Organic Chemistry and Synthesis

Organic compounds are central to biological processes and have many practical applications, including in the pharmaceutical, agriculture, materials, and energy industries. The study of Organic Chemistry can enable a greater understanding of the structure, properties, and function of carbon-containing compounds toward the goal of designing next-generation solutions to societal challenges and increasing our knowledge about the chemistry of life. Researchers also seek to develop fundamentally new bond-forming processes and strategies to decrease the cost, time, and environmental impact associated with the synthesis of organic compounds. Faculty at UVA pursue these goals in an interdisciplinary way, interfacing with catalysis, drug discovery, materials chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and chemical biology.