The Wang Group is engaged in the discovery and development of new catalytic reactions for efficient, sustainable organic synthesis. Research activities in the group focus on the development of novel catalysts, reagents, and conditions for the construction of challenging bonds and stereocenters found in products of interest to pharmaceutical and materials research.

Iron catalysis: Our group is investigating metal-assisted deprotonation as an underexplored catalytic strategy for the C–H functionalization of alkynes, alkenes, and allenes:

Vinyl cation chemistry: Our group is also investigating applications of vinyl cation chemistry, including various hydrofunctionalization reactions of alkynes: