My research interests are in several areas covering a wide range of topics. These include:
- Macrocyclic chemistry especially chemistry of porphyrins and metalloporphyrins. This research focuses on the syntheses, structure and study of reaction chemistry of the previously mentioned molecules.
- Nano synthesis. Synthesis of nanoparticles and nanorods made of transition metals.
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopic study of compounds to understand their chemical structure and also to monitor chemical reactions.
- Transition metal organometallic chemistry. In this area the focus is on developing new synthetic methodology and explore new chemistry of transition metal compounds as well as their application in organic syntheses.
- Synthesis of layered compounds, especially metal oxide perovskites using high temperature solid state reaction. These perovskites have potential application as catalysts, semiconductors, magneto-resistive substances.
There is a wide range of research areas I’m interested in and therefore opportunity for an undergraduate student to gain hands on experience working at my research lab ranges from synthetic chemistry, mechanistic chemistry to structure determination using spectroscopy especially high field and multinuclear NMR and powder and single crystal X-Ray analysis. Please make an appointment to speak with me about available research projects.
- Metalloporphyrin Chemistry.
- Solid State Chemistry.
- NMR Spectroscopy.
- Organometallic Chemistry.
Students have a wonderful opportunity to have hands on experience with a wide range of synthetic techniques and equipment in my research projects. My research lab has a wide range of dedicated equipment for specialized chemical synthesis. These include:
Research Equipment available at my research lab:
- Inert Atmosphere Glove Box
- High Vacuum line
- Schlenk lines (2)
- High temperature furnaces (3)
- High intensity ultrasound generator
- Substantial supply of specialty glassware for inert atmosphere synthesis and manipulation of air and moisture sensitive compounds
- Explosion proof refrigerator
- Many other small specialty apparatus
Current research students:
- Andrew Mertz (Chemistry Major, graduating in 2007)
- Quamar Salih (Chemistry Major)
- Gabe Hall (Chemistry Major)
- Nick Mann (Biology Major)
Past research students:
I have had over 65 research students over last 14 years at Truman state and also 6 high school summer research students worked in my research lab between 1990-2007. Many of these students have gone into graduate programs after graduation from Truman and received their doctoral degrees in chemistry.
Following is a partial list of information I have been able collect for students who worked at least one semester in my research lab:
||Univ. of Illinois, Urbana
||St. Louis School of Pharm
||University of Missouri
||University of Missouri
||Penn State University
||University of Minnesota
||Texas A & M
- NSF-DUI 1999 NMR Grant
- NSF-ROA 2001 Solid State Chemistry Research at Penn State University
- PRF-SRO 2005 Solids and Nano Synthesis at Texas A&M University
Solid State Chemistry Publication
Selected Meeting Presentations:
- “Integration of Multi-pulse NMR Experiments into Upeer Level Chemistry Courses at Truman State University” Dawood Afzal, Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) Bellingham, WA, July 2002
- “Synthesis of Layered Perovskites” Dawood Afzal, Raymond Schaak and Tom Mallouk, ACS National Meeting, Orlando, FL April 2002
- “Installation of High Field NMR at Truman State University” Dawood Afzal and James McCormick, Midwest ACS Meeting, Lincoln, Nebraska Oct 2001
- “Synthesis and reactions of Iron and Cobalt Alkyl Complexes” Dawood Afzal, Allison Brown, Nguyen Nguyen and Harold Goff, Ist international conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanins, Dijon, France, July 2000
- “Synthesis and structure of Yttrium and Ytterbium Porphyrin complexes” Dawood Afzal, Garrett Slaton; International conference on Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, Yokohama, Japan July 1997.