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).

Paul Buonora

Dr. Paul Buonora

Professor (2000)
RISE Program Director

Organic Synthesis and Catalysis

Prof. Buonora's Profile

Prof. Lijuan Li

Dr. Lijuan Li

Professor (1998)
Department Chair

Inorganic, Bioinorganic, and Nanomaterials

Prof. Li's Profile

Marco Lopez

Dr. Marco Lopez

Professor Emeritus (1987)
Organic and Fe(II) Porphyrin Chemistry

Prof. Lopez's Profile

Eric Marinez

Dr. Eric Marinez

Associate Professor (2003)
HSI-STEM Program Director

Molecular Recognition and Catalysis

Prof. Marinez's Profile

Kensaku Nakayama

Dr. Kensaku Nakayama

Professor Emeritus (1987)
Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Prof. Nakayama's Profile

Michael Schramm

Dr. Michael Schramm

Professor (2007)
Supramolecular Chemistry and Molecular Recognition

Prof. Schramm's Website

Jason Schwans

Dr. Jason Schwans

Associate Professor (2012)

Prof. Schwans's Website

Young-Seok Shon

Dr. Young-Seok Shon

Professor (2006)
Macromolecular, Materials, and Nanoscience

Prof. Shon's Website

Hadi Tavassol

Dr. Hadi Tavassol

Assistant Professor (2016)
Materials Chemistry and Catalysis

Prof. Tavassol's Website

Julie Wahlman

Dr. Julie Wahlman

Assistant Professor (2022)
Asymmetric Catalysis and Organic

Prof. Wahlman's Website