Hirschmann-Makineni Professor of Chemistry
Gary Molander joined Penn’s chemistry faculty in 1999. His research interests focus on the development of new methods for organic synthesis and natural-product synthesis. A major focus of his research has been the application of organolanthanide reagents and catalysts to selective organic synthesis. More recently, he has been involved in the development of organotrifluoroborates. More than 200 research papers have emanated from his research program.
Molander has received several honors for his research and teaching, including an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society as well as the society’s Philadelphia Section Award, and Penn’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has been a visiting scholar at many universities around the world. Currently, he is secretary/treasurer of the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. In 2001 he was the executive director for the 37th National Organic Symposium, and in 2004-2006 he served as a director of the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society.
Molander has been on the editorial advisory boards of Organometallics, Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters, Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, and Science of Synthesis. He is an associate editor of Organic Letters and an executive editor of the Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis.