Eco-friendly molecule making

Do you want to do chemistry that is good and beautiful, green and clever? Do you want to be a legit molecule maker? Join us! We are developing eco-friendly reactions to rapidly create organic molecules in surprising ways: new bonds, new rings, and more! Some of our targets have antibiotic properties or applications for metabolic disorders. We collaborate with process chemists at a pharmaceutical company and with biologists at a local university to ensure our chemistry is impactful.

Essay prompt (please address the following in 1-2 paragraphs):

  1. What interests you in the project? Include a question or two about this research article.
  2. What experience do you have with organic chemistry or laboratory research?
  3. What do you hope to get out of this research experience? What are your career goals?
Name of research group, project, or lab
Vosburg lab
Why join this research group or lab?

You will get to be part of a fun research group, planning research strategies, learning new lab techniques, making brand-new molecules, characterizing your products with a variety of instrumental methods (NMR, IR, MS, TLC, UV-Vis, possibly X-ray), and communicating your results informally and formally. It is very good preparation for graduate school or similar endeavors. You may also get to collaborate with industrial chemists or biologists!

Representative publication
Logistics Information:
Project categories
Molecular Design
Student ranks applicable
Student qualifications

Experience with organic chemistry is helpful but not required. Interest, enthusiasm, persistence, a cheerful attitude, and good teamwork are important for the whole team.

Time commitment
Summer - Full Time
Paid Research
Number of openings
Techniques learned

Student researchers will learn to search the scientific literature, plan experiments, speak the language of chemistry, draw molecular structures, perform reactions, purify products, and analyze compounds by thin-layer chromatography (TLC), mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

Contact Information:
David Vosburg
Principal Investigator
Name of project director or principal investigator
David Vosburg
Email address of project director or principal investigator
3 sp. | 16 appl.
Hours per week
Summer - Full Time
Project categories
Molecular Design (+3)
ChemistryMolecular DesignPharmaceuticalsSustainability