Stephen Starnes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

  • Faculty
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Science Building 339
Related Department

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral, Molecular Recognition, The Scripps Research Institute, 1998-2000
  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Texas Tech University, 1998
  • BS, Chemistry, Texas Tech University, 1993

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2013-present
  • Interim Head, Chemistry, TAMUC, 2010
  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry, TAMUC, 2005-present
  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, New Mexico State University, 2000-2005
  • Instructor, Texas Tech University, 1998
  • Lab and Lecture Teaching Assistant, Texas Tech University, 1993-1998

Awards and Honors

  • Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2012
  • Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, TAMUC, 2012

Research Interests

  • Molecular recognition of anions of synthetic. biological, biomedical an environmental
  • Chiral recognition

Professional Organizations

  • American Chemical Society

Selected Publications

  • Whaley, W. L.; Rummel, J. D.; Zemenu, E.; Li, W.; Yang, P.; Rodgers, B. C.; Bailey, J.; Moody, C. L.; Huhman, D. V.; Maier, C. G.-A.; Sumner, L. W.; Starnes, S. D. Isolation and characterization of osajin and pomiferin: Discovery laboratory exercises for organic chemistry. Chemical Educator, 2007, 12(3), 179-184.
  • MariJo Wienkers, Josmalen Ramos, Hikma Jemal, Chaz Cardenas, Paul Wiget, Alfreda Nelson, Shiloh Free, Jun Wu, Rebecca Roach, Marius Vulcan, Kristopher Waynant, Kyle Fort, Anna Vladimirova, Jeffery Sun, Samuel Eli Hunt, Dmitry M. Rudkevich, Stephen D. Starnes “Enhanced Shape-Selective Recognition of Anion Guests through Complexation – Induced Organization of Porphyrin Hosts,” Org. Letters, 2012, 14, 6, 1370-1373.
  • Wu, Xiaowen; Starnes, Stephen D. “L-Nipecotic Acid-Porphyrin Derivative: A Chiral Host with Introverted Functionality for Chiral Recognition,” Org. Letters, 2012, 14, 14, 3652-3655.
  • Nandipati, V.; Akinapelli, K.; Koya, L.; Starnes, S.D. “Recognition of Mandelate Stereoisomers by Chiral Porphyrin Hosts: Prediction of Stereo preference in Guest Binding a Priori Using a Simple Binding Model?,” Tetrahedron Letters, 2014, 55, 985-991.
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