CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF ACADEMIC CAREER!
Enrique Meléndez, Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry
Department Head and Director of NMR Facility Education
phone: (787) 832-4040 ext. 2524 1983 B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico
fax: (787) 265-3849 1990 Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of Utah
email: firstname.lastname@example.org 1990-91 Post-doc Bristol-Myers Squibb
RESEARCH INTERESTS: BioInorganic/BioOrganometallic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Metal-Based Drugs, NMR Spectroscopy
My research work entails the design of metal-based drugs and organometallic biosensors. New metallocene drugs for target specific tumors are developed as tools for treating hormone dependent cancers. To achieve this, steroidal hormones (estrogen, androgen and progesterone derivatives) are attached as pendant groups to the corresponding metallocenes. The mechanistic aspects of these species are studied by spectroscopic methods such as NMR, UV-Vis, Fluorescence spectroscopy, electrochemistry and Molecular Modeling techniques. Another area of interest is the development of electrochemical biosensors based on conducting polymers and nanoparticles to detect biologically important analytes.
TEACHING INTERESTS: Inorganic and BioOrganomteallic Chemistry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy.
2016-Present Department Head, Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico.
2009-2010 Ph.D. Program Co-coordinator, Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico.
2002 – Present Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico.
Summer 2004 Visiting Faculty, University of Wisconsin, Department of Biochemistry.
2002 Chairperson, American Chemical Society Puerto Rico Section
1997-2002 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico.
1999 Present Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, Univ. of Puerto Rico.
Summer 1997 NIH Summer Internship, Emory University, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Atlanta, GA.
1994-1997 Associate Professor, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico.
1991-1994 Assistant Professor, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico.
2008 American Chemical Society Igaravidez Award.
1993-96 Outstanding Achievement in Science, Inter American University of P R.
1991 Productivity Award, Chemical Development Division, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
1983 Magna Cum Laude-B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico.
1979 Science and Math Award, University of Puerto Rico.