Alexander Greer

Professor
Chemistry

Location: 341 Ingersoll Hall Extension
Phone: 718.951.5000 x2830
Fax: 718.951.4607
Email:   Alexander Greer's Web site

Alexander Greer's group is interested in fundamental aspects of organic chemistry and photochemistry. Factors that control reactions of oxygen and sulfur species are of interest. The group is involved in research of singlet molecular oxygen, thiozone, and other reactive and cytotoxic agents. They embrace multiple technologies, even engineering; one project involves fiber optic-based devices for the targeted delivery of cytotoxic singlet oxygen for application in diseases, such as brain tumors where high precision is needed in the treatment. Other molecules used in their studies (polysulfanes) exhibit cytotoxic properties that must have taken eons to evolve, formed by marine invertebrates to deter predators. Their synthetic chemistry aims to create polysulfanes with increased anti-tumor activity over those found in nature. Computations are used to try to deepen our understanding of experiments, reaction mechanisms are probed with ab initio and density functional theory.

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