(1) Total synthesis of heterocyclic natural products with medicinal and/or structural importance.
a) Total Synthesis of Pterocellin
b) Synthesis of Analogs of Pterocellin to increase its anti-cancer properties.
(2) Development of new synthetic organic reactions.
a) Discovery of new ligand for Ullman type aryl-aryl couplings
b) Discovery of new ligand for ketone synthesis from thioesters and organoborons
(3) Microwave assisted Reactions
a) Development of new experiments for organic laboratory curriculum using microwave.
(4) Education related research
a) Comparison of online vs face-to-face course medium for Chemistry and Public Concern course.
Dr. Damkaci gave a presentation titled "Molecular Machines" as part of Science Today Lecture series on May 2, 2007, and appeared on Oswegonian Newspaper.
Dr. Damkaci developed Professional Science Master program in 2009, and appeared on several newspapers.
If you are interested in working on any of the projects in my lab, I would be happy to give you more information. Please get an appointment via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).