Molecule structure

Organic chemistry has a long tradition at the University of Colorado. In fact, the Department has named its building in honor of one of our former organic chemists, the late Professor Stanley Cristol. This division is one of exceptional breadth with nine faculty members and about 40 graduate students and postdocs working in the traditional areas of organic chemistry, including total synthesis, methods development, catalysis, and mechanistic organic chemistry, as well as in multidisciplinary areas, like chemical biology, materials chemistry, and physical organic chemistry. Faculty in the division have active collaborations with biochemists, neurologists, atmospheric chemists, physicists and physical chemists, and students have the option to work on projects that touch on almost all areas of chemistry. Recent papers published by the synthetic organic groups at CU have regularly appeared among the top 10 downloaded articles in The Journal of the American Chemical Society and Angewandte Chemie and three of our current and former faculty are members of the National Academy of Science.

Faculty in this area:

Douglas Gin: Organic, Renewable Energy, Physical Organic

Oana Luca: Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic, Physical Inorganic Chemistry, Solar Fuel Conversions

Seth Marder: Polymers, Nanostructures, Biomolecular-Solids

Michael Marshak: Transition Metal Catalysis, Renewable Energy, Materials & Nanoscience, Inorganic, Organic

Josef Michl: Inorganic, Physical, Photochemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Organic, Physical Organic

Jihye Park: Inorganic; Nanotechnology/Materials; Photochemical Reactions & Multi-electron Chemistry; Physical Organic Chemistry; Renewable Energy

Tarek Sammakia: Organic Synthesis

David Walba: Supermolecular Stereochemistry and Materials Chirality in the Context of Liquid Crystal Science and Technology

Maciej Walczak: Synthesis, Chemical Biology, Physical Organic

Xiang Wang: Chemical Biology, Synthesis

Wei Zhang: Dynamic covalent chemistry, Energy storage, Nanotechnology/Materials, Self-Assembly, Self-Healing, Synthesis