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Skidmore College
Department of Chemistry

Ray GRaymond J. Giguere

Professor of Chemistry

Office: CIS 310A
Phone: 518-580-5125


B.A. Kalamazoo College
Dr. rer. nat., University of Hannover
Postdoctoral Research:
1980-81, University of Hannover
1981-83, Michigan State University


Professor Giguere conducts research with undergraduates in the area of organic synthesis. His interests range from the application of microwaves to conduct organic reactions to development of novel intramolecular cyclizations, such as tandem Diels-Alder and allyl cation cycloadditions. This work has resulted in the publication of over twenty-five articles, many of which have undergraduates as co-authors. Since 1983 over one hundred chemistry majors have conducted undergraduate research in Prof. Giguere's labs.

Courses Taught

CH221 Organic Chemistry 1
CH222 Organic Chemistry 2
CH323 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CH351 Special Topics - Milestones in Organic Synthesis
Scribner Seminar: Molecules that Matter

Recent Publications (*Indicates undergraduate co-authors)

"Microwave Heating in Organic Synthesis: Decarboxylation of Malonic Acid Derivatives in Water", Cynthia L. Zara*, Thomas Jin* and R.J. Giguere, Synthetic Communications, 2000, 30(12), 2099-2104.

"Tandem Intramolecular Diels-Alder Reactions: Branched Substrate Studies and New Synthetic Pathways", M.A. Brodney*, J.P. O'Leary*, J.A. Hansen and R.J. Giguere, Synthetic Communications, 1995, 25, 521.

"The Tandem Intramolecular Diels-Alder Reaction", D.R. Goldberg*, J.A. Hansen and R.J. Giguere, Tetrahedron Letters, 1993, 34, 8003.

"Diastereoselectivity and Regiocontrol in Intramolecular Allyl Cation Cycloadditions: Selective Formation of [3+2] or [3+4] Cycloadducts", R.J. Giguere, S.M. Tassely, M.I. Rose* and K. Krishnamurthy, Tetrahedron Letters, 1990, 31, 4577.

"Synthetic Applications of the Alder-Bong Reaction: Stereoselective Construction fo the Methanohydroazulene Framework", R.J. Giguere, Patrick G. Harran* and Blanca O. Lopez*, Synthetic Communications, 1990, 20, 1453.