Faculty

Our Faculty


Orlando Acevedo, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

oxa110@miami.edu

Our research program focuses upon the application and development of new computational tools that target organic and enzymatic catalyst design, alternative environmentally friendly solvent design, and drug discovery. Fundamental problems in organic and medicinal chemistry are probed, such as elucidation of enzymatic reactions, controlling...

Leonidas G Bachas

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

bachas@miami.edu

(305) 284-4021
Leonidas G. Bachas joined the University of Miami as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2010. A distinguished analytical and biological chemist, Bachas was formerly the Frank J. Derbyshire Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky and chair of its Department of Chemistry. Bachas’s tenure at Kentucky was marked...

Burjor K Captain

Assoc. Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

captain@miami.edu

(305) 284-3059
Research Interests: Metal Cluster Chemistry, Organometallic Synthesis, Catalysis, X-ray Crystallography. We are interested in designing and exploring the chemistry of transition metal complexes containing sterically encumbered ligands derived from main group elements.  The transition metals of interest are those belonging to...

Barbara Colonna, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

b.colonna@miami.edu

(305) 284-2566

Tegan Eve

Senior Lecturer

teve@miami.edu

(305) 284-5953


Thomas K Harris, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

tharris@miami.edu

(305) 243-3358

Carl D. Hoff

Professor

c.hoff@miami.edu

(305) 284-5843
Catalysis Thermochemistry Metal Complexes Sulfur Chemistry Kinetic Studies Spectroscopy   The goal of our research is to understand what controls reactions important to catalysis of reactions like nitrogen fixation.  Binding and activation of dinitrogen, nitriles, hydrogen, carbenes, and sulfur to metal complexes are all...

Angel E. Kaifer

Professor

akaifer@miami.edu

(305) 284-4036
Our group's research interests focus on the general area of Supramolecular Electrochemistry.  For more than twenty years we have been investigating the electrochemical properties of a number of supramolecular systems, from host-guest complexes to self-assembled monolayers and dendrimers.  In particular, we have been...

Leslie D Knecht

Lecturer

lknecht@miami.edu

(305) 284-5361

Marc R Knecht

Assoc. Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

knecht@miami.edu

(305) 284-9351
Research in the Knecht Group focuses on the use of biological macromolecules to construct nanomaterials for specifically targeted applications. These applications include catalysis, self-assembly, detection, and materials design. We use a wide variety of biological, chemical, and material synthetic strategies to design and engineer specific...

Roger M. Leblanc

Professor
Department of Chemistry, Chair

rml@miami.edu

(305) 284-2194
Brief description of research Our research group aims at understanding the surface chemistry, spectroscopic and microscopic investigation of organic and biological supramolecular complexes. The chemistry of monolayers of supramolecular complexes is of paramount importance on account of many potential applications in diverse fields such as...

Nita A. Lewis, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

n.lewis@miami.edu

(305) 284-8229
One of the most exciting topics in modern chemistry is the possibility of creating nano-devices such as molecular computers. Already there are molecules which can operate as transistors, resistors, diodes, motors and molecular switches which may be activated by temperature, pressure or electro-magnetic radiation. Tying these devices together...

Jean-Hubert Olivier

Asst. Professor

jxo342@miami.edu

While nature has mastered the art of engineering non-equilibrium structures that enable energy capture, conversion, and storage with unrivaled efficiency, this level of structural control over synthetic materials with dimensions spanning the nano- to mesoscale remains elusive. Consequently, current technology exploits equilibrium-based...

Rajeev Prabhakar

Professor

rpr@miami.edu

(305) 284-9372
Computational chemistry is a fast emerging field and today is widely applied to solve complex chemical and biochemical problems in both academia and the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. In this field, highly accurate quantum chemical methods implemented in the advanced commercial software and state-of-the-art computers including...

Vaidhyanathan Ramamurthy

Professor

murthy1@miami.edu

(305) 284-1534
Life sustaining highly specific chemical reactions occur in the confined and organized medium of protein. Our projects aimed at achieving similar selectivity in (photo)chemical reactions explore the use of readily available hosts that bear similarity to biological media. In our laboratory, spatially confined cavities provided by crystals,...

Francisco Raymo

Professor

fraymo@miami.edu

(305) 284-2639
Research within the Laboratory for Molecular Photonics is aimed at the identification of valuable strategies to manipulate molecules with photons and photons with molecules on the basis of absorption and emission processes.  The ultimate goal of these fundamental studies is the development of new phenomena and innovative materials for...

Amy M Scott

Asst. Professor

amscott@miami.edu

(305) 284-6616

Valentine Renique St. Hilaire

Lecturer

VXS314@miami.edu

(305) 284-4004

Jamie Walls

Assoc. Professor

jwalls@miami.edu

(305) 284-4570
For over sixty years, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) continues to be an active and fertile area of scientific research, with applications ranging from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to testing fundamental theories and applications of quantum mechanics. However, one of the main challenges in NMR over its history has been in increasing...

James N Wilson

Assoc. Professor
Director of PRISM

jnwilson@miami.edu

(305) 284-2619
Research in my group is in the general areas of bioorganic and materials chemistry with a specific focus on the development of fluorescent analogs of biomolecules. We design, synthesize and characterize probes targeting specific biomacromolecular structures including DNA, transmembrane proteins, enzymes and receptors. This effort incorporates...

Elsayed Mohamed Elsayed Zahran

Research Asst. Professor

elsayed.zahran@miami.edu

(305) 284-5981