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Byoungmoo Kim


Assistant Professor



Educational Background

B.Sc., Biochemistry, University of Waterloo, 2008
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Toronto, 2014

Profile/About Me

Byoungmoo (Boni) Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and received his B.Sc. (2008) in Biochemistry at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he worked on the synthesis of steroid derivatives in the laboratory of Professor Scott D. Taylor.

In 2008, he joined Professor Vy M. Dong’s research group at the University of Toronto and later at the University of California, Irvine to pursue his doctoral studies. During his time in the Dong group, he developed new enantioselective catalytic methods using transition-metal catalyzed C–H bond activation and devised a new synthetic strategy for making cyclic peptides.

He then undertook a postdoctoral position with Professor Scott J. Miller at Yale University (2014) where he developed a new class of chiral ligands based on peptide scaffolds for enantioselective transition-metal catalysis and discovered unique stereochemical phenomena.

Boni’s thrilled to begin his independent career at Clemson University in the Fall of 2019. His research interests center on the development of selective functionalizations of bioactive molecules by discovering new catalytic transformations and designing innovative catalysts.

Research Interests

Synthetic organic chemistry, catalyst design, asymmetric catalysis

Courses Taught

CH 2230 - Organic Chemistry 1
CH 8220 - Organic Chemistry 2, graduate course