Fort Group Researchers

Undergraduate researchers get hands-on experience.

Modern Research Spaces

We have a modern synthetic lab for cutting-edge chemistry.

Modern Instrumentation

We have modern equipment for reactions and analysis.

Ring-Closure Discovery

We use isotopic labeling to probe ring-closing mechanisms.

New Synthetic Methodologies

Using a microwave reactor, we produce moleucles rapidly.

The Fort Group

Research in the Fort lab focuses on the synthesis and reactivity of unique aromatic systems. Our projects aim to rationally design structures that have new and interesting properties by combining computational chemistry with organic synthesis. Many of the molecules we work with may some day find applications in organic electronic devices or in imaging of biological systems.

If you are interested in joining the research group, contact Dr. Fort at ehfort@stthomas.edu

 

Recent Publications

  1. Jaye, J. A.; Gelinas, B. S.; McCormick, G. M.; Fort, E. H. "Implications of the final ring closure to 10b-aza-10c-boraphyrene for aryl-alkyne ring-closing mechanisms. Can. J. Chem. 2016, 95, 357-362. 
  2. Gelinas, B. S.; Jaye, J. A.; Mattos, G, R.; Fort, E. H. “Rapid and efficient desilylation and deuteration of alkynylpyridines” Tetrahedron Lett., 2015, 56, 4232-4233.
  3. Wadle, J. J.; McDermott, L. B.; Fort, E. H. "Microwave assisted synthesis of 10b-aza-10c-borapyrene" Tetrahedron Lett. 2014, 55, 445 - 447.
  4. Fort, E. H.; Jeffreys, M. S.; Scott, L. T. "Diels-Alder Cycloaddition of Acetylene Gas to a Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Bay Region" Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 8102-8104.
  5. Fort, E. H.; Scott, L. T. "Facile Air-Oxidation of Large Aromatic Hydrocarbon Bay Regions to Bay Region Quinones. Predicted Oxygen-Sensitivity of Hydrogen-Terminated Carbon Nanotubes" Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 5747-5749. Featured on the Cover of the 10th Anniversary Issue
  6. Fort, E. H.; Scott, L. T. “Gas-Phase Diels-Alder Cycloaddition of Benzyne to an Aromatic Hydrocarbon Bay Region: Groundwork for the Selective Solvent-Free Growth of Armchair Carbon Nanotubes” Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 2051-2053.
  7. Fort, E. H.; Scott, L. T. “Growing Carbon Nanotubes from Short Hydrocarbon Templates. Energetic Analysis of the Diels-Alder Cycloaddition/Rearomatization Strategy.” J. Mat. Chem. 2011, 21, 1378-1381. Featured on Cover
  8. Scott, L.T.; Fort, E.H. “Nanostructures and Methods for Chemically Synthesizing Nanostructures” International Patent Filing WO2010151307
  9. Fort, E. H.; Scott, L. T. “One-Step Conversion of Aromatic Hydrocarbon Bay Regions Into New Unsubstituted Benzene Rings.  A Reagent for the Low-Temperature, Metal-Free Growth of Single-Chirality Carbon Nanotubes.” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 6626-6628.

Recent Presentations

  1. Fort, E. H.; Jaye, J. A.; McCormick, G. M.;Berger, K. E.
  2. Berger, K. E.; Jaye, J. A.; McCormick, G. M.; Fort, E. H. "A novel route to acridines"Astracts of Papers, 253rd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA March 2017; POSTER CHED 1379.
  3. McCormick, G. M.; Jaye, J. A.; Fort, E. H. "Cyclization of alkyne containing amines to aromatic heterocycles" Astracts of Papers, 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA March 2016; POSTER CHED 1270.
  4. Jaye, J. A.; McCormick, G. M.; Fort, E. H. "Computational and experimental study of the final ring closure of BN-pyrene"Astracts of Papers, 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA March 2016; POSTER CHED 1403.
  5. Jaye, J. A.; Gelinas, B.S.; McCormick, G. M.; Fort, E. H. "Mechanistic inisghts from the aryl-alkyne ring closure of 10b-aa-10c-borapyrene" Astracts of Papers, 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA March 2016; Oral ORGN-275.
  6. Jaye, J. A.; Gelinas, B.S.; Fort, E. H. “A Combined Computational and Experimental Study of the Ring Closure Mechanism of BN-Pyrene” Abstracts of Papers, 28th Annual Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium, Minnesota Academy of Sciences, St. Paul, MN April 2015; Poster.
  7. Gelinas, B. S.; Jaye, J. A.; Fort, E. H. “Desilylation and deuterium enrichment of ethynyl substituted pyridines” Abstracts of Papers, 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO March 2015; Poster CHED-1083.
  8. Tanikawa, T.; Fort, E. H.; Jeffreys, M. S.; Scott, L.T. "Diels-Alder cycloadditions in the bay regions of large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons" Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013; Oral ORGN 10.
  9. Rozeske, C. M.; McDermott, L. B.; Fort, E. H. “Improving routes to azaborine containing molecules” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013;Oral ORGN 90.
  10. Rozeske, C. M.; Fort, E. H. “Hydroboration as a route to cyclic boranes” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013; Poster CHED 1061.
  11. Tanikawa, T.; Fort, E. H.; Jeffreys, M. S.; Scott, L.T. "Synthesis of Graphene Nanoribbons by Diels-Alder Cycloadditions of Dimesitylbisanthene and pBenzoquinone Followed by Aromatization" Abstracts of Papers, Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston, MA February 2013; Poster 6100.
  12. Fort, E. H.; Heighway, T. N.; McDermot, L. M.; Yocum, T. A. "Developing Synthetic Methods Toward Azaborine Containing Molecules" Program and Abstracts, 34th Reaction Mechanisms Conference, Coloumbia, MO June 2012; Poster 8.
  13. McDermott, L. B.; Fort, E. H. “Improving the synthesis of 10b-aza-10c-borapyrene ” Abstracts of Papers, 243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA April 2012; Poster CHED 1107.
  14. Yocum, T. A.; Fort E. H. “Progress toward an azaborine-containing pinwheel polycyclic aromatic hyrdocarbon analog ” Abstracts of Papers, 243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA April 2012; Poster CHED 952.
  15.  Fort, E. H.; Scott, L. T. “Exploring the Barriers to Metal-free Carbon Nanotube Growth” Abstracts of Papers,240th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA August 2010; Oral ORGN 534.

Current and Past Funding

  1. American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund – Undergraduate New Investiagator - 53797-UNI4
    Fort, E. H. “Investigating the mechanism of aryl-alkyne cyclization of azaborine containing aromatics.” $50,000. September 2014 - August 2016
  2. Materials Research Facilities Network (MRFN) Grant - DMR-0819885
    Fort, E. H. “Investigating Azaborine Containing Molecules” $2,000 for instrument use and sample analysis. May 2014- June 2015