Rick Lane Danheiser
Arthur C. Cope Professor of Chemistry
areas of expertise: invention of new methods for chemical synthesis, synthesis of natural products, antitumor agents, and neurotoxic alkaloids, green chemistry, and chemical lab safety, chemistry
Danheiser joined the MIT faculty in 1978 and at present is the Arthur C. Cope Professor of Chemistry.
Current investigations in his laboratory involve the development of new strategies for the synthesis of complex molecules and their application in the total synthesis of natural products and biologically active compounds. Danheiser is the editor-in-chief of Organic Syntheses and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals.
Danheiser has a special interest in laboratory safety and serves as the chair of the Department of Chemistry's Environmental Health and Safety Committee and as chair of the MIT Committee on Toxic Chemicals. Danheiser has also served on the National Research Council Committee on Prudent Practices for the Handling, Storage and Disposal of Chemicals in Laboratories and chaired the Subcommittee on Assessing Chemical Hazards.
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