Organic Chemistry Faculty


Core Faculty

» These faculty have primary appointments in the chemistry department.

Robert K. Boeckman, Jr.

Marshall D. Gates, Jr. Professor of Chemistry


Total synthesis of alkaloids, terpenes, antibiotics, and antitumor agents; development of new synthetic methodology; applications of con­formational theory

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Joseph P. Dinnocenzo

Professor of Chemistry


Mechanistic and Physical Organic Chemistry

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Rudi Fasan

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology

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Alison J. Frontier

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Synthetic organic chemistry; synthesis of bioactive natural products; pericyclic reactions; asymmetric catalysis; discovery of new reactions catalyzed by transition metal complexes.

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Joshua L. Goodman

Professor of Chemistry


Mechanistic Organic Chemistry

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Bradley L. Nilsson

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology: amyloid peptide self-assembly; Alzheimer’s disease; amyloid-inspired materials, HIV infectivity and microbicide development

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Daniel J. Weix

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Transition-metal catalyzed reactions; synthetic organic chemistry; methods development; study of reaction mechanisms; reductive chemistry; stereoselective transformations

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Research Professors

» Research professors do not accept graduate students, but have active research programs within the department.

Samir Farid

Research Professor


Photo-induced Electron Transfer Reactions

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Emeritus Faculty

» Emeritus faculty no longer teach courses or graduate students, but many are still active contributors to the intellectual life of the department, serving as co-advisors, mentors, and running research programs.

Andrew S. Kende

C. F. Houghton Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Strategy and Tactics in Organic Synthesis

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William H. Saunders, Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Physical organic chemistry: mechanisms of elimination reactions; isotope effects and isotopic tracers in the study of organic reaction mechanisms; proton transfers; ab initio and vbscf calculations

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