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Sammakia, Tarek Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Sammakia's research is focused on the development of new methods and catalysts for stereoselective organic synthesis; medicinal chemistry; the synthesis of natural products; the synthesis of compounds of medicinal relevance; and the synthesis of compounds of interest for their materials properties. The group also studies of the mechanisms of reactions which proceed with high levels of selectivity or are otherwise interesting.


  • 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
    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.
  • CHEM 5311 - Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    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 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • CHEM 7301 - Seminar: Synthetic and Mechanistic Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Discusses particularly the synthesis of complex organic molecules and the mechanism of reagents used in organic synthesis. Includes a study of transition metal mediated organic reactions. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department consent required.


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