Pigge Research Group
Research in the Pigge Group involves developing new synthetic methods and strategies for construction of structurally sophisticated small molecules and solid state materials. We seek to uncover organic and organometallic transformations that can be used to rapidly access complex organic architectures of recognized importance in biological/medicinal chemistry in stereocontrolled fashion. In particular, we are investigating methods to perform controlled dearomatizations of arenes and heteroarenes that afford valuable synthetic building blocks. We are also interested in harnessing the power of non-covalent interactions to prepare functional crystalline materials using supramolecular synthetic strategies. This approach may lead to materials exhibiting desirable properties ranging from luminescence to semiconductivity.