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Angus Lamar, PhD

Angus Lamar, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
918-631-3024 Keplinger Hall Room 2135


PhD – The University of Oklahoma Other – Emory University BS – The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma – Emory University


Originally from Verden, Oklahoma, Dr. Angus Lamar attended the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha to obtain his chemistry degree. Dr. Lamar then earned his Ph.D. at The University of Oklahoma working in the organic/organometallic research group of Prof. Kenneth M. Nicholas. During this time, Dr. Lamar’s primary focus was on the nitrogenation of hydrocarbons via transition-metal and non-metal catalysis. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Lamar joined the research group of Prof. Lanny S. Liebeskind at Emory University as a postdoctoral fellow investigating a novel approach to amide/peptide bond formation along with a project to employ enantiomeric organometallic scaffolds towards the synthesis of medicinally/biologically relevant molecules. Dr. Lamar then joined Hanover College as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry where he taught Organic and General Chemistry, a number of special topics courses, and conducted research with undergraduate students. Dr. Lamar and his family moved back to Oklahoma to join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Tulsa in Fall, 2015. Current research projects under investigation include: 1) Nitrogen-centered radical amination of chemical feedstocks via non-metal activation 2) Development of new metal-scorpionate dimers to promote deoxygenation of chemical feedstocks 3) Polymeric encapsulation of non-precious metals or reagents for use in organic methodologies 4) The design of molecularly imprinted polymers to be applied towards the adsorption of organic molecules from either drinking water or air.

Research Interests

Organic Reaction Discovery and Design
Metal and Non-metal Catalysis
Polymer Encapsulation
Organometallic Synthesis
Biomass Deoxygenation to Produce Biofuels
Synthesis of Biologically Relevant Molecules

Teaching Interests

Organic Chemistry
General Chemistry
Art Conservation Science
Advanced Organic Reaction Mechanisms


  • Garnier-Amblard, Ethel, C.; Lamar, Angus A.; Liebeskind, Lanny S. Cross-Coupling with Organosulfur Electrophiles: the Liebeskind-Srogl Coupling Reaction, Organic Reactions, John Wiley and Sons, to be published in 2016.

  • Lamar, Angus A.; Nicholas, Kenneth M. Iodine-Catalyzed Aminosulfonation of Hydrocarbons by Imidoiodinanes. A Synthetic and Mechanistic Investigation. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2010, 75, 7644.

  • Lamar, Angus A.; Nicholas, Kenneth M. Direct Synthesis of 3-Arylindoles via Annulation of Arylhydroxylamines with Alkynes. Tetrahedron 2009, 65, 3829.

  • Kalita, Biswajit; Lamar, Angus A.; Nicholas, Kenneth M. Hydrous zinc halide-catalyzed aminosulfonation of hydrocarbons. Chemical Communications 2008, 4291.

  • Lamar, Angus A.; Liebeskind, Lanny S. Carboxyl Activation via Silylthioesterification: One-Pot, Two-Step Amidation of Carboxylic Acids Catalyzed by Non-Metal Ammonium Salts. Tetrahedron Letters 2015, 56, 44, 6034.

Courses Taught

  • Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Research and Dissertation
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Organic Chemistry I

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Indiana Academy of Science
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding graduate research in organometallic chemistry/Jerry J. Zuckerman Award
  • Baccalaureate Scholar
  • USAO Faculty Association Outstanding Graduate Award
  • Hypatia Honor Society
  • Young Alumni Award
  • Outstanding graduate research in organometallic chenmistry/Jerry J. Zuckerman Award