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

  • 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
  • theoretical organic chemistry

Faculty

  • George Barany
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
  • Erin Carlson
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
  • Mark Distefano
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
  • Christopher Douglas
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
  • C. Daniel Frisbie
    • Materials Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
  • Jiali Gao
    • Chemical Biology
    • Chemical Physics
    • Chemical Theory & Computation
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Gunda Georg
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
  • Timothy Griffin
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
  • Daniel Harki
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
  • Marc Hillmyer
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Thomas Hoye
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
  • Steven Kass
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Chemical Theory & Computation
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Connie Lu
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Wayland Noland
    • Organic Chemistry
  • Valerie C. Pierre
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
  • William Pomerantz
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • William Tolman
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Ian Tonks
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Joseph Topczewski
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
  • Jane Wissinger
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry