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Group News

February 20th, 2024
Highlight
Our work on the Synthesis of 2-Aminophenols via Excited-State Copper-Catalyzed and Triplet Nitro(hetero)arenes was highlighted in SynFacts.
December 11th, 2023
Publication Announcement
"Merging Excited-State Copper Catalysis and Triplet Nitro(Hetero)Arenes for Direct Synthesis of 2-Aminophenol Derivatives" has been successfully published in Chem. Congratulations to Jagrut, Arghya, and Upasana on their achievement.
November 21st, 2023
Highlight
Our work on the editing of carbohydrate hydrates was highlighted in ACS Cent. Sci. 2023, 9, 12, 2175–2178! Congratulations to the Sugar Team!
November 15th, 2023
New Graduate Students Welcomed
The Ngai group warmly welcomes Loay Bedda, Chayan Ghosh, Arman Khosravi, Rufai Madiu, and Saghnik Saha as the newest graduate students to our team.
September 15, 2023
Welcome New Postdoctoral Fellow
We are delighted to announce Dr. Hang Chen has joined our group as a postdoctoral fellow.
September 1st, 2023
Welcome New Postdoctoral Fellows
The Ngai group is excited to welcome Dr. Subir Panja and Dr. Junzhe Wang as our new postdoctoral fellows.
July 1st, 2023
Ngai Lab at Purdue Officially Starts
The Ngai Lab has begun operations, with the setup process underway in the BRWN building at Purdue University. Thanks Gaoyuan, Sahil, Upasana, Zhaofei for their effort in packing, moving, unpacking, and setting up the lab!
June 20th, 2023
Ngai Lab is Moving!
The Ngai Lab is in the process of relocating to Purdue University.
May 2nd, 2023
Doctoral Defense
Congratulations to Dr. Sanghyun Lim on successfully defending his thesis! Great Job Dr. Lim! We wish you all the best in the next chapter of your life!
April 5th, 2023
Publication
“Expanding Reaction Profile of Allyl Carboxylates via 1,2-Radical Migration (RaM): Visible-Light-Induced Phosphine-Catalyzed 1,3-Carbobromination of Allyl Carboxylates” has been published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 
Jan 10th, 2023
Doctoral Defense
Congratulations to Dr. Wang Yao on successfully defending his thesis! We wish you all the best @PrimeMedicine in Boston!
Dec 10th, 2022
Publication
A Book Chapter:  “(Hetero)Aryl C-H Amination via Organic Electrochemistry” has been published in the Handbook of CH-Functionalization 
Nov 3rd, 2022
Publication
“Excited-State Copper-Catalyzed [4 + 1] Annulation Reaction Enables Modular Synthesis of α,β-Unsaturated-γ-Lactams” has been published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 
Oct 10th, 2022
Publication
“Excited-State Palladium-Catalyzed α-Selective C1-Ketonylation” has been published in CCS Chem. 
May 11th, 2022
Publication
“C2-ketonylation of carbohydrates via excited-state palladium-catalyzed 1,2-spin-center shift” has been published in Chem. Sci. 
April 12th, 2022
Chemistry Award for Advanced Graduate Student Teaching Assistant
Congratulations to Jaclyn Mauro for being awarded the Chemistry Award for Advanced Graduate Student Teaching Assistant!
March 22nd, 2022
2022 Dr. Kenneth M. Nicholas Undergraduate Fellowship
Congratulations to Nicholas Wodzenski for being awarded the 2022 Dr. Kenneth M. Nicholas Undergraduate Fellowship!
March 19th, 2022
2022 Frances Velay Women and Science Research Fellowship
Congratulations to Saba Gulzar for being awarded the 2022 Frances Velay Women and Science Research Fellowship!
February 21st, 2022
Publication
“Excited-State Palladium-Catalyzed Radical Migratory Mizoroki–Heck Reaction Enables C2-Alkenylation of Carbohydrates” has been published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 
February 19th, 2022
Sei Sujishi Award
Congratulations to Saba Gulzar for being awarded the Sei Sujishi award!
