Charles Zercher

DEAN OF COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Office of the Dean
Phone: (603) 862-1781
Office: CEPS Dean's Office, Kingsbury Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Charles Kent Zercher

I am a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire. I teach and conduct research in the area of organic chemistry, with primary interests in the development of synthetic methodology and the application these new synthetic tools to the preparation of molecules on biological.

Recent research activity has focused on the development of a series of reactions initiated by the reaction of ß-dicarbonyl compounds with zinc carbenoids. Treatment of the resultant reactive intermediate with a variety of electrophiles leads to a diverse array of complex products. The chemistry has been key to the efficient synthesis of numerous natural products, include brefeldin A, papyracillic acids A, B, and C, CJ-12,954 and CJ-13,014, and patulolide A.

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Notre Dame
  • M.S., Medicinal&Pharmaceutical Chem., State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A., Chemistry, Messiah College

Research Interests

  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Synthetic Chemistry

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 696: Independent Study
  • CHEM 699: Thesis
  • CHEM 918: Special Topic
  • TECH 400: Introduction to CEPS Programs
  • TECH 696: Stdy/Six Sigma

Selected Publications

Jacobine, A. M., Puchlopek, A. L. A., Zercher, C. K., Briggs, J. B., Jasinski, J. P., & Butcher, R. J. (2012). Tandem chain extension-Mannich reaction: an approach to beta-proline derivatives. TETRAHEDRON, 68(38), 7799-7805. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/