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Department of Chemistry
Organic Research
organic

The Penn State Department of Chemistry has a growing legacy in organic and small molecule methodology and complex synthesis.  Faculty are engaged in cutting edge research that spans the realm of traditional synthesis and methodology, polymer chemistry, electrochemical methods, stimuli-responsive reactivity, and bioorganic chemistry.  Researchers have interests that are centered in new methodology for the synthesis of molecules and materials for utility in pharmaceuticals, catalysis, active/responsive networks, biomedicine, and electronic materials.

organic

Faculty

Harry Allcock Evan Pugh University Professor of Chemistry 
Polymer synthesis, materials chemistry, and biomedicine

Elizabeth Elacqua Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Small molecule and polymer synthesis, supramolecular catalysis, and organic molecules under confinement

Ray Funk Professor of Chemistry
Development of new synthetic methodology with emphasis on ring construction

Ramesh Giri Weinreb Early Career Professor of Chemistry
New synthetic methods, catalysis, organometallic chemistry, and sustainable chemistry

Eric Nacsa Assistant Professor of Chemistry
New activation strategies and synthetic methods

Ayusman Sen Verne M. Willaman Professor of Chemistry
Homogeneous catalysis, polymeric materials

Steven Weinreb Professor Emeritus
Total synthesis of natural products

Xin Zhang Paul Berg Early Career Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and of Molecular Biology
Design and synthesis of small molecules to image and modulate intracellular protein aggregates

Courtesy Faculty

Michael Hickner Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering
Polymer synthesis, membranes, and electrochemistry