Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Goal:To understand the structure, properties and reactivity of natural and synthetic organic products to be utilized in diverse industrial and research applications.
Areas of research: Natural Products Chemistry, Organic Synthesis and Analysis, Polymer Chemistry, NMR Spectroscopic Methods and Biological Mass Spectrometry, Toxicology and Biosafety.Current extensive research programs include isolation and structure elucidation of bioactive natural compounds, drug discovery and development - bioactive constituents (isolation, structure elucidation, synthesis, molecular modeling, molecular modification, structure activity relationship, dose-response) The Philippines offers a great biodiversity providing wide selections of plants and marine organisms which the researchers tapped as sources of future pharmaceutical products. Novel organic synthetic methods, including research in alternative green chemistry processes and polymer chemistry, are also developed with applications for environmental, drugs/drug-delivery systems and energy industries. Syntheses of synthetic polymer or polymer-biomolecular hybrids will be undertaken for applications in cancer-/disease- diagnosis and treatment, microbiology and neuroscience research.