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Maria Contel
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College
Phone: 718.951.5000 x2833
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Public University of Navarra (Spain)
Research Interests: Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry, Homogeneous Catalysis (Green Chemistry) and Medicinal Chemistry.

Areas of Expertise:

Professor Contel is a synthetic inorganic/organometallic chemist. Her subfields are homogenous catalysis (green chemistry) and medicinal chemistry. She synthesizes new gold compounds with potential applications as: a) recoverable homogenous catalysts, and b) anticancer drugs. She focuses on the study of reaction mechanisms by spectroscopic NMR techniques in order to rationally design more efficient and less toxic catalysts and drugs. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health (2010-13).

Selected Publications:

Carreira, M. and M. Contel. "Fluorous Hydrosilylation." Topics in Current Chemistry 308: 247-74. Invited chapter to Special Volume on Fluorous Chemistry. Ed. I.T. Horvárth. Published online, September. (Books and Publications: Chapter) 2012

Carreira, M., R. Calvo-Sanjuán, M. Sanaú, I. Marzo and M. Contel. "Organometallic Palladium Complexes With a Water-Soluble Iminophosphorane Ligand as Potential Anticancer Agents." Organometallics 31: 5772-81. (Books and Publications: Peer Reviewed Article) 2012

Carreira, M., R. Calvo-Sanjuán, M. Sanaú, X. Zhao, R. Magliozzo, I. Marzo and M. Contel. "Cytotoxic Hydrophilic Iminophosphorane Coordination Compounds of d8 Metals. Studies of Their Interactions With DNA and HSA." Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 116: 204-14. (Books and Publications: Peer Reviewed Article) 2012

Frik, M., J. Jimenez, I. Gracia, L.R. Falvello, S. Abi-Habib, K. Suriel, T.R. Muth and M. Contel. "Luminescent Di and Trinuclear Organometallic Gold(I)-M (Au2, Au2Ag and Au2Cu) Compounds Containing Bidentante Phosphanes as Active Antimicrobial Agents." Chemistry - A European Journal 18: 3659-74. (Books and Publications: Peer Reviewed Article) 2012

Roiban, G.-D., T. Soler, M. Contel, I. Grosu, C. Cativiela and E.P. Urriolabeitia. "Reactivity of unsaturated 5(4H)-oxazolones with Hg(II) acetate. Synthesis of methyl N-benzoylamino-3-arylacrylates."Synthetic Communications 42: 195. (Books and Publications: Peer Reviewed Article) 2012