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Jonathan Dannatt, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan E. Dannatt received his undergraduate training in chemistry and mathematics from Lyon College, a small liberal arts college located in the foothills of the Ozarks. While at Lyon, he had the opportunity to engage in a number of undergraduate research projects including an NSF funded REU at Georgetown University. These pivotal research experiences shaped his decision to pursue a graduate degree at Michigan State University after completion of his course work at Lyon in 2014. At MSU he joined Professor Robert Maleczka's highly collaborative team where he studied organic chemistry. Specifically, his doctoral studies focused on uncovering active and selective iridium based C–H activation borylation catalysts and the targeted synthesis of silsesquioxanes, a hybrid organic-inorganic class of compounds shown to provide significant polymer property enhancements. He defended this research and earned his doctorate in July of 2019.

Jonathan joined the faculty at the University of Dallas in August 2019 and teaches the organic chemistry sequence. Given the significant impact undergraduate research had on his career path, he hopes to provide equally transformative research opportunities in organic chemistry to students at UD. 


Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Michigan State University (2019)
Dissertation Title: Advancing Frontiers in Reactive and Selective Iridium C–H Borylation Catalysis and Targeted Silsesquioxane Synthesis

B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics, Lyon College (2014) 

Recent Courses

CHE 3321/3121 Organic I & Lab
CHE 3322/3122 Organic II & Lab
CHE 4v41 Advanced Organic Mechanisms
CHE 3151 Chemical Literature

Research Interests

Green Chemistry, Catalysis, Organic Synthesis

Selected Publications

- Dannatt, J. E.; Yadav, A.; Smith, M. R., III; Maleczka, R. E., Jr. “Amide N-methyl selective C(sp3)–H activation borylation,” Manuscript in preparation.

- Badre-Deen, B.; Dannatt, J. E.; King, A. K.; Lee, A.; Maleczka, R. E., Jr. “A general diversity oriented synthesis of asymmetric double-decker shaped silsesquioxanes,” Chem. Commun. 201955, 8623.

- Vogelsang, D. F.; Dannatt, J. E.; Schoen, B. W.; Maleczka, R. E., Jr.; Lee, A. “Phase Behavior of cis–trans Mixtures of Double-Decker Shaped Silsesquioxanes for Processability Enhancement,” ACS Applied Nano Materials 20192, 1223.

- Vogelsang, D. F.; Dannatt, J. E.; Maleczka, R. E., Jr.; Lee, A. “Separation of Asymmetrically Capped Double-Decker Silsesquioxanes Mixtures,” Polyhedron 2018115, 189.

- Smith, M. R., III; Bisht, R.; Haldar, C.; Pandey, G.; Dannatt, J. E.; Ghaffari, B.; Maleczka, R. E., Jr.; Chattopadhyay, B. “Achieving High Ortho Selectivity in Aniline C–H Borylations by Modifying Boron Substituents,” ACS Catal. 20188, 6216.

- Cattopadhyay, B.; Dannatt, J. E.; Andujar-De Sanctis, I. L.; Gore, K. A.; Maleczka, R. E., Jr. Singleton, D. A.; Smith, M. R., III “Ir-Catalyzed ortho-Borylation of Phenols Directed by Substrate–Ligand Electrostatic Interactions: A Combined Experimental/in Silico Strategy for Optimizing Weak Interactions,” 
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139, 7864. (Highlighted in Synfacts 201713, 862.)

- Wolf, C.; Cook, A; Dannatt, J. E. “Enantiodifferentiation of Multifunctional Tertiary Alcohols by NMR Analysis with a Chiral Solvating Agent,” 
Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 201425, 163.


Selected presentations:

- Dannatt, J. E.; Sanctis, I.; Bisht, R.; Buddhadeb, C.; Ghaffari, B.; Gore, K. A.; Haldar, C.; Pandey, G.; Maleczka, R. E., Jr.; Singleton, D. A.; Smith, M. R., III “Ortho-Selective Iridium Catalyzed C–H Borylation (CHB) of Phenols and Anilines: A path from an unusual result to exquisite selectivity” a poster presented at the 46th National Organic Symposium (NOS), Bloomington, IN. June 23, 2019. 
- Dannatt, J. E.; Yadav, A.; Smith, M. R., III; Maleczka, R. E., Jr. “Amide directed iridium C(sp3)–H borylation catalysis with high N-methyl selectivity” an oral presentation at the 50th ACS Central Regional Meeting (CERM), Midland, MI. June 4, 2019.
- Dannatt, J. E.; Miller, S. L.; Ghaffari, B.; Smith, M. R., III; Maleczka, R. E., Jr. “Hydrazone derived iridium catalysts for regioselective C–H borylations (CHB) between sterically similar sites” a poster at the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston, MA.  This poster was also selected for presentation at the Sci-Mix. August 19, 2018.
- Dannatt, J. E.; Andujar-De Sanctis, I. L.; Bisht, R.; Chattopadhyay, B.; Ghaffari, B.; Gore, K. A.; Haldar, C.; Maleczka, R. E., Jr.; Pandey, G.; Singleton, D. A.; Smith, M. R., III “Achieving Exquisite Ortho Selectivity in Phenol and Aniline C–H Borylation (CHB) by Optimizing Weak Interactions” a poster at the Graduate Research Symposium in Bloomington, IN. July 27, 2018.
- Dannatt, J. E., Maleczka, R. E., Jr. “Green Chemistry and Selective Iridium Catalyzed C–H Activation Borylations” an oral presentation at the Graduate Academic Conference, East Lansing, MI. Received runner-up for best presentation. February 25, 2017.