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Brian V. Popp, Ph.D.


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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

J. Evans Attwell-Welch Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University

Research Interests: Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis, Chemical Kinetics and Mechanism, Computational Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Peptide Chemistry

Teaching Fields

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry

Courses Offered

Chem 236: Organic Chemistry II

Chem 521: Organometallic Chemistry

Chem 533: Advanced Spectroscopic Characterization of Organic Molecules
Chem 796D: Special Topics-Bioorganic Chemistry


“Regioselective Copper-Catalyzed Boracarboxyation of Vinyl Arenes” Butcher, T. W.; McClain, E. J.; Hamilton, T. G.; Perrone, T. M.; Kroner, K. M.; Donohoe, G. C.; Akhmedov, N. G.; Petersen, J. L.; Popp, B. V. Org. Lett. 201622, ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b03326

• Recognized as an Editor's Choice article (Nov. 30th) by American Chemical Society Publications

“Syntheses and Structures of Functionalized [9]Cycloparaphenylenes as Carbon Nanohoops Bearing  Carbomethoxy and N-Phenylphthalimido Groups" Li, S.; Huang, C.; Thakellapalli, H.; Farajidizaji, B.; Popp, B. V.; Petersen, J. L.; Wang, K. K. Org. Lett. 201618, 2268-2271. DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b00904

“Syntheses of cycloparaphenylenes bearing furan-2,5-diyl or 2,2’-bifuran-5,5’-diyl units in macrocyclic structures”  Farajidizaji, B.; Thakellapalli, H.; Li, S.; Huang, C.; Baughman, N. N.; Akhmedov, N. G.; Popp, B. V.; Petersen,  J. L.; Wang, K. K. Chem. Euro. J. 201622, 16420-16424. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201604036

“Syntheses and structures of thiophene-containing cycloparaphenylenes and related carbon nanohoops”   Thakellapalli, H.; Farajidizaji, B.; Butcher, T. W.; Popp, B. V.; Akhmedov, N. G.; Petersen, J. L.; Wang, K. K. Org. Lett. 20156, 3470-3473. DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b01514

“Potent and selective inhibition of SH3 domains with dirhodium metalloinhibitors” Vohidov, F.; Knudsen, S. E.; Leonard, P.; Ohata, J.; Wheadon, M.; Popp, B. V.; Ladbury, J.; Ball, Z. T. Chem. Sci. 20156, 4778-4783.  DOI: 10.1039/c5sc01602a

“Stabilization   and   functionalization  of single-walled carbon nanotubes with polyvinylpyrrolidone        copolymers for applications in aqueous media” Popp, B. V.; Miles, D. H.; Smith, J. A.; Fong, I. M.; Pasquali, M.; Ball, Z. T. J. Polymer Sci. A: Polymer Chem. 201553, 337-343. DOI: 10.1002/pola.27365 **Postdoctoral Work with Prof. Zachary Ball**

“Designing enzyme-like catalysts: A rhodium(II) metallopeptide case study.” Vohidov, F.; Popp, B. V.; Ball, Z. T.  Proc. 24th Amer. Peptide Symposium. Orlando, June 20-25, 2015; Srivastava, V., Yudin, A., Lebl, M., Eds.;  American Peptide Society: 2015, 24-26. **Postdoctoral Work with Prof. Zachary Ball**

“Functionalized carbon nanohoops: Synthesis and structure of a [9]cycloparaphenylene bearing three 5,8-dimethoxynaphth-1,4-diyl units” Huang, C.; Huang, Y.; Akhmedov, N. G.; Popp, B. V.; Petersen, J. L.; Wang, K. K. Org. Lett. 201416, 2672-2675. DOI: 10.1021/ol500904x

“Electron-rich arene-ruthenium metalla-architectures incorporating tetrapyridyl-tetrathiofulvene donor moieties.”  Vajpayee, V.; Bivaud, S.; Goeb, S.; Croué, V.; Allain, M.; Popp, B. V.; Garcia, A.; Therrien, B.; Sallé, M. Organometallics 201433, 1651-1658. DOI: 10.1021/om401142j 

“Phase transformations in microcrystalline cellulose under ball milling and hydrothermal treatment”       Seehra, M. S.; Pyapalli, S. K.; Popp, B. V.; Goulay, F.; Gullion, T.; Poston, J. Cellulose 201433, 1651-1658. DOI: 10.1007/s10570-014-0424-y

“A tripodal monopeptide ligand for asymmetric Rh(II) catalysis and the importance of on-bead catalyst  development” Sambasivan, R.; Zheng, W.; Burya, S. J.; Popp, B. V.; Turro, C.; Clementi, C.; Ball, Z. T.  Chem. Sci. 20145, 1401-1407. DOI: 10.1039/c3sc53354a