Dr. Eichler's Research Page

The summer 2013 research crew (L to R): Shelby Duffield, Maddy Pfeiffer, Dr. Eichler, Eric Habbe, Garret Heiberger.

I am an organometallic chemist by trade, but my interests have diversified over the years. Some of my more specific interests include...

·        Synthesis of symmetric diarylacetylenes to create metal-organic frameworks.

·        The synthesis of polythiophenes as colorimetric detectors of proteins and DNA.  This is related to the detection of proteins, to target-specific delivery of drugs and phototherapeutic agents.

·        Developing new pi-conjugated materials as light absorbing dyes for solar cells.

·        I have recent connections to the following funding sources…

1.    SD NSF EPSCoR Photoactive Nanosystems (PANS)

2.    SD NIH Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN)

We have focused recently on pi-conjugated cyanoacrylic acid donor-acceptor organic molecules as dyes for solar cell fabrication.


This is the reaction we use to create a wide variety of diarylacetylenes.


Check out my recent publication list:


1.     E. Bosch; C. L. Barnes; M. Stutelberg; B. Eichler.  Synthesis of 1,2-Bis(8′-quinolinyl)ethyne and X-ray Characterization of Its Rearranged Oxidation Product 2-Quinoline-8-yl-pyrrolo[3,2,1-ij]quinoline-4-one.  J. Chem. Cryst. 2012, 42, 1080-1084.


2.     E. Bosch, J. M. Matheny, A. E. Brown and B. Eichler.  Role of Counterions in the Structures of Bisquinolinyl-Silver Coordination Polymers. Cryst Eng. Comm., 2011, 13 (19), 5755 - 5762.


3.     A. E. Brown, B. E. Eichler.  Symmetric diarylacetylenes: one-pot syntheses and solution photoluminescence.  Tet. Lett., 2011, 52, 1960-1963.



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