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Organic Chemical Research Division

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Associated Faculty

  • Stephen C. Bergmeier—New synthetic methods for the synthesis of heterocyclic rings, Medicinal chemistry - design and synthesis of novel anticancer agents and anti-infective therapies.
  • Jennifer V. Hines—RNA-targeted medicinal chemistry, structural and chemical biology.
  • Eric Masson—Supramolecular and host/guest recognition chemistry, macrocyclic chemistry with a focus on Cucurbiturils, and bioorganic chemistry.
  • Mark C. McMills—Synthetic organic chemistry, development of antitumor drugs.

About the Organic Research Division

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio University is an exceptional place to study chemistry. The size of the organic division, and department as a whole, are ideally suited for developing strong collaborative interactions between students and faculty. Faculty members within the division of organic chemistry are interested in a wide array of research areas. These include natural product synthesis, new synthetic methodology, medicinal chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and host/guest recognition, RNA structure and function, and nanotechnology.

Many of the faculty members are involved in collaborative projects within the department as well as with research groups in other departments, programs and institutes, both within and outside of Ohio University. These collaborative research interactions greatly enhance the graduate students experiences, and foster productivity.

Recent graduates from the faculty have gone on to excellent positions in places such as the University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Notre Dame University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Maryland, the University of California San Diego, Johns Hopkins University, Kent State University, Abbott Labs, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Merck Labs, Parke-Davis, Pharmacia, and Ibis Pharmaceuticals.


Each principal investigator in the Organic Research Division maintains a strong, well-funded research program with access to excellent facilities at Ohio University. Moreover, the interdisciplinary nature of Organic research at Ohio University facilitates collaborations with faculty in other chemistry research divisions and in other departments campus-wide.

Many faculty members in the division conduct research projects that are accessible to students of all skill levels, including undergraduates and master's students, allowing virtually any student interested in research to get hands-on laboratory experience.

Another advantage to our students is that research groups in the Organic Research Division are relatively small, averaging between three to four students per group. The small group sizes allow for enhanced mentoring between the student and his or her adviser, a trademark of Ohio University graduate programs.

Recent graduates in the Organic Research Division from Ohio University have gone on to exciting scientific careers in academic, government and industrial settings.


The division of organic chemistry has an impressive instrument facility. We are particularly proud of our three latest acquisitions, a hydrogenation apparatus, a high-resolution mass spectrometer, and a Bruker 500 MHz NMR spectrometer with two probes and solid-state capabilities. Equipment is accessible to all students and faculty, and also includes:

  • a microwave reactor
  • a circular dichroism spectropolarimeter
  • absorbance/fluorescence spectrometers and plate readers
  • high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems
  • gas chromatography systems
  • multiple molecular modeling computation nodes and software
  • a 500 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • a 300 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
  • high-resolution mass spectrometers (LC/MS)
  • a scanning electron microscope
  • an isothermal titration calorimeter

Associated Department and Institutes

Condensed Matter and Surface Science program (CMSS)
Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute (NQPI)
Edison Biotechnology Institute
Innovation Center
Molecular and Cellular Biology (Interdisciplinary Graduate Program)
Leipzig University