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Dr. Tanay Kesharwani

Biography:

Dr. Tanay Kesharwani, a Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, focuses his research on developing new synthetic methods that can be used on novel materials and small molecules. Kesharwani earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Iowa State University, where his dissertation examined aspects of electrophilic cyclization, palladium migration and cationic polymerization. While at Iowa State he won a Teaching Excellence Award.

He had two postdoctoral fellowships – first in the Department of Drug Development at NewLinks Genetics in Ames, Iowa, and then in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. At UWF, Kesharwani’s research examines such topics as development of Pd catalyzed C-H activation reactions; methodology development and synthesis of biologically interesting heterocycles; new techniques for solid and liquid phase “combinatorial chemistry;” and design and synthesis of porous materials for gas storage and catalysis applications. One current project looks at environmentally benign electrophilic chlorocyclization reactions.

He shares several patents with colleagues and is an active referee for several academic journals. Kesharwani’s research has been published in numerous publications, including Tetrahedron Letters, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry. Kesharwani taught Chemistry at Bard College in New York before joining UWF in 2013. He has a B.S./M.S. (Integrated) in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay.

Degrees & Institutions:

Postdoctoral Fellow Northwestern University (2010-2011)
Postdoctoral Fellow NewLink Genetics (2008-2010)
Ph.D., Iowa State University (2002-2008)
M.S., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (1997-2002)
B.S., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (1997-2002)

Research:

Dr. Kesharwani's research at UWF focuses on developing new synthetic methods that can be used on novel materials and small molecules. He examine topics such as development of Pd catalyzed C-H activation reactions; methodology development and synthesis of biologically interesting heterocycles; new techniques for solid and liquid phase “combinatorial chemistry;” and design and synthesis of porous materials for gas storage and catalysis applications. One current project looks at environmentally benign electrophilic chlorocyclization reactions.

Current Courses:

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • Advanced Lab Techniques

Classes Taught:

    • Organic Chemistry I, II and Labs
    • Special Topics in Advanced Chemistry
    • Seminars in Chemistry
    • Directed Study
    • Undergraduate Chemistry Research

Special Interests:

 American Chemical Society

Publications:

    Kesharwani, T.;* Kornman, C. T.; Tonnaer A. L.; Royappa A. D. “Green synthesis of benzo[b]thiophenes via iron(III) mediated 5-endo-dig iodocyclization of 2-alkynylthioanisoles” Tetrahedron Letters 2016, 57, 411-414.

    Kesharwani, T.; Craig, J.;  Del Rosario, C.;  Shavnore, R.; Kornman, C. “Synthesis of 3-iodobenzo[b]thiophenes via iodocyclization/etherification reaction sequence” Tetrahedron Letters 2014, 55, 6812.

    Sun, X.; Low-Beinart, L.; Sidman, E.; Kesharwani, T. “Synthesis of pyrrolo-[2,1-j]quinolone framework via intramolecular electrophilic cyclization”, Tetrahedron Letters 2013, 54, 1344.

    Verma, A. K.; Kesharwani, T.; Singh J.; Tandon, V.; Larock, R. C. “A Copper-Catalyzed Tandem Synthesis of Indolo- and Pyrrolo[2,1-a]isoquinolines” Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2009, 121, 1158-1163.

    Kesharwani, T.; Verma, A. K.; Emrich, D.; Ward, J. A.; Larock. R. C. “Acyl C-H Activation via 1,4-Palladium Migration Reactions”, Org. Letters 2009, 11, 2591-2593.

    Kesharwani, T.; Larock. R. C. “Benzylic C-H Activation and C-O Bond Formation via Aryl to Benzylic 1,4-Palladium Migrations”, Tetrahedron Letters 2008, 64, 6090-6102.

    Kesharwani, T.; Worlikar, S. A.; Larock, R.C. “Synthesis of 2,3-Disubstituted Benzo[b]selenophenes via Electrophilic Cyclization”, J. Org. Chem. 2006, 71, 2307-2312.


Keywords: Pd catalyzed C-H activation reactions, biologically interesting heterocycles, solid and liquid phase combinatorial chemistry, design and synthesis of porous materials, electrophilic cyclization, palladium migration, cationic polymerization, environmentally benign electrophilic chlorocyclization reactions