Chemistry Department

Wildeliz Torres Assistant Professor
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phone: (787) 832-4040 ext. 2518
fax: (787) 265-3849
email: wildeliz.torres@upr.edu
office: Q-130
website: Not available
Group Members:


Ph.D. University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, 2007


NIH Postdoctoral Scholar 2007-2009

UPR-Rio Piedras FIPI Grant 2014-2016

Teaching Interests

Organic chemistry and related courses

Research Interests

Development of Metal-Catalyzed Step and Atom Economical Methods Toward N-, O-, and S-Heterocycles

Our research program focus on the development of robust metal-catalyzed methods for the synthesis of heterocyclic moieties from readily available starting materials. These methods should be user friendly, environmentally benign, and amenable to multi-gram scales. Synthetic efforts toward bioactive important compounds will be pursued to prove the synthetic value of our novel methodologies.


Selected Publications

  1. Torres, W.; Torres, G.; Prieto, J. “Synthesis of Stereotetrads by Regioselective Cleavage of Diastereomeric MEM-Protected 2-Methyl-3,4-epoxy Alcohols with Diethylpropynyl Aluminum.” Synlett. 2012, 17, 2534.
  2. Trost, B. M.; O’Boyle, B.; Torres, W.; Ameriks, M. K. “Development of a flexible strategy toward (+)-FR900482 and the mitomycins.” Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 7890.
  3. Torres, W.; Rodríguez, R.; Prieto, J. “Stereoselective construction of all anti polypropionate modules: Application to the synthesis of the C5-C10 fragment o streptovaricin U.” J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 2447.
  4. Dávila, W.; Torres, W.; Prieto, J. “Regioselective cleavage of 3,4-epoxy alcohols with substituted alkynylaluminum reagents: Application to the stereoselective synthesis of polypropionates." Tetrahedron 2007, 63, 8218.
  5. Tirado, R.; Torres, G.; Torres, W.; Prieto, J. “Regioselective cleavage of cis- and trans-2-methyl-3,4-epoxyalcohols with diethylpropynyl aluminum." Tetrahedron Lett. 2005, 46, 797.