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Abigail Doyle

Professor Abigail Doyle

Research in the Doyle group focuses on two areas: nucleophilic fluorination and nickel catalysis. The Doyle group has developed several reagents that advance these research areas. In fluorination, 2-pyridinesulfonyl fluoride (PyFluor) can be used for the mild deoxyfluorination of primary and secondary alcohols, a procedure which is normally accomplished by the sensitive reagent DAST. In nickel catalysis, the Doyle group has developed a modular, air-stable nickel precatalyst, [(TMEDA)Ni(o-tolyl)Cl], which has broad utility for a wide variety of reactions. This precatalyst can be used in place of Ni(cod)2, NiCl2, as well as other reported precatalysts. Doyle has also reported electron-deficient olefin ligands as a new class of ligand for accelerated reductive elimination. In particular, the sultam-derived ligand Fro-DO has been found to be critical for high yields in the cross-coupling of tertiary aziridines to form quaternary centers.

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Recent papers from the Doyle Group

Wu K, Doyle AG. 2017. Parameterization of phosphine ligands demonstrates enhancement of nickel catalysis via remote steric effects. Nature Chem. 9(8):779-784.
Ariki ZT, Maekawa Y, Nambo M, Crudden CM. 2018. Preparation of Quaternary Centers via Nickel-Catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling of Tertiary Sulfones. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 140(1):78-81.
Huang C(, Doyle AG. 2015. Electron-Deficient Olefin Ligands Enable Generation of Quaternary Carbons by Ni-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 137(17):5638-5641.
Shields JD, Gray EE, Doyle AG. 2015. A Modular, Air-Stable Nickel Precatalyst. Org. Lett.. 17(9):2166-2169.
Zuo Z, Ahneman DT, Chu L, Terrett JA, Doyle AG, MacMillan DWC. 2014. Merging photoredox with nickel catalysis: Coupling of  α-carboxyl sp3-carbons with aryl halides. Science. 345(6195):437-440.
Nielsen DK, Huang C(, Doyle AG. 2013. Directed Nickel-Catalyzed Negishi Cross Coupling of Alkyl Aziridines. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 135(36):13605-13609.
Shields JD, Ahneman DT, Graham TJA, Doyle AG. 2014. Enantioselective, Nickel-Catalyzed Suzuki Cross-Coupling of Quinolinium Ions. Org. Lett.. 16(1):142-145.
Huang C(, Doyle AG. 2012. Nickel-Catalyzed Negishi Alkylations of Styrenyl Aziridines. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 134(23):9541-9544.
Graham TJA, Lambert RF, Ploessl K, Kung HF, Doyle AG. 2014. Enantioselective Radiosynthesis of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Tracers Containing [18F]Fluorohydrins. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. 136(14):5291-5294.
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