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Raymond Funk

Professor of Chemistry

Professional Appointments and Affiliations

Professor of Chemistry


431 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-2057


B.A., University of Kansas, 1973

Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, 1978


Development of new synthetic methodology with emphasis on ring construction: pericyclic reactions; total synthesis of natural products; terpene chemistry; alkaloid chemistry.

Selected Publications

R. L. Funk, S. P. Fearnley, and R. J. Gregg, Preparation of 2-Alkyl- and 2-Acylpropenals from 5-(Trifluoromethanesulfonyloxy)-4H-1,3 dioxin: A Versatile Acrolein a-Cation Synthon, Tetrahedron, 56:10275 (2000).

R. L. Funk and G. Yang, C(1)-Substituted Menthone Derivatives: Self-Removing Chiral Auxiliaries for Asymmetric Conjugate Additions to Cycloalkenones, Tetrahedron Lett, 40:1073 (1999).

R. L. Funk, E. R. R. Young, M. F. Flanagan, R. M. Williams, and T. L. Cecil, Photochemical Cycloaromatization Reactions of ortho-Dialkynylarenes: A New Class of DNA Photocleaving Agents, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 118:3291 (1996).

R. L. Funk and K. J. Yost III, Preparation and Diels-Alder Cycloaddition of 2-Acyloxyacroleins. Facile Synthesis of Functionalized Taxol A-Ring Synthons, J. of Organic Chemistry, 61:2598 (1996).