An Oxidative C–H Functionalization/Anionic 6π Aza-Electrocyclization Approach to Protoberberine Alkaloids: Discovery of a New Class of AMPK Inhibitors

Cao, Y.; Trinh, A. Z.; Zhang, E.; Huang, W.; Kou, K. G. M.

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Direct Phenolic Alkylation of Unactivated Secondary Alcohols by Dual Zinc/CSA-Catalyzed Friedel-Crafts Reactions

Pan, A.; Nguyen, V. K.; Rangel, L.; Fan, C; Kou, K. G. M.

Cell Reports Physical Science, 2024, 5, 101886


A Fenton Approach to Aromatic Radical Cations and Diarylmethane Synthesis

Crowley, R. III; Lujan, B.; Martinez, A.; Manasi, R.; DeBow, J. D.; Kou, K. G. M.

Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2023, 88, 15060-15066


Synergistic Brønsted/Lewis Acid Catalyzed Aromatic Alkylation with Unactivated Tertiary Alcohols or Di-tert-Butylperoxide to Synthesize Quaternary Carbon Centers

Pan, A.; Chojnacka, M.; Crowley III, R.; Gottemann, L.; Haines, B.; Kou, K. G. M.

Chem. Sci., 2022, 13, 3539-3548


The Biology and Total Syntheses of Bisbenzylisoquinoline Alkaloids

Nguyen, V. K.; Kou, K. G. M.

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2021, 19, 7535-7543


α-Arylation of Silyl Enol Ethers via Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed C–H Functionalization

Kou, X., Kou, K. G. M.

ACS Catal., 2020, 10, 3103-3109


Transition-Metal Catalyzed Hydroacylation In Organic Reactions

Dong, V. M.; Kou, K. G. M.; Le, D. N.

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A Copper-Mediated Conjugate Addition Approach to Analogs of Aconitine-Type Diterpenoid Alkaloids

Doering, N. A.; Kou, K. G. M.; Norseeda, K.; Lee, J. C.; Marth, C. J.; Gallego, G. M.; Sarpong, R.

J. Org. Chem., 2018, 83, 12911-12920


A Benzyne-Insertion Approach to Hetisine-Type Diterpenoid Alkaloids: Synthesis of Cossoidine (Davisine).

Kou, K. G. M.*; Pflueger, J. J.* (equal contributions); Kiho, T.; Morrill, L. C.; Fisher, E. L.; Clagg, K.; Lebold, T. P.; Kisunzu, J. K.; Sarpong, R.

J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 8105-8109


Bio-inspired chemical synthesis of monomeric and dimeric stephacidin A congeners.

Mukai, K.; Pereira de Sant'Ana, D.; Hirooka, Y.; Mercado-Marin, E. V.; Stephens, D. E.; Kou, K. G. M.; Richter, S. C.; Kelley, N.; Sarpong, R.

Nat. Chem., 2018, 10, 38-44

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A Unifying Synthesis Approach to the C₁₈-, C₁₉-, and C₂₀- Diterpenoid Alkaloids

Kou, K. G. M.; Kulyk, L.; Marth, C. J.; Lee, J. C.; Doering, N. A.; Li, B. X.; Gallego, G. M.; Lebold, T. P.; Sarpong, R.

J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 13882-13896


Syntheses of Denudatine Diterpenoid Alkaloids: Cochlearenine, N-Ethyl-1α-Hydroxy-17-Veratroyldictyzine, and Paniculamine.

Kou, K. G. M.; Li, B. X.; Lee, J. C.; Gallego, G. M.; Lebold, T. P.; DiPasquale, A. G.; Sarpong, R.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 10830-10833

  • Highlighted in Synfacts 2016, 12, 1119.
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Network-analysis-guided synthesis of weisaconitine D and liljestrandinine.

Marth, C. J.; Gallego, G. M.; Lee, J. C.; Lebold, T. P.; Kulyk, S.; Kou, K. G. M.; Qin, J.; Lilien, R.; Sarpong, R. 

Nature, 2015, 528, 493-498


Rhodium(I)-Catalyzed Intermolecular Hydroacylation of α-Keto Amides and Isatins with Non-Chelating Aldehydes.

Kou, K. G. M.; Longobardi, L. E.; Dong, V. M.

Adv. Synth. Catal., 2015, 357, 2233-2237


Rh-Catalyzed Desymmetrization of α-Quaternary Centers by Isomerization-Hydroacylation

Park, J.-W.; Kou, K. G. M.; Kim, D. K.; Dong, V. M.

Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 4479-4483

  • Highlighted in Synfacts 2015, 11, 1076.


Tandem Rhodium Catalysis: Exploiting Sulfoxides for Asymmetric Catalysis (Perspective)

Kou, K. G. M.; Dong, V. M.

Org. Biochem. Chem., 2015, 13, 5844-5847


Rh(I)-Catalyzed Intermolecular Hydroacylation: Enantioselective Cross-Coupling of Aldehydes and Ketoamides

Kou, K. G. M.; Le, D. N.; Dong, V. M.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 9471-9476


Ligand-Controlled Switch: Regioselective Functionalization of Carbohydrate Derivatives

Chen, I.-H.; >Kou, K. G. M.; Le, D. N.; Rathbun, C. M.; Dong, V. M.

Chem - Eur. J., 2014, 20, 5013-5018


Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of Allylic Sulfoxides: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Mechanistic Study

Dornan, P. K.;* Kou, K. G. M.* (equal contributions); Houk, K. N.; Dong, V. M.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 291-298


Oxygen-containing analogues of juvenile hormone III

Davies, K. A.; Kou, K. G. M.; Wulff, J. E.

Tetrahedron Lett., 2011, 52, 2302-2305


Nitrogen-Directed Ketone Hydroacylation - An Enatioselective Synthesis of Benzoazepinones and Benzoazocinones

Khan, H. A.; Kou, K. G. M.; Dong, V. M.

Chem. Sci., 2011, 2, 407-410


Enantioselective Desymmetrization of Cyclopropenes by Hydroacylation

Phan D. H. T.; Kou, K. G. M.; Dong, V. M.

J. Am. Chem Soc., 2010, 132, 16354-16355

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Regio- and Enantioselective Intermolecular Hydroacylation: Substrate-Directed Addition of Salicylaldehydes to Homoallylic Sulfides

Coulter, M.; Kou, K. G. M.; Galligan, B.; Dong, V. M.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 16330-16333

- Highlighted in Synfacts 2011, 2, 164

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