Chemistry professor Christian Rojas has edited the new book, Molecular Rearrangements in Organic Synthesis (Wiley, 2015), designed to help chemists understand and capitalize on rearrangement reactions to enhance the synthesis of useful chemical compounds. The book covers 20 different rearrangement reactions and includes applications for synthesizing compounds that will be useful as natural products, medicinal compounds, and functional materials. In his preface to the book, Prof. Rojas writes, "[M]olecular rearrangements possess an inherent elegance that makes them especially appealing to students and practitioners of organic chemistry."
Christian M. Rojas, professor of chemistry, joined the Barnard faculty in 1997 after completing an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Scripps Research Institute. Prof. Rojas's research interests focus on new methods for incorporating nitrogen into organic molecules and application of these methods to the synthesis of amino sugars. His work is currently supported (2014-2017) by a National Institutes of Health (NIGMS) grant titled, "Construction and Union of 2-Amino Sugar Building Blocks." Previous Barnard students from the Rojas group have gone on to careers in science, teaching, and medicine, and held positions in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, public-school teaching, public health, and government.