Christian Rojas

Professor of 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.

Professor 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 entitled: "Construction and Union of 2-Amino Sugar Building Blocks." Previous Barnard undergraduate student researchers from the Rojas group have gone on to careers in science, teaching, and medicine, including positions in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, public-school teaching, public health, and government.

Selected Publications

Hurlocker, B.; Abascal, N. C.; Repka, L. M.; Santizo-Deleon, E.; Smenton, A. L.; Baranov, V.; Gupta, R.; Bernard, S. E.; Chowdhury, S.; Rojas, C. M.; Dihydropyranone Formation by Ipso C–H Activation in a Glucal 3-Carbamate-Derived Rhodium Acyl Nitrenoid, J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 2240-2244.

Gupta, R.; Sogi, K. M.; Bernard, S. E.; Decatur, J. D.; Rojas, C. M.; Protecting Group and Solvent Control of Stereo- and Chemoselectivity in Glucal 3-Carbamate Amidoglycosylation, Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 1527-1530.

Rojas, C. M.; Brook Rearrangement, in Name Reactions for Homologations Part II, Li, J. J., Ed.; John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2009, pp 406-437.

Rojas, C. M.; Curtius Rearrangement, in Name Reactions for Homologations Part II, Li, J. J., Ed.; John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2009, pp 136-163.

Rojas, C. M.; Ethyl Azidoformate (Update), In Electronic Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (eEROS), Fuchs, P. L., Ed.; John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, UK, 2006,

Bodner, R.; Marcellino, B. K.; Severino, A.; Smenton, A. L.; Rojas, C. M.; alpha‑N‑Acetylmannosamine (ManNAc) Synthesis via Rhodium(II)-Catalyzed Oxidative Cyclization of Glucal 3-Carbamates, J. Org. Chem. 2005, 70, 3988–3996.

Rojas, C. M.; Zincke Reaction, In Name Reactions in Heterocyclic Chemistry, Li, J. J., Ed.; John Wiley & Sons: New York, NY, 2004, pp 355–375.

Churchill, D. G.; Rojas, C. M.; Iron(II)-Promoted Amidoglycosylation and Amidochlorination of an Allal C3-Azidoformate, Tetrahedron Lett. 2002, 43, 7225–7228.

Levites-Agababa, E.; Menhaji, E.; Perlson, L. N.; Rojas, C. M.; Amidoglycosylation via Metal-Catalyzed Internal Nitrogen Atom Delivery, Org. Lett. 2002, 4, 863–865.

Kan, C.; Long, C. M.; Paul, M.; Ring, C. M.; Tully, S. E.; Rojas, C. M.; Photo Amidoglycosylation of an Allal Azidoformate.  Synthesis of beta-2-Amido Allopyranosides, Org. Lett. 2001, 3,  381–384.

Synthesis of amino sugars

Nitrogen atom transfer reactions




B.A. (With Distinction), University of Virginia

Ph.D., Indiana University

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