THE

SARPONG

GROUP

 

exploring organic chemistry through

total synthesis and methods development

 

Our ResearchOur Values

Research Interests

Natural Products

Natural products provide a platform for developing solutions to longstanding problems in chemical synthesis. Our group does this through the development of novel strategies toward challenging targets.

Methods Development

Development of new methods provides powerful tools to implement strategies for synthesis. Among our interests are new ways to build and cleave carbon-carbon bonds through skeletal rearrangements.

Check out our virtual lab tour for visit weekend!

Group News

August 10, 2020

Check out this editorial on diversity and inclusion in chemistry written by Richmond, Sarah Reisman, Matt Sigman, and Tehshik Yoon out today in JOC, Organometallics, and ACS Central Science!

August 2, 2020

Congratulations to Shelby McCowen, who has been awarded a University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) Fellowship for her work on the synthesis of highly bridged natural products that exhibit anti-cancer properties.

July 6, 2020

Congrats to Meggie on being awarded a Berkeley Chemistry Achievement Prize (CAP)! Meggie’s work as Faculty Support Administrator is invaluable to our group and we’re so lucky to work with her!

July 6, 2020

Congratulations to group members Jin Su, Jose, and Justin as well as our collaborators from the Baik group and Dr. Yeung from Merck on the publication of our work on a new approach to indolizidines in JACS!

June 30, 2020

Congratulations to members of the Sarpong and Garg labs on their joint InFocus Article published in A[CS]2 on some potent strategies for treating global health crises!

June 16, 2020

Congratulations to Mel Perea, who has been awarded a National Institutes of Health F31 Fellowship!

Twitter Feed

Check out this editorial written by Richmond, @sarah_reisman, @Sigman_Lab , and @TehshikYoon titled "Organic Chemistry: A Call to Action for Diversity and Inclusion" in @JOC_OL, @Orgmet_ACS, and @ACSCentSci https://t.co/QwygLLOeBk

Congratulations to 5th year grad student Shelby McCowen, who has been awarded a University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) Fellowship for her work on the synthesis of highly bridged natural products that exhibit anti-cancer properties!!

Our recent group meeting literature talk presentations are now available at https://t.co/w8FUbJQz8h! Check them out!

Congrats to our 3rd year student @B_randonwright on the publication of his undergraduate work with @ShairLab in @JOC_OL! https://t.co/xwGqSvf2NV

Thrilled to share my undergraduate work with @ShairLab on the synthesis of 9-epi-sinefungin as a platform for discovering new methyltransferase inhibitors. Out now in @JOC_OL!

Grateful to all my mentors and colleagues @HarvardCCB for their support! @shaoliangzheng https://t.co/ywSF6gZlwT

J Org Chem/Org Lett@JOC_OL

Harvard Uni. Total Synthesis of C9'-epi-Sinefungin via diastereoselective Overman rearrangement @ShairLab @HarvardCCB. Check it out in #OL: https://t.co/a4p2OT6Wcj

Congrats to Meggie on being awarded a Berkeley Chemistry Achievement Prize (CAP)! Meggie's role as Faculty Support Administrator is invaluable to our group and we're so lucky to work with her.
https://t.co/6mPely2SyF

Really proud of my graduate students @CM_Poteat, Yujin and @2JJmg as well as alumni undergrads @DrakeChem and Rachel, who joined forces here to achieve the first enantioselective synthesis of cyclopropanone equivalents and their use to access β-lactams!
https://t.co/pumnYO9m3u

Congratulations to group members Jinsu, Jose, and Justin, as well as our collaborators from the Baik group and Dr. Yeung from Merck on the publication of our work on a new approach to indolizidines in JACS!
https://t.co/Lcyni6J2Q1

Check out my recent collaborative work with @SarpongGroup
Thanks to Jinsu, Richmond and Mookie!

C–H/C–C Functionalization Approach to N-Fused Heterocycles from Saturated Azacycles | Journal of the American Chemical Society - https://t.co/9bXNxMeRxX

My first paper ever is out in @J_A_C_S!
Too excited to wait for it to get out of Just Accepted😊😊
Thanks to all collaborators in @SarpongGroup, Merck, Mookie and @BohyunPark3!!

https://t.co/boQgF4jJJB

I've been holding out posting until we were out if ASAP, but super proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this publication between Merck & the Sarpong Lab

https://t.co/pbjVBQtda2

Check out this InFocus article in @ACSCentSci on treating global health crises. Congrats to members of our own lab and the @Garglab for the great work. https://t.co/O8FJqxACQ4

Congrats to our 4th year grad student, Mel Perea, who has been awarded a National Institute of Health F31 fellowship!

Congratulations on receiving your Ph.D. today @PnutButrAndJely. A savant known for his ability to crank out substrates and guess movie release dates. We will miss your leadership and warmth. Very excited to see what you get up to with @SarpongGroup, Dr. Michael Black!

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Selected Publications

Deconstructive fluorination of cyclic amines by carbon-carbon cleavage

Science 2018, 361, 171–174.

Roque, J. B.; Kuroda, Y.; Göttemann, L. T.; Sarpong, R.

Isolation, Synthesis, and Bioactivity Studies of Phomactin Terpenoids

Nature Chemistry 2018, 10, 938–945.

Kuroda, Y.; Nicacio, K. J.; da Silva, I. A.; Leger, P. R.; Chang, S.; Gubiani, J. R.; Deflon, V. M.; Nagashima, N.;Rode, A.; Blackford, K.; Ferreira, A. G.; Sette, L. D.; Williams, D. E.; Andersen, R. J.; Jancar, S.; Berlinck, R. G. S.; Sarpong, R. 

Network-Analysis-Guided Synthesis of Weisaconitine D and Liljestrandinine


Nature
 2015528, 493–498.

Marth, C.J.; Gallego, G.M.; Lee, J.C.; Lebold, T.P.; Kulyk, S.; Kou, K.G.M.; Qin, J.; Lilien, R.; Sarpong, R. 

Professor Richmond Sarpong

College of Chemistry Executive
Associate Dean
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Professor of Chemistry
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B.A. – Macalester College
Ph.D. – Princeton University
Postdoc – Caltech
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Richmond’s research interests are in the area of chemical synthesis with a special focus on the strategies and methods to prepare bioactive natural products. These studies are rooted in a strong foundation in the physical organic phenomena and mechanisms that guide organic transformations, with an ultimate eye to learn about and exploit the biological activity of the compounds that his laboratory prepares to improve and sustain quality of life.

Richmond’s Bio

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Contact Us

8th Floor Latimer Hall,
UC Berkeley Campus
Berkeley, CA 94720

+1 510-644-4158

rsarpong [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Administrative Assistant

meggie [at] berkeley [dot] edu

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