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Richard Cornwall

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Sciences

McKay Classroom Building Room 144

Professional Development

BS Chemistry, BA German, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 2001-2008, Mentor- Prof. Ana Moore PhD Organic Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 2008-2014, Mentor- Prof. Yian Shi Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Department of Biochemistry and Physical Science, 2015-present

Research Interests

Total synthesis of biologically important compounds and natural products
New catalytic reactions
Organometallic chemistry

Current Classes

  • CHEM 251
  • CHEM251L
  • CHEM252
  • CHEM252L
  • CHEM295
  • CHEM 350
  • CHEM101


  • "Complementary Regioselectivity in the Cu(I)-Catalyzed Diamination of Conjugated Dienes to Form Cyclic Sulfamides.” R. G. Cornwall, B. Zhao and Y. Shi, Organic Letters, 2011, 13, 434.
  • "A Novel Class of Tunable Cyclopropanation Reagents (RXZnCH2Y) and Their Synthetic Applications.” R.G. Cornwall, O.A. Wong, H. Du, T.A. Ramirez, and Y. Shi, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2012, 10, 5498.
  • “Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis of Cyclic Sulfamides from Conjugated Dienes.” R.G. Cornwall, B. Zhao and Y. Shi, Organic Letters, 2013, 15, 796. (*Highlighted in Synfacts 2013, 9, 520.*)
  • “Organocatalytic Asymmetric Epoxidation and Aziridination of Olefins and their Synthetic Applications.” Y. Zhu, Q. Wang, R.G. Cornwall and Y. Shi,Chemical Reviews, 2014, 114, 8199.
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