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  • Batey Research Group

    Welcome to the homepage of the Batey Research Group. Our research interests are in the general area of organic chemistry, including the development of synthetic methods and reagents, the total synthesis of natural products, and the discovery and design of small molecules having useful biological function. For more information on our research and group please use the links at the top of the page.

Our research program is focused on the development of new synthetic methods and their application toward the synthesis of biologically active compounds, particularly nitrogen heterocycles and alkaloid natural products. Recent total syntheses from the group include kitastatin, antimycin, hydrazidomycin, martinelline, luotonin A and tetrahydrolipstatin. We are interested in several different synthetic methods, including boron chemistry, iminium ions, cycloadditions, sigmatropic rearrangements, electrocyclizations and metal catalyzed reactions (Cu, Pd, Rh and Ln).
We are interested in syntheses that are conducted in both a conventional manner, as in approaches toward natural product targets, as well as using parallel solution-phase, polymer-supported methods and microwave accelerated reactions. More recently we have embarked upon collaborative chemical biology projects in the areas of cancer and diabetes.
The diversity of projects and students is an important part of the group dynamic, allowing students to experience a range of different chemistries. We hold two group meetings per week: one on current literature, and research or topics and the other meeting on either a problem set or retrosynthetic analysis. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to work independently and test out their own ideas. If you are interested in joining the group or have questions, please contact Prof. Batey directly.     

Welcome to The Batey Lab


Congratulations to PJ for successfully completing his oral exam!

Congratulations to the following graduate students on their recent achievements:

Anika Tarasewicz: Queen Elizabeth II: F.E. Beamish Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology 2016-2017

BoYee Chung: Adrian Brook Graduate Scholarship in Organic Chemistry 2016-2017

Pjotr Roest: OGS Scholarship 2016-2017, CSC Halifax 2016: Prize for Oral Presentation in Organic Chemistry

Maja Chojnacka: OGS Scholarship 2016-2017


The Batey group is happy to welcome two new graduate students: Max Weissman and Jin Lin Zhou. For more information, please go to our "current members" page.

Contact Info

Department of Chemistry
University of Toronto
80 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 3H6
Phone:  416-978-3287
Room:  LM365 (Davenport Wing)