Julian West, a graduate student in the Sorensen Lab at Princeton University travelled to Caltech in October 2016 for 2 months to work in the Stoltz Lab. Julian’s work on the development of novel catalyst systems for reaction with C–H bonds set the stage for experimental cross over with the reactions being developed in the Stoltz lab.
From Julian: “Altogether, a wide variety of chemistry that would not have otherwise been explored was enabled by this research exchange. Though the initially-proposed research comprised only a small part of the resultant work, the final outcome showcases the unexpected, interesting directions that chemistry can go when a large number of researchers from different backgrounds work together. The exposure of an ‘outsider’ can permit the recognition of unusual opportunities to develop chemistry and permits intellectual growth of all involved parties.”