Steven A. Lopez

Steven Lopez

Postdoctoral Researcher Harvard University

Office: Converse CV19

E-mail: lopez01 [at] Address: 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


Doctorate in organic chemistry (PhD): University of California, Los Angeles, 2010-2015. Advisor: Kendall N. Houk

Bachelor of Science in chemistry (BS): New York University, New York, NY, 2006-2010

Research Interests
  • Organic Photovoltaics
  • Crystal Structure Prediction
  • High-throughput in-silico screening
  • QM/MM modeling of OPV interfaces
  • Electronic processes at BHJ interfaces

  1. Stereospecific Synthesis of Substituted Aziridines by a Crystal-to-Crystal Photodenitrogenation of Δ2-1,2,3-Triazolines Chung, T. S.; Lopez, S. A.; Houk, K. N.; Garcia-Garibay, M. A. Org. Lett. 2015 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b02290
  2. Mono-, di, and trifluoroalkyl substitutent effects on the torquoselectivities of cyclobutene and oxetene electrocyclic ring openings Honda, K.; Lopez, S.A.; Mikami, K.; Houk, K. N. J. Org. Chem. 2015, DOI:10.1021/acs.joc.5b01361
  3. 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition Reactivities of Perfluorinated Aryl Azides with Enamines and Strained Dipolarophiles Xie, S.; Lopez, S. A.; Ramström, O.; Yan, M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 137, 8, 2958–2966.
  4. How torsional effects cause attack at sterically crowded concave faces of bicyclic alkenes Lopez, S. A.; Pourati, M.; Gais, H.-J.; Houk, K. N. J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 8304–8312
  5. Substituent Effects on Rates and Torquoselectivities of Electrocyclic Ring Openings of N-substituted-2-Azetines Lopez, S. A.; Houk, K. N. J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 6189–6195.
  6. Isomeric Cyclopropenes Exhibit Unique Bioorthogonal Reactivities Kamber, D. N.; Nazarova, L. A.; Liang, Y.; Lopez, S. A.; Patterson, D. M.; Shih, H-W.; Houk, K. N.; Prescher, J. A. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 13680–13683.
  7. Mechanisms and Transition States of 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions of Phenyl Azide with Enamines: A Computational Analysis Lopez, S. A.; Munk, M. E.; Houk, K. N. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 1576–1582.
  8. Origins of Bioorthogonal and Orthogonal Cycloadditions: Distortion, LUMO Energies, and Steric Effects Liang, Y; Mackey, J.; Lopez, S. A.; Liu, F.; Houk, K. N. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 17904–17907.
  9. Multi-mode Selective Detection of Mercury by Chiroptical Fluorescent Sensors Based on Methionine/Cysteine Carney, P.; Lopez, S. A.; Mickley, A.; Grinberg, K.; Zhang, W.; Dai, Z.; Chirality 2011, 23, 916–920.