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Welcome to the Donald A. Watson Research Group.

Our research explores new transition metal catalysts for organic chemistry. We are developing new reactions for use in both organic synthesis and energy storage. Please visit our research page for more details on our current projects.

Group News:

SARA MARTIN HAS SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED HER PhD DISSERTATION! CONGRATULATIONS DR. MARTIN!!!

Our full paper describing our second generation catalyst for allyl silane synthesis using the silyl-Heck reaction has appeared in JACS. Congrats Jesse! Read More.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. PETER GILDNER FOR SUCESSFULLY DEFENDING HIS PHD! He is first Watson group graduate student to earn a PhD.

The Watson Group has been awarded a $1.47 million dollar NIH R01 Grant to investigate transition metal catalysted reactions of nitroalkanes!

DAW has received an NSF CAREER Award for Silyl-Heck Chemistry. Read more.

DAW has recieved 2013 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Reseach Corporation. Read more.