Synthesis and Catalysis Research

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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).


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Dr. Paul T. Buonora
Professor (2000)
RISE Program Director

Organic Synthesis & Catalysis
Prof. Buonora's Profile


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Prof. Lijuan Li

Dr. Lijuan Li
Professor (1998)
Department Chair

Inorganic, Bioinorganic, & Nanomaterials
Prof. Li's Profile


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Doctor Marco A. Lopez

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


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Doctor Eric R. Marinez

Dr. Eric R. Marinez
Associate Professor (2003)
HSI-STEM Program Director

Molecular Recognition & Catalysis
Prof. Marinez's Profile


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Doctor Kensaku Nakayama

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


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Doctor Michael P. Schramm

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


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Doctor Jason Schwans

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


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Doctor Young-Seok Shon

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


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Doctor Hadi Tavassol

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


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Dr. Julie Wahlman
Assistant Professor (2022)
Asymmetric Catalysis and Organic
Prof. Wahlman's Website