinn!

Feb. 1: Our paper on catalyst-free thioboration was highlighted in Synfacts as the "Synfact of the month" and is featured as the cover article. Congrats, Darius, Ashlee, and Fiach!