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The Macmillan Group

Innovation in organic chemistry through the development of general catalysis concepts and their application to complex targets.


The pursuit of new concepts in catalysis, exemplified by organocatalysis, cascade, synergistic, and photoredox catalysis. The application of unique methodologies to the total synthesis of natural products and pharmaceuticals.

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Recent Publications

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JACS, 140, 17433-17438

Metallaphotoredox-Catalyzed Cross-Electrophile Csp3−Csp3 Coupling of Aliphatic Bromides

Dr. Xiaheng Zhang

Dr. Russell Smith

David MacMillan

Nature, 560, 70-75

Direct arylation of strong aliphatic C–H bonds

Dr. Thom Brewer

Ian Perry

Patrick Sarver


Harnessing visible light energy to discover and invent new reactivity paradigms.

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Dave Macmillan

Dave started his independent career in 1998 at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2000, he moved to the California Institute of Technology.

In 2006, Dave was named the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University. From 2010-2015, Dave served as the Chair of the Chemistry Department at Princeton.

He is currently the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University.

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