University of California, Irvine

Blum Laboratory

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Research at the forefront of organic, organometallic, inorganic, and mechanistic chemistry at the University of California, Irvine


Latest News:

September 9: Prof. Blum travels to China to present our research at Wuhan University! While there, she meets with graduate students from the Lei and Chen groups who also study organozinc reagent formation.

August 26: Kristof Jess presents his last research talk about his work with oxidative addition on metal surfaces, following a celebratory dinner at Tokyo Table. We wish him the best of luck back in Germany!

August 19: Prof. Gregor Jung gives an exclusive research presentation to the Blum Lab!

August 12: We welcome our newest visiting graduate student, Andreas Hess!

August 5: The Blum Lab welcomes our newest graduate student, Martin Stang!

July 19: Congrats to Dr. Adena Issaian for successfully defending their thesis on boron-heteroatom additions to alkynes!

July 17: Congratulations to Dr. Quinn Easter for publishing a comprehensive overview of our research in Accounts of Chemical Research. This account takes a look at our group’s accomplishments in fluorescence microscopy since our foundation in 2006!

July 1: We have two MORE summer students joining our lab. Welcome incoming first-year graduate student Sarah Yauchzee and visiting graduate student Shuichi Nakao!

June 24: We have two new students joining us for the summer! Welcome incoming first-year graduate students Hannah Peacock and Shannon Saluga!

June 17: It’s time to celebrate! David Gorial and Scott Kim graduated with their Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry.

Congratulations to Adena Issaian for her Ph.D. hooding ceremony. Although you all be dearly missed by the Blum group, we look forward to your future accomplishments!

June 5: Congratulations to Dr. Kristof Jess, Dr. Kazuhiro Kitagawa, and Tristen Tagawa for their published studies in JACS! Their research showcased the predictive power of microscopy techniques in organozinc reagent synthesis.

June 4: Chao Gao and Tony Garcia pass their advancement to candidacy exams! Congrats on becoming senior students and advancing to your next stage of studies.

May 22: Congrats to Scott Kim for the Don Bunker award. This prestigious award was earned by Scott for his excellence in research and coursework. We are very proud your achievements!

May 22: Welcome new graduate student, Erin Hanada!

May 18: Our undergraduate students, David and Scott, gave stellar presentations at the UROP symposium talks.

May 15: Our “Mechanistic Studies of Formal Thioboration Reactions of Alkynes” were highlighted in a virtual issue; Advances in Boron Chemistry: The Legacy of Fred Hawthorne.

March 28: Kristof, Quinn, and Tony present their microscopy results in Germany at the first-ever Probing Chemical Reactions by Single-Molecule Spectroscopy conference. Prof. Blum presents a keynote.

March 4: Our research on Single-Polymer-Particle Growth Kinetics with Molecular Catalysts Speciation and Single-Turnover Imaging was published in ACS Catalysis. Congrats to our Microscopy Team.

March 14: Our work on Copper-Catalyzed Aminoborationfrom Hydrazones To Generate Borylated Pyrazoles was published in Organic Letters. Congrats to Dr. Tu and Scott. Double Kimboration!

Feb 7: Welcome new Postdoctoral Scholar, David Josh Dibble!

Dec 19: Congratulations, Dr. Kristof Jess, for earning the prestigious Rochow Award from TU Braunschweig. Dr. Jess received this award for his excellent Ph. D. thesis.

Dec 5: We have two new graduate students joining the group, Joe Kaplan and Tristen Tagawa. Welcome to the team!

Nov 26: Congratulations to Dr. Kim N. Tu for a successful thesis defense regarding borylative heterocyclization! 

Oct 11: Our research on transition-metal-free synthesis of borylated thiophenes via formal thioboration was published in Org. Lett. Congrats, Hassen!