Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Cory Valente

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Joined group: 2009

Left group: 2011


PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (PI Michael G Organ), York University, Toronto, Canada
HBSc in Biological Chemistry, York University, Toronto, Canada


[19] N. Hadei, G. T. Achonduh, C. Valente, C. J. O’Brien, M. G. Organ, Differentiating C–Br and C–Cl Bond Activation by Using Solvent Polarity: Applications to Orthogonal Alkyl–Alkyl Negishi Reactions, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Early View. [Link]

[18] Cover Article: F. Beuerle, C. Herrmann, A. C. Whalley, C. Valente, A. Gamburd, M. A. Ratner, J. Fraser Stoddart, Optical and Vibrational Properties of Toroidal Carbon Nanotubes, Chem. Eur. J., 2011, 17, 3868–3875. [Link]

[17] J. J. Gassensmith, P, M. Erne, W. F. Paxton, C. Valente, and J. Fraser Stoddart, Microcontact Click Printing for Templating Ultrathin Films of Metal−Organic Frameworks, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 1341–1345. [Link]

[16] S. Han, Y. Wei, C. Valente, R. Forgan, J. J. Gassensmith, R. A. Smaldone, H. Nakanishi, A. Coskun, J. Fraser Stoddart, B. A. Grzybowski, Imprinting Chemical and Responsive Micropatterns into Metal–Organic Frameworks, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 276–279. [Link]

[15] Gasa, T. B.; Valente, C.; Stoddart, J. F. Solution-phase counterion effects in supramolecular and mechanostereochemical systems, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 57–78. [Link]

[14] S. Han, Y. Wei, C. Valente, I. Lagzi, J. J. Gassensmith, A. Coskun, J. Fraser Stoddart, and B. A. Grzybowski. Chromatography in a Single Metal−Organic Framework (MOF) Crystal, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 16358–16361. [Link]

[13] Belowich, M. E.; Valente, C.; Stoddart, J. F. Template-directed synthesis of rigid oligorotaxanes under thermodynamic control, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 7208–7212. [Link]

[12] Valente, C.; Choi, E.; Belowich, M. E.; Doonan, C. J.; Li, Q.; Gasa, T. B.; Yaghi, O. M.; Stoddart, J. F. Metal-organic frameworks with designed chiral recognition sites, Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 4911-4913. [Link]

[11] Valente, C.; Belowich, M. E.; Hadei, N; Organ M. G. Pd-PEPPSI complexes and the Negishi reaction, Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2010, 4343-4354. ❋ Most accessed article, July 2010 [Link]

[10] Achonduh, G. T.; Hadei, N; Valente, C.; Avola, S.; O'Brien, C. J.; Organ M. G. On the role of additives in alkyl–alkyl Negishi cross-couplings, Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 4109-4111. [Link]

[9] Khashab, N. K.; Belowich, M. E.; Trabolsi, A.; Friedman, D.C.; Valente, C.; Lau, Y.; Khatib, H. A.; Zink, J. I.; Stoddart, J. F. pH-Operated Nanoparticles Gated by Water-Soluble Stalks, Chem. Commun., 2009, 5371–5373. [Link]

[8] Valente, C.; Organ, M. G. Assessing Synthetic Strategies: The Total Synthesis of (±)-Neodolabellane-Type Diterpenoids, Chem. Eur. J., 2008, 14, 8239-8245. [Link]

[7] Organ, M. G.; Chass, G. A.; Fang, D.-c.; Hopkinson, A. C.; Valente, C.. Pd-NHC (PEPPSI) Complexes: Synthetic Utility and Computational Studies into their Reactivity, Synthesis 2008, 2776–2797.

[6] Valente, C.; Baglione, S.; Candito, D.; O’Brien, C. J.; Organ, M. G. High Yielding Alkylations of Unactivated sp3 and sp2 Centres with Alkyl-9-BBN Reagents Using an NHC-based Catalyst: Pd-PEPPSI-IPr, Chem. Commun., 2008, 735–737. [Link]

[5] Organ, M. G.; Abdel-Hadi, M.; Avola, S.; Dubovyk, I.; Hadei, N; Kantchev, E. A. B.; O’Brien, C. J.; Sayah, M.; Valente, C. Pd-Catalyzed Aryl Amination Mediated by Well Defined, N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC)–Pd Precatalysts, PEPPSI, Chem. Eur. J., 2008, 14, 2443–2452. [Link]

[4] Organ, M.G.; Abdel-Hadi, M; Avola, S.; Hadi, N.; Nasielski, J.; O’Brien, C.; VValente, C. Biaryls Made Easy: PEPPSI and the Kumada-Tamao-Corriu Reaction, Chem. Eur. J., 2007, 13, 150–157. [Link]

[3] O’Brien, C.; Kantchev, E.; Valente, C.; Hadei, N.; Chass, G.A.; Lough, A.; Hopkinson, A.C.; Organ, M.G. Easily Prepared Air- and Moisture-Stable Pd-NHC (NHC=N-Heterocyclic Carbene) Complexes: A Reliable, User-Friendly, Highly Active Palladium Precatalyst for the Suzuki-Miyaura Reaction, Chem. Eur. J., 2006, 12, 4743–4748.
❋ Most accessed CEJ publication (2006)

[2] Organ, M.G.; Avola, S.; Dubovyk, I.; Hadi, N.; Kantchev, E.; O’Brien, C.; Valente, C. A User-Friendly, All-Purpose Pd-NHC (NHC=N-Heterocyclic Carbene) Precatalyst for the Negishi Reaction: A Step Towards a Universal Cross-Coupling Catalyst, Chem. Eur. J., 2006, 12, 4749-4755.
❋ Second most accessed CEJ publication (2006)

[1] Organ, M.G.; Ghasemi, H.; Valente, C. The effect of vicinyl olefinic halogens on cross coupling reactions using Pd(0) catalysis, Tetrahedron 2004, 62, 9453-9461.


I was born in Toronto, Canada in 1980. I obtained a HBSc in biological chemistry from York University in 2003 before pursuing a PhD in organic chemistry with Professor Michael G. Organ at the same institution with the aid of an NSERC postgraduate scholarship. My research involved the total synthesis of neodolabellane-type diterpenoids and Pd-catalyzed cross-couplings, in particular with NHC-Pd-type catalysts. In 2009, I moved to Northwestern University to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship with Sir Professor Fraser Stoddart, where I currently enjoy working on the synthesis of new carbon allotropes, conformational control in polyrotaxanes and on novel applications of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).


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