Research

The Chemistry Program at UHCL has built its world level reputation in research. The research area that our current chemistry faculty members conduct include: 

  • Computational chemistry.
  • Novel metal-organic polymers with industrial applications.
  • New Hybrid Polymeric Systems:
      • Boron - Nitrogen Systems.
      • Boron - Nitrogen – Phosphorus Systems
      • Novel conductive polymer brush systems.
  • Material science.
  • Petrochemical.
  • Synthesis of novel anti-cancer and anti-aids therapeutic agents.
  • Organometallic and organic synthesis for biomedical applications.
  • Enzymatic control of plant growth.
  • Chemical bioremediation in environmental chemistry.
  Publications
 

Our most recent peer-reviewed publications are listed below:

  • F. Goesmann, F. Raulin, J. H. Bredehoft, M. Cabane, P. Ehrenfreund,A. J. MacDermott, S. McKenna-Lawlor, U. J. Meierhenrich, G. M. Munoz-Caro, C. Szopa, R. Sternberg, R. Roll, W. H-P. Thiemann, S. Ulamec, Planetary and Space Science 103 (2014) 318-330. "COSAC prepares for sampling and in situ analysis of cometary matter from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko."
  • Zerong Daniel Wang, Motoko Yoshida, and Ben George, "Theoretical Study on the Thermal Decomposition of Thiourea," Comput.Theoret.Chem., 2013, 1017, 91-98.
  • Zerong Daniel Wang, Meagan Hysmith, Motoko Yoshida, Ben George, and Perla Cristina Quintana, "Theoretical Study of the Vibrational Frequencies of Carbon Disulfide," International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 2014, 114, 429-435.
  • Zerong Daniel Wang, Meagan Hysmith and Perla Cristina Quintana, "Theoretical Study on the Formation of Carbon Disulfde and Ammonia from Thermal Decomposition Products of Thiourea," Journal of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, 2014, 13 (No. 4), 1450022 (13 pages).
  • Zerong Daniel Wang, Joshua Eilander, Motoko Yoshida, and Tianzhi Wang, "Mechanistic Study of A Complementary Reaction System That Easily Affords Quinazoline and Perimidine Derivatives," European Journal or Organic Chemistry, 2014, 7664-7674.
  • Jun Zhao, Dong-Sheng Li,Ya-Pan Wu Wen-Wen Dong, Liang Bai, Jack Y.Lu, Inorg. Chim. Acta-2014. 413, 6-15, "Structural diversity and properties of six coordination polymers derived from 1,2/1,3-phenylenedioxydiacetic acids and varied N-donor co-ligands."
  • Yaping Duan, Wei Xia, Ping Tang, Dongsheng Li, Wenwen Dong, Jack Y.Lu, Comp. Met.-2014. 1, 122-127. "The first 3-fold interpenetrating framework containing both azobenzene-3,3?-dicarboxylicate and 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl) ethylene."
  • Dong-Sheng L, Ya-Pan Wu, Jun Zhao, Jian Zhang, Jack Y..Lu, Coord. Chem. Rev. 2014.261, 1-27. "Metal-organic frameworks based upon non-zeotype 4-connected topolog."
  • Jian Cui, KhloudAlramadan, Dongsheng Li,Jack.Y Lu. Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2013, 35, 318. "The first coordination polymer with distinct paired layers."
  • Wei Xia, Ping Tanga, Xue-QianWu, Jian Cui, Dong-Sheng Li, Wen-Wen Dong, Jack.Y. Lu, Inorg. Chem. Commun.. 2015, 51, 17–20."Unique 1D→3D polycatenated architecture constructing from 1D single-armed chains incorporating with two rigid aromatic co-ligands."
  Patents
 
  • Wang, Zerong, A Facile Preparation for 4-Substituted Quinazolines and Related Heterocycles, 2011, WO 2012/151141 A2.
  • Wang, Zerong, A Novel Structural Family on Non-Ionic Carbohydrate Based Surfactants (NICBS) and a Novel Process for their Synthesis," United States Patent, Feb. 02, 2010, 7,655,611.
  • Ramiro Sanchez and Graciela Lubertino, Process for the Benign Direct Fixation and Conversion of Nitrogen Oxides, United States Patent, May 30, 2000, 6,068,823.
  Conference Proceedings Books
 
  • Dr. Zerong Wang, "Comprehensive Organic Named Reactions, with Detailed Mechanism Discussions and Updated Experimental Procedures," John Wiley and Sons, published in July 2009 (ISBN: 978-0-471-70450-8). This 3-volume set compendium has 3660 pages with 1.1 million words.
  • Zerong Wang, as Editor-in-Chief, is currently editing a five-volume set "Encyclopedia of Physical Organic Chemistry" that will be published by John Wiley & Sons in 2016.
  Received Grants & Funds
 
  • Dr. Jack Lu, Welch Departmental Research Fund, 2011, $145,000
  • Dr. Damtew Demeke, Welch Research Fund, 2007, $150,000
  • Dr. Zerong Wang, Welch Research Fund, 2005, $150,000
  • Dr. Zerong Wang, Acquisition of an LC/MS (ESI-TOF) for Interdisciplinary Research and Training at University of Houston-Clear Lake, National Science Foundation, 2010, $252,000