Seidel, Daniel

Assistant Professor

Daniel Seidel Phone: 732-445-6921
E-mail: E-mail
FAX: 732-445-5312
Lab: 732-445-6921
Office: Wright Rieman Labs 159
Mail: Chemistry & Chemical Biology, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Education Links
  • Diplom 1998, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Germany
  • Ph.D. 2002, University of Texas at Austin
  • Ernst Schering Postdoctoral Fellow 2002-2005, Harvard University

Research Summary

The primary research interests of our group lie in the area of organic synthesis and methodology. We are particularly excited about probing new strategies for asymmetric catalysis using organocatalysts, transition metals and multi-component systems. One major criterion for selecting reactions for development will be their usefulness in providing valuable intermediates that will subsequently be used in the synthesis of biologically active compounds. We are further interested in the application of concepts from supramolecular chemistry to address current challenges in synthetic organic chemistry. 

Awards & Honors

  • 2009 Synthesis-Synlett Journal Award for Promising Young Professors
  • 2002 — 2004 Ernst Schering Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2001 — 2002 Dorothy A. Banks Fellowship
  • 2001 University Co-op Award for Research Excellence
  • 2001 Welch Academic Excellence Award


  • Facile Formation of Cyclic Aminals Through a Brønsted Acid Promoted Redox Process.” Chen Zhang, Sandip Murarka and Daniel Seidel J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, in press.
  • “Catalytic Enantioselective Additions of Indoles to Nitroalkenes.” Madhu Ganesh and Daniel Seidel J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, in press.
  • “Catalytic Enantioselective Aldol Additions of α-Isothiocyanato Imides to Aldehydes.” Le Li, Eric G. Klauber and Daniel Seidel J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 12248–12249. pdf
  • “α-Amination of Nitrogen Heterocycles: Ring Fused Aminals.” Chen Zhang, Chandra Kanta De, Rudrajit Mal and Daniel Seidel J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 416–417. pdf

Research Areas: 
Inorganic Chemistry
Research Areas: 
Organic Chemistry