Dr. Joel M. Smith, Assistant Professor

Professional Preparation/Appointments

​B.S. Furman University (2010)
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (2015)
Postdoc, The Scripps Research Institute (2015-2018)

Contact Information

Email smith@chem.fsu.edu
Office 5007 CSL 850.644.2333
Lab 5404 CSL 850.644.9624

Programs of Research


research specialties

Synthesis and Catalysis

Research Interest

​Since the dawn of organic chemistry, women and men have been fascinated with the impact that organic matter has on the human condition. In turn, much like the first human moonwalk, or the assembly line production of the Ford Model T, organic chemists’ focus on both discovery and refining synthetic efficiency has been an enduring theme over nearly two centuries. Specifically, our laboratory is focused on identifying the most concise synthetic strategies to assemble some of nature’s most complex molecular architectures. In doing so, this serves as a forcing function to discover new chemical transformations (reaction invention) that have both specific, targeted applications while being broadly useful for others. In short, we believe that our mission as scientists is to “make things better” by improving the synthesis, function, and translational potential of organic molecules and transformations.


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Sui, X.; Grigolo, T. A.; O’Connor, C. J.; Smith, J. M. Ortho/Ipso Alkylborylation of Aryl Iodides. Org. Lett. 2019, 21, 9251-9255.
Gomes, G. P.; Wimmer, A.; Smith, J. M.; König, B.; Alabugin, I. V. CO2 or SO2 : Should It Stay or Should it Go. J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84, 6232–6243.
Smith, J. M.; Harwood, S. J.; Baran, P. S. Radical Retrosynthesis. Acc. Chem. Res. 2018, 15, 1807–1817.
Smith, J. M. et al. Decarboxylative Alkynylation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56,11906–11910.
Smith, J. M.; Moreno, J.; Boal, B. W.; Garg, N. K. Total Synthesis of the Akuammiline Alkaloid Picrinine. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 4504–4507.