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Synthesis and Catalysis Research

Synthesis And Catalysis Research

The Department has a strong nucleus of faculty members working in these areas, including mechanism-based development of new methods and reagents for the synthesis of fine pharmacological organic molecules (Buonora). There is a focus on the synthesis of hemes and Ligand-heme systems (Lopez) and organophosphorus-based enzyme inhibitors (Nakayama) as potential drug candidates. Others use molecular recognition as a design principle to develop new synthetic molecules that are compatible with and capable of regulating biological function (Schramm). Efforts are also focused on researching monolayer-protected nanoparticles including Au, Pd, Pt, and bimetallic nanoparticles suitable for catalytic conversion of organic functional groups (Shon) and preparing organometallic and transition metal compounds with catalytic properties using specially designed organic ligands (Li). Current efforts are also focused on development of approaches to synthesize unnatural amino acids and nucleotides derivatized for incorporation in peptides and oligonucleotides via solid phase synthesis (Schwans).


Dr. Paul T. Buonora
Professor (2000)
Organic Synthesis & Catalysis
Prof. Buonora's Profile

Organic Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research


Dr. Lijuan Li
Professor (1998)
Inorganic, Bioinorganic, & Nanomaterials
Prof. Li's Profile

Inorganic Research

Materials and Energy Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research


Dr. Marco A. Lopez
Professor (1987)
Organic & Fe(II) Porphyrin Chemistry
Prof. Lopez's Profile

Organic Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research


Dr. Eric R. Marinez
Associate Professor (2003)
Molecular Recognition & Catalysis
Prof. Marinez's Profile

Organic Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research


Dr. Kensaku Nakayama
Professor (1987)
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Prof. Nakayama's Profile

Organic Research

Physical Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research

Materials and Energy Research


Dr. Michael P. Schramm
Associate Professor (2007)
Chemistry Graduate Advisor
Supramolecular Chemistry & Molecular Recognition
Prof. Schramm's Website

Organic Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research

Drug Design and Delivery Research


Dr. Jason Schwans
Assistant Professor (2012)
Enzymology
Prof. Schwans's Website

Biochemistry and Cellular Biology Research

Organic Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research

Drug Design and Delivery Research


Dr. Young-Seok Shon
Professor (2006)
Macromolecular, Materials, & Nanoscience
Prof. Shon's Website

Organic Research

Inorganic Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research


Dr. Hadi Tavassol
Assistant Professor (2016)
Materials Chemistry & Catalysis
Prof. Tavassol's Website

Physical Research

Analytical Research

Materials and Energy Research

Synthesis and Catalysis Research