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Kyung Jung

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-8768
Office: LHI 218
Office Hours: 5 days a week : Average three hours per day



Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 4/1994

Postdoctoral Training

Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute , 1994-1996  

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 2005-  
Associate Professor, University of South Florida, 2002-2005  
Assistant Professor, University of South Florida, 1996-2002  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Jung's group is currently focusing on two areas encompassing medicinal chemistry and future energy using organic synthesis as a tool. Regarding medicinal chemistry, Jung studies on the development of synthetic methodologies and their utilization towards the syntheses of biologically important natural products as well as structurally novel artificial biomolecules. Recently, Jung's group launched a new program towards the development of novel catalysts and catalytic methods to provide alternative fuel and energy sources. Jung's group studies on novel methods to generate C1 - C2 compounds from various abundant resources for future energy.

Research Keywords

Organic synthesis, catalysis, carbon-carbon bond formation, C-H activation, medicinal chemistry, alternative energy

Research Specialties

Organic chemistry, organic synthesis, organometallic catalysis, medicinal chemistry

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, Associate Professor


Journal Article

Jung, K. W. (2011). Studies on Selective Hydroxylation of Aliphatic C-H Bonds Using Tridentate NHC-Amidate-Alkoxide Pd(II) Complexes. Bull. Korean Chem. Soc. Vol. 32, pp. 2881.
Jung, K. W. (2010). Oxidative Degradation of Reducing Carbohydrates to Formic Acid with H2O2 and NH4OH. Tetrahedron Lett. Vol. 51, pp. 6192.
Jung, K. W. (2010). Development of the Next Generation of HIV-1 Integrase Inhibitors: Pyrazolone as a Novel Inhibitor Scaffold. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. Vol. 20, pp. 6854.
Jung, K. W. (2010). Tridentate, anionic tethered N-heterocyclic carbene of Pd(II) complexes. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. Vol. 695, pp. 195.
Jung, K. W. (2010). Asymmetric Intermolecular Boron-Heck Type Reactions via Oxidative Palladium(II) Catalysis with Chiral Tridentate NHC-Amidate-Alkoxide Ligands. Journal of Organic Chemistry. Vol. 75, pp. 95.
Jung, K. W. (2010). Efficient Diacetoxylation of Alkenes via Pd(II)/Pd(IV) Process with Peracetic Acid and Acetic Anhydride. Organic Letters. Vol. 12, pp. 2450.
Jung, K. W. (2009). Formal Aromatic C-H Insertion for Stereoselective Isoquinolinone Synthesis and Studies on Mechanistic Insights into the C-C Bond Formation. Journal of Organic Chemistry. Vol. 74, pp. 6231.
Jung, K. W. (2009). Expeditious Enyne Construction from Alkynes via Oxidative Pd(II) Catalyzed Heck-Type Coupling. Tetrahedron Letters. Vol. 50, pp. 2370.
Jung, K. W. (2009). Efficient Three-Component Strecker Reaction of Aldehydes/Ketones via NHC-Amidate Palladium(II) Complex Catalysis. Journal of Organic Chemistry. Vol. 74, pp. 2873.
Jung, K. W. (2009). Air/Water-Stable Tridentate NHC-PdII Complex; Catalytic C-H Activation of Hydrocarbons via H/D Exchange Process in D2O. Adv. Syn. Catal.. Vol. 351, pp. 563.
Jung, K. W. (2009). Highly Regioselective Heck-Coupling Reactions of Aryl Halides and Dihydropyran (DHP) in the Presence of NHC-Pyridine Ligand. Synlett. pp. 482.
Jung, K. W. (2008). Chemoselective Three-Component Coupling via A Tandem Pd Catalyzed Boron-Heck and Suzuki Reaction. Tetrahedron Letters. Vol. 49, pp. 7307.
Jung, K. W. (2008). Chiral PdII Complexes Possessing Tridentate NHC-Amidate-Alkoxy Ligand: Access to Oxygen-Bridging Dimer Structure. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. Vol. 47, pp. 9326.
Jung, K. W. (2007). Total Syntheses of (-)-a-Kainic Acid and (+)-a-Allokainic Acid via Stereoselective C-H Insertion and Efficient 3,4-Stereocontrol. Journal of Organic Chemistry. Vol. 72, pp. 10114.
Jung, K. W. (2007). Stereogenic Evolution of clasto-Lactacystin ß-Lactone from (L)-Serine. European Journal of Organic Chemistry. Vol. NA, pp. 37.
Jung, K. W. (2007). Asymmetric Intermolecular Heck-Type Reaction of Acyclic Alkenes via Oxidative Palladium(II) Catalysis. Organic Letters. Vol. 9, pp. 3933.
Jung, K. W. (2006). Oxidative Palladium(II) Catalysis: A Highly Efficient and Chemoselective Cross-Coupling Method for Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation under Base-Free and Nitrogenous-Ligand Conditions. Journal of the American Chemical Society. Vol. 128, pp. 16384.
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