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Travis J. Williams

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Organic and Organometallic Chemistry
2005-2007 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
2011-2016 NSF CAREER Award

Ph.D., 2005, Stanford University
B.S., 1998, California Institute of Technology
Office: LHI 104
Phone: (213) 740-5961
Fax: (213) 740-6679
Email: travisw@usc.edu
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Research Focus

 

New Approaches to Hydride Manipulation

We are developing new catalysts and conditions to manipulate hydrides such as various C-H and other X-H bonds. Particularly, we're interested in coordinatively directed hydride abstraction and new reactions for complex molecule synthesis that feature C-H activation. It's like a "carrot and stick" approach, in which a Lewis acid directing group directs a target substrate to a reactive metal center.

To achieve these goals, we will employ strategies of catalyst design, thus exploring novel organometallic and coordination chemistry, and target-oriented new organic reaction development.

Chemical Probes for Biology and Medicine

Simultaneously and synergistically with our organometallic work, we are devising conceptually novel chemical tools for research and clinical use. Along these lines, we are currently developing the first ultrasound-activated MRI contrast agent.

Selected publications

 

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