Oklahoma State University

ZIAD EL RassiziadRegentsDec13.131204

Regents Professor of Chemistry




Dr. El Rassi has expertise in modern liquid phase separation techniques including electrophoresis and HPLC, and their applications in proteomics, bio-analytical separations and the life sciences. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Electrophoresis.


Email: elrassi@okstate.edu




K. Darrell Berlin


Regents Professor of Chemistry




Darrell Berlin, a senior member of the American Chemical Society and of the Royal Society of London, hasmade important contributions in the field of organophosphorus chemistry and was a co-founder of the journal Phosporus, Sulfur, and Silicon. He is also recognized as a pioneer in development of heteroarotinoids as anti-cancer agents. Twenty students earned the MS, forty eight earned the PhD, and thirty one post doctorals studied in the group. More than 325 papers were published in peer reviewed journals. He was the first Regents Professor appointed at OSU. At OSU he received the Sigma XI Award in research, the Regents Distinguished Research Award, the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, the Eminent Faculty Award, State of Oklahoma Medal of Excellence for Teaching at the College/University Level, the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement award 1987-88, and was appointed an American Chemical Society ACS Fellow (2011).


Email: kenneth.d.berlin@okstate.edu


Links: http://e-archive.library.okstate.edu/regents/berlin/index.html



Frank D. Blumregentsblumsm

Regents Professor of Chemistry




Frank D. Blum graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1976 and an M.S. in 1977 in Physical Chemistry.  He obtained his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Minnesota. In 2010, he moved to the Oklahoma State University as the Harrison I. Bartlett Chair, and Professor and Chair ofChemistry.  Frank has held permanent positions at Drexel University and the University of Missouri-Rolla.  He has also held visiting positions at IBM in San Jose, California, USA, and at Lund University in Lund, Sweden.

Frank‚Äôs research interests are in the areas of materials science and surface chemistry with a focus on polymers. Frank has received two Exxon Education Foundation Awards and an Alcoa Foundation Award. He has also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Eastern Illinois University.  He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the Division of Polymer Chemistry, Inc.  He has served his profession as Secretary and Chair of the Division of Polymer Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS) which honored him with Distinguished Service and Special Service Awards.  He has been Councilor of ACS for over 20 years and formerly Chairs of the ACS Committees on Nominations and Elections and Divisional Activities.

Frank's research interests lie primarily in the areas of properties of adsorbed polymers and conducting polymer nanocomposites.  His group is researching how the physical properties of polymers change when they are adsorbed on solid substrates.  Researchers use nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis, and other physical property measurements for their assessment.  This work is relevant to composite and electronic materials.  The group also is developing the synthesis techniques for making nanorod-like conducting polymers with embedded metal nanoparticles for sensor and memory applications.


Email: fblum@okstate.edu


Links: http://blum.okstate.edu 



Lionel Raffraffregents

Regents Professor of Chemistry




Professor Raff conducts theoretical research primarily in the area of chemical reaction dynamics under a variety of conditions.  These investigations involve the use of quasiclassical molecular dynamics, semiclassical quantum mechanical methods, close coupling and wave packet calculations, and variational Monte Carlo studies of reactions rates and mechanisms.  Recently, Professor Raff has focussed his reserach on the execution of theoretical dynamics using purely ab initio methods and neural nets to obtain the required potential-energy surfaces.  These methods are being applied to gas-phase, unimolecular reactions with several open reaction channels as well as to ab initio investigations of machining, polishing, grinding, indentation, cutting, and uniaxial tension experiments.  He is a member of the SAID (Signal Analysis and Integrative Diagnosis) Group of 13 scientists, engineers, nurses, and medical doctors who are combining their skills and interests to effect automated, computerized methods to achieve accurate diagnosis of pathological cardiac conditions.    These research efforts have been supported by five federal funding agencies with over $11 million in funding.  The results of the various investigations have been communicated in 204 refereed publications, three books, and 44 graduate students have obtained advanced degrees under Professor Raff's direction.


Email: lionel.raff@okstate.edu



Emeritus Regents Professors of Chemistry


E.J. Einsenbrauneisenbraun2

Regents Professor Emeritus




The annual Oklahoma Academy of Science - Award of Merit was presented to Dr. E. J. Eisenbraun, Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, at the November 1982 meeting in Chickasha. This award was given in recognition of research in methylcyclopentane monoterpenoid chemistry (nepetalactone, which excites cats, is a member of this class of monoterpenoids) and a broad synthesis effort in the preparation and purification of organic compounds. The latter area involved synthesis for the petroleum industry through the American Petroleum Institute Research Project 58A at Oklahoma State University during 1962-1974 and several Federal agencies (NSF, EPA, ERDA, DOE, and NICHHD).

Since 1975 the synthesis effort has been mainly directed to preparation and purification of high-purity compounds for thermodynamic studies and mass spectrometry research at the Bartlesville Energy Technology Center of the U. S. Department of Energy at Bartlesville. The current effort also includes synthesis of 13C-1abeled compounds for Gulf Research and Development Company for use as tracers in their coal liquefaction research. Another recent effort has been the synthesis of modified steroid antifertility agents.

Dr. Eisenbraun's research group currently consists of three undergraduate students, eight graduate students, and three postdoctoral chemists. Since 1965, 39 M.S. and Ph.D. degrees have been awarded and 20 postdoctoral chemists have worked in the group. The combined efforts of the group have resulted in 141 publications. A recent tally showed that external support has exceeded $1,800,000.

Dr. Eisenbraun grew up in South Dakota, served in World War II in the 109th Engineer Combat Battalion, 34th Infantry Division in the North African and Italian campaigns, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison as an undergraduate and graduate student. He obtained his Ph.D. under Professor S. M. McElvain in 1955. He worked for the Monsanto Chemical and Engineering Company at Dayton, Ohio for one year (1955-1956) and then did postdoctoral work for Dr. Carl Djerassi at Wayne State University in Detroit for three years until August 1959. He supervised moving the Djerassi group to Stanford University and acted as a liaison in the construction of the Stauffer I chemistry building (during 1959-1960) and then served an additional year as a senior Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry. His next position was Director of Research at Aldrich Chemical Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin for one year prior to joining Oklahoma State University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Director of American Petroleum Institute Research Project 58A in 1962. Promotion to Professor and Regents Professor took place in 1968 and 1975, respectively.

Links: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/oas/oas_htm_files/v63/p110_111nf.html



Warren T. Fordford.e

Regents Professor Emeritus



Warren Ford is recognized for contributions to the understanding of the role of polymer particles in polymer-supported organic synthesis and catalysis and for the creation of new materials from polymer colloids and polymers grafted to fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Email: warren.ford@okstate.edu





Horacio Mottola

Regents Professor Emeritus