Org. Lett. 2021, ASAP
α-Chiral Amines via Thermally Promoted Deaminative Addition of Alkylpyridinium Salts to Sulfinimines
Kristen M. Baker, Amanda Tallon, Richard P. Loach, Olivia P. Bercher, Matthew A. Perry, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in OPR&D:
   Org. Lett. 2021, 23, 7059
Deaminative Reductive Methylation of Alkylpyridinium Salts
Olivia P. Bercher, Shane Plunkett, Thomas E. Mortimer, Mary P. Watson
   Org. Lett. 2021, 23, 6242
Nickel-Catalyzed Deaminative Cyanation: Nitriles and One-Carbon Homologation from Alkyl Amines
Jianyu Xu, J. Cameron Twitty, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Synform ( and Organic Chemistry Highlights (
   ACS Catalysis 2021, 11, 8456
Dissection of Alkylpyridinium Structures to Understand Deamination Reactions
Sergei Tcyrulnikov, Qiuqi Cai, J. Cameron Twitty, Jianyu Xu, Abderrahman Atifi, Olivia P. Bercher, Glenn P. A. Yap, Joel Rosenthal, Mary P. Watson, Marisa C. Kozlowski
   J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 8608
Overcoming the Naphthyl Requirement in Stereospecific Cross-Couplings to Form Quaternary Stereocenters
Jianyu Xu, Olivia P. Bercher, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted on Organic Chemistry Portal (
   ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 1604
Nickel-Catalyzed, Stereospecific C–C and C–B Cross-Couplings via C–N and C–O Bond Activation
Jianyu Xu, Olivia P. Bercher, Michael R. Talley, Mary P. Watson
   ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 13820
Enantioselective Alkynylation of Unstabilized Cyclic Iminium Ions
Weiye Guan, Samantha O. Santana, Jennie Liao, Kelci Henninger, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Synfacts (Synfacts 202117(02), 0170)
   Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 13484
Nickel-Catalyzed Synthesis of Dialkyl Ketones from the Coupling of N-Alkyl Pyridinium Salts with Activated Carboxylic Acids
Jiang Wang, Megan E. Hoerrner, Mary P. Watson, Daniel J. Weix
   Science 2020, 367, 509
Stitching Two Chiral Centers with One Catalyst
Jianyu Xu, Mary P. Watson
This perspective on “Catalyst-controlloed doubly enantioconvergent coupling of racemic alkyl nucleophiles and electrophiles” by Huo, Gorsline, and Fu describes the advances for a general scientific audience.
   Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 9738
Engaging Alkenes and Alkynes in Demaminative Alkyl–Alkyl and Alkyl–Vinyl Cross-Couplings of Alkylpyridinium Salts
Kristen M. Baker, Diana Lucas Baca, Shane Plunkett, Mitchell E. Daneker, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Organic Chemistry Portal
   Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 7356
Deaminative Arylation of Amino Acid-derived Pyridinium Salts
Megan E. Hoerrner, Kristen M. Baker, Corey H. Basch, Earl M. Bampo, Mary P. Watson
    Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 2941
Deaminative Reductive Cross-Electrophile Couplings of Alkylpyridinium Salts and Aryl Bromides
Jennie Liao, Corey H. Basch, Megan E. Hoerrner, Michael R. Talley, Brian P. Boscoe, Joseph W. Tucker, Michelle R. Garnsey, Mary P. Watson
   J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 2257
Harnessing Alkylpyridinium Salts as Electrophiles in Deaminative Alkyl–Alkyl Cross-Couplings
Shane Plunkett, Corey H. Basch, Samantha O. Santana, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Org. Process Res. Dev. 2019, 23, 289 and Synfacts 2019, 15, 0511 and Organic Chemistry Portal
   Chem. Commun. 2018, Advance Article
 Asymmetric Synthesis via Stereospecific C–N and C–O Bond Activation of Alkyl Amine and Alcohol Derivatives
Sarah M. Pound, Mary P. Watson
Invited Feature Article

   Synthesis 2018, 50, 3231
 Vinylation of Benzylic Amines via C–N Bond Functionalization of Benzylic Pyridinium Salts
Weiye Guan, Jennie Liao, Mary P. Watson
Invited for Special Topic: Modern Coupling Approaches and their Strategic Applications in Synthesis

  Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 3030
Transforming Benzylic Amines into Diarylmethanes: Cross-Couplings of Benzylic Pyridinium Salts via C–N Bond Activation
Jennie Liao, Weiye Guan, Brian P. Boscoe, Joseph W. Tucker, John W. Tomlin, Michelle R. Garnsey, Mary P. Watson
In collaboration with Pfizer
Highlighted in Synfacts 201814, 0858
  Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 4355
Stereospecific, Nickel-Catalyzed Suzuki–Miyaura Cross-Coupling of Allylic Pivalates to Deliver Quaternary Stereocenters
Kelsey M. Cobb, Javon M. Rabb-Lynch, Megan E. Hoerrner, Alex Manders, Qi Zhou, Mary P. Watson
   J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 5313
Harnessing Alkyl Amines as Electrophiles for Nickel-Catalyzed Cross Couplings via C–N Bond Activation
Corey H. Basch, Jennie Liao, Jianyu Xu, Jacob J. Piane, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted on “In the Pipeline” (, Design for Science (,
a JACS Spotlight (, a OPR&D highlight (,
and Access the recommendation on F1000Prime
Also included in the JACS Young Investigators Virtual Issue
   Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 6006
Enantioselective, Copper-Catalyzed Alkynylation of Ketimines to Deliver Isoquinolines with α-Diaryl Tetrasubstituted Stereocenters
Srimoyee Dasgupta, Jixin Liu, Clarissa A. Shoffler, Glenn P. A. Yap, Mary P. Watson
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 12057
Stereospecific Cross Couplings To Set Benzylic, All-Carbon Quaternary Stereocenters in High Enantiopurity
Qi Zhou, Kelsey M. Cobb, Tianyu Tan, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Synfacts 201612(11), 1175
   J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016138, 11989
Accessing Both Retention and Inversion Pathways in Stereospecific, Nickel-Catalyzed Miyaura Borylations of Allylic Pivalates
Qi Zhou, Harathi D. Srinivas, Songnan Zhang, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Synfacts 201612(11), 1152
   Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 136
Nickel-Catalyzed Borylation of Benzylic Ammonium Salts: Stereospecific Synthesis of Enaptioenriched Benzylic Boronates
Corey H. Basch, Kelsey M. Cobb, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Synfacts 201612(4), 0375

   Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 201511, 2696
Enantioselective Additions of Copper Acetylides to Cyclic Iminium and Oxocarbenium Ions
Jixin Liu, Srimoyee Dasgupta, Mary P. Watson

  Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201554, 14154
Enantioselective, Copper(I)-Catalyzed Alkynylation of Oxocarbenium Ions to Set Diaryl Tetrasubstituted Stereocenters
Srimoyee Dasgupta, Thomas Rivas, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Synfacts 201612(2), 0169
  Synlett 201526, 2702
Stereoselective Synthesis of Trisubstituted Vinyl Bromides via Addition of Alkynes to Oxocarbenium Ions
Andrew R. Ehle, Melissa G. Morris, Brian D. Klebon, Glenn P. A. Yap, Mary P. Watson
Invited contribution to special issue highlighting 2015 EuCheMS Young Investigator Workshop participants
  Org. Lett. 201517, 3857
Diastereoselective, Zinc-Catalyzed Alkynylation of alpha-Bromo Oxocarbenium Ions
Tatsiana Haidzinskaya, Hilary A. Kerchner, Jixin Liu, Mary P. Watson

  J. Org. Chem. 201580, 4003
Enantioselective Copper-Catalyzed Alkynylation of Benzopyranyl Oxocarbenium Ions
Harathi D. Srinivas, Prantik Maity, Glenn P. A. Yap, Mary P. Watson
  Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 3596
Enantiospecific, Nickel-Catalyzed Cross-Couplings of Allylic Pivalates and Arylboroxines
Harathi D. Srinivas, Qi Zhou, Mary P. Watson

  Tetrahedron 2014, 70, 4257
A General, Simple Catalyst for Enantiospecific Cross Couplings of Benzylic Ammonium Triflates and Boronic Acids: No Phosphine Ligand Required
Danielle M. Shacklady-McAtee, Kelsey M. Roberts, Corey H. Basch, Ye-Geun Song, Mary P. Watson
Invited contribution to Symposium in Print in Honor of Prof. Sarah Reisman’s Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award – Congratulations, Sarah!
Highlighted in Synfacts 201410, 1060

  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 3307
Nickel-Catalyzed Cross-Couplings of Benzylic Pivalates with Arylboroxines: Stereospecific Formation of Diarylalkanes and Triarylmethanes
Qi Zhou, Harathi D. Srinivas, Srimoyee Dasgupta, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Synfacts 20139, 646
  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 280
NIckel-Catalyzed Cross Couplings of Benzylic Ammonium Salts and Boronic Acids: Stereospecific Formation of Diarylethanes via C–N Bond Activation
Prantik Maity, Danielle M. Shacklady-McAtee, Glenn P. A. Yap, Eric R. Sirianni, Mary P. Watson
  Synlett 2012, 23, 1705
Controlling Enantioselectivity in Additions to Cyclic Oxocarbenium Ions via Transition-Metal Catalysis
Mary P. Watson, Prantik Maity
  Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 1202
Nickel(0)-Catalyzed Heck Cross-Couplings via Activation of Aryl C–OPiv Bonds
Andrew R. Ehle, Qi Zhou, Mary P. Watson
One of the top 10 most read articles in Org. 
Lett. Jan–Mar 2012
  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 17142
Copper-Catalyzed Enantioselective Additions to Oxocarbenium Ions: Alkynylation of Isochroman Acetal
Prantik Maity, Harathi D. Srinivas, Mary P. Watson
Highlighted in Synfacts 20128, 78 and as a SynStory (Dec 2011)
  Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 3490
Nickel(0)-Catalyzed Cyclization of N-Benzoylaminals for Isoindolinone Synthesis
Danielle M. Shacklady-McAtee, Srimoyee Dasgupta, Mary P. Watson

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