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Dr. Timothy Lash

Distinguished Professor, Organic Chemistry
Chemistry
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Science Laboratory Building - SLB 306
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Current Courses

299.011Independent Honor Study In Chemistry

499.011Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

230.001Organic Chemistry I

231.005Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

290.011Research in Chemistry

490.011Research In Chemistry

380.001Structural Determination In Chemistry

499.002Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

499.109Independent Research For The Master's Thesis Last Term

490.006Research In Chemistry

Teaching Interests & Areas

Organic Chemistry, Heterocyclic Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Structure Determination using Spectroscopic Methods

Research Interests & Areas

Synthesis of Porphyrins, Carbaporphyrins and Other Biologically and Medicinally Active Macrocycles.  Nature has selected the porphyrin nucleus, generally in metalated form, for a surprising number of functions that include oxygen transportation in mammals (hemoglobin), energy production from molecular oxygen reduction as part of the respiratory chain (cytochrome oxidase), electron transport/redox (cytochromes), peroxide breakdown (catalase, peroxidases), photosynthesis (chlorophylls) and so on. The versatility of this tetrapyrrolic system stems in part from its intrinsic stability and its ability to form chelates with many different transition metals at varying oxidation levels. Porphyrins also represent an unparalleled family of aromatic macrocycles that formally possess [18]annulene characteristics and as such are the only naturally occurring examples of higher bridged annulene structures. Although the porphyrin system is generally near planar, it can be severely distorted from planarity without significantly sacrificing its aromatic properties. On the other hand, the biological functions of metalloporphyrins are known to be modulated by conformational restrictions within protein environments. Porphyrin and their derivatives are often used as photosensitizers in a type of cancer treatment known as photodynamic tumor therapy (PDT) and have found many other medicinal applications, e.g. in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. In my laboratory, we are developing new synthetic routes to these important macrocyclic compounds. These projects are directed at the synthesis of true porphyrins and related species with novel spectroscopic and chemical properties.

The major emphasis of our current investigations involves the synthesis of porphyrin analogues with exotic subunits such as azulene, benzene, naphthalene, indene, cyclopentadiene, cycloheptatriene, pyridine or pyrazole replacing one or more of the usual pyrrole rings. These studies provide new insights into the nature of aromaticity in these "[18]annulenes of nature" and have resulted in the discovery of remarkable new chemistry. For instance azuliporphyrins have been shown to readily form stable organometallic derivatives with nickel(II), palladium(II), platinum(II), iridium(III) and rhodium(III), whereas copper(II) salts give rise to a regioselective oxidation at the internal carbon. In contrast, benzocarbaporphyrins act as trianionic organometallic ligands, generating stable silver(III) and gold(III) derivatives. Benzocarbaporphyrins also react with ferric chloride in alcohol solvents to give carbaporphyrin ketals with strong long wavelength absorptions that make these structures good candidates as superior photosensitizers for applications in PDT. In addition, carbaporphyrin ketals show some promise in the treatment of leishmaniasis. Another carbaporphyrinoid system synthesized by our research group is oxybenziporphyrin, and this acts as both a dianionic or a trianionic ligand generating palladium(II), platinum(II), copper(III), silver(III) and gold(III) complexes. New methodologies are also being developed to synthesize dicarbaporphyrinoid systems that exhibit equally exciting reactivity.

Research from our group has been highlighted on four journal covers (Tetrahedron in 2005, the European Journal of Organic Chemistry in 2007 and Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry in 2013 and 2015) and as a frontispiece for the top ranked journal Angewandte Chemie in 2004. To date, I have published over 220 papers in international research journals and received 23 external grants from NSF, NIH, the Petroleum Research Fund and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for a total of over 3 million dollars.

Ph D Organic Chemistry

University of Wales, College of Cardiff
United Kingdom

MS Organic Chemistry

University of Wales, College of Cardiff
United Kingdom

BS Chemistry

University of Exeter
United Kingdom

ISU College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer

Illinois State University
2013

ISU ‘Million Dollar Club’

Illinois State University
2009

Illinois Heartland Local ACS Section ‘Chemist of the Year’ Award

American Chemical Society
2004

ISU College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship

Illinois State University
2004

Beckman mentor

Beckman Foundation
2003

Beckman mentor

Beckman Foundation
2000

Distinguished Professor

Illinois State University
2000

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
1996

ISU Outstanding University Researcher

Illinois State University
1995

Book, Chapter

T. D. Lash, “Carbaporphyrins and Related Systems. Synthesis, Characterization, Reactivity and Insights into the Nature of Porphyrinoid Aromaticity” in Handbook of Porphyrin Science - With Applications to Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Engineering, Biology and Medicine, Ed. K. M. Kadish, K. M. Smith and R. Guilard, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, 2012, Volume 16, Chapter 74, pp 1-329.

