John A. Soderquist
Universityof Puerto Rico
John A. Soderquist completed his PhD in 1977 from the University of Colorado under the direction of Alfred Hassner. From 1977-9, he was a postdoctoral scholar under the direction of Nobel Laureate, Herbert C. Brown at Purdue University. His independent research career began at the the University of San Francisco in 1979 where he became Associate Professor and Department Chairman before moving to the University of Puerto Rico in 1983. Since 1988, he has been a Full Professor of Chemistry, publishing nearly 140 articles, contributing over 400 research presentations to scientific meetings and universities world-wide and directing the thesis studies of nearly 30 PhD students. He has served as a technical consultant for several chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
He is interested in the invention and development of new asymmetric reagents and catalysts derived from organometallic derivatives of Main Group elements such as boron and silicon. We are also interested in the design and total synthesis of natural products and pharmaceuticals through the use of these novel reagents and catalysts. Much of our efforts in this regard have been directed toward the use of bulky silicon groups to influence the chemistry of organoborane processes in synthetically useful ways.