Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry
Areas of Expertise: Supramolecular and molecular chirality, optical spectroscopy (electronic and vibrational circular dichroism, UV-Vis & fluorescence spectroscopy), synthesis and characterization of small molecules
All the students I worked with in the past know about my deep passion for research and my interest in being a role model for everyone in their research efforts. I am most proud of my “going above and beyond” mentoring effort, which means establishing a personal connection with all my students. I am interested in making everyone who joins my lab an independent thinker and an accomplished researcher. My students will always have my unconditional support in their career choice, life decisions, etc.
The research method applied in my laboratory goes through several steps. First the
student will be exposed to a problem (for which we need an answer). The student will go
through previous observations and literature work in order to educate him/herself about
the problem under investigation. Then he/she will design (with help) and conduct the necessary experiments in order to solve the problem. He/she will also work on control experiments in order to build scientifically sound results. Based on the experiments and with the help of the mentor, some conclusion will be formulated. When the problem under analysis is answered the results will be organized in order to present them to a larger public.
Currently my lab is in a transition phase. Many new students are joining the lab and many
former students are moving on to PhD programs, Pharmacy School, etc. During 2013 we
will continue to explore the colorimetric and fluorescent properties of lawsone and derivatives. We will separate and characterize more organophosphorus compounds, and we
will try to conclude the research lines that are still open.