Ekaterina Tkatchouk was awarded a UC MEXUS-CONACYT postdoctoral fellowship in 2006-2007 to conduct research at UCLA's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry under the guidance of Professor Kendall Houk. Her research involved the study of transition metal-catalyzed enantioselective reactions. She used density functional theory (DFT) computational methods to explore the mechanism for cyclization reactions catalyzed by organometallic complexes and developed a set of general guidelines that describe the effects that different metal ligands have on the selectivity of these reactions. Her work on Pd(II)-catalyzed addition of silyl enol ethers to alkynes was conducted in collaboration with the group of UC Berkeley Professor F. Dean Toste. She also explored novel gold complexes that have been shown recently to catalyze popular 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions.
Currently, she is a postdoctoral scholar in the group of William A. Goddard, III in the Materials and Process Simulation Center at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Ekaterina Tkatchouk can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.