Rajendra Rathore, Ph.D
Professor, Pfletschinger-Habermann Chair, Organic Chemistry
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Professor Rathore received his M.Sc. in 1986 from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and his Ph.D. degree in Organic chemistry from University of Western Ontario, London, Canada in 1990. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate (1992-97) and a Visiting Assistant Professor (1997-2000) at University of Houston before joining the faculty at Marquette University in August 2000. Professor Rathore's research interests are in the area of organic supramolecular chemistry/materials chemistry.
My group's research is broadly defined as in the area of organic supramolecular and materials chemistry. We are interested in a variety of topics with a strong emphasis on the design and synthesis of novel electro-active molecules that can be utilized as practical molecular devices for the applications in the emerging field of nanotechnology as well as in biomaterial applications. Graduate and undergraduate student and postdoctoral researchers in my group are exposed to a broad range of topics including synthetic organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, time-resolved laser spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography. The projects which are currently being pursued in my group consists of several independent but highly interrelated projects that are best summarized as follows:
The research in our group lies at the interface of synthetic organic chemistry, molecular recognition, material science, solid state electronics, and biology with the ultimate aim of studying and exploiting new organic molecules and materials that can be used as molecular devices, such as sensors, switches, wires, ferromagnets, semiconductors, and other electronic and optoelectronic devices. To fulfill this task, we utilize intra- and inter-molecular interactions that are present in supramolecular and macrocyclic assemblies containing multiple redox-active chromophores for the construction of higher-order organic materials. Ultimately, a fundamental understanding of weak interactions among molecules and ions (i.e. molecular recognition) encompasses all of these issues, and has wide ranging implications from areas as diverse as molecular machines to solar energy storage.
As an example, we have recently shown that systematic study of the interaction of cofacial receptors (in which the aryl moieties are oriented at varying angles) with gaseous nitric oxide (NO)-an important biological messenger, led to the development of remarkably efficient receptors for NO (KNO > 108 M-1), see Figure below. We are presently exploiting this remarkably efficient binding of NO with stilbenoid and calixarene receptors to develop functional molecular sensors for nitric oxide.