Anna G. Wenzel
Professor of Chemistry
Office: Keck Science Center 213
Phone: 909-527-5715
Office Hours: awenzel
Web Site:
Educational Background:
(2003-2006) NIH and UNCF-Pfizer Postdoctoral Scholar; Caltech, Pasadena, CA
(1998-2003) Ph.D., M.A.; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
(1994-1998) B.S.; University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Courses Taught:
Chem81L (Science and Business of Medicinal Chemistry lecture/laboratory), Chem116L (1st-semster organic chemistry lecutre/laboratory), Chem117L (2nd-semester organic chemistry lecture/laboratory), Chem123 (Advanced Organic Chemistry), Chem127 (Advanced Analytical Laboratory), Chem177 (Biochemistry)
Research Interests:
Asymmetric Catalysis, Organometallic Chemistry, and Organic Synthesis
Selected Publications List: Click to open new window.
1.   Wenzel, A. G.; Casper, S.; Galvin, C. J.; Beck, G. E . (2020). Science and Business of Medicinal Chemistry: a “Bench-to-Bedside” Course for Non-Majors. J. Chem. Ed.   97: 414-420.
2.   King, B. H.; Wang, M. L.; Jesse, K. A.; Kaur, G.; Tran, B.; Walser-Kuntz, R.; Iafe, R. G.; Wenzel, A. G . (2020). Silver-Catalyzed, N-Formylation of Amines Using Glycol Ethers. J. Org. Chem.   85: 13256-13263.
3.   Oakley, J. V.; Stanley, T. J.; Jesse, K. A.; Cain, S. E.; Wenzel, A. G.; Iafe, R. G . (2019). Gold-Catalyzed Friedel–Crafts-like Reaction of Benzylic Alcohols to Afford 1,1-Diarylmethanes. Eur. J. Org. Chem.   42: 7063-7066.
4.   . (2015). Handbook of Metathesis, 2nd Ed.. Grubbs, R. H.; Wenzel, A. G., Eds. Wiley-VCH: Vol 1: .
5.   Wenzel, A. G . (2015). Intermediates in Olefin Metathesis. Handbook of Metathesis, 2nd Ed. Grubbs, R. H.; Wenzel, A. G., Eds. Wiley-VCH : Chapter 8.
6.   Vinson, A. R. S.; Davis, V. K.; Arunasalam, A.; Jesse, K. A.; Hamilton, R. E.; Shattuck, M. A.; Hu, A. C.; Iafe, R. G.; Wenzel, A. G . (2015). Gold-Catalyzed, SN1-Type Reaction of Alcohols to Ethers and Cbz-Protected Amines. Synlett   26: 765-7.
7.   Grant-Overton, S.; Buss, J. A.; Smith, E. H.; Gutierrez, E. G.; Moorhead, E. J.; Lin, V. S. Wenzel, A. G . (2015). Efficient Microwave Method for the Oxidative Coupling of Phenols. Synth. Commun.   45: 331-337.
8.   Wenzel, A. G . (2014). The Chemical Analysis of Scripps’ 2013 Olive Oil. Scripps Magazine   : . Article
9.   Lipshutz, B. H.; Bošković, Z.; Crowe, C. S.; Davis, V. K.; Whittemore, H. C.; Vosburg, D. A.; Wenzel, A. G . (2013). Green “Click” and Olefin Metathesis Chemistry in Water at Room Temperature Enabled by Biodegradable Micelles. J. Chem. Ed.   90: 1514-1517.
10.   Wagner, A. M.; Knezevic, C. E.; Wall, J. L.; Sun, V. L.; Buss, J. A.; Allen, L. T.; Wenzel, A. G . (2012). A Copper(II)-catalyzed Sequential Michael-Aldol Reaction for the Preparation of 1,2-Dihydroquinoline Carboxylic Acid Derivatives. Tetrahedron Lett.   53: 833-836. Article
11.   Wenzel, A. G.; Blake, G.; Vander Velde, D. G.; Grubbs, R. H . (2011). Characterization and Dynamics of Substituted Ruthenacyclobutanes Relevant to the Olefin Cross-Metathesis Reaction. J. Am. Chem. Soc.   133: 6429-6439.
12.   Gutierrez, E. G.; Moorhead, E. J.; Smith, E. H.; Lin, V.; Ackerman, L. K. G.; Sun, V.; Grant, S.; Wenzel, A. G . (2010). Electron-Withdrawing Biphenyldiol Compounds for Asymmetric Catalysis. Eur. J. Org. Chem.   : 3027-3031.
13.   Wenzel, A. G. . (2010). Olefin Metathesis and its Application. Molecules   : . Article
14.   Wenzel, A. G . (2010). The Scanning of Saint Michael. Scripps College Feature Story   : . Article
15.   Moorhead, E. J.; Wenzel, A. G . (2009). Two Undergraduate Experiments In Organic Polymers: the Preparation of Polyacetylene and Telechelic Polyacetylene via Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization. J. Chem. Ed.   86: 973-975.
16.   O’Connor, J. M.; Wenzel, A. G.; Hiibner, K . (2008). Iridium(III)-Vinylidene Chemistry: Conversion of an Iridacyclopentadiene-Chlorido Complex and Terminal Alkynes to Iridacyclopentadiene-Vinyl Complexes. Inorganica Chimica Acta   361: 3033-3041.
17.   Hong, S. H.; Wenzel, A. G.; Salguero, T. T.; Day, M. W.; Grubbs, R. H . (2007). Decomposition of Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts. J. Am. Chem. Soc.   129: 7161-7168.
18.   Wenzel, A. G.; Chatterjee, A. K.; Grubbs, R. H . (2006). Olefin Cross-Metathesis. Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry III: Review of the Literature 1993-2005 Ojima, I.; Hiyama, T. (Eds.) Elsevier Ltd: Oxford : Vol. 11.
19.   Wenzel, A. G.; Grubbs, R. H . (2006). Ruthenium Metallacycles Derived from 14-Electron Complexes. New Insights Into Olefin Metathesis Intermediates. J. Am. Chem. Soc.   128: 16048-16049.
20.   Ritter, T.; Hejl, A.; Wenzel, A. G.; Funk, T.; Grubbs, R. H . (2006). Catalyst Comparison in Olefin Metathesis Reactions and Generalized Reaction Procedure. Organometallics   25: 5740-5745.
21.   Wenzel, A. G.; Jacobsen, E. N . (2005). Asymmetric Catalysis in the Enantioselective Synthesis of Beta-Amino Acids. Enantioselective Synthesis of Beta-Amino Acids, 2nd Ed. Juaristi, E.; Soloshonok, V. A. (Eds.) WILEY-VCH: New York : .
22.   Wenzel, A. G.; Lalonde, M. P.; Jacobsen, E. N . (2003). Divergent Stereoinduction Mechanisms in Urea-Catalyzed Additions to Imines. Synlett   : 1919-1922.
23.   Wenzel, A. G.; Jacobsen, E. N . (2002). Asymmetric Catalytic Mannich Reactions Catalyzed by Urea Derivatives: Enantioselective Synthesis of Beta-Aryl-Beta-Amino Acids. J. Am. Chem. Soc.   124: 12964-12965.
24.   O'Connor, J. M.; Chen, M.-C.; Fong, B. S.; Wenzel, A. G.; Gantzel, P . (1998). Conversion of a Metallacyclobutene to Cobalt-Allene Complexes. J. Am. Chem. Soc.   120: 1100-1101.