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Chemistry & Biochemistry


Texas State’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is student-focused and committed to excellence in education and research. We serve the general Texas State student population through core freshman and sophomore chemistry courses and offer American Chemical Society certified degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The curriculum provides fundamental and advanced knowledge in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry, extensive laboratory experience, and critical thinking skills. The diverse interests of our faculty offer a wide array of opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research. Our graduates have advanced to professional industrial positions or graduate/professional programs. More information on our degrees can be found here.
As a part of the University’s initiative to increase participation of underrepresented groups, faculty have instituted a number of programs to cultivate interest in science from an early age. Current programs include:


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Upcoming Events and Seminars

Dr. Peter Stang, University of Utah

Feb 09, 3:30PM - 4:50PM
Abiological Self-Assembly: Predesigned Metallacycles and Metallacages via Coordination

The use of just two types of building blocks, linear and angular, in conjunction with symmetry considerations allows the rational design of a wide range of metallocyclic polygons and polyhedra via the coordination motif.[1-3] We have used this approach to self-assemble a variety of 2D supramolecular polygons such as triangles, rectangles, squares, hexagons, etc. as well as a number of 3D supramolecular polyhedra: truncated tetrahedra, triginal prisms, cubooctahedra[4] and dodecahedra.[5] An example of the methodology is illustrated in Figure 1. More recently we have functionalized these rigid supramolecular scaffolds with different electroactive, host-guest, dendritic (Figure 2), and  hydrophobic/hydrophilic moieties and have investigated the properties of these multifunctionalized supramolecular species.[6] Additionally, we have begun to explore the self-assembly of 2D polygons and 3D polyhedra on a variety of surfaces with the aim of developing their potential to be used in
device settings.[7] These novel, supramolecular ensembles are characterized by physical and spectral means. The design strategy, formation, characterization and potential uses of these novel metallocyclic assemblies will be discussed, along with our recent results in crystal engineering.

1. S.R. Seidel, P.J. Stang, Acc. Chem. Res., 35, 972-983 (2002).
2. S. Leininger, B. Olenyuk, P. J. Stang, Chem. Rev., 100, 853-908 (2000) .
3. P. J. Stang, B. Olenyuk, Acc. Chem. Res., 20, 502-518 (1997).
4. B. Olenyuk, J. A. Whiteford, A. Fechtenkötter, P. J. Stang, Nature, 398, 796-799 (1999).
5. B. Olenyuk, M. D. Levin, J. A. Whiteford, J. E. Shield, P. J. Stang, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 121,
10434-10435 (1999).
6. B.H. Northrop, H.B. Yang, P.J. Stang, Chem. Comm. 5896-5908 (2008).
7. S.S. Li; B.H. Northrop, Q.H. Yuan, L.J. Wan, P.J. Stang, Accounts, Chem. Res., 42, 249-259

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