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 April 2021 – Project: Decarbonylative Cross-Coupling.

Ph.D. studentship available to start in Fall 2021 (August 2021).


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 any cross-coupling chemistry! 

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!!!

Check out our recent paper on Ir-catalyzed C-H activation/divergent C-N and C-C amide cross-coupling. Well-done!!!


Twisted N,N-Boc2 amides are more reactive than N-methyl-N-methoxy amides aka Weinreb amides in ketone synthesis! Make sure to test them out if you’re making ketones! Well-done!!!

Twisted amides as highly chemoselective acylating reagents

Check out our full study on 5 new perpendicular twisted amides N-acyl-glutarimides! These amides are the most reactive electrophiles in acyl and decarbonylative cross-couplings. Test them out in N-C(O) acyl and decarbonylative cross-couplings for optimal performance.


Heartiest 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 many papers on amide N-C activation. 

Slides from the spring ACS Meeting, Philadelphia, are now available on SciMeetings platform. Check Out Cross-coupling of amides by N–C activation!

Congratulations on well-deserved success 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.

Our recent Chem. Rev. on N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in C-H activation is published!

NHCs in C-H Activation

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