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Ian Gould

Ian Gould

President's Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

igould@asu.edu

480-965-7278

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Arizona State University
PO Box 871604
Tempe, AZ 85287-1604
USA

Titles

  • President's Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Biography

In Ian Gould's lab they study various aspects of mechanistic organic and biochemistry, using the tools of photochemistry. The study both chemical reactions and use photophysical techniques to study processes that are difficult to investigate in other ways. One main area of research involves studies of bond fragmentation reactions that are initiated by either giving (reduction) or taking away (oxidation) a single electron. Such processes generate radicals and Lewis acids and Lewis bases, which may also be Bronsted acids and bases, all potentially useful catalytic species. They are currently studying extremely fast fragmentation reactions with the goal of developing reactions that occur with no barrier at all! They are also using these reactions as test cases for fundamental reaction rate theories and contemporary computational methods. Another area relates to the oxidative processes in DNA responsible for mutation, disease and aging. Novel photochemical reactions developed in the lab can be used to irreversibly oxidize the purine bases in DNA. They are currently studying the chemistry and physical properties of these species in order to understand the primary events involved in oxidative damage.

Education

  • PhD, University of Manchester, UK, 1980
  • MSc, University of Manchester, UK, 1978
  • BSc, University of Manchester, UK, 1977

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