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M.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences


Chemistry and Biochemistry


College of Science & Mathematics


Gustavo Moura-Letts, Ph.D.

Committee Member 1

James Grinias, Ph.D.

Committee Member 2

Subash Jonnalagadda, Ph.D.


Vinyl Oxaziridines, Aromatic Bromides, Aromatic Fluorides, pharmaceutical compounds, chemical synthesis


Drugs--Design; Organic photochemistry


Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry


Visible light has become a highly useful, and regarded, tool to the organic chemist. The additions and transformations of an abundance of molecules can be achieved with the use of visible light and photocatalysts, when appropriate. More specifically compounds that contain nitrogen, halogens, or both are highly useful structures in nearly every chemical industry. They are elements found in naturally occurring molecules and have the capacity to mimic biologically active and relevant structures. This makes them useful targets for pharmaceutical compounds. Bromine and chlorine can act as leaving groups; this property makes molecules with these elements reactive and thus able produce desirable effects in vivo. Nitrogen can be found within and outside of cyclic structures and is one of the most commonly functionalized elements in pharmaceuticals. The element can be found in nearly every class of pharmaceuticals ranging from chemotherapeutic to antifungal agents. Herein is reported the methodological development of synthetic nitrogen and halogen placement through a wide variety of chemical moieties. This work shows that visible light and photocatalysts can be used to furnish small heteroatomic compounds and halogenated products. These works highlight the value of substituted hydroxylamines for their nitrogen transfer capability; metal-halogen compounds in visible light transformations will also be highlighted.