The Rizzacasa Group

 Group Photo May 2018


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The group’s overarching goal is the total synthesis of complex natural products. These natural products may originate from a variety of sources or exhibit a variety of biological activity, however what draws them to us is their structural complexity, and the greater the complexity, the better!

Through our endeavours we hope to develop original synthetic routes, confirm biosynthetic origin and synthesise meaningful quantities to enable rigorous biological studies. Over the past 20 years our group has had success in reaching these goals and examples can be seen in our publications page.

Our current research projects can be viewed, following the links below.

Total Synthesis of Myxobacterial Secondary Metabolites

Total Synthesis of Alkyl Citrate Natural Products

Total Synthesis of Thioketopiperazine Natural Products

Biomimetic Total Synthesis

Development of New Asymmetric Catalysis