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Syed Hussaini, PhD

Syed Hussaini, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
918-631-3520 Keplinger Hall Room 2125


PhD – Oxford University MS – University of Karachi BS – University of Karachi


Syed Raziullah Hussaini was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He goes by his middle name, Razi. He received his B.Sc. with honors in 1995 and M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Karachi, Pakistan in 1996. After a short stint at Eli Lilly-Gohar(Pvt.) Ltd., he joined the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, Pakistan 1997. In 2000, he recived the Lady Noon/OUP scholarship which allowed him to carry out his DPhil at the University of Oxford. The Department of Chemistry and St. Peter's College at Oxford provided him with the bursaries to meet the university and the college fees respectively. In Oxford, Razi joined Dr. Mark Moloney's group in 2001 and finished his DPhil studies in 2004. Afterward, he moved across the Atlantic to work with Dr. Robert B. Grossman at the University of Kentucky. In 2005, he moved to Emory University and worked as a postdoc with Dr. Simon Blakey. In 2006, he moved back to the University of Kentucky and carried out his postdoctoral work with Dr. Peter Crooks. There, he also started teaching in the Department of Chemistry as a part-time instructor. From 2007-2009, Dr. Hussaini worked at the University of Louisville teaching various undergraduate and graduate level chemistry courses. During this period, he also conducted research with Dr. G. B. Hammond. In 2009, he accepted his current position at The University of Tulsa. He is interested in the synthesis of bioactive compounds.  Currently, the following projects are under investigation: 1. Development of new methods for the synthesis of enaminones. 2. Enantioselective synthesis of anti-smoking agents.

Research Interests

Development of Selective C-C Bond Forming Methods
Domino Reactions
Synthesis of Bioactive Compounds

Teaching Interests

Organic Chemistry
Physical Organic Chemistry
Synthetic Organic Chemistry


  • Elliott, M et al. “Identification of Novel Proteasome Inhibitors from an Enaminone Library.” Chemical biology & drug design (2014): n. pag. Print.

  • Pal, Arpan et al. “Corrigendum to ‘Copper-Catalyzed Chemoselective Cross-Coupling Reaction of Thioamides and α-Diazocarbonyl Compounds: Synthesis of Enaminones’ [Tetrahedron Lett. 58 (2017) 586–589].” Tetrahedron Letters 58.9 (2017): 902 -. Print.

  • Hussaini, Syed, Raghu Chamala, and Zhiguo Wang. “The Eschenmoser Sulfide Contraction Method and Its Application in the Synthesis of Natural Products .” Tetrahedron 71.36 (2015): 6017–6086. Print.

  • Hussaini, Syed. “Converting Chair-like Transition States into Zig-Zag Projections.” Resonance 19.9 (2014): 846–850. Print.

  • Pal, Arpal et al. “Copper-Catalyzed Chemoselective Cross-Coupling Reaction of Thioamides and α-Diazocarbonyl Compounds: Synthesis of Enaminones.” Tetrahedron Letters 58.6 (2017): 586–589. Print.

Courses Taught

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