Zachary X. Giustra

Postdoc (Feb 2020 – present)

Chemical biography

Zachary arrived in our group in February 2020 after being awarded a PhD from Boston College. His graduate research included stints in both Dr. Kian Tan’s group, where Zachary worked on organocatalytic functionalization of poly-hydroxylated compounds, and in Dr. Shih-Yuan Liu’s group, where he worked on fundamental synthetic applications of boron-nitrogen containing heterocycles with a view to improving fuel and energy storage. Prior to his graduate research, Zachary obtained a BA in Chemistry from Middlebury College, VT.

In our group, Zachary is working on several approaches to more efficient and greener organic synthesis using transition metals and new ways to control selectivity in reactive intermediates.


From graduate work at Boston College:

7. “Accessing 1,2-Substituted Cyclobutanes through 1,2-Azaborine Photoisomerization” Z. X. Giustra,† X. Yang,† M. Chen, H. F. Bettinger, S.-Y. Liu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 131, 19094–19098

6. “The Dewar Isomer of 1,2-Dihydro-1,2-azaborinines: Isolation, Fragmentation, and Energy Storage” K. Edel, X. Yang, J. S. A. Ishibashi, A. N. Lamm, C. Maichle-Mössmer, Z. X. Giustra, S.-Y. Liu, H. F. Bettinger, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 5296–5300

5. “The State of the Art in Azaborine Chemistry: New Synthetic Methods and Applications” Z. X. Giustra, S.-Y. Liu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 1184−1194

4. “Novel Carbon (C)-Boron (B)-Nitrogen (N)-Containing H2 Storage Materials” S.-Y. Liu, Z. X. Giustra, T. Autrey, D. A. Dixon, P. Osenar, Technical Report. DE-EE0005658 to the US Dept. of Energy, 2017

3. “Kinetics of –CH2CH2– Hydrogen Release from a BN-cyclohexene Derivative” Z. X. Giustra,† L.-Y. Chou,† C.-K. Tsung, S.-Y. Liu, Organometallics 2016, 35, 2425–2428

2.“Homogeneous metal catalysis for conversion between aromatic and saturated compounds” Z. X. Giustra, J. S. A. Ishibashi, S.-Y. Liu, Coord. Chem. Rev. 2016, 314, 134–181

1. “The efficient desymmetrization of glycerol using scaffolding catalysis” Z. X. Giustra, K. L. Tan, Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 4370–4372

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