Dr. Andrew S. Koch
Associate Professor Chemistry

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The Koch research group Fall 2011 (from left to right) Chris, Josh, Christiana, Kenny, Dana, "the Old Man", Tyler, Greg, John, Leo, Greg

Departments: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Office: Goodpaster Hall 227
Email: askoch@smcm.edu
Phone: (240) 895-4905


Koch's CV.pdf


Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley, 1989.
B.A. (Honors) in Chemistry from Ithaca College, 1984.

Courses Taught:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Polymers and Materials
  • General Chemistry and Contemporary Chemistry

Research/Professional Interests

The Koch group is focused on the design and synthesis of new compounds that aid in the preparation of other molecules.  Essentially we design and make things that provide others with new tools to prepare organic molecules needed for other purposes such as pharmacueticals and materials.

We are currently working on compounds that can incorporate nucleophiles into electron-rich aromatics, the preparation of catalyst and co-catalyst systems for oxidation using molecular oxygen, and some specific student-designed projects. 

Selected Publications

  • Haoran Sun, Andrew S. Koch, Stephen G. DiMagno, "Rapid Preparation of Fluorinated Aromatic Heterocycles", ACS Symposium Series, pp. 85-104, vol. 1003, (2009).

  • Alan K. Wertsching, Andrew S. Koch and Stephen G. Di Magno. "On the Negligible Impact of Ruffling on the Electronic Spectra of Porphine, Tetramethylporphin, and Perfluoroalkylporphyrins" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123 (17), 3932-3939.

  • Koch, A.S.; Koch, H.F.; Lodder, G. "An International Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program between Ithaca College and Leiden University" J. Chem. Edu., 1997, 74 (10), 1158-1159.

  • Andrew S. Koch, Warren Grant Harbison, Joshua M. Hubbard, Martin de Kort, and Barbara A. Roe "Stability of Pyridinium Quinones to Aqueous Media: The Formation of Pyridinium-Oxy Zwitterionic Quinones" J. Org. Chem., 1996, 61(17), 5959-63.

  • Andrew S. Koch, Amy S. Feng, Traci A. Hopkins, and Andrew Streitwieser "Nucleophilic Reactions of Pyridines and Imidazoles with Vinyl and Aromatic Halides" J. Org. Chem., 1993, 58(6), 1409-14.

  • Wudl, F.; Hirsch, A.; Khemani, K. C.; Suzuki, T.; Allemand, P.-M.; Koch, A.; Eckert, H.; Srdanov, G.; Webb, H. M. "Chapter 11: Survey of Chemical Reactivity of C60, Electrophile and Dieno-polarophile Par Excellence" Fullerenes: Synthesis, Properties, and Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1992, 161-175.

  • Allemand, P. M.; Khemani, K.; Koch, A.S.; Wudl, F., Holczer, K.; Donovan, S.; Grüner, G.; Thompson, J.D. "Organic Molecular Soft Ferromagnetism in a Fullerene C60" Science, 1991, 253, 301-303.

  • Khemani, K.; Koch, A.; Wudl, F. "Preparation of Fullerenes with a Simple Benchtop Reactor" J. Org. Chem., 1991, 56, 4543-4545.

  • Allemand, P. M.; Koch, A.S.; Wudl, F.; Rubin, Y.; Diederich, F.; Alvarez, M. M.; Anz, S. J.; Whetten, R. L. "Two Different Fullerenes Have The Same Cyclic Voltammetry" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1991, 113, 1050-1051.

  • Koch, A.S.; Waterman, K.C.; Bank, K.; Streitwieser, A. "Preparation and Reactivity of Methyl 3,3-bis((4-dimethylamino)pyridinium-l-yl)propenoate Dichloride", J. Org. Chem., 1990, 55, 6166-6171.