I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. My interests in teaching and research are in the area of Synthetic Organic Chemistry. I received my both my BSc (1994) and PhD (1998) from Leeds University, Leeds, England. I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at King’s College London, England. In 2000 I began my teaching career at KFUPM.

I have integrated various Instructional Technology tools (SMART Board, Visualizor, Online review Quizzes & 2-D Animations) into my teaching of both undergraduate and graduate organic chemistry courses. I have developed online WebCT courses for Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 201) and Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM 530). Please explore my Teaching link in order to find more details about my Teaching Philosophy and the E-Learning tools which I have developed.

My research interests lie in the field of asymmetric synthesis. Currently we are employing a novel class of imine, which is activated by a chiral phosphorus auxiliary, for the synthesis of enantiomerically pure α-amino acids and α-aminophosphonic acids. We are also interested in developing novel chiral ligands derived from dibenzothiophene and to investigate their reactivity in various catalytic asymmetric reactions. Please explore my Research link for more details about my research.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information. Thank you for your visit.

Ian Forristal


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