Gary W. Breton

Gary W. Breton

Dean, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and Callaway Professor of Organic Chemistry

Department: Chemistry
Phone: (706) 236-1756
Fax: (706) 238-7855
Campus Box: 5016
Location: McAllister Hall 301
E-mail: gbreton@berry.edu

Education

  • B.S., State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Teaching Interests

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry  

Research Interests

  • Organic Synthesis and Organic Synthetic Methodology. We study the synthesis of novel molecules that are of potential pharmaceutical interest. Recently we have directed out efforts toward the synthesis of a class of heterocycles known as the indazoles. Indazole derivatives  are known to have antibacterial, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Synthesis of Strained Heterocycles. Our research group also investigates the synthesis of strained nitrogen-containing cyclic molecules such as the diazetines and diazetine dioxides. These studies are important since they require development of novel methods for creating strained bonds in molecules, allow us to test the limits of bonding in organic molecule, and have potential applications as synthetic fuels and explosive molecules. The diazetine dioxides have potential use in the treatment of hypertension since they release nitric oxide (NO) in a very controlled manner.