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Organic Awards:

M. A. Battiste Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Tarrant Distinguished Visiting Professorship of Organic Chemistry
Tarrant Summer Graduate Research Scholarship
W. M. Jones Award for Originality and Creativity

Contact Information:

Sisler Hall Room 429
PO Box 117200
Gainesville , Florida 32611-7200
Phone: (352) 392-0552
Fax: (352) 846-0296

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About the Division:

Recipients of graduate degrees in the area of Organic Chemistry from the University of Florida receive extensive training in modern synthetic, mechanistic, physical and materials aspects of the field. Students working with groups in the Organic Division have the opportunity to carry out cutting edge research in modern Organic Chemistry. Strengths in the program include the development of modern synthetic methodology, heterocyclic synthesis, organofluorine chemistry, organometallic chemistry, molecular recognition, photochemistry, and polymer and materials organic chemistry. Graduates of the program are well-trained for positions in academia, government and industrial laboratories.

Faculty & Staff

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Phone:352-392-2752workFax:352-846-0296workfaxAddressUniversity of FloridaDepartment of ChemistryPO Box 117200GainesvilleFL32611workOfficeSIS 201postalWebsite:http://www.chem.ufl.edu/~castellano/

Research Areas
nanochemistry; organic; polymer; synthesis

Research in my laboratory uses organic synthesis, physical organic chemistry, spectroscopic methods, and computation to design, prepare, and study novel organic molecules that show unique and useful behavior. In this context we are particularly interested in predicting and controlling properties that emerge when individual molecules aggregate, by weak noncovalent interactions, in solution. The phenomenon is called “self-assembly,” and it is a process borrowed from nature to achieve complexity rapidly and reversibly (e.g., assembly of the DNA duplex or binding of a receptor to its enzymatic target). It is also the central theme of supramolecular chemistry, an established field that studies chemistry “beyond the molecule.” Our specific areas of interest and expertise include: stereoelectronic effects in supramolecular chemistry, construction of novel donor-acceptor molecules with useful electronic or optical properties, functional molecules (for materials and/or sensing applications) from biorelevant building blocks, and molecular-based strategies to novel therapeutics.

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Phone:352-392-2752workFax:352-846-0296workfaxAddressUniversity of FloridaDepartment of ChemistryPO Box 117200GainesvilleFL32611workOfficeSIS 201postalWebsite:http://www.chem.ufl.edu/~castellano/

Research Areas
nanochemistry; organic; polymer; synthesis

Research in my laboratory uses organic synthesis, physical organic chemistry, spectroscopic methods, and computation to design, prepare, and study novel organic molecules that show unique and useful behavior. In this context we are particularly interested in predicting and controlling properties that emerge when individual molecules aggregate, by weak noncovalent interactions, in solution. The phenomenon is called “self-assembly,” and it is a process borrowed from nature to achieve complexity rapidly and reversibly (e.g., assembly of the DNA duplex or binding of a receptor to its enzymatic target). It is also the central theme of supramolecular chemistry, an established field that studies chemistry “beyond the molecule.” Our specific areas of interest and expertise include: stereoelectronic effects in supramolecular chemistry, construction of novel donor-acceptor molecules with useful electronic or optical properties, functional molecules (for materials and/or sensing applications) from biorelevant building blocks, and molecular-based strategies to novel therapeutics.

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Phone:352-392-9134workFax:352-846-0296workfaxAddressUniversity of FloridaDepartment of ChemistryPO Box 117200GainesvilleFL32611workOfficeSIS 429BpostalWebsite:Organic Teaching Lab

Research Areas
organic

One of the main goals that I have is to improve the educational experience that our students have in organic chemistry. As faculty coordinator of the organic chemistry laboratory program, I have the opportunity to introduce students to the many exciting aspects of organic chemistry while reinforcing the material they learn in their lecture courses. I am also interested in designing laboratory experiments that help students see how organic chemistry is connected to other aspects of their lives, including health and well-being, medicine, and materials.

