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Luca, Oana Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • We are an interdisciplinary research group that aims to solve problems related to catalysis, energy sciences and sustainable chemical transformations. We harness the power of electrons and holes as reagents in complex multi-step chemical transformations. At the same time, use a variety of analytical tools to monitor the transformations in real time to inform reaction optimization and gain mechanistic understanding of processes we are studying.


  • Organic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, Physical Organic Chemistry


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courses taught

  • CHEM 3311 - Organic Chemistry 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Intended primarily for nonmajors. Topics include structure and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and aromatic molecules; nomenclature of organic compounds; stereochemistry; reaction mechanisms and dynamics. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 3321 or CHEM 3361. Degree credit not granted for this course and CHEM 3451.
  • CHEM 4011 - Modern Inorganic Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Required course for chemistry majors. Introduces modern inorganic chemistry for undergraduates. Includes atomic structure, chemical periodicity, structure and bonding in molecules and crystals, reaction mechanisms, chemistry of selected main group and transition elements, and emphasis on catalyst, materials, bioinorganic, and organometallic systems. Same as CHEM 5011.
  • CHEM 5321 - Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Lect. Modern concepts of physical organic chemistry and their use in interpreting data in terms of mechanisms of organic reactions and reactivities of organic compounds. Required of all organic chemistry graduate students. Department enforced prerequisites: one year of organic chemistry and one year of physical chemistry or graduate standing.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • CHEM 7111 - Seminar: Electrochemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Student and faculty discussions and reports on research advances in electrochemistry. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department consent required.


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