Summer 1999

In the winter of 1999, we were invited to collaborate with Thomas Wirth at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Rachel, my family, and I traveled to Basel for a summer of research collaboration and fun with the Wirth Group. Our efforts have resulted in the synthesis of our first chiral reagent and its evaluation as an addition reagent to alkenes. Our work was published in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2001, page 1569).

Rachel presented her results at the National ACS Meeting in Anaheim in 1999 and in San Francisico in 2000 in the CHED Division’s Undergraduate Research Poster session.  Pictures below.

Rachel Hector also wrote her Honors Thesis, graduated in the spring of 2000.

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