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Jeremy Erb

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Chemistry


Email: Jeremy Erb
SC 407A


Dr. Jeremy Erb is an Ohio native from Cincinnati. In 2007, Jeremy joined Prof. T. Lectka’s research group at Johns Hopkins University. After completing his graduate work, he joined Prof. Christopher Hadad at The Ohio State University in a postdoctoral position for two years before coming to the University of Dayton in 2014. Dr. Erb’s research interest is in organic synthesis and computational chemistry. Currently, he is interested in finding novel methods to catalytically synthesize optically active organophosphorus derivatives as well as studying fluorescent dyes using modern computational methods.

Faculty Perspective

The University of Dayton is the perfect community for me, allowing me to inspire success in the classroom, innovate with new technologies to share with students, and engage students through exciting scientific research.

Courses Taught

  • CHM 123: General Chemistry

  • CHM 313 and CHM 314: Organic Chemistry
CHM 319 and CHM 319L: Advanced Organic Synthesis Laboratory
  • CHM 550: Special Topics in Organic Chemistry


  • Ph. D., Organic Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2012

  • MS, Organic Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2010
BS, Chemistry, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2007

Research Interests

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Chiral Synthetic Methods
  • Computational Chemistry

Selected Publications, Presentations and Sponsored Research

Swavey, S., Wertz, A., Erb, J. (2019) "Bichromophoric properties of ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes bridged by boron dipyrromethenes: Synthesis, electrochemical, spectroscopic, computational and plasmid DNA photoreactions". European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 32, 3690-3698.

Granger, E., Katarzyna, S., Cory, Y., Erb, J. (2018). "Exploration of chiral Lewis acid Mg2+ catalysts in the synthesis of aryl organophosphate triesters from phosphorus oxychloride through a three-step, two-pot substitution sequence". Tetrahedron Letters, 59(14), 1404-1408.

Anthony, R., Sreedhar, K. V., Swavey, S. M., Erb, J. (2017). "A simple and efficient protocol for screening boron-dipyrromethene dyes using TD-DFT and an examination of the aryl-meso position". Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, 1118, 107-114.

Swavey, S. M., Sreedhar, K. V., Erb, J. (2017). "Ruthenium (II) Polypyridyl Complexes Coordinated Directly to the Pyrrole Backbone of π-Extended Boron Dipyrromethene (Bodipy) Dyes: Synthesis, Characterization, and Spectroscopic and Electrochemical Properties". Inorganic Chemistry, 56(17), 10664-10673.

Keolopile, Z.G., Gutowski, M., Buonaugurio, A., Collins, E., Zhang, X., Erb, J., Lectka, T., Bowen, K.H. and Allan, M., "Importance of Time Scale and Local Environment in Electron-Driven Proton Transfer. The Anion of Acetoacetic Acid." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 14329-14340.

Erb, J. M.; Ruan, Y.; Wang, B. Y.; Chen, S.; Hadad, C. M.; Badjic, J. D. "Gating Mechanisms of Several Molecular Baskets." Physical Organic Gordon Conference, June 23-28, 2013, Holderness, NH, Poster Presenter.

Ruan, Y.; Wang, B.-Y.; Erb. J. M., Chen, S.; Hadad, C. M.; Badjic, J. D. "On the Role of Guests in Enforcing the Mechanism of Action of Gated Baskets." Org. Biomol. Chem., 2013, 11, 7634-7634.

Erb, J.; Strull, J.; Miller, D.; He, J.; Lectka, T. "The Diels-Alder Cyclization of Ketenimines and Cyclopentadiene." Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 2191-2193.

Bloom, S.; Scerba, M.; Erb, J.; Lectka, T. "Tricomponent Catalytic α,α-difluorination of Acid Chlorides." Org. Lett., 2011, 13, 5068-5071.

Erb, J.; Paull, D. H.; Belding, L.; Dudding, T.; Lectka, T. "From Bifunctional to Trifunctional (Tricomponent Nucleophile-Transition Metal-Lewis Acid) Catalysis: The Catalytic, Enantioselective α-Fluorination of Acid Chlorides." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 7536-7546.

Erb, J.; Alden-Danforth, E.; Kopf, N.; Scerba, M. T.; Lectka, T. "Combining Asymmetric Catalysis with Natural Product Functionalization through Enantioselective α-Fluorination." J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 969-971.

Novak. M.; Brinster, A. M.; Dickhoff, J. N.; Erb, J. M.; Jones, M. P.; Leopold, S. H.; Vollman, A. T.; Wang, Y.-T.; Glover, S. A. "Chemistry of 4-Alkylaryloxenium Ion 'Precursors': Sound and Fury Signifying Something?" J. Org. Chem., 2007, 72, 9954–9962.

Lucas, K. A.; Filley, J. R.; Erb, J. M.; Graybill, E. R.; Hawes, J. W. "Peroxisomal Metabolism of Propionic Acid and Isobutyric Acid in Plants." J. Biol. Chem. 2007, 282, 24980-24989.