Biostructure (structural basis of allergenity, biological crystallogenesis, biomineralization, protein oligomerization and amilodoigenesis, structure and activity of antifungic peptides).

Biochemistry of marine invertebrate organisms.

Biotransformations by vegetal cellular culture.

Physical chemistry of the protein folding and molecular recognition,

Engineering of proteins and drug design for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, prostrate cancer, and Alzheimer.


Inorganic Chemistry

Chemistry of the main group elements; 1, 2, 13 and 14.

Homogenous catalysis (with organometallic compounds, transition elements, lanthanides, and/or representative elements: groups 13, 14 and 15).

Coordination compounds by phase-transfer catalysis.

Supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering.

Bioinorganic chemistry (biosensors, compounds with pharmacological activity, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, or with biomimetic functions).

Organometallic chemistry (activation of metal-carbonyl fragments, compounds containing transition metals and representative elements, applications in catalysis).

Coordination Chemistry (groups p, d and f).

Metal clusters.

Optically active compounds: Group f.

Alternative methodologies in synthesis, using microwave, infrared and ultrasound irradiations.


Natural Products

Chemical study of plants from diverse botanical families such as: Asteraceae, Burseraceae, Euphorbiaceae, Lamiaceae, Fabaceae, Solanaceae and Verbenaceae, among others.

Biodirected isolation of medicinal plants in search for bioactive compounds. Our interest in biological activities is diverse and includes: anti-inflammatory, inhibitors of cancerigen cells replication, antioxidants, inhibitors of HIV reverse transcriptase, antiprotozoal, antidiarrheal, hipoglucemiant, and with effect over the central nervous system.

Transformation of natural products by electrochemical, enzymatic and biomimetic methods.

The Natural Products Department has sixteen researchers and one technician, working in eleven laboratories. The Department works with the support of the Biological Testing Laboratory and the Insects Culture Laboratory, where the above mentioned activities are evaluated.


Organic Chemistry

The main research lines of study are free radicals chemistry, asymmetric synthesis, heterogeneous catalysis, synthesis of heterocyclic compounds with biological activity, fullerene chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, synthesis of natural products such as terpenes, alkaloids and acetogenines, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry.


Physical Chemistry

The department members have developed a research connection with an interdisciplinary character which focuses on theoretical and experimental chemistry. The theoretical studies are mainly developing in the field of quantum chemistry and statistical thermodynamics where numerical methods are heavily involved.

The experimental studies are focused into a set of issues related to photochemistry, femtochemistry, stereoelectronics effects, weak interactions, molecular recognition and the reaction mechanisms.


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