Snyder Presents at Gordon Conference on Carbohydrates

Nicole Snyder
Nicole Snyder
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Nicole L. Snyder, was invited to present a poster titled "The Synthesis of Carbohydrate-Porphyrin Conjugates as Potential Asymmetric Catalysts" at the 2009 Gordon Conference on Carbohydrates held June 14-19 at the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H. 

The work she presented detailed studies on a palladium catalyzed coupling approach to access porphyrins decorated with different monosaccharide residues. The goal of this project is to use the molecules generated in this study to perform asymmetric cyclopropanation reactions to form chiral cyclopropane systems which are found in a number of biologically active natural products.
In addition, Snyder and coworkers are currently investigating the ability of the molecules prepared in this study to serve as pharmaceutical agents for photodynamic therapy and for the treatment of malaria. Hamilton College students contributing to the work presented include James Greisler '09, Taylor Adams '11, Peter Garrett '11, Graham Hone '10 and Kevin Graepel '11.

The Gordon Conference on Carbohydrates is held once every two years and attendance is limited to 135 attendees from academia and industry. This year's group of attendees hailed from 19 countries. Snyder was the only attendee present representing a small liberal arts college.
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