Dr. Raja Annamalai, Assistant Professor
B.S. Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technmology
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
Post-doc Carbohydrate Synthesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emphasis in organic synthesis
Research in my group centers around the development of new methods to synthesize organic molecules and in the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) to study hydrogen bonding interactions between organic molecules. To that extent, I currently have 4 projects ongoing in my group:
1) Use of
NMR as a secondary method to determine the surface area of different nanomaterials. - The design of materials and molecules on
the nano scale has led to a number of exciting
discoveries. One aspect of nanomaterials that
lends them their unique properties is the fact that they have a high surface
area compared to their size. As such, a simple method to determine their
surface area would be beneficial. We are exploring the use of NMR for
2) Quantifying hydrogen bonding between organic molecules via NMR. - Hydrogen bonding is of major importance both in biology and chemistry. As such, we are exploring the strength of hydrogen bonds between various types of molecules.
3) Development of green organic chemistry lab experiments. - In an effort to lower our environmental impact by decreasing waste and to make our organic labs safer by eliminating potentially hazardous materials, we are developing labs that are greener while also being highly instructional.
4) Development of green methods for organic transformation. - Many organic reactions require the use of hazardous and expensive organic reagents. We explore methods by which safer and cheaper means can be used to carry out the same useful transformations.