Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry
Electrochemistry represents a powerful tool within synthetic organic chemistry. E.g., electrodes can be used to generate highly reactive and short-lived species, which are otherwise unfeasible to create/use in synthetic organic chemistry. Moreover, the current at these electrodes can be used for monitoring the presence of species and for probing reaction mechanisms.
As a member of the NSF funded Center for Chemical Innovation: Center for Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry, the White group are at the forefront of an effort to use electrochemistry to research enabling, green, safe, and economic reactions and to develop a deep fundamental understanding of how these reactions proceed. In doing this, we employ a range of electrochemical techniques from basic, e.g., voltammetry, to more advanced, such as, scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), which allow us to probe fast reactions and short time-scales.
Electrochemical Reduction of [Ni(Mebpy)3]2+. Elucidation of the Redox Mechanism by
Cyclic Voltammetry and Steady-State Voltammetry in Low Ionic Strength Solutions.
ChemElectroChem. 2020. 7(6), 1473-1479
Electrochemically Driven, Ni-Catalyzed Aryl Amination: Scope, Mechanism, and Applications
Y. Kawamata, J. C. Vantourout, D. P. Hickey, P. Bai, L. Chen, Q. Hou, W. Qiao, K. Barman, M. A. Edwards, A. F. Garrido-Castro, J. N. deGruyter, H. Nakamura, K. W. Knouse, C. Qin, K. J. Clay, D. Bao, C. Li, J. T. Starr, C. Garcia-Irizarry, N. Sach, H. S. White, M. Neurock, S. D. Minteer, and P. S. Baran
J. Am. Chem. Soc., Just Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b01886