Paris Georghiou's Research Group: Department of Chemistry

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Chemistry 2440

Chemistry 3411


Paris E. Georghiou (FCIC) (e-mail: Professor, Ph.D. (1973), McGill University



Calix[n]arenes (n=4-8) have generated much scientific and industrial interest because their structures enable them to act as "molecular baskets" towards neutral organic or ionic "guests". Recently, for example calixarenes have even been used to selectively complex with fullerenes, and have also been used as building blocks towards larger and more complex molecules.

In 1993 we reported the first synthesis of a new class of molecules that are closely related to calixarenes but are derived from 1-naphthol, the naphthalene analogue of phenol. These "calix[4]naphthalenes" possess larger cavities than the corresponding calixarenes and are also chiral due to the lack of symmetry inherent in the naphthalene units. Such properties can have important applications such as for example, being able to selectively bond with other molecules that have specific molecular structures or architectures. In this regard these molecules could be compared simplistically with enzymes. New molecules whose architecture can be controlled are desirable since no single type of molecular structure can provide a basis for the mimicry of all types of enzyme behavior. In order to achieve the objectives of molecular or ionic recognition/complexation, it is first necessary to develop synthetically useful routes to these compounds. My research group is currently involved in developing general synthetically useful routes to these compounds and other related cyclic molecules. For a very recent review of the compounds which we have synthesized and studied see the Account which was published in SYNLETT, 879-891, (2005).

Another research project that we have been involved in during the past two years is the development of new synthetic approaches towards the bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids. Our enantioselective total synthesis of Tejedine was published in Organic Lett., 4, 2675-2678, (2002).

Recent Publications: (click on link to access titles and journal pages)


altAnh Huu Tran - Ph.D. Student –"Synthesis and properties of naphthalene-ring containing macrocyclic container molecules." Completion date: September 2006.

altHassan Al-Saraierh - Ph.D. Student –"Synthesis of narrow-rim-functionalized calixarene derivatives and their optical properties." Expected completion date: December 2006.

alt Meqdad Habashneh -  Ph.D. Student –"Synthesis of calixsalene derivatives and other calixnaphthalene-ring dendrimers and their chemical and properties."  (with Prof. C. R. Jablonski).  Expected completion date: December 2007.

altOthman Dakhill - Ph.D. Student –"Continuing synthetic studies towards an enantioselective total synthesis of the bisbenzyltetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloid (-)cycleanine." Expected completion date: December 2008.


altNingzhang Zhou - M. Sc. (2004) –"Further studies towards enantioselective total synthesis of the bisbenzyltetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloid (-) cycleanine". Mr. Zhou is currently pursuing his Ph.D. studies with Prof. Y. Zhao in the Dept. of Chemistry, M.U.N.

altSabrina Giddings - M. Sc. (2003) –"An examination of the synthesis and complexation properties of selected macrocyclic compounds". Ms. Giddings is with Biovectra DCL, in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada.

altGianwen Cui - M.Sc. (2003) -"Progress towards enantioselective total synthesis of the bisbenzyltetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloid(-) cycleanine". Mr. Cui is at Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ridgefield, CT, USA.

altMark S. Ralph - M.Sc. (2001) –"Investigations into the asymmetric synthesis and biological activities of some bisbenzyltetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloids."  Mr. Ralph is at Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ridgefield, CT, USA.

alt Dr. You-Chou Wang - Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2001) Dr. Wang is now Research Scientist at Wyeth . Synthesis of benzylisoqinolines.

alt Dr. Shehadeh Mizyed - Ph.D. (2001) –"Complexation properties of calix[4]naphthalenes and related compounds". Dr. Mizyed is presently Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan.

alt Dr. Sultan Chowdhury - Ph.D. (2001) -"Deep molecular baskets: Convergent syntheses of calix[4]naphthalenes via directed ortho-metalation and Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reactions": Dr. Chowdhury is Research Scientist at Xenon Pharmaceuticals, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

altDr. Muhammad Ashram - PhD (1997) - "Synthesis of calix[4]naphthalenes and their properties": Dr. Ashram is presently Associate Professor, Chemistry Department, Mu'Tah University, Al Karak, Jordan.

altDr. Zhaopeng Li - PhD (1996) - "Synthesis and properties of calix[4]naphthalenes": Dr. Li was formerly Research Chemist at Witco Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

altDr. Yi Ren - M.Sc (1992), Ph.D. (1997, U. of T.) - "Synthesis of 1,5-cyclosteroids": Dr. Ren is presently Research Chemist at Hoffman-Roche, Nutley, N. J. USA.

altDr. Jimmy (C.-K.) Ho - M.Sc (1989), Ph.D. (1993, U. of Ottawa) -"Chemistry of the Chromotr opic Acid Method for the Analysis of Formaldehyde".

altPhilip A. Blagden - M.Sc (Toxicology) (1993) - "Characterization and Evaluation of the Microsuspension Procedure of the Salmonella typhimurium Mutagenicity Assay with Application to PM10 Collected in Indoor Environments": Phil is now with Environment Canada, Tunney's Pasture in Ottawa.

Last modified August 26, 2006 by Prof. Paris Georghiou, Department of Chemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland .