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Frank W Foss, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ph.D

College of Science


Academic Background

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Virginia, 2006.

Areas of Sustainability/Environmental Expertise

Green Chemistry: Development of Sustainable Methods of Chemical Synthesis through Biomimetic Catalysis

Summary of Current and Ongoing Research

Our laboratory is developing organocatalysts derived from Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Nature’s prolific redox active catalytic center. We hope to use sustainable oxidants with reduced impacts on health, safety, and the environment.

Publications and Research

Huanyu Zhao, Frank W. Foss Jr, Ronald Breslow “Artificial Enzymes with Thiazolium and Imidazolium Coenzyme Mimics” Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130, 12590-12591 (doi:10.1021/ja804577q)

Awards and Grants

UT Arlington Research Enhancement Program

UT Arlington Integrative Computational Science Program

On Sustainability...

Brundtland Commission’s (WCED 1987, 43) mandate is to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”