Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

MS Pharmaceutical Sciences


Chemistry and Biochemistry


College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Moura-Letts, Gustavo

Second Advisor

Jonnalagadda, Subash

Third Advisor

Grinias, James


Drug development; Green chemistry


Medicinal-Pharmaceutical Chemistry


With the introductions of pharmaceuticals into modern day society many people have been using them to improve their lives. Due to this high increase in demand along with the ever-growing concern of environmental impact pharmaceutical companies have been pressed to synthesis new and existing drugs at a higher rate. This increased rate can cause low yield drugs or have a heavy environmental impact. As the use of pharmaceuticals becomes more widespread the need for greener and simpler organic synthesis methods to make these pharmaceuticals becomes more needed.

Herein is reported the methodological development of different pharmacologically relevant scaffolds. This work shows Titanium Dioxide (TiO2, rutile) as well as Hydroxylamine-O-Sulfonic Acid (HOSA) can be employed to make a scaffold that is commonly used for the synthesis of amino acids. This work also presents two methods for the formation of heterocyclic compounds that have been found to have antibacterial properties. These works highlight the value of simple methodology to achieve relevant scaffolds for pharmaceuticals.