Research in our group focuses on catalysis, chirality and materials chemistry. In particular, we are interested in developing new reactions to prepare compounds of interest to the pharmaceutical industry, specifically reactions that are enantioselective or enantiospecific. We also have a significant program investigating the use of carbon–based molecules as ligands for self-assembled monolayers on gold and other metals. Our materials program also includes the synthesis and analysis of novel nanoporous materials, particularly the study of chirality transfer in the solid state. In addition, we are interested in developing novel main group (non-metal) catalysts for important organic reactions. Although fundamental research is always the most important driver, our projects have significant applications in synthesis, pharmaceuticals, bio-sensing, automotive materials, petrochemical and agrochemical industries such that students are highly employable upon graduation.