Organic Chemistry

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Organic chemistry is the science of carbon compounds. McMaster’s organic chemistry research has expertise in its five major areas: synthetic; physical organic; bioorganic; photochemistry; and polymer

Synthetic organic chemistry studies the laboratory synthesis of specific molecules, such as natural products and dyes used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Physical organic chemistry focuses on the structure of organic molecules and the mechanisms of chemical reactions.

Photochemistry explores the chemistry of electronically excited states. We study the behaviour of molecules after they absorb light and their energy states change. Bio-organic Chemistry encompasses several areas of study including of the biosynthesis of compounds that occur in nature.

Polymer chemistry involves design, synthesis and characterization of novel monomers and polymers.


Our researchers:

Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology | McMaster University has 8 registered members
Alex Adronov
Professor, Associate Chair (Research)
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Polymer Chemistry of Nanotubes; Dendrimer-Based Therapeutics; Covalent Functionalization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs); Supramolecular Functionalization of SWNTs; Carborane-Functionalized Dendrimers; Dendrimer-Based Imaging Agents

Michael Brook
Professor, Faculty of Science Chair in Sustainable Silicone Polymers
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New strategies for silicone synthesis using green chemistry, and targeting energy and biomedical applications.

Fred Capretta
Associate Professor
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Phospha-adamantanes in organopalladium cross-coupling reactions; carbenoid-based synthesis; synthesis of bioactive compounds

Paul Harrison
Associate Professor, Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies)
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Natural Products: how cells make these antibiotics, and how they work; fooling the biosynthetic machinery into using non-natural precursors to make non-natural, natural products

William Leigh
Professor
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Organic and main group photochemistry; reactive intermediates; fast kinetics; di- and trivalent organosilicon, -germanium, and -tin compounds; computational chemistry.

James McNulty
Professor
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Organic Synthesis; Medicinal Chemistry; Natural Products; Organocatalysis; Transition-metal Catalysis;Total Synthesis

Harald Stover
Professor
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Functional polymers; colloids and microspheres

John Valliant
Professor
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Medicinal inorganic and radiopharmaceutical chemistry

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