November 16th, 2021
Publication
“Excited-State Copper Catalysis for the Synthesis of Heterocycles” has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 
October 29th, 2021
Chemistry Research Day Poster Award
Congratulations to Wang Yao for being awarded the Best Poster Award in organic chemistry!
October 22nd, 2021
Publication
“Asymmetric Photocatalysis Enabled by Chiral Organocatalysts” has been published in ChemCatChem 
July 29th, 2021
Master Defense
Congratulations Emmanuel Bazan-Bergamino for successfully defended his master thesis via Zoom!
June 4th, 2021
Publication
“Nickel-Catalyzed Radical Migratory Coupling Enables C-2 Arylation of Carbohydrates” has been published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 
May 17th, 2021
Graduate Research Award
Congratulations Sanghyun Lim for being awarded Graduate Research Award for Summer 2021!
May 14th, 2021
Member of National Academy of Inventors
Congratulations Prof. Ming-Yu Ngai for being inducted as a member of the National Academy of Inventors!
February 19th, 2021
Chemistry Research Day Poster Award
Congratulations to Gaoyuan Zhao, Wang Yao, and Jaclyn N. Mauro for being awarded the Best Poster Award!
January 27th, 2021
Welcome to New Graduate Students
The Ngai group is pleased to welcome new graduate students Miguel Gomez and Daniil Spektor to join our group.
January 19th, 2021
Publication
“Excited-State Palladium-Catalyzed 1,2-Spin-Center Shift Enables Selective C-2 Reduction, Deuteration, and Iodination of Carbohydrates” has been published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 
December 8th, 2020
Qualifying Exam
Congratulations to Manny for passing his qualifying exam and for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy.
December 4th, 2020
Qualifying Exam
Congratulations to Jagrut for passing his qualifying exam and for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy.
December 3rd, 2020
Qualifying Exam
Congratulations to Jackie for passing her qualifying exam and for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy.
December 2nd, 2020
Qualifying Exam
Congratulations to Upasana for passing her qualifying exam and for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy.
August 24th, 2020
Publication
“Redox-Neutral TEMPO Catalysis Toward Direct Radical (Hetero)Aryl C-H Di- and Trifluoromethoxylation” has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 
April 28th, 2020
Doctoral Defense
Congratulations Zhen Lei for successfully defended his doctoral dissertation via Zoom!
April 21st, 2020
Doctoral Defense
Congratulations Johnny Lee for successfully defended his doctoral dissertation via Zoom!
April 8th, 2020
Lee Myers Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student
Congratulations Johnny W. Lee for being awarded Lee Myers Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student!
April 8th, 2020
Chemistry Award for First-Year Graduate Student Teaching Assistant
Congratulations Emmanuel Bazan-Bergamino for being awarded Chemistry Award for First-Year Graduate Student Teaching Assistant!
April 3rd, 2020
Publication
A Book Chapter
March 30th, 2020
CAS Future Leaders Award
Congratulations Johnny W. Lee for being selected as one of the 2020 CAS Future Leaders! Featured in SBU News!
January 27th, 2020
Welcome to New Graduate Students
The Ngai group is pleased to welcome new graduate students Chaudhary Harris, Upasana Mukherjee, Jaclyn Mauro, Emmanuel Bazan-Bergamino and Jagrut Atul Shah to join our group.
October 17th, 2019
Publication
“Photocatalytic Radical Aroylation of Uactivated Alkenes: Pathway to β-Functionalized 1,4-, 1,6-, and 1,7-Diketones” has been published in ACS Cat. 
July 10th, 2019
Stony Brook's Chemical Biology Training Program Fellowship
Congratulations to Daniela for receiving Stony Brook's Chemical Biology Training Program Fellowship!
June 14th, 2019
Best Safety Demo Award
Congratulations to Ngai group for being awarded the Best Safety Demo!
May 28th, 2019
Doctoral Defense
Congratulations to Weijia Zheng for successfully defended his doctoral dissertation!
