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April 2024

We are excited to welcome our new postdoc, Dr. Dang Ho Binh!

Check out Prof. Thomas at Rising Stars in Organic Synthesis, Session 3!

So excited to share that our Welch grant has been renewed!!! Time for more research!!!

Congratulations to Danniel A. on his 2024 Thomas. J. Hairston Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry Award!

Congratulations to Han-Hsiang H. on his TAMU departmental travel award!

Congratulations to Alexis L. on her TAMU department Senior Organic Award!


March 2024

The Thomas Group is headed to ACS Spring 2024 in New Orleans, LA! Make sure to stop by our presentations and poster sessions!

Congratulations to Jeanette P. on her 2024 ACS Bridge Travel & Professional Development Travel Award!

Check out our collaborative work with the Campos Group (Columbia) and Gutierrez Group (TAMU) on Cyclopropenimine-Mediated CO2 Activation for the Synthesis of Polyurethanes and Small-Molecule Carbonates and Carbamates published in Angew. Chem., Int. Ed.!

February 2024

Congratulations to Lupita, Levi, and Alexis on their Design and Synthesis of Dialkylarylphosphine Urea Ligands and their Application in Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions publication in Helv. Chim. Acta.!

November 2023

Our recent ozone solubility publication was highlighted in "Some Items of Interest to Process R&D Chemists and Engineers" in Org. Process Res. Dev. 2023.

October 2023

The group is excited to welcome first-year graduate students: Wentao Cen, Shu-Kai Chen, and Daniel Sarna!

September 2023

More by our ozone team, Effect of Solvent on the Rate of Ozonolysis: Development of a Homogeneous Flow Ozonolysis Protocol published in J. Org. Chem.!

Our recent publication on the capture of primary ozonides was featured in "Some Items of Interest to Process R&D Chemists and EngineersOrg. Process Res. Dev. 202327, 1535-1545 and "Transition Metal-Free syn-Dihydroxylation via Interrupted Ozonolysis​" Synfacts 2023, 19, 1043.

July 2023

We are excited to welcome summer graduate students: Ramy Yousef and Addie Barnes!

Congratulations to graduate student, Danniel Arriaga, for being a 2023 ACS recipient of the Leadership in the Promotion of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect Award!

Check out our paper "Solvent Effects on the Rate of Ozonolysis: Development of a Homogeneous Flow Ozonolysis Protocol” available on preprint in ChemRxiv!

June 2023

We are excited to share our paper "Capturing primary ozonides for a syn-dihydroxylation of olefins" published in Nature Chemistry!

May 2023

We are delighted to share that our paper "Breaking the tert-Butyllithium Contact Ion Pair: A Gateway to Alternate Selectivity in Lithiation Reactions" has been accepted at JACS!

We are excited that our NSF CAREER got accepted, more method developments are to come!

Congratulations to one of our graduate students, Jeanette Piña, for being selected for the 2023 Merck Research Award for Underrepresented Chemists of Color!

- TAMU College of Arts and Sciences Highlight 

April 2023

Congratulations to one of our graduate students, Danniel Arriaga, for being selected for the 2023 GRC Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program! Stop by his poster if you are going to the Heterocycles GRC this year!

March 2023

We are excited to welcome our new post-doctoral researcher Dr. Raja Sk joining us soon this semester!

February 2023

Congratulations to one of our undergraduate researchers, Alex Sung, for his accepted summer internship at Bristol Meyers Squibb (BMS)!

January 2023

We are excited to welcome two undergraduate researchers: Raquel Gonzalez and Ryan Grove!

October 2022

Check out our paper "Constructive Ozonolysis: Capturing Primary Ozonides" available on preprint in ChemRxiv.

We officially welcome two first-year graduate students: Cheng-Chun Chen and Dillion Chen!

September 2022

Excited to share our work, "Breaking the tert-Butyllithium Contact Ion Pair: A Gateway to Alternate Selectivity in Lithiation Reactions" available on preprint in ChemRxiv.

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate researcher Jasmine Torres!

August 2022

Make sure to read our first publication "Preparation of Highly Reactive Lithium Metal Dendrites for the Synthesis of Organolithium Reagents" online on J. Am. Chem. Soc.! 

Check out the C&EN article "New form of lithium reacts 20 times as fast as powdered metal" which highlights our first publication!

Our first publication was also covered by ChemistryViews "Lithium Metal Dendrites as a Highly Reactive Lithium Source" check it out!

We are excited to welcome undergraduate researcher Alexis Lugo!

July 2022

Check out our recent News & Views "Antibiotics the easy way" in Nature Synthesis!

Take a look at our recent publication "Preparation of Highly Reactive Lithium Metal Dendrites for the Synthesis of Organolithium Reagents" on ChemRxiv!

March 2022

We are very excited to announce that Andrew Nguyen, senior undergraduate researcher, has accepted a job offer at Amgen! Congratulations Andrew!

January 2022

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate researchers Hai Ly and Alex Sung!

October 2021

We are proud to welcome three first-year graduate students: Leonel Jimenez, Han-Hsiang Hsu, Jeffrey Cragin!

We are excited to welcome undergraduate researcher Donghyun (Michael) Lee!

August 2021 

We are excited to welcome summer graduate student Victoria Shearer!

June 2021

We welcome summer undergraduate researcher Desirée Young!

January 2021

We welcome undergraduate researcher Andrew Nguyen!

November 2020

We officially welcome four first-year graduate students: Jeanette Pina, Danniel Arriaga, Lupita Aguirre, and Levi Litwiller!

September 2020

Dr. Michael Crockett (Ph.D. from Boston College) joins the team as a post-doctoral researcher!

We also welcome undergraduate researchers Jonathan Cobb and Miguel Garcia!

July 2020

The lab is officially open!

We welcome summer student Danniel Arriaga!

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