Syed Raziullah Hussaini

Syed Raziullah Hussaini

Assistant ProfessorKeplinger Hall M261
syed-hussaini@utulsa.eduHussaini Research Group

I am interested in the field of synthetic organic chemistry.  My research focus is in the area of selective C-C bond forming methods and their application in domino sequences.  I am also interested in the synthesis of bioactive compounds.  Currently, the following projects are under investigation:

  • Transition Metal Catalyzed Annulation of Yne-enones
  • Synthesis of Exocylic Allenes
  • Enantioselective Organocatalyzed Radical Addition to Imines
  • Synthesis of Bioactive Compounds

Education and Degrees Earned

  • DPhil., Synthetic Organic Chemistry, University of Oxford, 2004
  • M.Sc., Organic Chemistry, University of Karachi, 1996
  • B. Sc (Honors), Chemistry, University of Karachi, 1995

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Domino Reactions
  • Metal Catalysis
  • Organocatalysis
  • Synthesis of Bioactive Compounds

Areas of Research Focus

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Selective C-C bond forming methods and their application in domino sequences
  • Synthesis of bioactive compounds

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Louisville
  • Instructor, part-time, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 2006-2007 Postdoctoral Scholar at the College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky
  • 2005-2006 Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Chemistry, Emory University
  • 2004-2005 Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky
  • 1997-2000 Research Fellow at the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, Pakistan

Professional Affiliations

  • Royal Society of Chemistry - member

Courses Taught at TU

  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 3013)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 3023)
  • Physical Organic Chemistry (CHEM 5113/7113)


  • Acceleration of the Eschenmoser Coupling Reaction by Sonication: Efficient Synthesis of Enaminones
    N. D. Koduri, B. Hileman, J. D. Cox, H. Scott, P. Hoang, A. Robbins, K. Bowers, L. Tsebaot, K. Miao, M. Castaneda, M. Coffin, G. Wei, A. Dave, B. J. James, T. D. W. Claridge, R. J. Sheaff, K. P. Roberts and S. R. Hussaini, RSC Advances, 2013, 3, 181–188.
  • Eschenmoser coupling reaction of selenoamides. Synthesis of enamino ester.
    S. R. Hussaini and G. B. Hammond, ARKIVOC, 2008, xiii, 129-136
  • Interconversion of Fischer and Zig-zag Projections: Learning Stereochemistry with the Help of Hands
    S. R. Hussaini, Resonance, 2010, 15, 351–354.
  • Ruthenium catalyzed synthesis of enaminones
    N. D. Koduri, H. Scott, B. Hileman, J. D. Cox, M. Coffin, L. Glicksberg and S. R. Hussaini, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 440-443.
  • Synthesis of stacked-cup carbon nanotubes in a metal free low temperature system
    Y. Kimura, J. A. Nuth, N. M. Johnson, K. D. Farmer, K. P. Roberts and S. R. Hussaini, Nanosc. Nanotechnol. Lett., 2011, 3, 4–10.
  • Understanding Newman Projections with the help of hands
    S. R. Hussaini, Resonance, 2012, 17, 291–294.
  • 2,5-Disubstituted pyrrolidines: synthesis by enamine reduction and subsequent regioselective and diastereoselective alkylations.
    S. R. Hussaini and M. G. Moloney, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2006, 4, 2600-2615
  • On the Sequence of Bond Formation in Loline Alkaloid Biosynthesis.
    J. R. Faulkner, S. R. Hussaini, J. D. Blankenship, S. Pal, B. M. Branan, R. B. Grossman and C. L. Schardl, ChemBioChem, 2006, 7, 1078-1088
  • Eight New Diterpenoids from Euphorbia decipiens
    M. Zahid, S. R. Hussaini, M. Abbas, Y. Pan, A. R. Jassbi, M. Asim, M. Parvez, W. Voelter and V. U. Ahmad, Helv. Chim. Acta, 2001, 84, 1980