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Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Academic Title: Professor

Phone: 416-946-0571

Office: LM 622A


Research Homepage: https://sites.chem.utoronto.ca/mst


Organic synthesis; catalysis; supramolecular and materials chemistry

Research in the Taylor group takes place at the interface between the fields of organic synthesis and supramolecular chemistry. We are interested in exploring connections between the fields of molecular recognition and catalysis: our research is aimed at gaining fundamental insight into noncovalent or reversible covalent interactions, and using this information to design new chemical sensors or catalysts. Areas of expertise include catalyst development and mechanistic elucidation, physical-organic chemistry, receptor design, and the study of host-guest interactions.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Stereo- and/or regioselective catalysis
  • Catalytic transformations of carbohydrates
  • Noncovalent interactions and molecular recognition
  • New sensory molecules and materials
  • Mechanistic and computational studies of catalytic reactions

For group website, please see above.

Selected Publications

"Borinic Acid-Catalyzed Regioselective Acylation of Carbohydrate Derivatives" Lee, D.; Taylor, M. S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, in press, (published online Feb 28, 2011).

"A Tridentate Halogen-bonding Receptor for Tight Binding of Halide Anions" Sarwar, M. G.; Dragisic, B.; Sagoo, S.; Taylor, M. S. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 1674-1677.

"Anion Detection by a Fluorescent Poly(squaramide): Self-Assembly of Anion-Binding Sites by Polymer Aggregation" Rostami, A.; Wei, C. J.; Guérin, G.; Taylor, M. S. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 2059-2062.

"Enantioselective Catalysis by Chiral Hydrogen Bond Donors" Taylor, M. S.; Jacobsen, E. N. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed . 2006, 45, 1520-1543.