Thomas S. Hughes

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone: (518) 782‑6749
Email: thughes@siena.edu


Degrees:

Ph.D. Chemistry and Biochemistry Cornell University
M.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry Cornell University
B.S. Chemistry Temple University

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Siena College 2012 - Now
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Siena College 2010 - 2012
Assistant Professor of Chemistry University of Vermont 2002 - 2010
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1999 - 2002

Office Hours:

MON: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
TUE: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
WED:
THU: 01:00 PM-02:00 PM
FRI:

My current research:

We make molecules using the tools of organic synthesis.


Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Biphenyl and Terphenyl Arylene-?Ethynylene Macrocycles
Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 79
2014
Arylene Imine Macrocycles of C3h and C3 Symmetry from Reductive Imination of Nitroformylarenes (Organic Letters)
Organic Letters
2008
Predicting the UV-VIS Spectra of Tetraarylcyclopentadienones: Using DFT Molecular Orbital Energies to Model Electronic Transitions (Journal of Organic Chemistry)
Journal of Organic Chemistry
2008
Hydrocarbon links in an octet truss (Journal of Mathematical Chemistry)
Journal of Mathematical Chemistry
2007
A Facile, One-Pot Procedure for Forming Diarylimines from Nitroarenes and Benzaldehydes (Synlett)
Synlett
2007
Synthesis of poly(para-phenylene)(2-isocyano-2-tosylpropane-1,3-diyl), poly(para-phenylene)(2-oxopropane-1,3-diyl) and oligo(cyclopentadienones) via carbonylative coupling of ±,±'-dibromoxylene
Chem. Commun.
2007
Synthesis of Heterosubstituted Hexaarylbenzenes via Asymmetric Carbonylative Couplings of Benzyl Halides (Organic Letters)
Organic Letters
2007
Mechanistic Studies on the Cyclization of (Z)-1,2,4-Heptatrien-6-yne in Methanol: a Possible Non-Adiabatic Thermal Reaction
Journal of the American Chemical Society
2005
Foldamers as Dynamic Receptors: Probing the Mechanism of Molecular Association between Helical Oligomers and Rodlike Ligands (Angewandte Chemie, International Edition)
Angewandte Chemie, International Edition
2002
A Field guide to Foldamers (Chemical Reviews)
Chemical Reviews
2001
Parallel mechanisms for the cycloaromatization of enyne allene (Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions I)
Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2
1999
Synthesis and Characterization of Oligocyclosiloxanes via the Hydrosilation of Vinylsilanes and Vinylsiloxanes with Heptamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry)
Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry
1993
Aggregation and photophysics of cyclooligo(3,?3'-?para-?terphenylene ethynylene) and cyclooligo(3,?3'-?biphenylene ethynylene) armchair carbon nanobelt precursors
2016
252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mechanistic pathways to PAHs: Novel cycloaromatization of ortho-?benzoyl enediynes to give benzo[a]?fluoren-?11-?ones via exo-?cyclizations at low temperatures
2016
252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ORGN 151: Synthesis of a C3 symmetric cyclooligo(3,3'-para-terphenylene ethynylene) as a precursor of a [9,9] armchair carbon nanobelt
August, 2015
250th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Boston, Massachusetts
ORGN 188: Mechanistic studies of a novel low-temperature cycloaromatization of o-benzoyl enediynes
August, 2015
250th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Boston, Massachusetts
Molecular origami: Experimental and theoretical investigation of Diels-Alder cycloadditions of ethyne moieties in cyclooligo(phenylene ethynylene)s to give cyclooligo(p-phenylene)s
April, 2015
Eastern New York ACS Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Loudonville, New York
Molecular origami: Experimental and theoretical investigation of Diels-Alder cycloadditions of ethyne moieties in cyclooligo(phenylene ethynylene)s to give cyclooligo(p-phenylene)s
August, 2014
248 American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Fransisco, California
Synthesis and supramolecular aggregation of a C3 symmetric terphenylene ethynylene macrocycle: Toward carbon nanotubes via molecular origami
April, 2013
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Loudonville, New York
Molecular origami: Folding phenylene ethynylene macrocycles into nanotube segments via cycloadditions
September, 2013
246th American Chemical Society Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana
Synthesis of Shape-Persistent Phenylene Ethynylene Macrocycles as Precursors of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
September, 2013
Upstate NY Undergraduate Research Conference, Canton, New York
Synthesis and supramolecular aggregation of a C3 symmetric terphenylene ethynylene macrocycle: Toward carbon nanotubes via molecular origami
April, 2013
SUNY Adirondack Research Symposium, Queensbury, New York
Synthesis of cyclotri(3,3'-para-terphenyldiyl ethynylene), a novel shape-persistant macrocyclic carbon-single wall nanotube precursor
2012
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Loudonville, New York
Synthesis of cyclotri(3,3'-para-terphenyldiyl ethynylene), a novel shape-persistant macrocyclic carbon-single wall nanotube precursor
2012
243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California
Low temperature copper-catalyzed formal Bergman cycloaromatizations of bis(2-arylethynyl)benzenes
2012
243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California
Synthesis of cyclotri(3,3'-para-terphenyldiyl ethynylene), a novel shape-persistent macrocyclic carbon single-wall nanotube precursor
2011
Skidmore College Undergraduate Research Symposium, Saratoga Springs, New York
Photophysics and Aggregation Behavior of Alkyl-substituted Phenylene Ethynylene Macrocycles
2011
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Loudonville, New York
Departmental Seminar
2009
Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Carbon nanotube segments via elaboration of planar phenylene macrocycles
2008
236th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Synthesis of phenylene-ethynylene and phenylene-imine macrocycles: Precursors for organic nanotubes
2008
236th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Substituted Phenylene Ethynylene Macrocycles: Precursors of Carbon Nanotubes
2008
Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, South Burlington, Vermont
Novel Substituted Pentacenequinones and Pentacenes Via Cava Reactions
2008
Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, South Burlington, Vermont
Synthesis and photophysics of a terphenylene-ethynylene macrocycle
2007
234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
Novel copper-mediated cycloaromatization of electron-poor diarylethynylbenzenes to form benzo[a]fluoren-11-ones
2007
234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
Measurement and calculation of optical transitions in substituted tetraarylcyclopentadienones
2007
234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
Aggregation and Host-Guest chemistry of arylene-imine macrocycles
2006
232nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Fransisco, California
Efficient synthesis of an ortho-phenylene-para-phenylene-imine macrocycle' Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 230: 451-ORGN, Washington
2005
230th ACS National Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia
Synthesis of Heterofunctionalized Hexaarylbenzenes
2005
Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Fairfield, Connecticut