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Phone:352-392-0591workFax:352-846-1962workfaxAddressUniversity of FloridaDepartment of ChemistryPO Box 117200GainesvilleFL32611workOfficeSIS 428postalWebsite:http://www.chem.ufl.edu/~wrd/

Research Areas
organic; synthesis

The Dolbier research program is dedicated mainly to the synthesis and study of compounds containing fluorine. Organic compounds that contain fluorine are of vital interest and importance to virtually every area of modern technology, including polymers, pharmaceutical/agrochemical products, and material science. Because of the special synthetic challenges that it presents, and because of the unique structure/reactivity relationships observed for fluorine-containing compounds, the field of organofluorine chemistry is one of both fundamental and practical interest. In our case this is reflected by the projects in the group, which are a mixture of fundamental and applied projects. Although we remain interested in the fundamental aspects of reactivity of fluorinated molecules and reactive intermediates, our major research interests now involve the development of new synthetic methods for incorporation of fluorine into organic molecules, mainly through the invention and development of new fluorinated “building blocks.”

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Phone:352-846-3001workFax:352-846-3001workfaxAddressUniversity of FloridaDepartment of ChemistryPO Box 117200GainesvilleFL32611workOfficeCLB 108ApostalWebsite:nmr.chem.ufl.edu

Research Areas
organic; scientist

Applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is the most powerful method for elucidation of the structure of organic compounds, and most of our research involves collaborations in which we find out what compounds have been obtained in a particular reaction, or isolated from a natural source. We use dynamic NMR and molecular modeling to study the conformational equilibria of small molecules. Other applications are based on the measurement of diffusion coefficients by NMR.

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Phone:352-392-9131workFax:352-846-0296workfaxAddressUniversity of FloridaDepartment of ChemistryPO Box 117200GainesvilleFL32611workOfficeJHH 402postalWebsite:http://grenninglab.com/

Research Areas
organic; synthesis

Natural products are prized for the potential as pharmaceutical agents. A common bottleneck toward their application in disease treatment is their limited natural abundance and/or inefficient laboratory synthesis.

The Grenning research laboratory aims to design new complexity-generating chemical reactions inspired by bioactive natural products. This strategy will provide rapid access to a variety of structurally complex bioactive molecules with high step-economy. We plan to utilize the reactions developed to prepare collections of natural product inspired molecules and gain insight into their biological activities.

 

