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Sammakia, Tarek Professor Emerita/Emeritus


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research overview

  • Professor Sammakia's research is focused on the development of new methods and catalysts for stereoselective organic synthesis; the synthesis of natural products; studies of the mechanisms of reactions which proceed with high levels of selectivity or are otherwise interesting; the synthesis and study of compounds of medicinal relevance; and in collaboration with others, the synthesis of compounds of interest for their photophysical properties.


  • Organic synthesis, methods development, the application organic synthesis to solve problems in medicine, biology, and energy


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courses taught

  • CHEM 3451 - Organic Chemistry for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Covers bonding, acidity, reaction mechanisms, nomenclature of organic compounds; stereochemistry; structure and reactions of aldehydes, ketones, and carboxylic acids and derivatives. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 3361 or CHEM 3321. Degree credit not granted for this course and CHEM 3311.
  • CHEM 5311 - Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Lect. Surveys synthetic transformations emphasizing important functional group transformations and carbon-carbon, bond-forming reactions. Required of all organic chemistry graduate students. Department enforced prerequisite: one year of organic chemistry or graduate standing.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.


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