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The McGonigal Group develops functional organic materials by exploiting our expertise in stabilized, highly substituted aromatic carbocations. Students in the group are exposed to a wide range of techniques in organic synthesis, advanced spectroscopy, organometallics, electrochemistry, and DFT modeling.

For a representative publication on the topic of fluorescent aggregates, see J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 17882–17889.

For a representative publication on the topic of shapeshifting molecules, see Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 8631–8636.