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Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry Lab

Organic Chemistry at Purdue has an outstanding record of accomplishment and innovation in research, education, and entrepreneurship. Our research interests extend from drug discovery to new polymers.

In addition to graduate courses in all other subdisciplines of chemistry, we offer core organic classes in structure and relativity, synthetic methods, and physical organic chemistry. Special topics courses are frequently offered, such as: Advanced Organic Synthesis, Bio-Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, NMR Spectroscopy, and Organometallic Chemistry.


Our Faculty

Ryan Altman

Ryan Altman

  • Methods Development
  • Organofluorine Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
Bram Axelrod

Bram Axelrod

  • Carbohydrate Synthesis
  • Glycoprotein Chemistry
  • Small Molecule Natural Products
Bryan Boudouris

Bryan Boudouris

  • Polymer Science
  • Soft Matter
  • Organic Electronics
Jean Chmielewski

Jean Chmielewski

  • Drug Discovery
  • Drug Delivery
  • BioMaterials
Arun Ghosh

Arun Ghosh

  • Chemistry and biology of bioactive natural products
  • Protein structure-based molecular design
  • Drug discovery and medicinal chemistry
  • Development of new reactions and their applications
Hilkka Kenttämaa

Hilkka Kenttämaa

  • Reaction intermediates
  • Drug metabolites and impurities
  • Organic chemistry of transportation and rocket fuels
Mark Lipton

Mark Lipton

  • Organic synthesis
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Peptide chemistry
Chengde Mao

Chengde Mao

  • DNA Nanotechnology
  • Self-assembly
  • Biosensing/nanomedicine
Jianguo Mei

Jianguo Mei

  • Organic and Polymer Synthesis
  • Flexible Electronics and Bioelectronics
  • Electrochemical Devices
Elizabeth (Betsy) Parkinson

Elizabeth (Betsy) Parkinson

  • Natural product synthesis and biosynthesis
  • Biocatalysis
  • Medicinal chemistry
P. Ramachandran

P. Ramachandran

  • Reagents and methodology development
  • Drug discovery
  • Energetic materials
Herman Sintim

Herman Sintim

  • Multi-component synthesis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
David Thompson

David Thompson

  • Drug Delivery Materials
  • Elastin-like Polypeptides
  • Polyrotaxanes
  • Affinity Capture Templates for CryoEM
Christopher Uyeda

Christopher Uyeda

  • Synthesis and Methodology
  • Organometallic Chemistry and Transition Metal Catalysis
  • Organic Materials
Alexander Wei

Alexander Wei

  • Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy
  • Designer dyes for chemical imaging
  • Sustainable hybrid thermoplastics
Paul Wenthold

Paul Wenthold

  • Physical organic chemistry
  • Mass spectrometry
Zhong-Yin Zhang

Zhong-Yin Zhang

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Drug Discovery