T. D. Lash, “Syntheses of Novel Porphyrinoid Chromophores” in The Porphyrin Handbook, Ed. K. M. Kadish, K. M. Smith and R. Guilard, Academic Press: San Diego, CA, 2000, Volume 2: Heteroporphyrins, Expanded Porphyrins and Related Macrocycles, Chapter 10, pp 125-199.

T. D. Lash, “Synthesis of porphyrins with exocyclic rings from cycloalkenopyrroles” in Advances in Nitrogen Heterocycles, Volume 1, Ed. C. J. Moody, JAI Press Inc., 1995, pp 19-69.

T. D. Lash, “Heteroporphyrins and Carbaporphyrins” in Porphyrins for the 21st Century, Volume 1 – Fundamentals, Ed. P. Brothers and M. Senge, Wiley, 2021, in press.

Journal Article

Selected from over 220 publications in peer-reviewed research journals, including J. Org. Chem. (51), Org. Lett. (8), Tetrahedron (15), Angew, Chem. (9), J. Am. Chem. Soc. (5), Chem. Commun. (11). Org. Biomol. Chem. (9), J. Heterocyclic Chem. (8), Chem. Eur. J. (4), Synlett (4), Inorg. Chem. (9) and Tetrahedron Lett. (20).

A. N. Latham and T. D. Lash, Synthesis and characterization of N-methylporphyrins, heteroporphyrins, carbaporphyrins and related systems. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2020, 85, 13050-13068.

A. S. Almejbel and T. D. Lash, Synthesis of 2-bromo- and 2-phenyl neo-confused porphyrins. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 2020, 18, 7336-7344.

T. D. Lash, L. M. Stateman and D. I. AbuSalim, Synthesis of azulitriphyrins(1.2.1) and related benzocarbatriphyrins. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2019, 84, 14733-14744.

M. A. Noboa, D. I. AbuSalim and T. D. Lash, Azulichlorins and benzocarbachlorins derived therefrom. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2019, 84, 11649-11664.

A. N. Latham, G. M. Ferrence and T. D. Lash, Metalation and methyl group migration in 21-, 22- and 23-methylcarbaporphyrins: synthesis and characterization of palladium(II), rhodium(I) and rhodium(III) derivatives. Organometallics 2019, 38, 575-585.

P. Jain, D. I. AbuSalim and T. D. Lash, adj-Dicarbaporphyrinoid systems: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and reactivity of 23-carbabenziporphyrins. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2019, 84, 10237-10256.
T. J. Smolczyk and T. D. Lash, Alphabet soup within a porphyrinoid cavity: synthesis of heterocarbaporphyrins with CNNO, CNOO, CNSO and CNSeO cores from an oxacarbatripyrrin. Chemical Communications 2018, 54, 9003-9006.

T. D. Lash, S. C. Fosu, T. J. Smolczyk and D. I. AbuSalim, Synthesis of expanded porphyrinoids with azulene and indene subunuits and an opp-dioxadicarbaporphyrin from fulvene carbinols and a dioxacarbatripyrrin. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2018, 83, 12619-12631.

T. D. Lash, W. T. Darrow, A. N. Latham, N. Sahota and G. M. Ferrence, Rhodium complexes of carbaporphyrins, carbachlorins, adj-dicarbaporphyrins and an adj-dicarbachlorin. Inorganic Chemistry 2019, 58, 7511-7526.

E. Y. Grabowski, D. I. AbuSalim and T. D. Lash, Naphtho[2,3-b]carbaporphyrins. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2018, 83, 11825-11838.

N. Sahota, G. M. Ferrence and T. D. Lash, Synthesis and properties of carbaporphyrin and carbachlorin dimethyl esters derived from cyclopentanedialdehydes. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2017, 82, 9715-9730.

D. Li and T. D. Lash, Synthesis and oxidation of internally chlorinated carbachlorins. European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2017, 6775-6780.

R. Gao, D. I. AbuSalim and T. D. Lash, Pyreniporphyrins, porphyrin analogues that incorporate a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon subunit within the macrocyclic framework. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2017, 82, 6680-6688.
T. D. Lash, “Out of the blue! Azuliporphyrins and related carbaporphyrinoid systems”. Accounts of Chemical Research 2016, 49, 471-482.

V. A. K. Adiraju, G. M. Ferrence and T. D. Lash, Regioselective oxidation and metalation of meso-unsubstituted azuliporphyrins. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 2016, 14, 10523-10533

V. A. K. Adiraju, G. M. Ferrence and T. D. Lash, Rhodium(I), rhodium(III) and iridium(III) carbaporphyrins. Dalton Transactions 2016, 45, 13691-13694.

L. M. Stateman and T. D. Lash, Syntheses of carbaporphyrinoid systems using a carbatripyrrin methodology. Organic Letters 2015, 17, 4530-4533.

D. I. AbuSalim, G. M. Ferrence and T. D. Lash, Synthesis of an adj-dicarbaporphyrin and the formation of an unprecedented tripalladium sandwich complex. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 6763-6772.

