Ana Ison

Ana Ison

Teaching Assistant Professor
General Chemistry, Advanced Synthesis Labs
Office: Fox 250
Phone: (919) 515-6282


  • Post-Doctoral Associate, 2004-2005, Purdue University
  • Ph.D., 2004, University of Florida
  • B.S., 1998, Kean University


  • Ison, E. A.; Ison, A. “Green and Sustainable Chemistry in the Undergraduate Labs: Teaching the Full Spectrum of Research Skills through Synthesis and the Application of Catalysis.” J. Chem. Ed. 2012, 89(12), 1575-1577.
  • Ison, A., Xu, C., Weakley, G.K., Richardson, D.E., “Catalytic Autoxidations Using Tris-diimine(II) Coordination Complexes.” Journal of Molecular Catalysis A-Chemical, 2008, 293(1-2), 1-7.  Editors' Choice Paper.
  • Ison, A., Odeh, I. N., Margerum, D. W., “Kinetics and Mechanisms of Chlorine Dioxide and Chlorite Oxidations of Cysteine and Glutathione.” Inorganic Chemistry, 2006, 45(21), 8768-8775.
  • Lu J.Y., Norman C., Abboud K.A., Ison A., “Crystal engineering of an inclusion coordination polymer with cationic pocket-like structure and its property to form metal-organic nanofibers.” Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 2001, 4(9), 459-461.

Research Interests

Our current research focus is on developing experiments for upper level chemistry laboratory courses. The areas of green chemistry and catalysis are of particular interest as they offer a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary research.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is currently being done in conjunction with the lab development program described above. Students are fully engaged in the research process as they obtain hands on experience learning the full spectrum of synthetic and analytical techniques.

This program has so far been very successful. During summer 2008, two undergraduate students (Grace Kan, Matt Lehman) completed the synthesis, characterization and epoxidation using Jacobsen’s catalyst. Thanks to their work, this experiment is now ready for the classroom.

For further information on the research program please contact me or Dr. Elon Ison.