Robert Pascal


Bernard Villars Baus Chair in Chemistry
(504) 862-3547
School of Science & Engineering


5092 Percival Stern Building

Education & Affiliations

Ph.D., 1980, Rice University


Dr. Pascal's principal research interests have been in the areas of biochemistry (enzyme mechanisms, design of enzyme inhibitors, and natural product biosynthesis) and physical organic chemistry (strained aromatic molecules, kinetic isotope effects, molecular association, and crystal engineering) with a recent emphasis on the latter.


Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

Selected Publications

Wang, J., E. Izumi, Y. Du, J. T. Mague, and R. A. Pascal, Jr., An Unexpected Synthesis of Crowded Triphenylenes, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2023, e202300708.

Lima, C. F. R. A. C., J. T. Mague, Y. Du, R. A. Pascal, Jr., and L. M. N. B. F. Santos, How Great is the Stabilization of Polyphenylbiphenyls by London Dispersion?, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2023, 25, 13359-13375.

Kumar, S., M. Selvachandran, C. Wu, Robert A. Pascal, Jr., X. Zhang, T. Grusenmeyer, R. H. Schmehl, S. Sproules, J. T. Mague, and J. P. Donahue, Heterotrimetallic Assemblies with 1,2,4,5-Tetrakis(diphenylphosphino)benzene Bridges: Constructs for Controlling the Separation and Spatial Orientation of Redox-Active Metallodithiolene Groups, Inorg. Chem. 2022, 61, 17804-17818.

Du, Y., A. McSkimming, J. T. Mague, and R. A. Pascal, Jr., The Pursuit of Perphenylterphenyls, Chem. Eur. J. 2022, 28, e202200931. 

Du, Y., J. T. Mague, and R. A. Pascal, Jr., Extremely Crowded Biaryls, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2021, 3294-3302.

Leong, T. X., L. N. Qasim, R. T. Mackin, Y. Du, R. A. Pascal, Jr., and I. V. Rubtsov, Unidirectional coherent energy transport via conjugated oligo(p-phenylene) chains, J. Chem. Phys. 2021, 154, 134304.

Xiao, Y., J. T. Mague, J. P. Donahue, L. J. Wilson, C. M. Kraml, and R. A. Pascal, Jr., Synthesis and Structures of Polyphenylphenanthrenes, Chem. Eur. J. 2020, 26, 8458-8464.

Dougherty, K. J., Q. Qin, R. Cruz, Y. Cho, J. P. Donahue, J. T. Mague, L. J. Wilson, C. M. Kraml, and R. A. Pascal, Jr., A Simple, Serendipitous Synthesis of Heterohexahelicenes, Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2019, 6534-6538.

Xiao, Y., J. T. Mague, R. H. Schmehl, F. M. Haque, and R. A. Pascal, Jr., Dodecaphenyl-tetracene, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 2831-2833.