Steve joined the Hergenrother lab in September of 2017 after completing his PhD under the advisement of Mike Shi at the University of South Florida.  During his graduate studies, he focused on new reaction discovery using stable Gold(I)-catalysts containing electron poor 1,2,3-triazole ligands. 



Gold Redox Catalysis through Base Initiated Diazonium Decomposition toward Alkene, Alkyne, Allene and Cyclopropanol Activation

Dong, B.; Peng, H.; Motika, S. E.; Shi, X. Chem. Eur. J. 10.1002/chem.201701970


Accessing alternative reaction pathways of the intermolecular condensation between homopropargyl alcohols and terminal alkynes through divergent gold catalysis

Smith, C.; Motika, S. E.; Wojtas, L.; Shi, X. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 2315-2318.


Regioselective Amine-Borane Cyclization: Towards the Synthesis of 1,2-BN-3-cyclohexene via Copper Assisted Triazole Gold Catalysis

Motika, S. E.; Wang, Q.; Akhmedov, N. G.; Wojtas, L.; Shi, X. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 11582-11586.


Ambient Synthesis of Dienals via Triazole-Gold and Amine Catalysts

Motika, S. E.; Wang, Q., Ye, X.; Shi, X. Org. Lett. 2015, 17, 290-293.


Synthesis of Cyclic Amine Boranes through Triazole-Gold(I)-Catalyzed Alkyne Hydroboration

Wang, Q.; Motika, S. E.; Akhmedov, N. G.; Petersen, J. L.; Shi, X. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 5418-5422.


The Intramolecular Allenolate Rauhut-Currier Reaction

Landis, Z.; Motika, S. E.; Hench, M. K.; MacKay, J. A. J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 7768-7774.

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