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Fehmi Damkaci

Department Chair
Associate Professor


235 Shineman

Office hours

Walk-in or by appointment


  • Total synthesis of heterocyclic natural products with medicinal and/or structural importance
  • Development of new ligand for Ullman type aryl-aryl couplings using copper as metal catalyst in C-C, C-O, C-N couplings and C-H activation reactions
  • Development of new ligands for iron catalyzed C-O and C-N coupling reactions, 
  • Development of new experiments for undergraduate organic laboratory curriculum using microwave-assisted reactions


  • Fehmi Damkaci, Adam Szymaniak, Ryan Cotroneo. Total Synthesis of Diabetes Drug Rosiglitazone for the Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory Curriculum. Chemical Educator 2017, 22, 66-69.
  • Fehmi Damkaci, Abdulkhaliq Alaweed, Erik Vik. N-Picolinamides as ligands for Ullman type C-N couplings. Tetrahedron Letters 2016, 57, 2197-2200.
  • Fehmi Damkaci, Adam Szymaniak. “Multicomponent Biginelli Reaction: Discovery Based Organic Chemistry Experiment.”  Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91, 943-945.
  • Fehmi Damkaci, Esra Altay, Matthew Waldron, David Snow and Nicholas Massaro. “N-Picolinamides as Ligands for Ullmann-type Homocoupling Reactions.”Tetrahedron Letters 2014, 55, 690-693.


Post-doctoral fellow, Boston College, 2004-2006
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2004