|Thesis Title||Synthesis and Reactions of α,β -Unsaturated Silyl Ketones.|
Martha developed the synthesis of a series of interesting previously unknown types of unsaturated silyl ketones. She used the chemistry allenol ethers, which was also being developed by Rick Olson and later by Ron Holtan and Mike Bowe.|
These compounds could be used in the various applications of the Brook rearrangement which were the focus of this work. The synthesis of vinyl allenes developed by Martha was later used very effectively by Eric Eisenhart in sesquiterpene synthesis using intramolecular Diels-Alder reactions.
After finishing her thesis work at Wisconsin Martha did a post-doc in Oppolzer's laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.
Senior Director,Research and Compound Development|