Scott D. Rychnovsky

Professor, Chemistry
School of Physical Sciences

PH.D., Columbia University, 1986

B.A. 1981, University of California at Berkeley

Phone: (949)824-8292
Fax: (949) 824-6379

University of California, Irvine
3038B FRH
Mail Code: 2025
Irvine, CA 92697

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Organic Chemistry, Synthesis and Structure Determination
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Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

Fresenius Award

Zeneca Chemistry Award

Searle Scholar Fellow

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar

Eli Lilly Fellow

Pfizer Research Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award

S. T. Li Prize for Achievements in Science and Technology

Associate Editor for The Journal of Organic Chemistry

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellow of the American Chemical Society

Royal Society of Chemistry Pedler Award
Appointments NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Faculty member at the University of Minnesota from
Joined UCI faculty in 1995
New methods are at the heart of synthetic organic chemistry. We are developing new methods to form carbon-carbon bonds and to introduce stereogenic centers. For example, we are investigating the Prins cyclization reaction, in which a new ring is formed along with a carbon-carbon bond and up to three new stereogenic centers. The potential of this reaction is further enhanced by our recent observation that carbon nucleophiles will participate and trap the penultimate carbenium ion. The use of carbon nucleophiles leads to a rapid increase structural complexity.

Our new methodology is developed in the context of natural product total synthesis. Natural products present a myriad of interesting and diverse structural types that continue to challenge the synthetic chemist. Given the tremendous advances in methods development over the last few decades, almost any natural product could be made by talented synthetic chemists, but often only after many person-years of painstaking labor. Our methods are designed to make the synthesis of targeted natural products much more rapid and efficient. We select synthetic targets based on interesting structural features and unusual biological activity. These synthetic targets are a focus for our new methods and provide a challenge against which to measure their effectiveness.

Specific natural products of interest include rimocidin, phorboxazole A, epicalyxin F, and leucascandrolide A.
Available Technologies
Publications Heteroatom-directed Acylation of Secondary Alcohols to Assign Absolute Configuration. Alexander S. Burns, Christopher C. Ross and Scott D. Rychnovsky, J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 2504–2515.
  Determination of the Absolute Configuration of ß-Chiral Primary Alcohols Using the Competing Enantioselective Conversion Method. Alexander S. Burns, Alexander J. Wagner, Jennifer L. Fulton, Kyle Young, Armen Zakarian, and Scott D. Rychnovsky, Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 2953–2956.
  Determination of the Absolute Configuration of Cyclic Amines with Bode’s Chiral Hydroxamic Esters Using the Competing Enantioselective Conversion Method. Alexander Burtea and Scott D. Rychnovsky, Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 4195–4198.
  Concise Synthesis of (+)-Fastigiatine. Renzo A. Samame, Christina M. Owens and Scott D. Rychnovsky, Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 188-190.
  Developing a Novel Acidic Residue Reactive and Sulfoxide-containing MS-cleavable Homobifunctional Cross-linker for Probing Protein-Protein Interactions. Craig B. Gutierrez, Clinton Yu, Eric J. Novitsky, Alex S. Huszagh, Scott Rychnovsky, Lan Huang, Anal. Chem. 2016, 88, 8315–8322.
  Stereochemical Outcomes in Reductive Cyclizations to Form Spirocyclic Heterocycles. Matthew A. Perry, Richard R. Hill, Justin J. Leong and Scott D. Rychnovsky, Org. Lett. 2015, 17, 3268-3271.
  Synthesis of Two New Enrichable and MS-Cleavable Cross-linkers to Define Protein-Protein Interactions by Mass Spectrometry. Anthony M. Burke, Wynne Kandur, Eric J. Novitsky, Robyn M. Kaake, Clinton Yu, Athit Kao, Lan Huang and Scott D. Rychnovsky, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015, 13, 5030-5037
  A Cross-linking Mass Spectrometry Platform to Define Protein Interactions in Living Cells. Robyn M. Kaake, Xiaorong Wang, Anthony Burke, Clinton Yu, Wynne Kandur, Yingying Yang, Eric J. Novitsky, Tonya Second, Jicheng Duan, Athit Kao, Shenheng Guan, Danielle Vellucci, Scott D. Rychnovsky, Lan Huang, Mol. Cell. Proteomics, 2014, 13, 3533-3543
  Developing New Isotope-coded MS-cleavable Cross-linkers for Elucidating Protein Structures. Clinton Yu, Wynne Kandur, Athit Kao, Scott Rychnovsky and Lan Huang, Anal. Chem. 2014, 86, 2099-2106.
  Formation of Highly Substituted Tetrahydropyranones: Application to the Total Synthesis of Cyanolide A. Gidget C. Tay, Michael R. Gesinski, and Scott D. Rychnovsky, Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 4536-4539.
  Mapping the structural topology of the yeast 19S proteasomal regulatory particle using chemical cross-linking and probabilistic modeling. Athit Kao, Arlo Randall, Yingying Yang, Vishal R. Patel, Wynne Kandur, Shenheng Guan, Scott D. Rychnovsky, Pierre Baldi, and Lan Huang, Mol. Cell. Proteomics 2012, 11, Epub. (DOI: 10.1074/mcp.M112.018374)
  Total Synthesis of Lepadiformine Alkaloids using N-Boc Alpha-Amino Nitriles as Trianion Synthons. Matthew A. Perry, Matthew D. Morin, Brian W. Slafer and Scott D. Rychnovsky, J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 3390-3400.
  Nanomole-scale Assignment of Configuration for Primary Amines Using a Kinetic Resolution Strategy. Shawn M. Miller, Renzo A. Samame and Scott D. Rychnovsky, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 20318-20321.
  Development of a Novel Cross-Linking Strategy for Fast and Accurate Identification of Cross-Linked Peptides of Protein Complexes. Athit Kao, Chi-li Chiu, Danielle Vellucci, Yingying Yang, Shenheng Guan, Arlo Randall, Pierre Baldi, Scott D. Rychnovsky, Lan Huang, Mol. Cell. Proteomics 2011, 10, 1-17.
  Total Synthesis of the Cyanolide A Aglycon. Mike R. Gesinski and Scott D. Rychnovsky, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 9727-9729.
  Determination of Absolute Configuration Using Kinetic Resolution Catalysts. Alexander J. Wagner, Jonathan G. David, and Scott D. Rychnovsky, Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 4470-4473.
  Fully Substituted Carbon Centers By Diastereoselective Spirocyclization: Stereoselective Synthesis of (+)-Lepadiformine A. C. Matthew Perry, Matthew D. Morin, Brian W. Slafer, Scott A. Wolckenhauer and Scott D. Rychnovsky, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 9591-9593.
  Total Synthesis of (–)-Lycoperine A. Yoshitaka Nakamura, Anthony M. Burke, Shunsuke Kotani, Joseph W. Ziller and Scott D. Rychnovsky, Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 72-75.
American Chemical Society
Other Experience Professor
Univeristy of Minnesota 1988—1995

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