Lanny Liebeskind

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Department of Chemistry

Office: Atwood Chemistry Center 725

Phone: 404-727-6604


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  • PhD, University of Rochester, 1976
  • BS, State University of New York at Buffalo
Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University, 1977-1978; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, MIT, 1976-1977
Specific Research Area
  • Molecular Synthetic Science, Catalysis
Selected Publications
  • Transition Metal-Catalyzed Desulfitative Coupling of Thioorganic Compounds with Boronic Acids by Ethel C. Garnier-Amblard and Lanny S. Liebeskind in Boronic Acids: Preparation and Applications in Organic Synthesis, Medicine and Materials, Second Edition. Chapter 7, pages 363-391. Edited by Dennis G. Hall. 2011 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA. Published 2011 by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA.
  • In Situ Carboxyl Activation using a Silatropic Switch. A Novel Approach to Amide and Peptide Constructions by Wenting Wu, Zhihui Zhang, and Lanny S. Liebeskind, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 14256-14259. DOI: 10.1021/ja2065158zz
  • Mobilizing Cu(I) for Carbon-Carbon Bond Forming Catalysis in the Presence of Thiolate. Chemical Mimicking of Metallothioneins" by Zhihui Zhang, Matthew G. Lindale, and Lanny S. Liebeskind,J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 6403-6410. DOI: 10.1021/ja200792m
  • On the Mechanism of the Pd(0)-Catalyzed, Cu(I) Carboxylate-Mediated Thioorganic-Boronic Acid Coupling. A Non-innocent Role for Carboxylate Ligand, Djamaladdin G. Musaev and Lanny S. Liebeskind, Organometallics 2009, 28, 4639-4642. DOI: 10.1021/om900602b.
  • "A Cu-Catalyzed, pH-Neutral, Aerobic, Room Temperature Construction of High Enantiopurity Peptidyl Ketones from Peptidic S-Acylthiosalicylamides." by Lanny S. Liebeskind, Hao Yang, and Hao Li, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 1417-1421. DOI: 10.1002/anie.200804524
Awards and Honors
  • American Chemical Society Fellow (2015)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Sr. Scientist Renewed Research Stay in Germany (2008)
  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, Amer. Chemical Soc. (2006)
  • Herty Award of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society (2002)
  • Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award of the State University of New York at Buffalo (1997)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Sr. Scientist Award (1992)
  • Cyanamid Academic Excellence Award (1989)
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (1986)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1983)
  • National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow (1977)
  • National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow 1976