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Golam Rasul

Associate Professor (Research) of Chemistry

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E-mail: rasul@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-0012
Office: LHI 301

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Biographical Sketch

Golam Rasul - Research Associate Professor Department of Chemistry University of Southern California University Park Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661 Place of Birth & Date Bangladesh, January 31, 1960 Education B. Sc. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1983 M. Sc. University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1985 M. S. University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth, 1989 Ph. D. University of Southern California, California, 1992 Employment: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Southern California 1993-94 Senior Research Associate, University of Southern California 1995-96 Research Assistant Professor, University of Southern California 1997-2003 Research Associate Professor, University of Southern California 2003-present Area of Specialization: Combined Application of Theory and Experiment in Structural-Mechanistic Studies Awards and Honors: The Best Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts at N. Dartmouth, N. Dartmouth, MA, 1989; Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Office of International Students and Scholars, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1992. Publications More than 140 publications in refereed Journals
 

Education

Ph.D. Physical Organic and Computational Chemistry, University of Southern California, 8/1992
M.S. Theoretical Chemistry, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, 5/1989
M.S. (Honorary) Organic Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 7/1985
B.S. (Honorary) Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 7/1983
 

Postdoctoral Training

Post-doctoral fellow, University of Southern California, 1993-1994   
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Southern California, 1992-1993   
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor (Research), University of Southern California, 03/01/2003-  
Research Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 02/01/1997-02/28/2003  
 

PostDoctoral Appointments

Senior Research Associate, University of Southern California, 01/01/1995-01/31/1997  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Combined application of theory and experiment in structural-mechanistic studies. Computational study of the higher coordinate main group hydrido cations. Such studies are very useful in identifying new and exciting hypercoordinate carbonium, boronium, alonium, sulfonium and ammonium ions. The real significance of these ions is that they led to the realization of electrophilic substitution and related transformations of saturated hydrocarbons (alkanes) and in general of electrophilic activation of C-H and C-C single bonds. Investigation of possible role of onium dications (superelectrophiles) in superacid catalyzed reactions. Some electrophiles, such as carboxonium ions, nitronium ion and related systems which are capable of further interaction with Bronsted or Lewis superacids can be greatly activated in superacidic systems. These further interactions produce superelectrophiles, which are highly reactive, energetic, high lying intermediates of dipositive nature. They are the de facto reactive intermediates of many electrophilic reactions in superacidic systems.
 

Research Keywords

Computational Chemistry, Superelectrophilic Activation, Carbocation, Carbodication, Onium Ion, Onium Dication
 

Research Specialties

Experimental and ab initio/DFT/IGLO/GIAO-MP2 studies of electron deficient intermediates such as carbocations, carboxonium ions, halonium ions and oxonium ions and superelectrophiles.
 

Publications

Book Chapter

Reddy, V. P., Rasul, G. (2007). Conformational Studies of Cyclobutylmethyl Carbocations. pp. 106. Washington: Conformational Studies of Cyclobutylmethyl Cations/American Chemical Society Press.
 

