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Synthetic organic chemistry in its very broadest sense. Generally, our efforts are focused on the preparation of organic compounds and new heterocyclic compounds that may display biological activity and may have pharmacological significance. Present studies are directed toward the synthesis of new agents that may have anti-parasitic, antimicrobial, and antitumor activities. Several spectroscopic techniques , such as NMR spectroscopy, FTIR, Mass spectrometry, will be utilized for the identification of the new products, in addition to microanalysis. Examples of research projects ongoing in our laboratory include the following: (1) Synthesis of new coumarin derivatives that may have some antitumor activities. (2) Development of synthetic strategies for the preparation of new heterocyclic compounds that incorporate imidazole moieties.
Synthesis of new chelating polymers that may have applications in the removal of heavy metal ions from the aquatic environment. In addition, our research also focuses on immobilizing chelating groups on commercially available resins; these immobilized groups could be very effective in removing heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions.
Organic electrochemistry; use of electroanalytical, methods (cyclic voltammetry and coulometry) to investigate the mechanisms of reduction and oxidation processes involving organic and organometallic species at various electrodes in nonaqueous solvents. This kind of work is normally done in collaboration with Indiana University, Bloomington, In. USA/