Robert Batey, Ph. D.  

Professor andChair, Department of Chemistry 

Office Phone: 416-946-5602 

Office Location: Lash Miller Chemistry Building, Room 151 


Office Hours and/or Leave Status: by appointment - please send an email 



B.A. (OxfordUniversity) 

Ph.D. (ImperialCollege of Science Technology and Medicine) 


Rob Batey is a Professor and Chair of the Departmentof Chemistry in the University of Toronto. His teaching andresearch interests are in the general area of organic chemistry witha focus on organic synthesis and its application to biology andmedicine. This program encompasses the development of new organicreactions, the synthesis of depsipeptide, alkaloid and other heterocyclic naturalproducts, and their application as anticancer and antibiotic agents. Theuse of organoboron reagents, iminium ion chemistry, cycloaddition,electrocyclic and sigmatropic reactions are a hallmark of hisresearch. His work has been recognized by several awards, including mostrecently the Canadian Society of Chemistry Bader Award(2014) and a Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award(2012-13).  


Selected Publications 


A Lanthanide(III) Triflate-mediatedMacrolactonization / Solid-Phase Synthesis Approach for Depsipeptide Synthesis.” Goodreid,J. D.; da Silveira dos Santos, E.; Batey, R. A. Org.Lett., 2015, 17, 2182-2185. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b00781). 


“Total Synthesis and Bacterial Testing of theAntibiotic A54556 Cyclic Acyldepsipeptides Isolated from Streptomyceshawaiiensis.” Goodreid,J. D.; Wong, K.; Leung, E.; McCaw, S. E.; Gray-Owen, S.; Lough, A.; Houry,W. A.; Batey, R. A. J. Nat.Prod., 2014, 77, 2170–2181. (DOI: 10.1021/np500158q


“Organoboron-based Allylation Approach to the TotalSynthesis of the Medium-ring Dilactone (+)-Antimycin A1b.” Janetzko, J.; Batey, R.A. J. Org. Chem., 2014, 79, 943–954. (DOI: 10.1021/jo501134d


“An Organotrifluoroborate-based Convergent TotalSynthesis of the Potent Cancer Cell Growth Inhibitory Depsipeptides Kitastatinand Respirantin.” Beveridge,R. E.; Batey, R. A. Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 2322–2325. (DOI: 10.1021/ol500484f


“A Short Total Synthesis of the MarineSponge Pyrrole-2-aminoimidazole Alkaloid(±)-Agelastatin A.” Duspara, P. A.; Batey, R. A. Angew. Chem. Int.Ed., 2013, 52, 10862–10866. (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201304759


For a completelist of publications and further information on his research group,see: