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Welcome!

Welcome to the Bauer group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Our research interests are in the area of organometallic catalysis.

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St. Louis is known as the "Gateway to the West", as shown by the Gateway Arch (see picture). The Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made monument of the United States (630 ft, 192 m) and a symbol for it's pioneering spirit. In the same way, the University of Missouri St. Louis and the Chemistry Department is dedicated to pioneering research and teaching.

- Eike Bauer, Associate Professor of Chemistry.

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Chemistry at the University of Missouri - St.Louis

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The Chemistry Department has a strong research emphasis but is of medium size, allowing substantial interaction between research advisors and Ph.D. students. There is an international make-up to the faculty and postdoctoral fellows, and there are graduate students presently in the department from the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The department is very well equipped with modern instrumentation and computing resources.

Events

David Ryffel and Misael Barcenas are high school students performing summer research in our lab. Welcome to the group, David and Misael!

Our group presented posters at the Missouri Inorganic Chemistry Day on May 3, 2014. Matthew Queensen gave a talk.

Jordan Rabus presented a poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 2, 2014 at UMSL.

Kevin Baum received a poster price at the UMSL Graduate Research Fair on April 7, 2014. Congratulations, Kevin!

Our group presented posters at the Missouri Organic Chemistry Day on April 12, 2014, at the Graduate Student Research Fair at UMSL on April 7, 2014 and at the UMSL Undergraduate Research Fair on May 2, 2014.

Matthew Queensen and Matthew Stark joined our group as PhD students in Fall 2013. Welcome to our group, Matt and Matt!

Matthew Queensen and Chris Hood presented their research at the Regional Midwest meeting of the American Chemical Society on October 18/19, 2013.

Jordan Rabus joined our group for undergraduate research in fall 2013. Welcome in our group!

Starting from September 2013, we obtained funding from the American Chemical Society in collaboration with Prof. Cynthia Dupureur.

Pushkar Shejwalkar successfully defended his PhD thesis on July 12, 2013. He graduated from UMSL with his PhD in August 2013. Congratulations, Pushkar! He is now a postdoctoral researcher at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

Doaa Alkhaleeli joined our group for high school summer research in in summer 2013. All the best for your future endeavors, Doaa!

Starting from June 2013, we obtained funding from the NSF. Here is a little story about our grant.

Erin Martin received the 2013 American Chemical Society Awards for Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Congratulations, Erin! Erin graduated from UMSL with her BS degree in May 2013 and is now PhD student at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Matthew Queensen and Erin Martin received the 2013 American Chemical Society Award for Analytical Chemistry. Congratulations, Erin and Matt!

Dr. Stephen Costin recently accepted a job as teacher at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches, LA. Congratulations, Steve!

Matthew Queensen received an Undergraduate Research Award of the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations, Matt!

Matthew Lenze successfully defended his PhD thesis on April 19, 2013. He graduated from UMSL with his PhD in May 2013. Congratulations, Matt! He is now working at Gallus BioPharmaceuticals. Here are some nice pictures!

Matthew Queensen, Kevin Baum and Chris Hood presented their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium of the American Chemical Society on April 12, 2013. The event was hosted by Sigma Aldrich in St. Louis. Here are some nice pictures!

Bryan Love (high school research student in our group in fall 2012) presented a paper on his research to the Missouri state Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium at Maryville in February 2013, and his paper was selected as one of the top six chemistry papers in the state. At the symposium, his paper was selected 2nd place in the chemistry category after he gave a presentation on it. Congratulations, Bryan!

Matthew Queensen, Kevin Baum and Chris Hood joined our group for undergraduate research in spring 2013. Welcome in our group!

Michael Van Dillen and Bryan Love joined our group for summer research 2012. Bryan continued his research in fall 2012.

Erin Martin performed summer research in 2012 at the Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung Düsseldorf in Germany sponsored by the RISE program of the German Academic Exchange Service. Enjoy your time in Germany, Erin!

The Bauer group gave several presentations at the Missouri Inorganic Chemistry Day on May 5, 2012 at UMSL (Talk by Pushkar Shejwalkar, poster presentations by Matthew Lenze, Pushkar Shejwalkar and EB).

Erin Martin received a poster award at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 27, 2012 at UMSL. Congratulations, Erin!

Pushkar Shejwalkar's poster at the Research Fair of the College of Arts and Sciences on April 23, 2012 won a Sigma Xi poster award. Congratulations, Pushkar!

Erin Martin received the Outstanding Junior Award 2012 from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMSL. Congratulations, Erin!

Bryan Schoolman joined our group for undergraduate research in spring, 2012. Welcome, Bryan!

EB gave talks at the University of Alabama and at Mississippi State University on March 8/9, 2012.

Erin Martin's story on obtaining a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Award is highlighted here.

Erin Martin presented her research at the Missouri Undergraduate Research Day to legislators and visitors at the Capitol in Jefferson City on March 1, 2012. The participating students had opportunities to let legislators know how their research addresses the needs of society. Congratulations for being invited to the event, Erin!

EB gave a talk at the University of Missouri - Kansas City on December 1, 2011.

Erin Martin received a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Award on October 21, 2011. Congratulations, Erin!

Pushkar Shejwalkar received a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Award on October 19, 2011. Congratulations, Pushkar!

The Bauer group gave several presentations at the American Chemical Scociety Midewest and Great Lakes Joint Regional Meeting on October 21, 2011 (Talks by Matthew Lenze, Pushkar Shejwalkar and EB; poster presentation by Nichole Curvey).

Erin Martin joined our group for undergraduate research and Corey Hastings as a laboratory volunteer in fall, 2011. Welcome, Erin and Corey!

Mai Nguyen performed in Summer 2011 research on a project SEED scholarship sponsored by the American Chemical Society. She is now a celebrity, as her story is hightlighted here!

Dr. Sergey Sedinkin successfully defended his PhD thesis on July 5, 2011. He graduated on August 6, 2011. Congratulations, Sergey!

Mai Nguyen and Kaylyn Bauer are high school students and joined our group in summer 2011 for research. Thanks for being with us, Mai and Kaylyn!

Dr. Stephen Costin graduated from UMSL on December 18, 2010. He obtained a position as postdoctoral researcher at the Louisiana State University - Health Sciences Center. Congratulations, Steve!

Maria Martinez presented a poster at the UMSL Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 29, 2011 in the Millenium Student Center.

Several group members presented posters at the Missouri Organic Chemistry Day on April 9, 2011.

Maria Martinez, Matthew Brinker and Ryan McDonough joined our laboratory in January for research. Welcome in our group, Maria, Ryan and Matt!

Sabine Grupe, a PhD student at the University of Cologne with Axel Jacobi von Wangelin, joined our group in summer 2010 for research. She is now back in Cologne. Sabine, we had a great time with you and wish you all the best for your future endeavors!

EB gave talks at the University of Southern Mississippi on February 2, 2011, at the University of Giessen, Germany, January 13, at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, January 12, at the University of Cologne, Germany, January 10, at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, USA, October 22, 2010, at Texas A&M University on October 21, at The University of Mississippi on September 16, and at the fall American Chemical Society National Meeting on August 24, 2010 in Boston.

Samantha Montoia is an undergraduate student at Westminster College, MO. She did undergraduate summer research with us in summer 2010. Thank you very much and all the best for your future endeavors, Samantha!

Tia Harper is a student at Wentzville Holt High School. She did summer research with us in 2010 as part of the STARS program. Thank you very much and all the best for your future endeavors, Tia!

Andria Widaman received in May 2010 the Outstanding master student award from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMSL. Congratulations!

Stephen Costin received in May 2010 a Graduate student research award from the UMSL graduate school. Congratulations!

Nandini Rajashanmugam presented in May 2010 a poster at the undergraduate research symposium at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and at the American Chemical Society undergraduate research symposium at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Our research group presented several posters at the Missouri Organic Chemistry Day on April 17, 2010 at the University of Missouri - Columbia, see here.

Our group was awarded the 2009 Pfizer St. Louis Green Chemistry Award, see here

The University of Missouri - St. Louis was recently ranked 5th in research productivity in the USA among small universities with fewer than 15 doctoral programs.









Latest news

July 2014:
Our latest article on iron-catalyzed oxidation reactions just appeared in the literature, see here.

Here are some nice pictures! NEW!