Evanseck Research Group

Organic and Biophysical Chemistry

Our research program is driven by significant problems in organic, biochemistry, and physical chemistry.  We have a full range of interests, starting with the development of fundamental ideas on the “coordinate covalent bond,” and how this information can be used to understand the fundamentals of Lewis acidity, organic reaction catalysis, organometallic structures, and the storage and reactions of hydrogen in ammonia boranes.  In the field of biochemistry, we investigate the energetics and mechanism of phosphoryl transfer reactions, and design new antimicrobial agents to fight the increasing risk of drug resistant bacterial and fungal infections.


                              Theory of Chemical Bonding

                              Theory of Lewis Acidity and Basicity

                              Hydrogen Storage and Surface Reactions

                              Transition Metals in Cyclopropanation Reactions

                              Bioenergetics of Phosphoryl Transfer

                              Antimicrobial Drug Design

                              Catalysis of Organic Reactions


Duquesne University

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282


Phone: (412) 396-6337

Fax: (412) 396-5683

E-mail: evanseck@duq.edu

ACS COMP Division

Center for Computational Sciences

Duquesne Summer Research Programs


Pittsburgh News (WKDA)


Chemistry and Biochemistry


University Endowed Chair of Teaching and Technology

Jeffrey D. Evanseck


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Josh Plumley

5th-year Ph.D.

Saichand Pakkala

3rd-year Ph.D.

Joe Rosmus

1st-year Ph.D.