Dabrowski awarded American Chemical Society national travel award
Assistant Professor Jen Dabrowski garnered her travel award from the ACS DOC to present at the 253rd national American Chemical Society conference.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jen Dabrowski was awarded the national American Chemical Society DOC travel award to attend the 253rd national American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco to present her work. The award is granted to a faculty member from across the country from a primarily undergraduate institution to attend a national conference.
Dabrowski gave an oral presentation entitled, “Diastereoselective B(C6F5)3-catalyzed reductive carbocyclization of unsaturated carbohydrates.” Reductions with tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane, B(C6F5)3, are rapidly being developed due to the versatile and robust nature of the complex and its compatibility with a variety of functional groups within molecules. While most transformations tend to decrease molecular complexity, we have developed a method for the selective conversion of unsaturated linear carbohydrates to complex cyclopentane and cyclopropane scaffolds of use in the pharmaceutical industry.
“I am very grateful to the ACS DOC for their generous award," Dabrowski said. "Presenting at a national ACS conference is always rewarding and I was fortunate to be able to share this experience with my undergraduate researcher.”
Amanda Brechbill, a senior Elon College Fellow, presented a poster on her work entitled “Structural Analysis of Vanadium Peptide Complexes” at the conference. Ten other chemistry and biochemistry majors from Elon were also in attendance presenting their research.