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Office: Room 319        

Chemistry and Biochemistry Building                                                                                                                            
P.O. Box 173400
Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: 406-994-5692
Email: sharon.neufeldt@montana.edu

Research Group Website

Education

• University of Michigan, Ph.D. (2007–2012)
• Northern Arizona University, B.S. (2003–2006)

Awards and Professional Activities

• Cram Teacher-Scholar, UCLA (2013–2016)
• Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCLA (2015)

Overview

Research in the Neufeldt group targets the design, optimization, and understanding of catalytic systems for transforming small molecules into value-added compounds such as sequence-controlled polymers and fuels. In particular, we are interested in homogeneous transition metal catalysts for achieving highly selective or unusual reactions. Research areas include catalyst-controlled chemoselectivity in cross-coupling reactions and developing catalysts that can functionalize methane by new mechanistic pathways. In addition to standard organic, organometallic, and inorganic chemistry lab techniques, we also use computational tools to gain insight into the structure and reactivity of our catalytic systems. 

Recent Publications

• Neufeldt, S. R.; Jiménez-Osés, G.; Huckins, J. R.; Thiel, O. R.; Houk, K. N. Pyridine N-Oxide vs. Pyridine Substrates for Rh(III)-Catalyzed Oxidative C–H Bond Functionalization. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2015, 137, 9843–9854.

• Neufeldt, S. R.; Jiménez-Osés, G.; Comins, D. L.; Houk, K. N. A Twist on Facial Selectivity of Hydride Reductions of Cyclic Ketones: Twist-Boat Conformers in Cyclohexanone, Piperidone, and Tropinone Reactions. J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 11609–11618.

• Neufeldt, S. R.; Seigerman, C. K.; Sanford, M. S. Mild Palladium-Catalyzed C–H Alkylation Using Potassium Alkyltrifluoroborates in Combination with MnF3. Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 2302–2305.

• Neufeldt, S. R.; Sanford, M. S. Asymmetric Chiral Ligand-Directed Alkene Dioxygenation. Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 46-49.

• Neufeldt, S. R.; Sanford, M. S. Controlling Site Selectivity in Palladium-Catalyzed C–H Bond Functionalization. Acc. Chem. Res. 2012, 45, 936–946.