LPSC 251
Faculty Lead for Innovation Excellence (Research Office Appointment)

Rich CarterEducation:
B.S. Gettysburg College (1993);
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (1997);
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon State University (1997-99).

Esther Brandt Chemistry Award (1992);
Stine Chemistry Prize (1993);
John B. Zinn Chemistry Research Award (1993);
David Burton Jr. Fellowship Award (1996);
National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow (1997-99);
Awarded Early Tenure from Oregon State University (2004);
Journal Awardee, Synthesis / Synlett Editorial Board - Thieme Publishers (2007);
Sugihara Young Faculty Research Award (2007);
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (2010)
OSU Advantage Accelerator Entrepreneur of the Year (2014)
Milton Harris Award for Basic Research - Oregon State University (2015)
Willamette Angels Conference Entrepreneur of the Year (2016)
Partners for Progress and Prosperity Award, American Chemical Society - Northwest Region (2017)

Research Group Website:

Organic and Bioorganic Website:

Research Interests

Professor Carter’s laboratory has had a longstanding interest in the total synthesis of complex, biological active natural products.  Recent natural product families of interest include the lycopodium alkaloids, amphidinolides, mandelalides, abietane diterpeniods and furanyl diterpenes. In addition, these synthetic endeavors have led to multiple new reaction methodologies including proline sulfonamide organocatalysis, umpolung SAOD chemistry (sulfone alkylation oxidative desulfurization) and silver-catalyzed heterocycle formation.  He has supervised over 50 researchers in his laboratory who have gone onto successful careers in academia and industry. A more detailed description of these projects can be found on his research group website.

In addition to these organic chemistry-related research endeavors, Professor Carter works with the Research Office in the role of Faculty Lead for Innovation Excellence at OSU. This position focuses on supporting faculty interests in innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) at OSU.  Professor Carter’s interest in the intersection of academy and industry originated from his successful founding of the OSU spinout company Valliscor. In partnership with Karl Mundorff and others, Professor Carter provides I&E training for OSU faculty through Innovation Days, brown bag gatherings on specific I&E topics and maintenance of the University-level I&E website.  He serves as a mentor for the OSU Advantage Accelerator and sits on their Advisory Board. Professor Carter served as the PI of an NSF funded NRT IGE grant that piloted and tested a team-based, experiential curriculum that simultaneously integrates basic scientific research with market research and with professional skill development and practice.

Representative Publication

  • Veerasamy, N.; Ghosh, A.; Li, J.; Watanabe, K.; Serrill, J. D.; Ishmael, J. E.; McPhail, K. L.; Carter, R. G. "Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Mandelalide A and Isomandelalide A: Discovery of a Cytotoxic Ring-Expanded Isomer." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 770-773. Abstract
  • Watanabe, K.; Li, J.; Veerasamy, N.; Ghosh, A.; Carter, R. G. "Stereoselective, Ag-Catalyzed Cyclizations To Access Polysubstituted Pyran Ring Systems: Synthesis of C1–C12 Subunit of Madeirolide A." Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 1744-1747. Abstract
  • Saha, M.; Li, X.; Collett, N. D.; Carter, R. G. "Unified Synthesis of 10-Oxygenated Lycopodium Alkaloids: Impact of C10-Stereochemistry on Reactivity." J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 5963-5980. Abstract
  • Rodriguez-Perez, I. A.; Yuan, Y.; Bommier, C.; Wang, X.; Ma, L.; Leonard, D. P.; Lerner, M. M.; Carter, Rich G.; Wu, T.; Greaney, P. Alex; Lu, J.; Ji, X. “Mg-Ion Battery Electrode: An Organic Solid’s Herringbone Structure Squeezed upon Mg-Ion Insertion.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 13031-13037. Abstract
  • Wang, S.; Xiao, J.; Li, J.; Xiang, H.; Wang, C.; Chen, X.; Carter, R. G.; Yang, H. "Discovery of temperature-dependent, autoinductive reversal of enantioselectivity: palladium-mediated [3+3]-annulation of 4-hydroxycoumarins." Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 4441-4444. Abstract
  • Goswami, S.; Harada, K.; El-Mansy, M. F.; Lingampally, R.; Carter, R. G. "Enantioselective Synthesis of (-)-Halenaquinone." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57,9117-9121. Abstract, Synfacts
  • Li, X.; Carter, R. G. "Pummerer Cyclization Revisited: Unraveling of Acyl Oxonium Ion and Vinyl Sulfide Pathways." Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 5541-5545. Abstract
  • Li, X.; Carter, R. G. "Total Syntheses of Aromatic Abietane Diterpenoids Utilizing Advances in the Pummerer Rearrangement." Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 5546-5549. Abstract
  • Ghosh, A.; Carter, R. G. "Recent Syntheses and Strategies Toward Polycyclic Gelsemium Alkaloids." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 131, 681-694. Abstract