Described herein are four different research projects spanning over two different research groups. The first two projects describe the development and application of scaffolding catalysts for the (1) site-selective silylation of ribonucleosides and (2) the distal and diastereoselective hydroformylation of homoallylic alcohols. These projects emphasize the effectiveness of scaffolding catalysts to bind a hydroxyl-containing substrate and control the site- or regioselectivity of a reaction using said substrate. The third project describes a hydroxyl-directed diboration of homoallylic and bis-homoallylic alcohols. The hydroxyl-containing 1,2-bis(boronates) are valuable intermediates for further synthetic manipulations. One such manipulation, a hydroxyl-directed Suzuki cross-coupling reaction, is the focus of the final project. This directed cross-coupling reaction forges carbon-carbon bonds in a stereoselective manner, highlighted in the total synthesis of the naturally occurring compound, debromohamigeran E.