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December 2016 Graduate Student Research Highlight: Synthia Gratia

Graduate student: Synthia Gratia, 5th-year Ph.D 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., 2016, 18(20), pp 5320–5323. Article

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!