James Phelan

Postdoctoral Researcher


  University of Pennsylvania, 2017-present
Postdoctoral Researcher with Professor Gary A. Molander

Ph.D. Yale University, 2016
“The Organocatalytic Enantioselective Addition of Carbon and Sulfur Nucleophiles to Trisubstituted Nitroalkenes” with Prof. Jonathan A. Ellman

B.A. Grinnell College, 2011
with Prof. Stephen R. Sieck
Current Research:
    Ni/Photoredox Cross-Coupling

  • Conjugate Addition–Enantioselective Protonation Reactions Phelan, J.; Ellman, J. A. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. , 2016, 12, 1203.
  • Catalytic Enantioselective Addition of Pyrazol-5-ones to Trisubstituted Nitroalkenes with an N-Sulfinylurea Organocatalyst Phelan, J.; Ellman, J. A. Adv. Synth. Catal. , 2016, 358, 1713.
  • Catalytic Enantioselective Addition of Thioacids to Trisubstituted Nitroalkenes Phelan, J.; Patel, E. J.; Ellman, J. A. Amgew. Chem., Int. Ed. , 2014, 53, 11329.