About James P. Morken's Work
Our research is focused on the development of new processes and on studying their utility in complex molecule synthesis. Control of enantioselectivity is an overarching theme as adequate control of molecular shape is paramount in the design of effective therapeutics, materials, and commodity chemicals. Progress towards these goals depends upon expertise in many areas of chemistry including organometallic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and synthetic organic chemistry. Additionally, computational chemistry plays a central role in ligand design and in prediction of reaction outcomes. Efforts in new reaction development are intimately intertwined with efforts in total synthesis of natural products. Approaches to the natural products serve to highlight the utility of newly developed reactions and serve as a device to measure the limitations of catalytic methods. In addition to expanding the frontiers of chemistry, these studies prepare students for a variety of careers that involve the synthesis and manipulation of chemical structures.
Awards and Achievements
American Chemical Society Cope Scholar Award (2018)
Boston College Teaching and Mentoring Award (2016)