Robert G. Iafe
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Center Court E4
Phone: 909-607-2242
Office Hours: W 1-3pm; F 1:30-3:30pm [PPSS 5-6pm HM 121]
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Educational Background:
Ph.D., M.S.; University of California, Los Angeles, CA
B.S.; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
Courses Taught:
Chem 116L, Chem 117L
Research Interests:
Organometallic catalysis, organic synthesis, molecular modeling
Thesis Topics:
Microwave assisted gold(I) catalysis, asymmetric organocatalysis, palladium(II)-catalyzed macrocyclization reactions, tandem macrocyclization/transannular DIels-Alder reactions, stereoselective hydroboration chemistry
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Selected Publications List: Click to open new window.
1.   Iafe, R. G.; Kuo, J. L.; Hochstatter, D. G.; Saga, T.; Turner, J. W.; Merlic, C. A . (2013). Increasing the Efficiency of the Transannular Diels-Alder Strategy via Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Macrocyclizations. Org. Lett.   15: 582–585. Article
2.   Iafe, R. G.; Chan, D. G.; Kuo, J. L.; Boon, B. A.; Faizi, D. J.; Saga, T.; Turner, J. W.; Merlic, C. A . (2012). Cyclization Strategies to Polyenes Using Pd(II)-Catalyzed Couplings of Pinacol Vinylboronates. Org. Lett.   14: 4282–4285. Article
3.   Gutierrez, O.; Iafe, R. G.; Houk, K. N . (2009). Origin of Stereoselectivity in the Imidazolidinone- Catalyzed Reductions of Cyclic α,β-Unsaturated Ketones. Org. Lett.   11: 4298-4301. Article
4.   Ess, D. H.; Wheeler, S. E.; Iafe, R. G.; Xu, L.; Celebi-Olcum, N.; Houk, K. N . (2008). Bifurcations on Potential Energy Surfaces of Organic Reactions. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.   47: 7592-7601. Article
5.   Iafe, R. G.; Houk, K. N . (2008). Intramolecular Hetero-Diels-Alder Reactions of Imine and Iminium Dienophiles: Quantum Mechanical Exploration of Mechanisms and Stereoselectivities. J. Org. Chem.   73: 2679-2686. Article
6.   Iafe, R. G.; Houk, K. N . (2006). Stereoselectivity Control by Torsional Steering in an Intramolecular Diels-Alder Reaction of Vinyl Oxocarbenium Ions. Org. Lett.   8: 3469-3472. Article