Description: Dr. Raja Annamalai  

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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 this purpose.
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.

Department of Chemistry and Engineering Physics
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

Office: 316 Ottensman Hall
Phone: (608) 342-6091
FAX: (608) 342-1559