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Lev R. Ryzhkov

Organic Chemistry

Office: 553 Smith
Phone: (410)704-3831


Education B.S. Chemistry (1986) Stevens Institute of Technology, with Honors
Ph.D. Physical Organic Chemistry (1991) Brown University
Postdoctoral Associate (1991-1994) Yale University
Teaching General Chemistry I,II (CHEM 110/111)
Organic Chemistry I,II (CHEM 331/332)
Essentials of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 330)
Women, Society, and Radiation Science (IDNM 309)
Research The main emphasis of the research in my lab is the elucidation of the structure and dynamics of the organic molecules with one or two unpaired electrons (organic free-radicals and biradicals). Currently, I'm inquiring into the mechanism of diacyl peroxides decomposition and the stability and dynamics of the resultant acyloxy radical intermediates. In addition, we also study the mechanism of photolysis of cyclic diazoalkanes and solution phase studies of their excited triplets. In the solid state, we use low-temperature, single crystal EPR (Electron Paramagnetic Resonance) to determine the structure and electronic properties of the cyclic hydrocarbon and other biradicals. Our single-crystal work also extends into studies of the liquid inclusions in organic crystal containing free-radicals using EPR spectroscopy.
Selected Publications
  1. Alicia Fraind*, Ryan Turncliff**, Teri Fox*, Brian Salisbury*, Justin Sodano*, Adam Elabd*.; Ryzhkov, L. R. “Geminate Reactions and the Lifetimes of Acyloxy Radicals in Thermal Decomposition of Symmetrical Primary Diacyl Peroxides” J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 2007, 6(2), 67.
  2. Wasylenko, W.; Kebede, N.; Showalter, B. M.; Matsunaga, N.; Miceli, A. P.*; Ryzhkov, L. R.; Hadad, C. M.; Toscano, J. P. “Experimental and Computational Confirmation of the Triplet Ground State of Oxynitrenes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 13142. Link to Full Article
  3. Evans, S. E.; Mon, S.; Singh, R.*; Ryzhkov, L. R.; Szalai, V. A. “DNA Oxidation in Anionic Reverse Micelles: Ruthenium-Mediated Damage at Guanine in Single- and Double-Stranded DNA” Inorg. Chem. 2006, 45(7), 3124. Link to Full Article
  4. Ryzhkov, L. R.; Bentz, T. C.*; “Study of Chemical Shift Variations in Tricyclic Urazoles with a Norbornane Skeleton” Spectr. Lett. 2006, 39(3), 225. Link to Full Article
  5. Ryzhkov, L. R.; Toscano, J. P. “Crystal Lattice Effects on the Orientation and Orbital Degeneracy of Nitric Oxide Trapped in Nitramine Single Crystals” J. Cryst. Growth Des. 2005, 5(6), 2066. Link to Full Article
  6. Manuel Marquez, Josh Robinson*; Vincent van Nostrand*; David Schaefer; Lev R. Ryzhkov; Walter Lowe; Steven S. Suib “Atomic Force Microscopy, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and X-ray Fluorescence Investigations of Self-Assembled Lines from Colloidal Solutions of Lamellar MnOxChem. Mater. 2002, 14(4), 1493. Link to Full Article
  7. Ferraris, D.; Cox, C.; Dudding, T.; Young, B.; Drury, W. J. III, Ryzhkov, L.; Lectka, T. “Catalytic, Enantioselective Alkylation of α-Imino Esters: The Synthesis of Non-natural α-Amino Acid Derivatives” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124(1), 67. Link to Full Article
  8. Showalter, B. M., Bentz, T. C.*; Ryzhkov, L. R.; Hadad, C. J.; Toscano, J. P. “Time-Resolved IR Studies of Triplet 1,3-Cyclopentanediyl” J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2000, 13, 1. Link to Full Article
  9. Ryzhkov, L. R. “Stereochemical Effects on 1H-NMR Chemical Shifts in 2,3-diazabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene (DBH), 2,3-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]oct-2-ene (DBO) and Related Molecules” Spectr. Lett. 1998, 31(5), 1089. Link to Full Article
  10. Ryzhkov, L. R.; McBride, M. J. “Structure, Motion and Exchange Coupling of 15NO2/15NO2 Radical Pairs Occupying Adjacent Solvent Cavities of α-HNIW, a Nitramine Hydrate” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 4826. Link to Full Article

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