Department of Chemistry Biochemistry

Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry at ASU is interdisciplinary and exciting. Collaborations exist with colleagues in biochemistry, physical chemistry and in the engineering, physics and biology departments. A general theme of many of the research groups is that new and interesting molecules are synthesized, which are then used in original and useful applications.

ASU researchers are developing new anti-cancer drugs, artificial photosynthetic reaction centers and ion pumps, novel proteins, photoenzymes and compounds for molecular electronics. Students are involved in the entire scope of the projects, from molecular design and synthesis through to the application. In this way, the ASU research and education process is broader than in programs where a single discipline or approach is emphasized. Students have access to modern equipment in each faculty member's labs and excellent departmental facilities including X-Ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, laser spectroscopy, and solution and solid state NMR.

John Chaput
Associate Professor
Molecular biology, proteomics, protein evolution, TNA aptamers and enzymes
Giovanna Ghirlanda
Associate Professor
De-novo protein design and engineering, enzyme mechanisms, protein structure
Ian Gould
President's Professor
Photochemistry, spectroscopy, theoretical and mechanistic organic chemistry

Devens Gust
Regents' Professor
Solar energy conversion, molecular switching, photonics and logic, photochromic molecules, photoactive materials

Ana Moore
Regents' Professor
Synthetic organic chemistry, carotenoids, photosynthesis, photochemistry
Morton Munk (Emeritus)
Molecular structure, computational methods, spectral analysis, expert systems
Robert Pettit
Regent's Professor
Medicinal Chemistry, chemistry of natural products, discovery of new anti-cancer and anti-infective drugs for human cancer treatment
Seth Rose
Anti-cancer drug design, physical organic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, computational methods
Edward Skibo
Anti-cancer drug design, synthetic organic chemistry, enzyme inhibition