I am an organic chemist. I am currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
I teach organic chemistry lecture and lab courses. I take special efforts to explore innovative teaching techniques and implement in my classes. My role as an educator involves teach chemistry in context to address global challenges, encouraging students to apply scientific reasoning in their profession, and promote the acquisition of lifelong learning and critical thinking. I believe the value of my teaching role in the university setting is to protect the diversity of students’ perspectives and at the same time inspire them to remain focused on learning intellectual skills.
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My inter-disciplinary research focuses on synthesis of organic macro molecules, gold nanoparticles and functional materials like quantum dots to engineer models for surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based sensors.
My research in chemical education focuses on organic chemistry curriculum development. Chemistry is progressively extending beyond its traditional edges and gradually overlapping with other sciences. The boundaries among chemistry subdisciplines are blurring. I believe chemistry programs have the responsibility to adapt to this growth and offer students the broad-based intellectual, experimental, and communication skills necessary to become successful scientific professionals. I have been researching to develop organic chemistry experiments utilizing microwave chemistry, TLC-mass spectrometer, and digital quantitative TLC analysis. The experiments I develop require students to interpret combined class data and apply critical thinking to make conclusions.