Organic

Organic Chemistry

We have a long and rich tradition in the field of organic chemistry. Many of our faculty have received recognition for excellence in research, and our graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in industrial, academic, and government settings.

Our goal is to provide organic chemistry graduate students with a diversified background, and most importantly, a thorough understanding of the principles. This is accomplished through an excellent offering of formal courses, a vigorous weekly seminar program, and outstanding research opportunities.

Our students use an excellent assortment of high-tech instrumentation. Our resources in infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, electron spin resonance, laser spectroscopy, computer facilities for theoretical organic, and X-ray crystallography are state-of-the-art.

Research topics include:

  • total synthesis of natural products,
  • development of new synthetic methods,
  • reaction mechanisms,
  • organometallic chemistry,
  • heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis,
  • studies of biosynthetic pathways,
  • organic photochemistry,
  • organic reactions in the solid state,
  • gas phase ion chemistry,
  • peptide synthesis,
  • molecular electronics,
  • polymer chemistry, and
  • theoretical organic chemistry.

Faculty

portrait of Professor George Barany
George Barany
Professor, Chemistry
Office
435 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Erin E. Carlson
Erin E. Carlson
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Office
341 Smith Hall
portrait of professor Mark Distefano
Mark Distefano
Professor, Chemistry
Office
668C Kolthoff Hall
portrait of Professor Christopher Douglas
Christopher Douglas
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Office
568C Kolthoff Hall
portrait of Professor Christopher Ellison
Christopher Ellison
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
384 Amundson Hall
portrait of Professor C. Daniel Frisbie
C. Daniel Frisbie
Professor, Chemical Physics, Head Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
335 Amundson Hall
portrait of Professor Jiali Gao
Jiali Gao
Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
Office
241A Smith Hall
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portrait of Professor Daniel Harki
Daniel Harki
Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry
Office
2-139 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building
portrait of Professor Marc Hillmyer
Marc Hillmyer
Professor, Chemistry
Office
209 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Thomas Hoye
Thomas Hoye
Professor, Chemistry
Office
422 Smith Hall
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portrait of Professor Steven Kass
Steven Kass
Professor, Chemistry
Office
223 Smith Hall
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portrait of Professor Jessica Lamb
Jessica Lamb
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office
335 Smith Hall
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portrait of Professor Connie Lue
Connie Lu
Professor, Chemistry
Office
326 Smith Hall
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portrait of Professor Mahesh Mahanthappa
Mahesh Mahanthappa
Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
389 Amundson Hall
portrait of Professor William Pomerantz
William Pomerantz
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Office
328 Smith Hall
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portrait of Professor Nicholas Race
Nicholas Race
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office
455 Kolthoff Hall
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portrait of Professor Courtney Roberts
Courtney Roberts
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office
468C Kolthoff Hall
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portrait of Professor Ian Tonks
Ian Tonks
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Office
568A Kolthoff Hall
portrait of Professor Joseph "Joe" Topczewski
Joseph Topczewski
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office
568B Kolthoff Hall
portrait of Professor Jane Wissinger
Jane Wissinger
Professor, Organic Lab Director
Office
468A Kolthoff Hall
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