Northern Illinois University

Northern Today


September 22, 2008

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant to Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Douglas Klumpp.

Douglas Klumpp

The grant will fund research that seeks to develop new ways of preparing “heterocyclic compounds,” which are compounds that contain nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur as part of their basic structure.

“Heterocycles are key structural components in more than half of the clinically important drugs,” Klumpp says.

“Consequently, medicinal chemists are always in need of new methods to prepare such compounds,” he adds. “The research results may lead to drugs that are increasingly effective in the treatment of diseases, as well as leading to more cost-effective methods for preparing these substances.”

Klumpp has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2003. With the latest NSF grant, his research has now attracted more than $1 million in external funding over the course of his career.

Klumpp also is co-author of the 2007 book, “Superelectrophiles and Their Chemistry,” with Nobel Laureate George A. Olah of the University of Southern California. Professor Klumpp was a postdoctoral research scientist in Olah’s laboratory when Olah won the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry.