Staff profile

Fehmi Damkaci

Department Chair


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,* Cihad Sigindere, Thomas Sobiech, Erik Vik, Joshua Malone. N-Picolinamides as ligands in Ullman type C-O coupling reactions. Tetrahedron Letters 2017, 58, 3559-3564.
  • Hasan Sarikahya, Rachel Scalzo, Abdulkhaliq Alaweed, Vadoud Niri, Fehmi Damkaci.* Synthesis and Metal-Ion Uptake of a New Dithiocarbamate-base Resin. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 2017, 228-286.
  • 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.
  • Ozcan Gulacar, Fehmi Damkaci,* Charles Bowman. A Comparative Study of an Online and a Face-to-Face Chemistry Course. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 2013, 12, 27– 40.
  • Fehmi Damkaci,* Megan Wagner. Microwave assisted Friedel-Crafts Acylation of Toluene. Journal of Chemical Education. 2013, 90, 390–392.

Awards and honors

  • 2018, SUNY Oswego President's Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2015, SUNY Oswego Provost Research Mentor Award
  • 2015, SUNY Oswego Gold Excellence Award (for External Grant higher than $1,000,000)
  • 2014, Central New York International Educator Award
  • 2013, SUNY Oswego Silver Excellence Award (for External Grant higher than $500,000)
  • 2012, Environmental Excellence Award in Education, CEI  


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