T. D. Lash, Benziporphyrins, a unique platform for exploring the aromatic characteristics of porphyrinoid systems. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 2015, 13, 7846-7878.

S. C. Fosu, G. M. Ferrence and T. D. Lash, Synthesis and metalation of dimethoxybenziporphyrins, thiabenziporphyrins and dibenziporphyrins. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2014, 79, 11061-11074.

T. D. Lash, G. C. Gilot and D. I. AbuSalim, Tropone-fused carbaporphyrins. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2014, 79, 9704-9716.
T. D. Lash, Carbaporphyrinoid Systems. Chemical Reviews 2017, 117, 2313-2446.

D. Li and T. D. Lash, Synthesis and reactivity of carbachlorins and carbaporphyrins. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2014,79, 7112-7121.

R. Li, A. D. Lammer, G. M. Ferrence and T. D. Lash, Synthesis, structural characterization, aromatic properties and metalation of neo-confused porphyrins, a newly discovered class of porphyrin isomers. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2014, 79, 4078-4093.

T. D. Lash, A. M. Toney, K. M. Castans and G. M. Ferrence, Synthesis of benziporphyrins and heterobenziporphyrins and an assessment of the diatropic characteristics of the protonated species. Journal of Organic Chemistry 2013, 78, 9143-9152.

T. D. Lash, A. D. Lammer and G. M. Ferrence, Two-step synthesis of stable dioxadicarbaporphyrins from bis(3-indenyl)methane. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2012, 51, 10871-10875.

T. D. Lash, A. D. Lammer and G. M. Ferrence, Neo-confused porphyrins, a new class of porphyrin isomers. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2011, 50, 9718-9721.

T. D. Lash, Metal complexes of carbaporphyrinoid system. Chemistry - An Asian Journal 2014,9, 682-705.

T. D. Lash, S. A. Jones and G. M. Ferrence, Synthesis and characterization of tetraphenyl-21,23-dideazaporphyrin: the best evidence yet that porphyrins really are the [18]annulenes of nature. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010,132, 12786-12787.
Interactive X-ray links: JUTVOL, JUTVUR and JUTWAY |L. M. Stateman, G. M. Ferrence and T. D. Lash “Rhodium(III) azuliporphyrins," Organometallics 2015, 34, 3842-3848, DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.5b00433 link.

Presentations

T. D. Lash, “Dicarbaporphyrins and beyond: the quest for quatyrin”, Invited lecture for the 25th Biennial Congress of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry, Santa Barbara, California, August 23-28, 2015.

My research group has given more than 320 presentations at international, national and regional meetings, including approximately 150 presentations at national meetings of the American Chemical Society.

T. D. Lash, “Out of the Blue! Azuliporphyrins and Related Azulene-containing Porphyrinoids”, 227th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), Symposium on Porphyrins, Phthalocyanines and Supramolecular Assemblies organized by Nathalie Solladie, Karl Kadish, Roberto Paolesse and Tomas Torres, Chicago, IL, May 24-28, 2015.
A. N. Latham and T. D. Lash, “Preparation of tripyrrane intermediates for the synthesis of N-methylbenzocarbaporphyrins”, 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2016. Abstracts of Papers, CHED-1291.
R. Gao and T. D. Lash, “Synthesis of a PAH-porphyrin hybrid”, 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2016. Abstracts of Papers, ORGN-666.
W. T. Darrow and T. D. Lash, “Synthesis of key intermediates for the generation of benziporphyrins”, 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2016. Abstracts of Papers, CHED-1235.

A. Almejbel and T. D. Lash, “Synthesis of neo-confused porphyrins”, 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015. Abstracts of Papers, ORGN-520.

L. M. Stateman and T. D. Lash, “Development of a carbatripyrrin strategy for synthesizing carbaporphyrinoid systems”, 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015. Abstracts of Papers, ORGN-525.

L. M. Stateman and T. D. Lash, “Synthesis of rhodium(III) azuliporphyrins”, 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015. Abstracts of Papers, CHED-1098.

D. I. AbuSalim and T. D. Lash, “Synthesis of new dicarbaporphyrinoid systems”, 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20, 2014. Abstracts of Papers, ORGN-676.

S. C. Fosu and T. D. Lash, “Synthesis of electron-rich benziporphyrin analogs”, 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, Texas, March 16-20, 2014. Abstracts of Papers, ORGN-677.

Grants & Contracts

RUI: Aromaticity, Tautomerization and Metalation of Carbaporphyrinoid Systems. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2019)
RUI: Carbaporphyrins, carbachlorins and related conjugated macrocycles. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2015)
Synthesis of Azaannulenes Related to the Porphyrins. Petroleum Research Fund. Private. (2013)
RUI: Carbaporphyrins, Neo-Confused Porphyrins and Related Systems. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2012)
Synthesis of highly modified porphyrinoid systems. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2009)