Journal Article

Rasul, G., Prakash, G., Olah, G. A. (2012). Comparative Study of Alkane Dications (Protonated Alkyl Cations, CnH2n+22+) and their Isoelectronic Boron Cation Analogs.
Olah, G. A., Prakash, G., Rasul, G. (2012). Octahydriodo diborane (B(2)H(8)) and its protonated cations containing five-, six-, and seven-coordinate boron atoms. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.. Vol. 109, pp. 6825.
Rasul, G., Prakash, G., Olah, G. A. (2012). C7H122+: A Prototype Hexacoordinate Carbonium Ion. J. Phys. Chem. A.. Vol. 116, pp. 756.
Prakash, G., Pakina, F., Narayanan, A., Rasul, G., Mathew, T., Olah, G. A. (2012). Efficient Synthesis of Trifluoromethylated Dihydrochalcones, Aryl Vinyl Ketones and Indanones by Superelectrophilic Activation of 4,4,4-Trifluro/3-(Trifluoromethyl)crotonic Acids. J. Fluor. Chem.. Vol. 143, pp. 292.
Rasul, G., Prakash, G., Olah, G. A. (2011). Comparative Study of the Hypercoordinate Carbonium Ions and their Boron Analogs; A Challenge for Spectroscopists. Chem. Phys. Lett.. Vol. 517, pp. 1.
Rasul, G., Chen, J. L., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A. (2011). Study of Structures, Energetics, IR Spctra and 13C and 1H NMR Chemical Shifts of the Conformations of Isopropyl Cation by Ab Initio Calculations. Comput. Theor. Chem.. Vol. 964, pp. 193.
Prakash, G., Ismail, R., Garcia, J., Panja, C., Rasul, G., Mathew, T., Olah, G. A. (2011). a-Halogenation of carbonyl compounds: Halotrimethylsilane-nitrate salt couple as an efficient halogenating reagent system. Tetrahedron Lett.. Vol. 52, pp. 1217.
Rasul, G., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A. (2010). Tri- and Tetraprotonated Ethane (C2H93+ and C2H104+) Containing Five and Six Coordinate Carbons. J. Phys. Chem. A. Vol. 114, pp. 12124.
Prakash, G. S., Faknia, F., Vaghoo, H., Rasul, G., Mathew, T., Olah, G. A. (2010). Preparation of Trifluoromethylated Dihydrocoumarins, Indanones, and Arylpropanoic Acids by Tandem Superacidic Activation of 2-(Trifluoromethyl)acrylic Acid with Arenes. J. Org. Chem.. Vol. 75, pp. 2212.
Rasul, G., Chen, J. L., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A. (2010). Ab Initio/GIAO-CCSD(T) Study of the Trimethyl- and Dimethylsilicenium Ions. Structures, 29Si, 13C and 1H NMR Chemical Shifts and IR Spectra. J. Phys. Chem. A. Vol. 114, pp. 4394.
Olah, G. A., Prakash, G. S., Rasul, G. (2010). Vicinal Dihalonium Ions: Diprotonated and Dimethylated Chlorine (H2Cl22+, (CH3)2Cl22+) and Bromine (H2Br22+, (CH3)2Br22+) Dications. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.. Vol. 107, pp. 6716.
Prakash, G. S., Wang, F., Shao, N., Mathew, T., Rasul, G., Haiges, R., Stewart, T., Olah, G. A. (2009). A Persistent a-Fluorocarbanion and Its Analogues: Preparation, Characterization, and Computational Study. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Eng.. Vol. 121, pp. 5462.
Prakash, G. S., Chacko, S., Panja, C., Thomas, T. E., Gurung, L., Rasul, G., Mathew, T., Olah, G. A. (2009). Regioselective Synthesis of Phenols and Halophenols from Arylboronic Acids Using Solid Poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)/Hydrogen Peroxide and Poly(4-vinylpyridine)/Hydrogen Peroxide Complexes. Adv. Synth. Catal.. Vol. 351, pp. 1567.
Rasul, G., Chen, J. L., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A. (2009). Ab Initio/DFT/GIAO-CCSD(T) Calculational Study of the t-Butyl Cation. Comparison of Experimental data with Structures, Energetics, IR Vibrational Frequencies and 13C NMR Chemical Shifts Indicating Preferred Cs Conformation. J. Phys. Chem. A.. Vol. 113, pp. 6795.
Rasul, G., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A. (2009). Calculational Study of Fluoroammonium and Related Cations and Dications. Chem. Eur. J.. Vol. 15, pp. 8443.
Stadler, D., Goeppert, A., Rasul, G., Olah, G. A., Prakash, G. S., Bach, T. (2009). Chiral Benzylic Carbocations: Low Temperature NMR-Studies and Theoretical Calculations. J. Org. Chem.. Vol. 74, pp. 312.
Olah, G. A., Prakash, G. S., Rasul, G. (2008). Protonated tert-Pentyl Dication (C5H122+, Isopentane Dication). Dalton Trans.. pp. 521.
Olah, G. A., Prakash, G. S., Rasul, G. (2008). Comparative ab initio/GIAO-CCSD(T) Study of Protonated Propionaldehyde, Isobutyraldehyde and Pivalaldehyde Cations and their Superelectrophilic Diprotonated Dications. J. Mol. Struc.-THEOCHEM. Vol. 980, pp. 9.
