Department of Chemistry

Research Areas

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Major Research Areas

Analytical Chemistry
Atomic spectroscopy; sample introduction methods for atomic sources; automation in chemical analysis; analytical techniques for environmental pollutants and food additives; microchip and capillary electrophoresis; lab-on-a-chip analyzer; piezoelectric quartz crystal sensor/biosensor; biological mass spectrometry and proteomics applications.

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
Inorganic and organometallic photochemistry (including studies in microheterogeneous media); asymmetric synthesis and organic oxidation using metal complexes; structure and properties of high nuclearity metal clusters; biomimetic models for nitrogen transfer reactions; chemistry of lanthanides; metal-alkylidyne and -alkylidene complexes; metal-protein interactions; supramolecular chemistry; molecular recognition and chemosensing; recognition and cleavage of DNA by metal complexes; molecular metal-based materials with novel properties.

Materials Research
Light emitting materials; nanoparticles; catalysts and materials for green oxidation.

Organic Chemistry
Synthetic organic chemistry: new synthetic methods, asymmetric catalysis, total and enantioselective synthesis of natural products; chemical and biological oxidation reactions; design, synthesis and applications of foldamers and peptidomimetics; drug design and drug synthesis.

Polymer Chemistry and Synthesis
Synthesis and characterization of polymers with potential applications in photonics, electronics, and organic transformations.

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Molecular simulation: Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics calculations; electrochemistry: scanning probe microscopy, fuel cells and sensors, advanced lithium battery, electroplating techniques; molecular reaction kinetics and dynamics; solution phase chemical dynamics; theoretical investigation of electrical and optical properties of polymeric materials; theoretical and computational biophysics including protein folding and charge transfer in biomolecules; reaction mechanisms and chemical intermediates; physical organic chemistry; energetics, structures and mechanisms of gas-phase ions fragmentation.

Biological Chemistry
Structure determination of biomolecules; interaction, dynamics and functional studies of biomolecules and drugs (and metallodrugs); development of new experimental and computational methods for high throughput structure determination of biomolecules by NMR spectroscopy.

Chemical Biology and Structural Biology
Chemical biology of natural products; molecular imaging using highly selective and sensitive fluorescent probes of reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species; synthetic ion channels and their biological applications.

Supramolecular Chemistry
Host-guest interaction, non-covalent interaction, supramolecular assembly and architecture

Functional molecular materials research, particularly with relevance to solar energy conversion and energy research Phosphorescent materials, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaics (OPVs), dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), photocatalysts, organic thin film transistors (OTFTs), photoswitches, optical memories and data storage.