Seminar Series: Dr. Mitchell P. Croatt, Friday, 02/23/2018, 11:00 A.M.

JSNN Seminar Series

Title: “Design, Discovery, and Development of New Reactions to Create New Compounds.”

Speaker: Dr. Mitchell P. Croatt
Job Title: Department Head, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

Date and Time: Friday, 02/23/2018, 11:00 A.M.
Location: JSNN Auditorium

2907 E. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27401


The continued advancement of science requires more practical methods to synthesize known compounds, along with the generation of novel compounds with unknown properties.  Towards this goal, my group is modifying readily available compounds to generate new compounds with increased molecular complexity and previously unexplored reactivity.  For this talk, the reactions of azides and alkynes will be explored whereby a host of novel reactive intermediates and new structures were produced.


Mitch was born in 1980 in the town of New Prague, Minnesota. He went to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1998 and earned his B.S. in Chemistry after doing research in the research group of Professor George A. O’Doherty. In 2002, Mitch then went to Stanford University to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry in the group of Professor Paul A. Wender. He focused his graduate research on the design and development of new transition metal-catalyzed reactions and successfully defended his thesis in 2007. Mitch then went overseas to Zurich, Switzerland to study in the group of Professor Erick M. Carreira at ETH-Zurich. There he made semi-synthetic analogs of Amphotericin B to help study its mechanism of action. In 2010, Mitch started his independent academic career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015, and became Department Head in 2017.