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Department of Chemistry


Jeffrey M. Farrell

Jeffrey M. Farrell
Assistant Professor
Room A520, Chemistry Building
Fax: +886-2-3366-8671
Research Interest

  • Organic materials for (opto)electronic and catalytic applications in next-generation clean energy technologies

  • Development of new synthetic methods for novel π-conjugated compounds embedded with heteroatoms and non-six-membered rings

  • Experimental investigations of unprecedented geometric and electronic structures on fundamental properties and reactivity

Career and Service Experiences

  • Research Assistant (2007), Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University

  • BSc. (2008), Saint Mary’s University

  • Research Assistant (2009), Saint Mary’s University

  • PhD. (2014), University of Toronto

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher (2015), University of Toronto

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher (2015 - 2019), Universität Würzburg

  • Assistant Professor (2021 - present), National Taiwan University

Honors and Awards

  • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015 - 2017)

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2012)

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2011)

  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship M (2009)

Research Content
Selected Publications

  1. Farrell, J. M.; Grande, V.; Schmidt, D.; Würthner, F. “A Highly Warped Heptagon-Containing sp2 Carbon Scaffold via Vinylnaphthyl π-Extension” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 16504-16507.

  2. Farrell, J. M.; Mützel, C.; Bialas, D.; Rudolf, M.; Menekse, K.; Krause, A.-M.; Stolte, M.; Würthner, F. “Tunable Low-LUMO Boron-Doped Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons by General One-Pot C–H Borylations” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 9096-9104.

  3. Farrell, J. M.; Schmidt, D.; Grande, V.; Würthner, F. “Synthesis of a Doubly Boron-Doped Perylene through NHC-Borenium Hydroboration/C−H Borylation/ Dehydrogenation” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 11846-11850.

  4. Farrell, J. M.; Stephan, D. W. “Synthesis of a diboryl-N-heterocycle and its conversion to a bidentate cationic Lewis acid” Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 14322-14325.

  5. Farrell, J. M.; Stephan, D. W. “Planar N-Heterocyclic Carbene Diarylborenium Ions: Synthesis by Cationic Borylation and Reactivity with Lewis Bases” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 5214-5217.

  6. Farrell, J. M.; Posaratnanathan, R. T.; Stephan, D. W. “A family of N-heterocyclic carbene-stabilized borenium ions for metal-free imine hydrogenation catalysis” Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 2010-2015.

  7. Farrell, J. M.; Hatnean, J. H.; Stephan, D. W. “Activation of Hydrogen and Hydrogenation Catalysis by a Borenium Cation” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 15728-15731.

  8. Farrell, J. M.; Heiden, Z. M.; Stephan, D. W. “Metal-Free Transfer Hydrogenation Catalysis by B(C6F5)3Organometallics 2011, 30, 4497-4500.

Update: 2023-02-17