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Timothy J. Brunker

Assistant Professor
Organic Chemistry

Office: 514F Smith
Phone: (410)704-3118

Education M. Chem., Chemistry (1998) University of Oxford
D. Phil., Chemistry (2001) University of Oxford
Postdoctoral associate (2002-2004) Dartmouth College
Teaching Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 331)
Research My research interests lie in the design and synthesis of chiral metal complexes for two different applications. In one project, we are interested in preparing chiral molecular switches which could act as molecular logic elements or information storage devices. We are designing ligands that once bound to a metal should allow the complex to be switched between two different, stable chiral forms by an external stimulus, typically light or electron transfer. The on/off states of the switch can be read out by chiral spectroscopic techniques such as optical rotation or circular dichroism. In a second project we are exploring new synthetic routes to chiral ligands for application in metal-catalyzed asymmetric synthesis. My program is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature spanning organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry - students learn and utilize a range of bench-top and inert-atmosphere (schlenk line, glove-box) synthetic techniques. The compounds synthesized are studied by a wide variety of spectroscopic tools.
Selected Publications
  1. Brunker, T. J.; Anderson, B. J.; Blank, N. F.; Glueck, D. S.; Rheingold, A. L. “Enantioselective Synthesis of P-Stereogenic Benzophospholanes via Palladium-catalyzed Intramolecular Cyclization” Org. Lett. 2007, 9, 1109-1112. Link to Full Article
  2. Blank N. F.; Moncarz, J. R.; Brunker, T. J.; Scriban, C.; Anderson, B. J.; Amir, O.; Glueck, D. S.; Zakharov, L. N.; Golen, J. A.; Incarvito C. D.; Rheingold A. L. “Palladium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Phosphination: Scope, Mechanism and Origin of Enantioselectivity” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 6847-6858. Link to Full Article
  3. Herrick, R. H.; Brunker, T. J.; Maus, C.; Crandall, K.; Cetin, A.; Ziegler, C. J. “Aqueous Preparation and Physiological Stability Studies of Re(CO)3 Tripodal Complexes” Chem. Commun. 2006, 4330-4331. Link to Full Article
  4. Brunker, T. J.; Blank N. F.; Moncarz J. R.; Scriban C.; Anderson B. J.; Glueck D. S.; Zakharov, L. N.; Golen, J. A.; Sommer R. D; Incarvito C. D.; Rheingold A. L. “Chiral Palladium(0) trans-stilbene complexes: Synthesis, Structure and Oxidative Addition of Phenyl Iodide” Organometallics 2005, 24, 2730-2746. Link to Full Article
  5. Brunker, T. J.; Moncarz J. R.; Glueck D. S.; Zakharov, L. N.; Golen, J. A.; Rheingold A. L. “Diastereoselective Pd-Mediated Phosphetane Ring-Opening and Pd-to-P Phenyl Migration. Synthesis of a New P-Stereogenic C2-Symmetric Diphosphine Ligand.” Organometallics 2004, 23, 2228-2230. Link to Full Article
  6. Brunker, T. J.; Arisandy C.; Barlow S.; Cowley A. R.; O'Hare D. “Synthesis, Structures and Reactions of some Metallocene Alcohols” J. Organomet. Chem. 2004, 689, 252-263. Link to Full Article
  7. Moncarz, J. R.; Brunker, T. J.; Jewett J. C.; Orchowski M.; Glueck D. S.; Sommer R. D; Lam K; Incarvito C. D.; Concolino T. E.; Ceccarelli C.; Zakharov L. N.; Rheingold A. L. “Palladium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Phosphination. Enantioselective Synthesis of PAMP-BH3, Ligand Effects on Catalysis, and Direct Observation of the Stereochemistry of Transmetalation and Reductive Elimination” Organometallics 2003, 22, 3205-3221. Link to Full Article
  8. Moncarz J. R.; Brunker T. J.; Glueck D. S.; Sommer R. D.; Rheingold A. L. “Stereochemistry of Palladium-mediated synthesis of PAMP-BH3: Retention of configuration at P in formation of Pd-P and P-C bonds” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 1180-1181. Link to Full Article
  9. Brunker T. J.; Green J. C.; O'Hare D. “Electronic Structures of Mixed-Sandwich Complexes of Cyclopentadienyl and Hydrotris(pyrazolyl)borate Ligands with 3d Transition Metals” Inorg. Chem. 2003, 42, 4366-4381. Link to Full Article
  10. Brunker T. J.; Cowley A. R.; O'Hare D. “Synthesis, structures, and redox properties of mixed-sandwich complexes of cyclopentadienyl and hydrotris(pyrazolyl)borate ligands with first-row transition metals” Organometallics 2002, 21, 3123-3138. Link to Full Article

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