Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry involves the scientific study of the structure, properties, and reactions of compounds and materials that contain carbon atoms.

The UTSA Organic Section offers exciting research and training opportunities on the synthesis and functions of organic compounds in both the traditional fields of synthetic and physical organic chemistry and in the emerging interdisciplinary fields of green (environmentally benign), bio-organic, medicinal, and materials chemistry. Areas of strength include the developments of green catalysts and synthetic methodologies, drug delivery systems, and therapeutically useful small organic compounds.

Students are strongly encouraged to visit the websites of the organic chemistry faculty to further explore the highlights and details of their ongoing research.

For more information, go to the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry.

Office: BSE 1.104G
Phone: (210) 458-4196
Email: michael.doyle@utsa.edu
Areas of Specialization
┬╗ Catalytic oxidation processes
┬╗ Design and development of chiral catalysts
┬╗ Diazo chemistry
┬╗ Highly enantioselective catalytic reactions
┬╗ Medicinal chemistry
Office: BSE 4.258
Phone: (210) 458-7048
Email: doug.frantz@utsa.edu
Areas of Specialization
┬╗ Asymmetric catalysis
┬╗ Heterocyclic synthesis
┬╗ Medicinal chemistry
┬╗ Physical organic chemistry
┬╗ Process chemistry
Hyunsoo Han

Associate Professor

Office: BSE 1.104K
Phone: (210) 458-5456
Email: hyunsoo.han@utsa.edu
Areas of Specialization
┬╗ Asymmetric catalysis
┬╗ Organic synthesis
┬╗ Polymer and combinatorial chemistry
Oleg V. Larionov

Associate Professor
Lab Website

Office: BSE 4.117
Phone: (210) 458-6050
Email: oleg.larionov@utsa.edu
Areas of Specialization
┬╗ Enantioselective catalysis
┬╗ Medicinal chemistry
┬╗ Synthesis of biologically active natural products
Stanton McHardy

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE DRUG DISCOVERY

Office: SRL 1.438 
Phone: (210) 458-8676 
Email: stanton.mchardy@utsa.edu 
Areas of Specialization 
» Medicinal chemistry 
» Small molecule drug discovery in cancer, infectious disease, and neuroscience areas 
» Synthesis of natural products 
┬╗ Synthetic methodology

Office: BSE 4.322
Phone: (210) 458-6813
Email: kirk.schanze@utsa.edu
Areas of Specialization
┬╗ Conjugated polymers
┬╗ Luminescence imaging
┬╗ Photochemistry and photophysics
┬╗ Photoresponsive materials
Francis K. Yoshimoto

Assistant Professor

Office: BSE 1.104H
Phone: (210) 458-5459
Email: francis.yoshimoto@utsa.edu
Areas of Specialization
┬╗ Enzyme mechanism
┬╗ Mass spectrometry
┬╗ Target-oriented synthesis
John C.-G. Zhao

Professor

Office: BSE 1.104A
Phone: (210) 458-5432
Email: cong.zhao@utsa.edu
Areas of Specialization
┬╗ Asymmetric synthesis and reactions
┬╗ Oxidation
┬╗ Phosphorus chemistry
┬╗ Small ring compound

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