Chemistry and Biochemistry

Robert W. Murray


Robert W. MurrayDr. Murray received his A.B. degree from Brown University, M.A. from Wesleyan University, and Ph.D. from Yale University. He spent 10 years as a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs prior to joining the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1968.
Office: B315
Phone: (314) 516-5311
Fax: (314) 516-5342

Research Interests

Dr. Murray is interested in all aspects of oxidation chemistry. Of particular interest is the role of oxidation chemistry in biochemistry and medicine.

Other currently active research projects are:

  1. The study of singlet oxygen chemistry,
  2. a study of models for the monoxygenase enzymes with emphasis on those involved in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) metabolism,
  3. a study of chemical carcinogensis, especially that involving polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH),
  4. investigations on the preparation and reactivity of dioxiranes, and
  5. a search for environmentally safe methods for bleaching wood pulps.

Selected Publications

''Enantioselective formation of arene oxides by direct oxidation of the arene". R. W. Murray, M. Singh, Enantiomer 2000, 5, 245

"Improved Synthesis and X-ray Structure Determination of the Stereoisomeric k-Region Arene Dioxides of Pyrene and Dibenz[a,h]-anthracene", R.W. Murray, M. Singh, N.P. Rath, Polycyclic Arom. Compds, 1999, 13, 139

"The Reaction of Cyclooctatetraene with Dimethyldioxirane" R. W. Murray, M. Singh, Tetrahedron, 1999, 55, 4539.

"Arene Dioxides of Substituted Pyrenes: Synthesis and X-ray Structural Studies", R.W. Murray, M. Singh, N.P. Rath, Carcinogenesis, 1999, 20, 147

"Cyclooctatetraene Tetraepoxides, R. W. Murray, M. Singh, Tetrahedron Lett., 1998, 39, 2899.

"Oxidative Transformations of 1-Nitropyrene Under Simulated Enviromental Conditions", Robert W. Murray, Megh Singh, Chem. Research in Toxicology, 1998, 11, 449

"Epoxidations Using the Dicylohexylcarbodiimide/Hydrogen Peroxide System", R.W. Murray, K. Iyanar, J. Org. Chem., 1998, 63, 347

"x-ray crystal structures of some arene oxides". R. W. Murray, M. Singh, N. P. Rath, Structural Chemistry, 1999, 10, 419