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William F. Bailey

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Department of Chemistry
55 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT. 06269-3060
Phone: (860) 486-2163
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  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, 1974
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina, 1973
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
  • B.S. St. Peter’s College


Research Focus

  • Development of new synthetic methodology using main-group organometallic chemistry.
  • Investigation of the synthetic utility of unsaturated organolithiums and related Group 1 organo¬metallics.


Current Publications

Bailey, W. F..; Bakonyi, J. M. “Intramolecular Carbolithiation as a Route to a Sterically Congested Cyclopentene: Synthesis of the Longtailed Mealybug Pheromone.” J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 3493-3495.

Bailey, W. F..; Fair, J. D. “Intramolecular Carbolithiation Cascades as a Route to a Highly Strained Carbocyclic Framework: Competition between 5-Exo-Trig Ring Closure and Proton Transfer.” Beil. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 9, 537 – 543.

Wiberg, K. B.; Bailey, W. F.. “A Computational Study of the Enantioselective Deprotonation of a Cyclopropanecarboxamide with an Alkyllithium in the Presence of Sparteine.” J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 1742 – 1746.

Bailey, W. F..; Bartelson, A. L;.; Wiberg, K. B. “Contrasting Reactions of Ketones and Thioketones with Alkyllithiums: A Coordinated Experimental and Computational Investigation” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 3199 – 3207.

Qiu, J. C.; Pradhan, P. P.; Blanck, N. B.; Bobbitt, J. M.; Bailey, W. F.. “Selective Oxoammonium Salt Oxidations of Alcohols to Aldehydes and Aldehydes to Carboxylic Acids.” Org. Letters 2012, 14, 350 – 353.

Wiberg, K. B.; Bailey, W.F.; Petersson, G. A. “A Computational Study of the Properties and Reactions of Small Molecules Containing O, S and Se.” J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 115, 12624 – 12630.

Wiberg, K. B.; Bartelson, A. L.; Bailey, W. F.. “Disparate Behavior of Ketones and Thioketones on Reaction with Organolithiums.” Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 2169-2171.

Fair, J. D.; Bailey, W.F.; Felty, R. A.; Gifford, A. E.; Shultes, B.; Volles, L. H. “Quantitation by Portable Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry of VOCs Associated with Vapor Intrusion.” Int. J. Anal. Chem. 2010, Article ID 278078, 6 pages, 2010. doi:10.1155/2010/278078.

Bailey, W.F.; Luderer, M.R.; Uccello, D.P.; Bartelson, A.L. “Effect of Solvent and Temperature on the Lithium-Bromine Exchange of Vinyl Bromides: Reaction of n-Butyllithium and t-Butyllithium with (E)-5-Bromo-5-decene.” J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 2661-2666.

Bailey, W.F.; Luderer, M.R. “Asymmetric Addition of Chiral Methylmagnesium Alkoxides to Benzaldehyde.” Arkivoc, 2010, part viii, 108-115.