Professor of Chemistry

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Dennis Hall was born in Baie-Comeau, Province of Québec (Canada) in 1968. In 1991 he enrolled in graduate studies under the guidance of Prof. Pierre Deslongchamps at Université de Sherbrooke. His graduate research project involved new synthetic methods and strategies applicable to natural product synthesis. His work culminated on the development of a new tandem transannular [4+2]/aldol approach to diterpenes such as Aphidicolin, and on new findings on the mechanism of the Diels-Alder reaction.

After obtaining his Ph.D. degree in 1995, Dennis moved on to explore new areas of investigation such as bioorganic chemistry and combinatorial chemistry, working as an NSERC Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Peter G. Schultz, then at the Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. In his postdoctoral stay from 1995-97, Dennis was involved in various projects and learned to apply his knowledge of organic synthesis to problems in chemical biology.

In August 1997, he returned to Canada to take an academic position at the Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta. He was promoted to Professor of Chemistry level in July 2005, and to University Professor in July 2008.

If he had more spare times, Dennis would play tennis, ski, and hike in the mountains instead of drinking good wines.


University of California, Berkeley
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow,
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Chemistry.
Research director: Prof. Peter G. Schultz.

Université de Sherbrooke
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Département de chimie
Thesis director: Prof. Pierre Deslongchamps.


- NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award (2012-2014)
- Royal Society of Canada Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry 2009
- Rutherford Teaching Award 2009 (University of Alberta)
- 2008 Steacie Prize in Natural Sciences
- Appointed to title of University Professor, 2008
- NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship 2008
- CSC Merck-Frosst Award for Organic/Bioorganic Chemistry 2008
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (short-term, 2007)
- Faculty of Science Award for Excellent Teaching 2007
- Humboldt Research Fellowship (2006, Max Planck Institute - Dortmund)
- Faculty of Science Research Award 2005
- Winner of the Enantioselective Synthetic Chemistry Research Program 2004
- Martha Cook Piper Research Prize 2004
- AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry 2003
- Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award 2003
- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry (ACS) (2003-06)
- Merck Chemistry Council Award (2001-2003)
- Member of "Faculty of 1000", a new online paper alert service, division "small molecule chemistry" of the Chemical Biology section (
- Winner of CSC Combinatorial Chemistry Research Grants Program 2000
- Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award for Organic Chemistry 1999
- Travel Grant Award from the Ichikizaki Fund for Young Chemists (1999, 2003)
- Independent Establishment Grant Award (1999-2000), from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR)
- Research Innovation Award 1998 (grant from Research Corporation, Tucson, AZ)


12) Y.L. Dory, D.G. Hall, and P. Deslongchamps; On the Mechanism of the Diels-Alder Reaction of Enal Dienophiles. Competitive Reactivity and Ab initio Calculations Using a Transannular Probe; Tetrahedron, 1998, 54, 12279-12288.

11) D.G. Hall and P. G. Schultz; Synthesis of Diverse Ethoxyformacetal Oligomers. Toward Libraries of Metal-Coordinating Unnatural Biopolymers; Tetrahedron Letters, 1997, 38, 7825-7829.

10) M. Drouin, D.G. Hall, A.-S. Caillé; Crystal structure of a 5-formyl-(4E,11Z,13E)-cyclopentadeca-4,11,13-triene and a derivative of its unique trans-syn-cis [6.6.7] tricyclic product from a transannular Diels-Alder contraction; Submitted to Acta Crystallographica C (09/1996).

9) D.G. Hall and P. Deslongchamps; Transannular Diels-Alder / Aldol Tandem Reaction as a Route to (+)-Aphidicolin and its Isosteric C8-Epimer; Journal of Organic Chemistry, 1995, 7796-7814.

8) D.G. Hall, R. Müller, and P. Deslongchamps; Studies on the Transannular Diels-Alder Reaction of 15-Membered Macrocyclic Trienes Containing a Trans-Trans Diene. PART II: Evidence for Unsymmetrical Transition States in the Formation of A.B.C [6.6.7] Tricyclic Products; Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 1995, 1695-1710.

7) D.G. Hall, R. Müller, and P. Deslongchamps; Studies on the Transannular Diels-Alder Reaction of 15-Membered Macrocyclic Trienes Containing a Trans-Trans Diene. PART I: Synthesis and Isomerization of Various Model Cyclopentadecatrienes; Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 1995, 1675-1694.

6) D.G. Hall, A.-S. Caillé, M. Drouin, S. Lamothe, R. Müller, and P. Deslongchamps; A Stereospecific Transannular Diels-Alder Approach to the [6.6.7] Tricyclic Skeleton Related to Aphidicolin and Scopadulan Natural Products; Synthesis, 1995, 1081-1087.

5) D.G. Hall, D. Chapdelaine, P. Préville, and P. Deslongchamps; Stereocontrolled Synthesis of Acyclic Tri- and Tetra-C-Substituted -Alkoxymethyl-Unsaturated Esters; Synlett, 1994, 660-662.

4) A.G. Michel, D.G. Hall, and M. Drouin; Functionalized Hydrocarbons with a Condensed Ring Skeleton. XV. A (methoxymethoxymethyl)tricyclo-[,8]-pentadec-9-ene; Acta Crystallographica C 1993, C49, 1830-1833. Correction: Acta Crystallographica C 1995, C51, 340.

3) D.G. Hall, R. Müller, and P. Deslongchamps; Transannular Diels-Alder Reaction of Trans-Trans-Cis 15-Membered Macrocyclic Trienes. Evidence for Asynchronous Transition State; Tetrahedron Letters, 1992, 33, 5221-5224.

2) D.G. Hall, R. Müller, and P. Deslongchamps; Transannular Diels-Alder Reaction of Trans-Trans-Trans 15-Membered Macrocyclic Trienes; Tetrahedron Letters 1992, 33, 5217-5220.

1) Y. Guindon, J.-F. Lavallée, L. Boisvert, C. Chabot, D. Delorme, C. Yoakim, D. Hall, R. Lemieux, and B. Simoneau; Stereoselective Radical-Mediated Reduction and Alkylation of Alpha-Halo Esters; Tetrahedron Letters, 1991, 32, 27-30.