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Bugarin, Alejandro (PhD)

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry & Physics
Office: MOD2 0013
Phone: 239-745-4464

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Postdoctoral Associate / Organic Chemistry, University of California
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry. Texas A&M University
M.S. Organic Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso
B.S. Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (UAZ), México

Courses Offered

CHM 2211. Organic Chemistry II (Fall 2019)
CHM 2211L. Organic Chemistry II Lab (Fall 2019, 2-sections)
CHM 2210L. Organic Chemistry I Lab (Fall 2019, 1-sections)


Selected publications

  • Yepez, G.; Noonikara-Poyil, A.; Bugarin, A.* “Large-Scale Synthesis of Aniline Trimers in Different Oxidation States” Synthesis 2019, 51, Just accepted
  • Barragan, E.; Noonikara-Poyil, A.; Yang, C-H.; Wang, H.; Bugarin, A.* “Metal-Free Cross-Couplings of π−Conjugated Triazenes with Unactivated Arenes Via Photoactivation” Org. Chem. Front.2019, 6, 152-161.
  • Ojo, O. S.; Miranda, O.; Baumgardner, K. C.; Bugarin, A.* “Practical Regio- and Stereoselective Azidation and Amination of Terminal Alkenes” Org. Biomol. Chem. 2018, 16, 9354-9358
  • Xu, C.; Yepez, G.; Wei, Z.; Liu, F.; Bugarin, A.; Hong, Y.* "Development of Dopant-Free Conductive Bioelastomers" Nature Sci. Rep.2016, 6, 34451.
  • Huang, X.; Bugarin, A.* “Direct Synthesis of α-Allenols from TMS-Protected Alkynes and Aldehydes Mediated by TBAF.” Chem.Eur. J.2016, 22, 12696-12700. Now, a name reaction on ReactionFlash, an app by Reaxys®.
  • Patil, S.; Bugarin, A.,* “Fifty Years of π−Conjugated Triazenes” Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2016, 860-870. Top 10% highest cited.
  • Huang, X.; Fulton, B.; White, K.; Bugarin, A.* “Metal-Free, Regio- and Stereoselective Synthesis of Linear (E)-Allylic Compounds using C, N, O, and S Nucleophiles” Org. Lett.2015,17, 2594-2597. Highlighted on the Organic Chemistry Portal.
  • Patil, S.; White, K.; Bugarin, A.* “Novel Triazene Dyes from N-Heterocyclic Carbenes and Azides: Synthesis, Stability, and Spectroscopic Properties” Tetrahedron Lett.2014,55, 4826-4829.
  • Sandoval, D.; Frazier, C, P.; Bugarin, A.; Read de Alaniz, J. “Electrophilic α-Amination Reaction of β-Ketoesters Using N-Hydroxycarbamates: Merging Aerobic Oxidation and Lewis Acid Catalysis” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 18948-18951. (Cited more than 60 times)
  • Bugarin, A.; Connell, B. T. “A Highly Active and Selective Palladium(II) PheBox Catalyst for the Formation of α-Aryl Ketones via Cross-Coupling” Chem. Comm.2011,47,7218-7220. (Highlighted as a cutting-edge contribution).
  • Bugarin, A.; Connell, B. T. “MgI2-Accelerated Enantioselective Morita Baylis–Hillman Reactions of Cyclopentenone Utilizing a Chiral DMAP Nucleophile” Chem. Comm.2010,46, 2644-2646. (Highlighted on Synfacts, 2010, 7, 788 and on the Organic Chemistry Portal).
  • Bugarin, A.; Jones K. D.; Connell, B. T. “Efficient, Direct α-Methylenation of Carbonyls Mediated by Diisopropylammonium Trifluoroacetate” Chem. Comm.2010,46, 1715-1717. DOI: 10.1039/B924577D (Cited more than 120 times)
  • Bugarin, A.; Connell, B. T. “Chiral Nickel(II) and Palladium(II) NCN-Pincer Complexes Based on Substituted Benzene: Synthesis, Structure, and Lewis Acidity” Organometallics2008, 27, 4357-4369. (Cited more than 70 times)

Conference Presentations

Selected presentations
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Metal-Free Allylic Functionalization of Terminal Alkenes. Instituto de Química, Universidad Autónoma de México, CdMx, México. Apr. 23 (2019). (Seminar 21)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Room Temperature Cross-Couplings of Unactivated Arenes via Photoactivation of p-Conjugated Triazenes. ACS-National Conference, Orlando, FL, USA. Apr. 3 (2019). (Invited Talk)(ACS)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Overview of the Bugarin Research Program at UT-Arlington and CPP. Cali Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA, USA. Mar. 25 (2019). (Seminar 20)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;New Organic Transformations with Triazenes and other Molecules. California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, USA. Apr. 18 (2018). (Seminar 16)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Discovery of New Organic Transformations. Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN, USA. Mar. 03 (2018). (Seminar 15)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Accessing New Organic Transformations in the Bugarin Group. 2017 DFW Young Investigator Research Symposium University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA. Jan. 28 (2017). (Invited Talk)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Development of Unprecedented Functional Group Interconversions: Triazenes, Allenols, and Allylic Compounds. University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, USA. Jan. 20 (2017). (Seminar 12)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Exploring the Chemistry of Triazenes and Other Highly Selective Transformations. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA. Nov. 22 (2016). (Seminar 10)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Triazenes and the Development of Unique Functional Group Interconversions. University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA. Nov. 15 (2016). (Seminar 9)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Unlocking the Reactivity of π-Conjugated Triazenes Towards New Organic Transformations. Stonehill College, Boston, MA, July 17-22 (2016). (Poster, GRC)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Exploring Triazenes’ Versatility and Other Highly Selective Transformations. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, USA, Nov. 10 (2015). (Seminar 2)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro;Synthesis, Reactivity, and Applications of π-Conjugated Triazenes. Grand Hyatt Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Jun. 16-19 (2015). (Poster and Talk)
  • Bugarin, Alejandro; Emerging Leaders in Science, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, United States, July 14-18 (2014). (Talk)

Grants & Awards

Selected Honors & Awards:
  • Mar. 2018 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (UTA)
  • June 2017 ACS Petroleum Research Foundation grant, (ACS-PRF- New Direction)
  • Apr. 2016 Research Enhancement Grant, UTA, TX.
  • Mar. 2016 NSF CHEMISTRY-Early Career Workshop Fellow, Arlington, VA.
  • Feb. 2016 Outstanding Faculty advisor award. UTA-SACNAS Chapter.
  • Aug. 2014 NIH Early Career Workshop Fellow, Dallas, TX.
  • July 2014 Summer Leadership Institute, Stanford University, CA.
  • April 2011 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship.
  • Oct. 2009 DuPont Award to general & organic chemistry in Ph.D. oral symposia.
  • April 2005 Outstanding Master of Chemistry in Research presented by UTEP.
  • May 2000 Placed first for the State Delegation in the National Chemistry Olympics.
  • May 1997 Placed first in the 11th National Mathematics Olympiad, UAZ (Mexico)..
  • May 1997 Placed first at the Physics state championship, CBTa (Mexico).

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