R. Daniel Little

University of California, USA


Dan Little was born and raised in Superior, Wis, USA. He was educated at the Wisconsin State University-Superior (now UW-Superior) where he majored in chemistry and mathematics, the University of South Dakota (NSF research), Argonne National Laboratory (with Kaplan & Wilzbach), and the University of Wisconsin (WARF Fellow; Ph.D. with H.E. Zimmerman). In 1994, Dan was named an Outstanding Alumnus of UW-Superior. Following postdoctoral studies at Yale University (with J.A. Berson) Dan joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Dan is a past Department Vice-Chair and Chair of the Department at UCSB, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Chemical Society and the Electrochemical Society. He has lectured in many countries around the world, most recently in Canada, Japan, and the Czech Republic. Dan has served on many review panels, particularly so for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to his role as an Associate Editor of Research Letters in Organic Chemistry, he is a member of the editorial board for Letters in Organic Chemistry. Dan’s research interests are wide, ranging from applications of quantum mechanics, to organic electrochemistry, to natural products chemistry. His group has made contributions in many areas including the development of synthetic methods (e.g., the MIRC reaction, the Stone-Little method for the preparation of fulvenes, the electroreductive cyclization reaction, the formation of alpha-C-glycosides), the chemistry of trimethylenemethane diyls, cation radicals, and anion radicals, and to the total synthesis of natural products (e.g., hirsutene, coriolin, hypnophilin, and desmethyl arteannunin B), as well as to organic electrochemistry.

Biography Updated on 25 November 2007

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