Olah, G. A., Prakash, G. S., Rasul, G. (2008). 13C and 15N NMR and ab initio/GIAO-CCSD(T) Study of the Structure of Mono-, Di- and Triprotonated Guanidine, Urea and Thiourea. J. Phys. Chem. C. Vol. 112, pp. 7895.
Olah, G. A., Prakash, G. S., Rasul, G. (2008). Ab Initio/GIAO-CCSD(T) Study of Structures, Energies and 13C NMR Chemical Shifts of C4H7+ and C5H9+ Ions. Relative Stability and Dynamic Aspects of the Cyclopropylcarbinyl vs. Bicyclobutonium Ions. J. Am. Chem. Soc.. Vol. 130, pp. 9168.
Ling, J., Fomina, N., Rasul, G., Hogen-Esch, T. E. (2008). DFT Based Monte Carlo Simulations of Poly(9,9 dialkylfluorene-2,7-diyl) Polymers in Solution. J. Phys. Chem. B. Vol. 112, pp. 10116.
Etzkorn, M., Aniszfeld, R., Li, T., Buchholz, H., Rasul, G., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A. (2008). 1-Oxoniaadamantane. Eur. J. Org. Chem.. pp. 4555.
Rasul, G., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A. (2007). Ab Initio/GIAO-CCSD(T) Study of the Effects of Protonation on Borane-Ammonia (H3BNH3) and Related Complexes. J. Mol. Struc.-THEOCHEM. Vol. 818, pp. 65.
Rasul, G., Olah, G. A., Prakash, G. S., Linares-Palomino, P. J., Chako, S., Glinton, K., Mathew, T. (2007). Friedel–Crafts Alkylations of Arenes with Mono- and Bis(trifluoro-methyl)oxiranes in Superacid Medium: Facile Synthesis of a-(Trifluoro-methyl)- and a,a-Bis(Trifluoromethyl)-ß-Arylethanols. SYNLETT. Vol. 7, pp. 1158.
Reddy, V. P., Rasul, G., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A. (2007). Structural Studies of Nonclassical Cyclobutylmethyl Cations by the ab initio Method. J. Org. Chem.. Vol. 72, pp. 3076.
Koltunov, K. Y., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A., Rasul, G. (2007). Superacidic Activation of Quinoline and Isoquinoline; Their Reactions with Cyclohexane and Benzene. J. Org. Chem.. Vol. 72, pp. 7394-7397.
Rasul, G., Prakash, G. S., Olah, G. A. (2006). " Ab Initio/GIAO-CCSD(T) Study of Propenoyl (H2C=CH-CO+) and Isopentenoyl ((CH3)2C=CH-CO+) Cations and their Superelectrophilic Protonated Dications. J. Phys. Chem. A. Vol. 110, pp. 1042.
Rasul, G. (2006). Comparative Study of the Hypercoordinate ions C7H9+ and C8H9+ by the Ab Initio/GIAO-CCSD(T) Method. J. Phys. Chem/NA. Vol. 110, pp. 11320.
Rasul, G. (2006). BF3‚2CF3CH2OH (BF3‚2TFE), an Efficient Superacidic Catalyst for Some Organic Synthetic Transformations. J. Org. Chem/NA. Vol. 71, pp. 3952.
Rasul, G. (2006). Facile Synthesis of TMS-Protected Trifluoromethylated Alcohols Using Trifluoromethyltrimethylsilane (TMSCF3) and Various Nucleophilic Catalysts in DMF. J. Org. Chem/NA. Vol. 71, pp. 6806.
Rasul, G., Olah, G. A., Prakash, G. S. (2006). Ab Initio/GIAO-CCSD(T) Study of Bicyclic and Related Strained Olefins. Structures and 13C NMR Chemical Shifts. J. Phys. Chem. A. Vol. 110, pp. 7197.
Koltunov, K. Y., Prakash, G. S., Rasul, G., Olah, G. A. (2006). Superacidic Activation of Maleimide and Phthalimide and their Reactions with Cyclohexane and Arenes. Eur. J. Org. Chem.. pp. 4861.
 

Advisement

Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

Three peer-reviewed papers were published and two peer-reviewed papers were accepted for publication during the period (list attached in activity report). Teaching, Lectures, Seminars and Supervision: -Regularly teach computational chemistry to post-doctoral fellows and graduate students of Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute. -Worked closely with Prof. George A. Olah and Prof. G. K. Surya Prakash in supervising the research works of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Other Activities: Supervised the computer facility at Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute. These are one IBM POWER6 550 express (with eight POWER6 processors and with 32GB of memory), a linux cluster of five servers with quad core i7 processors. , 2011-2012   
 

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Hydrocarbon Research Award, 1998-1999   
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, 1992-1993   
The Best Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, 1989-1990   
 
 
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