Professional Appointments and Affiliations
Professor of Chemistry
431 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802
B.A., University of Kansas, 1973
Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, 1978
Development of new synthetic methodology with emphasis on ring construction: pericyclic reactions; total synthesis of natural products; terpene chemistry; alkaloid chemistry.
R. L. Funk, S. P. Fearnley, and R. J. Gregg, Preparation of 2-Alkyl- and 2-Acylpropenals from 5-(Trifluoromethanesulfonyloxy)-4H-1,3 dioxin: A Versatile Acrolein a-Cation Synthon, Tetrahedron, 56:10275 (2000).
R. L. Funk and G. Yang, C(1)-Substituted Menthone Derivatives: Self-Removing Chiral Auxiliaries for Asymmetric Conjugate Additions to Cycloalkenones, Tetrahedron Lett, 40:1073 (1999).
R. L. Funk, E. R. R. Young, M. F. Flanagan, R. M. Williams, and T. L. Cecil, Photochemical Cycloaromatization Reactions of ortho-Dialkynylarenes: A New Class of DNA Photocleaving Agents, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 118:3291 (1996).
R. L. Funk and K. J. Yost III, Preparation and Diels-Alder Cycloaddition of 2-Acyloxyacroleins. Facile Synthesis of Functionalized Taxol A-Ring Synthons, J. of Organic Chemistry, 61:2598 (1996).