Norman Rabjohn Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Missouri

Professor Michael Harmata holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana. After a
postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he joined the Chemistry Department faculty at MU in
1986. In 2000 Harmata was honored with MU’s Norman Rabjohn Distinguished Professorship.

Harmata has chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Organic Reactions and Processes and has
served as editor for Advances in Cycloaddition (1997-2001) and Strategies and Tactics in Organic
Synthesis (2002 – present). He was named the first Liebig Professor of Chemistry at the Justus Liebig
Universität in Giessen in 2010. He was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow in 2011 as
well as an invited guest Professor of Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg.

 

Michael Harmata

Michael Harmata

harmatam@missouri.edu

Research Interests

(4+3)-cycloadditions, retro-Nazarov reactions, quasi-Favorskii rearrangements, pericyclic reactions of cyclopentadienones, synthesis and chemistry of benzothiazines, total synthesis of natural and unnatural products, asymmetric catalysis, silver/gold catalysis, molecular tweezers, Kagan’s ether, Tröger’s base, new applications of carboranes in organic synthesis, incorporation of 18F into biomolecules for PET imaging.

Education

A.B., Chemistry, University of Illinois-Chicago
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois-Champaign/Urban

Awards

2011                Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow
2010                Prose Award-Honorable Mention-for Silver in Organic Chemistry
2010                Adjunct Professor, International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine
2010                Liebig Professorship, University of Giessen
2008                Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Reinvitation)
2006                Big 12 Faculty Fellowship, University of Texas-Austin
2000                Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Organic Reactions and Processes
2000                Norman Rabjohn Distinguished Professorship, University of Missouri-Columbia
1998-99          Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
1997                Arts and Science Student Government “Blue Chalk” Advising Award
1985-1986     NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
1981-1984     Eastman Kodak Fellowship in Chemistry, University of Illinois-Urbana
1980-1981     University Teaching Fellowship in Chemistry, University of Illinois-Urbana 
1980                Graduation with highest distinction in chemistry and college honors
1980                American Institute of Chemists Award (Outstanding Senior in Chemistry)
1979       Benjamin B. Freud Memorial Award (Outstanding Sophomore in Chemistry)

Selected Publications

Dr. Harmata is the author of over 150 publications.  He was the editor of volumes 5 and 6 of Advances in Cycloaddition (JAI Press).  He is the current editor for Strategies and Tactics in Organic Synthesis (Elesevier), the editor of Silver in Organic Chemistry (Wiley) and has produced at textbook with Reinhard Brückner entitled Organic Mechanisms (Springer).  For a selected list of publications, see his CV (link).