May 21st, 2019
ACS Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry
Congratulations to Eric Rizzo for being awarded the ACS Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry!
April 17th, 2019
Publication
“β‐Selective Aroylation of Activated Alkenes by Photoredox Catalysis” has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 
April 17th, 2019
NSF CAREER Award
Congratulations to Prof. Ming-Yu Ngai for receiving the 2019 NSF CAREER Award. We thank NSF for supporting our research programs! For more information see: Stony Brook Press Release and NSF Career Award.
April 13th, 2019
Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research
Congratulations to Weijia Zheng for receiving the Chemistry Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research!
April 3rd, 2019
Publication
“Synthesis of Tri‐ and Difluoromethoxylated Compounds via Visible Light Photoredox Catalysis” has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 
February 11th, 2019
Publication
“Catalytic Radical Difluoromethoxylation of Arenes and Heteroarenes” has been published in Chem. Sci. 
February 1st, 2019
Welcome to New Post-Doc Fellow
The Ngai group is pleased to welcome post-doc fellow Gaoyuan Zhao join our group!
January 25th, 2019
Welcome to New Graduate Students
The Ngai group is pleased to welcome new graduate students Daniela Pla-Jauregui and Zipan Cao to join our group.
December 12th, 2018
Publication
“Acyl Radical Chemistry via Visible-Light Photoredox Catalysis” has been published in Synthesis.
November 5th, 2018
Publication
“Recent Development of Catalytic Trifluoromethoxylation Reactions” has been published in Tetrahedron.
September 20th, 2018
Publication
“Redox‐Active Reagents for Photocatalytic Generation of the OCF3 Radical and (Hetero)Aryl C−H Trifluoromethoxylation” has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 
May 31st, 2018
Publication
“Transition-Metal-Free C–H Amidation and Chlorination: Synthesis of N
April 16th, 2018
2018 Young Academic Inventor's Award 
Congratulations to Ming-Yu Ngai for being awarded the 2018 Young Academic Inventor's Award from National Academy of Inventors-SBU Chapter.
April 11th, 2018
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Award
Congratulations to Eric Rizzo for being awarded the SURF award!
April 10th, 2018
Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student
Congratulations to Dr. Katarzyna Lee for being awarded the Maria Tzamarioudaki Memorial Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student!
April 7th, 2018
Stony Brook URECA Summer Research Program
Congratulations to Eric Rizzo for being awarded the Stony Brook URECA Summer Research Program!
March 14th, 2018
Undergraduate Recognition Award in Academic Excellence
Congratulations to Dominique Spiegowski for being awarded the Undergraduate Recognition Award in Academic Excellence (2018).
March 13th, 2018
Publication
“Catalytic C−H Trifluoromethoxylation of Arenes and Heteroarenes” has been published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. as a VIP paper. 
January 24th, 2018
Welcome to New Graduate Students
The Ngai group is pleased to welcome new graduate students Sanghyun Lim and Wang Yao!
December 18th, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Katarzyna N. Lee
Congratulations Dr. Katarzyna N. Lee on successfully defending her Ph.D. and starting her career at Estée Lauder!
November 10th, 2017
Publication
“Recent Developments in Transition-Metal Photoredox-Catalysed Reactions of Carbonyl Derivatives” has been published in Chem. Commun.
July 5th, 2017
URECA Researcher of the Month: Dominique Spiegowski
Congratulations to Dominique N. Spiegowski for being named URECA Researcher of the Month Dominique Spiegowski (July 2017). For the full interview
May 22nd, 2017
Publication
“Selective C–O bond formation via a photocatalytic radical coupling strategy
April 18th, 2017
Stony Brook URECA Summer Research Program
Congratulations to Dominique N. Spiegowski for being awarded the Stony Brook URECA Summer Research Program!
March 30th, 2017
Publication
“β-Selective Reductive Coupling of Alkenylpyridines with Aldehydes and Imines via Synergistic Lewis Acid
January 30th, 2017
Stony Brook's Chemistry Graduate Research Fellowship
Congratulations to Johnny W. Lee for being awarded the Stony Brook's Chemistry Graduate Research Fellowship!
January 27th, 2017
Publication
“Development of [18F]Maleimide-Based Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3β Ligands for Positron Emission Tomography Imaging” has been published in ACS Med. Chem. Lett.
January 17th, 2017
Welcome to a New Postdoctoral Fellow
Welcome Dr. Arghya Banerjee to join our group as a post-doc associate.
October 15th, 2016
Welcome to a New Undergraduate
Welcome Taranvir Singh to join our group as an undergraduate research assistant!
August 1st, 2016
Grant
Ngai group has been awarded an NIGMS R35 grant (Maximizing Investigator Research Awards) for our work on Fluorination Chemistry! Great Job Everyone!
June 1st, 2016
Welcome to a REU Summer Student
Welcome James Herbort to join our group as a REU summer student!
April 1st, 2016
Welcome to a New Undergraduate
Welcome Bike Ozkan to join our group as an undergraduate research assistant.
February 19th, 2016
Welcome to a New Undergraduate
Welcome Dominique Spieogowski to join our group as an undergraduate research assistant.
March 23rd, 2016
Publication
Mechanistic Studies on Intramolecular C-H Trifluoromethoxylation of (Hetero)arenes via OCF3-Migration” featured in Org. Biomol. Chem.
January 22nd, 2016
Publication
Protocol for the Synthesis of Ortho-trifluoromethoxylated Aniline Derivatives” featured in J. Vis. Exp.
January 21st, 2016
Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2016 
Congratulations to Ming-Yu Ngai for being awarded the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2016 (one of the 70 awardees).
November 11th, 2015
Publication
Synthesis of Trifluoromethoxylated (Hetero)Arenes via OCF3 Migration” featured in Synlett.
October 7th, 2015
Publication
Access to a New Class of Synthetic Building Blocks via Trifluoromethoxylation of Pyridines and Pyrimidines” featured in Chem. Sci.!
August 27th, 2015
Publication
A Highly Convergent Total Synthesis of Leustroducsin B featured in J. Am. Chem. Soc!
August 24th, 2015
Welcome to New Graduate Students
Johnny Lee and Zhen Lei has joined the Ngai group. Welcome Johnny and Zhen!
March 24th, 2015
Stony Brook’s Chemical Biology Training Program (CBTP) Fellowship
Congratulations to Katarzyna Lee for being awarded the Stony Brook’s Chemical Biology Training Program (CBTP) Fellowship!
March 24th, 2015
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Award
Congratulations to Fuhua Zhao for being awarded the SURF award sponsored by Merck!
May 24th, 2015
Stony Brook's Chemistry Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
Congratulations to Johnny Lee for being awarded the Chemistry Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research!
December 21st, 2014
Welcome to a New Postdoctoral Fellow
Kongzhen Hu has joined the group from the First Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University. Welcome Kongzhen!
December 20th, 2014
Undergrad and Master Student Join the Lab
New students have joined the Ngai group. Welcome Fuhua, Rodrigo, and Han!
November 14th, 2014
Stony Brook's Chemistry Graduate Research Fellowship
Congratulations to Katarzyna Lee for being awarded the Stony Brook's Chemistry Graduate Research Fellowship!
October 30th, 2014
Ngai Group First Publication
Trifluoromethoxylation of Arenes: Synthesis of ortho-Trifluoromethoxylated Aniline Derivatives by OCF3 Migration featured in Angewandte Chemie Communication.
January 1st, 2014
New Students Join the Lab!
New students have joined the Ngai group. Welcome Johnny, Chengbo and Weija!
November 1st, 2013
Welcome to a New Postdoctoral Fellow
Pengju Feng has joined the group from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Welcome Pengju!
September 13th, 2013
Undergrad Students Join the Lab
Three undergraduate students have joined the Ngai lab. Welcome Alexa, Arthur, and Oliver.
August 1st, 2013
The Ngai group started!
Ming-Yu Ngai has been appointed as Assistant Professor at Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook.
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