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I am Gevorg Sargsyan, a full-time faculty and a big-time fan of Organic Chemistry. I hope you like what I write and it helps you on your way.

No long stories. Here is what I have been doing:

Started in Armenia. Bachelor’s of Organic Chemistry, Yerevan State University, 2005.

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, the beautiful Wyoming, UW-2013. Go Pokes!

Post-Doc, the Swiss cheese, the chocolate, and the mountains. University of Geneva, 2015.

Texas-the heat, the food, the beach! South Texas College, full-time faculty 2015-present.


  • N., Miros, Y. Zhao, G. Sargsyan, M, Pupier, C, Besnard, C. Beuchat, J. Mareda, N. Sakai, S. Matile*, Enolate Stabilization by Anion-π Interactions: Deuterium Exchange in Malonate Dilactones on π-Acidic Surfaces, Chem. Eur. J. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201504008
  • Gasparini, G. Sargsyan, E.-K. Bang, N. Sakai, S. Matile*, Ring Tension Applied to Thiol-Mediated Cellular Uptake, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 7328-7331
  • K. Choi, G. Sargsyan, Breiana Deon Johnson, M. Balaz*, Transition metal induced switch of fluorescence and absorption response of Zn(II)porphyrin-DNA conjugate to cysteine derivatives. RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 15916-15922
  • Sargsyan, B. Leonard, J. Kubelka, and M. Balaz*, Chiral supramolecular polymers: ssDNA-templated porphyrin nanoassemblies with modular helicities, Chem. Eur. J., 2014, 7, 1878-1892
  • Sargsyan, A. A. Schatz, J. Kubelka, M. Balaz*, Formation and helicity control of ssDNA templated porphyrin nanoassemblies, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 1020-1022
  • K. Choi, G. Sargsyan, A. M. Olive, M. Balaz*, Highly sensitive and selective spectroscopic detection of mercury(II) in water using pyridylporphyrin-DNA conjugates. Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 2515-2522
  • G. Sargsyan and M. Balaz*, Porphyrin–DNA conjugates: porphyrin induced adenine–guanine homoduplex stabilization and interduplex assemblies, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 5533-5540
  • G. Sargsyan, B. L. MacLeod, U. Tohgha, M. Balaz*, Sequence and linker dependent chiral dimerization of DNA-porphyrin conjugates, Tetrahedron, 2012, 68, 2093-2099
  • J. K. Choi, G. Sargsyan, M. Shabbir-Hussain, A. E. Holmes, M. Balaz*, Chiroptical detection of condensed Nickel(II)-Z-DNA in the presence of the B-DNA via porphyrin exciton coupled circular dichroism, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2011, 115, 10182-10188