Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4045 (fax)
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- B.Sc.(Hons), University of Dhaka
- M.S., Vanderbilt University
- Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
- Post-Doc., University of Chicago
- Sabbatical/Visiting research fellow: University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign; Penn State University, University of Iowa
- Chemistry for Contemporary Living
- Organic Chemistry I
- Organic Chemistry Lab I
- Organic Chemistry II
- Organic Chemistry Lab II
- Organic Chemistry (Super) Lab
- Senior Chemistry Seminar
- Advanced Organic Chemistry
- Advanced NMR
- JINS course [scheduled for 2003] "Origin of Life"
My research interests are in several areas covering a wide range
of topics. These include:
- Macrocyclic chemistry especially chemistry of porphyrins and
metalloporphyrins. This research focuses on the syntheses,
structure and study of reaction chemistry of the previously
- Synthesis of layered compounds, especially metal oxide
perovskites using high temperature solid state reaction. These
perovskites have potential application as catalysts,
semiconductors, magneto-resistive substances.
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopic study of
compounds to understand their chemical structure and also to
monitor chemical reactions.
- Transition metal organometallic chemistry. In this area the
focus is on developing new synthetic methodology and explore new
chemistry of transition metal compounds as well as their
application in organic syntheses.
Students have a wonderful opportunity to have hands on experience
with a wide range of synthetic techniques and equipment in my
research projects. My research lab has a wide range of dedicated
equipment for specialized chemical synthesis. These include:
- Inert atmosphere glove box for manipulation of air and
moisture sensitive compounds under dry nitrogen atmosphere.
- Schelenk lines and high vacuum lines.
- High temperature furnaces [2 muffle furnace and a tube
- Sonochemical equipment for carrying reactions with
- Explosion proof fridge.
- Specialized Schlenk glassware.
In addition, I routinely use spectroscopic techniques such a
Uv-vis , IR and NMR. I also use X-ray diffraction analysis for my