Ala Bunescu
Junior Prof. Ala Bunescu
  • Kekulé-Institut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Research topics
  • C-H functionalization
  • transition metal catalysis
  • photocatalysis
Our research group's focal goal is to develop novel strategies to efficiently access chemical entities with lower ecological and economic impacts. To achieve this aim, we will employ transition metal-catalysis to enable chemical transformations via C-H activation and photocatalytic radical cross-coupling processes. Transition metal catalysis is central to enhance organic synthesis's sustainability by allowing shorter, more selective, less energy demanding synthetic routes, meeting the green chemistry criteria.
Selected publications

Bunescu A, Abdelhamid Y, and Gaunt MJ (2021) Multicomponent alkene azido-arylation via anion-mediated dual catalysis. Nature 598:597–603.

Su B, Qiu Y, Bunescu A, Ernst M, Zuend S and Hartwig JF (2020) Palladium-catalyzed oxidation of β-C(sp3)-H bond of primary alkylamines through a rare four-membered palladacycle intermediate. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 142:7912–7919.

Bunescu A, Butcher TW and Hartwig JF (2018) ​Traceless Silylation of β-C(sp3)−H Bonds of Alcohols via Perfluorinated Acetals. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140:1502-1507.

Ala Bunescu
Junior Prof. Ala Bunescu
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