College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ott Lectureship in Chemistry: Dr. Richmond Sarpong, Berkeley

Date: April 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Loosemore Auditorium

The GVSU Chemistry Department Announces the Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry, April 15 & 16, 2014


Dr. Richmond Sarpong

Associate Professor of Chemistry,

University of California, Berkeley

 Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 Nitrogenous Natural Products: Suppliers of Life’s Quality

 Reception at 5 p.m.

Evening Lecture at 6 p.m.

Loosemore Auditorium

Pew Grand Rapids Campus


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

 Strategies and Tactics for Chemical Synthesis Inspired by Alkaloids

 Chemistry Seminar at 1 p.m.

Cook DeWitt Center

Allendale Campus



Dr. Richmond Sarpongwas born in Ghana, West Africa in 1974 and lived in various countries in Africa including Zambia and Botswana. He received his B.A degree from Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA) in 1995. During that time he carried out undergraduate research in organic chemistry with Professor Rebecca Hoye. He conducted his Ph.D. research with Professor Martin F. Semmelhack at Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey, USA) and completed his degree in 2000. At Princeton, his research center on organic synthesis. After three and a half years as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Brian Stoltz at Caltech (Pasadena, California, USA) working on natural products synthesis, he began his independent career at the University of California, Berkeley where he has recently been promoted to Full Professor (officially effective July 2014). Richmond has been the recipient of several awards including a Sloan Research Scholar award and a Camille-Dreyfus Teacher Scholar award. His current research interests span the development of new strategies for natural product synthesis.