Research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Please see the Faculty Directory for more information on each faculty member's research focus and current publications.
- Analytical Chemistry
- mass spec of microbiota to assemble a metabolomic model of human tissues;
- NMR spectroscopy for analysis of compounds in biochemistry and materials;
- capillary electrophoretic separations, with a focus on biologically important compounds;
- hydrogen bonding and its relationship to disease causation and treatment;
- low detection limit studies of compounds with applications ranging from human health to homeland security.
- Biochemistry Chemistry
- biochemical mechanisms of human disease (Christal Sohl);
- transfer RNA biogenesis and disease (Manal Swairjo);
- signal transduction (Peter van der Geer);
- NF-kappaB regulation, muscle motors, and antibodies (Tom Huxford);
- protein design (John Love);
- zinc metalloproteins and peptides, marine microbial iron metabolism (Carl Carrano);
- gene expression (William Stumph).
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Jeffrey Gustafson: Asymmetric catalysis, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology
- Byron Purse: unnatural nucleosides, fluorescent probes, medicinal chemistry, self-assembly, molecular recognition
- B. Mikael Bergdahl: asymmetric total synthesis of natural products, organometallic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry and chiral synthesis with the emphasis on catalysis and asymmetric induction.
- Thomas Cole: boron/organometallic chemistry; computational organic chemistry.
- Douglas Grotjahn: organometallics and bioinorganic chemistry.
- Organometallic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- David Pullman's group, studying chemistry of nanomaterials and surfaces by experimental and and computational methods;
- Andrew Cooksy's group, investigating the properties of reactive chemical intermediates in combustion, interstellar chemistry, and biochemistry;
- Greg Hollans's group, using magnetic resonance spectroscopy to probe the properties of biomaterials;
- Bill Tong's group, pioneering the application of non-linear spectroscopy to a wide range of chemical analytes, including biochemicals;
- Karen Peterson, studying the spectroscopic properties of weakly-bonded hydrocarbon complexes.
Analytical Chemistry at SDSU
The Analytical Chemistry Group at SDSU is led by faculty members with expertise in each of five major areas of analytical instrumentation and methodology: mass spectrometry (Erica Forsberg), magnetic resonance (Greg Holland), separations (Chris Harrison), electrochemistry (Diane Smith), and laser spectroscopy (William Tong).
These groups have a diverse range of interests coupled with these specialties:
Biochemistry at SDSU
Research in the Biochemistry group -- our fastest growing division in SDSU Chemistry and Biochemistry -- presently includes studies of the following.
Inorganic Chemistry at SDSU
The inorganic chemistry research program at SDSU includes investigations in environmental chemistry, the synthesis of optically active organometallics, and the characterization of bioinorganic compounds. Much of this work is carried out as part of a broader emphasis on organometallic chemistry that bridges the traditional divisions of inorganic and organic chemistry.
Organic Chemistry at SDSU
The study of organic chemistry at SDSU spans the development of new methodologies, synthesis of organometallic and organoboron compounds, bioorganic photoactivity, and catalysis. Research groups in this area at SDSU are listed below.
Organometallic Synthetic Chemistry at SDSU
At SDSU, the organic and inorganic chemistry programs work closely together, united by a shared interest in the synthesis of organics in conjunction with main group or transition metal elements. The principal researchers in this area at SDSU are listed below.
Physical Chemistry at SDSU
Physical Chemistry is the study of those fundamental laws that govern the behavior of all molecules. If you're a chemist, and you want to understand what you're doing, then you're a physical chemist. P-chem and p-chem-ish labs at SDSU include:
Consult the following resources for additional information on research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.