Organocatalytic Friedel-Crafts Reactions - CHEM 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: James Gleason

Supervisor's Email: jim.gleason [at]

Supervisor's Phone: x5596

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Chemistry

Course number: CHEM 396 (Chemistry)

Term: Fall 2014-2015

Project start date: September 2

Project end date: December 4

Project title: Organocatalytic Friedel-Crafts Reactions

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Our research group has identified a novel organocatalyst which forms α-substituted iminium ions which can be used for a variety of reactions including Cope rearrangements and Diels-Alder cycloadditions. We have preliminary evidence that the organocatalyst can induce Friedel-Crafts alkylations of heterocycles (indole, furan) with α-substituted enals. This project will explore this chemistry, including assessing substrate scope (electron rich and poor aromatics, β-substituted enals) and enantioselectivity (using chiral catalysts being developed in the group).

Prerequisite: Minimum 2 terms completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.3 or higher

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Laboratory performance: 50%; Final written report: 50%

Other project information: First preference will be given to Chemistry Honours and Majors students.

Project status: This project is open to applicant.

How students can apply / Next steps: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Handling chemicals.