Welcome to The Roitberg Research Group

Group News

  • 10/17/2016: Qualifying Exam. Ankita Sarkar will be presenting her PhD proposal on “pH-dependent Conformational Reorganization due to Ionizable Residues in a Hydrophobic Protein Interior”
  • 09/13/2016: Dr. Roitberg is named an Ulam Distinguished Scholar at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • 11/18/2015: Natali Graduated!
    Congratulations Dr. Di Russo!
  • 11/18/2015: New Postdoc We welcome Marcos Serrou do Amaral, Professor do Instituto de Física (INFI) da Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, who is visiting us for a year with generous funding from the Brazilian National Science Agency (CNPQ).
  • 11/18/2014: New visiting students
    Welcome Mauricio and Jordi!
  • 07/14/2014: Dr. Roitberg is now an ACS fellow!
    Congratulations!
  • 08/10/2014: New group members!
    Welcome Vinicius, Xiang, Giri, Dustin and Ankita.
  • 08/01/2014: Natali received a Procter & Gamble Award!
    More info here. Congratulations!
  • 04/30/2014: Goodbye Rogerio and Claudio!
    The visiting professor and student returned to Brazil after a great year in Gainesville.
  • 04/15/2014: Johan graduated!
    Congratulations Dr. Galindo!
  • 12/19/2013: Dr. Roitberg is now an APS fellow!
    Congratulations!
  • 12/01/2013: Dwight graduated!
    Congratulations Dr. McGee!
  • 11/26/2013: Johan’s J. Phys. Chem. C paper is now online!
    Take a look here.
  • 10/1/2013: Natali won an HHMI fellowship!
    She was awarded an International Student Research Fellowship (more info here). Congratulations!
  • 06/10/2013: New visiting student and professor
    Rogério de Araújo Silva and Prof. Cláudio Nahum Alves are visiting from the Universidade Federal do Pará in Brazil. Welcome!
  • 08/01/2013: Congratulations to the new Roitberg group graduates!
    Dr. Swails, Dr. Miller and Dr. Sabri Dashti
  • 06/01/2013: Take a look at some of the software developed by the group!
    You can now find download links for USRE optimization and parameter fitting in the links section
  • 06/01/2013: Check out our new papers!
    Find the links to our newest four papers here
  • 03/01/2013: Jason won the Peter Kollman Graduate Award in Supercomputing
    Awarded by the COMP Division of the ACS. Find out more here
  • 2/22/2013: Our article on Ru dicarboxylates was just published in the Journal of Computational Chemistry
    Take a look at it by clicking here
  • 01/07/2013: Our oxygen diffusion in myoglobin paper is now available!
    Take a look at it by clicking here
  • 12/31/2012: Welcome Billy, Logan, Cameran and Brendan!
    Dwight had unpaired kids (triplets!) while Billy had only a singlet.
  • 12/12/2012: We got the cover of Langmuir!
    Take a look at our paper on polyelectrolyte dendrimers with the Kleiman and Schanze groups by clicking here
  • 11/12/2012: New paper!
    Take a look at our new paper in Theoretical Chemistry Accounts by clicking here
  • 11/05/2012: Group Meeting
    Billy, Dwight and Juan will present at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 10/28/2012: Group Meeting
    Johan, Shuai and Chad will present at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • Group News:
    The MMPBSA.py paper is among the most read in JCTC!
    See the list here
  • 11/19/2012: Group Meeting
    Juan will be presenting on the MM-ISMA paper. We’ll meet at noon in LEI 442.
  • Natali’s pKa paper is now available at PLoS Computational Biology!
    Take a look at it by clicking here
  • 11/02/2012: Oral Exam
    Natali passed her oral and is now a PhD candidate. Congratulations!
  • 10/29/2012: Group Meeting
    Natali will be practicing for the oral qual in the afternoon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 10/23/2012: Group Meeting
    Marcos Grosso, a visiting member, will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 10/17/2012: Group Meeting
    Johan, Shuai and Chad will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 10/10/2012: Group Meeting
    Natt, Danial and Dwight will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 10/4/2012: Group Meeting
    Juan, Billy and Dwight will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 9/26/2012: Group Meeting
    Johan, Shuai and Chad will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 9/19/2012: Group Meeting
    Jason and our two visting members, Christina Bergonzo and Dan Roe, will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 9/11/2012: Group Meeting
    Danial, Natali and Chad will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • Danial’s paper on pH REMD is now available in J. Phys. Chem. B!
    Take a look at it by clicking here
  • Jason’s paper is now available in JCTC!
    Take a look at it by clicking here
  • 9/05/2012: Group Meeting
    Billy and Juan will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 8/29/2012: Group Meeting
    Johan, Chad and Shuai will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • Natali won the best participant poster award at the NBCR Summer Institute
    Congrats!
  • 8/22/2012: Group Meeting
    Natt and Danial will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • Johan’s IR paper is now available at J. Phys. Chem. A!
    Take a look at it by clicking here
  • Our MMPBSA.py paper is now available at JCTC!
    Take a look at it by clicking here
  • 8/15/2012: Group Meeting
    Juan, Billy and Dwight will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in LEI 442.
  • 8/8/2012: Group Meeting
    Shuai and Chad will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in the new office (LEI 442).
  • 7/24/2012: Group Meeting
    Natt and Danial will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in the new office (LEI 442). There will be no group meeting next week.
  • 7/17/2012: Group Meeting
    Billy, Dwight and Juan will be presenting at noon. We’ll meet in the new office (LEI 442).
  • No Group Meeting This Week
    We’ll start moving to the new office 7/10.
  • 7/03/2012: Group Meeting
    Johan, Chad and Shuai will be presenting at noon in the BatCave.
  • 6/26/2012: Group Meeting
    Natt, Danial and Dwight will be presenting at noon in the BatCave.
  • 6/20/2012: Group Meeting
    Juan, Billy and Dwight will be presenting at noon in the BatCave.
  • Billy’s paper is now available in JACS!
    Take a look at it by clicking here
  • 6/13/2012: Group Meeting
    Johan, Shuai and Chad will be presenting at 1.15 pm in the BatCave.
  • The webpage is going live!
    Comments and suggestions are welcome.
  • 6/06/2012: Group Meeting
    Danial, Natali and Dwight will be presenting at 1.15 pm in the BatCave.
  • 5/30/2012: Group Meeting
    Juan, Billy and Dwight will be presenting at 1.15 pm in the BatCave.
  • 5/29/2012: We visited our new offices!
    They are located in the 4th floor of Leigh Hall. They have windows! :)
  • Jason is back from Australia
    We are all expecting kangaroos as presents

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