Prof. Michal Szostak

Office: Olson 204

73 Warren Street

Newark, NJ 07102

E-mail: michal.szostak@rutgers.edu

Rutgers University Faculty Profile


Welcome to the Szostak Group website. 

We are a dynamic synthetic organic chemistry research team engaged in developing new catalysts and reactions using the power of transition metals. In particular, we are interested in:

1) Amide bonds

2) C-H activation

3) Organometallic catalysis

Post-Doctoral position available to start in 2021-2022 – Project: NHC Ligand Development.

Ph.D. studentship available to start in Fall 2021.

Our study on IPr-#hash NHC ligands developed in our lab has been published (Chem. Sci. 2021, DOI: 10.1039/D1SC02619D). NHCs_N-heterocyclic-carbenes_IPr-hash-ligands-Np-hash-BIAN-hash_Szostak_Chem_Sci_20213 ligands: IPr#, Np#, BIAN-IPr#. Easy & modular synthesis. Commercially available from Millipore Sigma: IPr#HCl, 915653; Np#HCl, 915912; BIAN–IPr#HCl, 916420




Make sure to check out these ligands if you are doing any transition metal catalysis!

Recent Highlights

Our study on palladium-chloro-dimers [Pd(NHC)(μ-Cl)Cl]2 as the most reactive Pd(II)-NHC precatalysts to date has been published. Make sure to use these catalysts if you are doing cross-coupling chemistry! 

Check out our review on Amide Bond Activation: Power of Resonance. Amide activation is easier than one would think! Well-done!!!

Check out our review on BIAN-NHC ligands. Easily accessible class of NHC carbenes for catalysis! Well-done!!!

Check out our review on N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in C-H activation! NHC-metal complexes meet C-H functionalization! Well-done!!!NHCs in C-H Activation

Congratulations to Chengwei Liu on winning the 2020 IPMI Student Award! What an outstanding accomplishment! Chengwei has also been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. Well-done!!!

Congratulations to Guangrong Meng on receiving best Ph.D. Dissertation Award at Rutgers-Newark in 2020! Well-done!!! You can read more about Dr. Meng’s research in one of his papers on amide N-C activation. 

Congratulations to Daniel Pyle, an undergraduate student in our lab, who has been accepted to prestigious Ph.D. programs at Yale University, University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University. Well-done!!! You can read more about Daniel’s research in the Special Issue on Amide Bond Activation.

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