|Dr. Ram Mohan received his B.Sc. (Honors) in chemistry from Hansraj College, Delhi in 1985; his M.Sc. in organic chemistry from Delhi University in 1987; and his Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1992. Following a postdoctoral position at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he began his independent academic career at Coker College in South Carolina. In 1996 he joined Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) as a visiting assistant professor and is currently The Earl H. and Marian A. Beling Professor of Natural Sciences and a professor of chemistry. At IWU he teaches Organic Chemistry and Advanced Organic Chemistry, as well as the associated labs. His research focuses on environmentally friendly synthetic organic chemistry. In particular, his research group, which consists only of undergraduates, has demonstrated the applications of bismuth compounds as green catalysts for organic synthesis. In addition, he has worked with iron-based catalysts and ionic liquids. He is also interested in developing discovery-oriented experiments for organic chemistry. He has published over 50 articles in his independent career, two of which have been named among the most cited articles in the journal Tetrahedron. Dr. Mohan enjoys travelling by train, origami and cooking.
As a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Dr. Ram plans to teach an eight-week course, The Practice of Green Chemistry, at two or three different institutions in India, and to offer a mini-lecture series on the same topic at other institutions. He will introduce Indian students to green chemistry principles that they can incorporate into their research and practice of chemistry. India is one of the fastest growing economies, the second largest producer of pesticides, and one of the emerging markets for pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals. These growing industries have often led to environmental problems; hence, it is important that environmental education and practice keep pace with this growth.