Houk Research Group
Recent Events
Two international chemistry conferences honor Ken Houk, June 2018
Houk group research on graphene devices featured in C&EN News of the Week, February 2018
Ken Houk delivers plenary lecture at ITbM symposium in Nagoya, Japan, December 2016
Ken Houk delivers a lecture at the 44th National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOS) at the University of Maryland in 2015 (video)
Ken Houk and Neil Garg receive the Herbert Newby McCoy Faculty Award, November 2015
Garg and Houk research team findings featured in C&EN and JACS Spotlights, May 2015
Ken Houk publishes 1000th research paper, February 2015
Houk group member Steven Lopez wins Diversity Award from UCLA Academic Senate, July 2014
Ken Houk, David Eisenberg, Ric Kaner, and Jeff Zink selected in Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers, June 2014
Ken Houk hosts a Symposium in honor of the 100th Birthday of Saul Winstein, October 2012; photos; photos
Angewandte Chemie Author Profile of Ken Houk, August 2012
Ken Houk and co-workers publish Inaugural Article in PNAS, July 2012; UCLA Newsroom Coverage (with short movies)
QnAs with Kendall N. Houk, PNAS, July 2012
Ken Houk wins the Robert Robinson Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, May 2012
Ken Houk elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, April 2010
Ken Houk wins Arthur C. Cope Award of the American Chemical Society, February 2010
Ken Houk named Saul Winstein Chair in Organic Chemistry, July 2009
Herb Kaesz and Ken Houk named ACS Fellows, July 2009
Ken Houk interviewed in the ACS Organic Division Eminent Chemist series, August 2008
Houk65 Symposium - Computational Chemistry: Orgo, Bio, Nano, June 27-28, 2008
NATURE/SCIENCE Papers Report Successful Enzyme Design, March 2008
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The Houk Group solves problems in organic and bio-organic chemistry using theoretical and computational methods and programs. Theoretical predictions and designs of new reactions, reagents, and catalysts are tested experimentally in the Houk lab or with collaborators.
The Houk Group conducts research in the following areas:
  • Prediction of active sites of enzymes for non-natural reactions
  • Understanding and design of stereoselective organic reactions and catalysts
  • Pericyclic reaction mechanisms, rates, and synthetic applications
  • Gating in proteins and synthetic hosts
  • Exploring the origins of biological catalysis
  • Reactive intermediates in biology and the atmosphere. Potential surfaces, dynamics, and solution simulations
  • Molecular devices and structures and properties of organic materials
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University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
607 Charles E. Young Drive East
Box 951569
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569
Phone: (310) 206-0515
Fax: (310) 206-1843
Kendall N. Houk

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July 20, 2018