Graduate Research Highlights

December 2016: Synthia Gratia

Synthia Gratia

Synthia Gratia, 5th-year PhD student in Prof. Diver's group

Notable Recent Achievements

  • First-author publication: Synthia Gratia, Kathryn Mosesohn, and Steven T. Diver, "Highly Selective Ring Expansion of Bicyclo[3.1.0]hexenes," Org. Lett., 201618(20), pp 5320–5323.

Research Highlight

"My research focuses on the synthesis and mechanistic investigation of methylene-free enyne metathesis, specifically the synthesis of functionalized cycloheptadienes using highly active ruthenium-based catalysts to couple terminal alkynes and bicyclic alkenes.

I enjoy being a graduate student at UB because of the vast amount of resources available to increase my knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry. In addition, I appreciate the guidance and the plethora of knowledge obtained through my advisor’s assistance.

During my free time you will find me singing for choir, drawing and hanging out with friends."

Congratulations, Synthia!

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