Philip Albiniak
Philip Albiniak
Associate Professor of Chemistry


Room:FB 505

About Me

I am originally from coastal South Carolina, but have been at Ball State for the past 13 years. I primarily teach courses and laboratories in organic chemistry. My research lab focuses on synthetic methodology, which  essentially involves designing new and improved routes for the formation and/or breaking of chemical bonds. Our current approach focuses on the synthesis and application of new compounds called oxypyridinium salts.

My College Experience

I did my undergraduate training at Furman University and the College of Charleston, ultimately earning degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. While I began college as a pre-med major, I fell in love with organic chemistry along the way, and moved on to Princeton University where I earned a Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry. I then moved on to a postdoctoral appointment at Florida State University before moving to Ball State.

What I have Learned?

In my experience, the key to a successful career choice is passion. Find something you love doing, because ultimately success comes down primarily to hard work. It is much easier to commit the time to being successful if you are truly invested in your work. Seek out problems and challenges that motivate you to continue working until your goals have been accomplished.

Degree History

Postdoctoral Associate Florida State University (2009)
Princeton University Ph.D. (2008)
College of Charleston B.S. (2000)

Research Interests

Our research group is primarily interested in the field of synthetic organic methodology.  The methods development work in our lab can have overlap and potential applications in a variety of fields such as total synthesis, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and reactive intermediates.  Currently we are working on the development of new, mild arylmethyl transfer reagents and the applications of these reagents in organic synthesis.  In addition, we are developing new transition metal mediated reactions towards the facile development of flavones and related derivatives. 

Recent Publications

Strayer, T. A.; Culy, C. C.; Bunner, M. H.; A. R.; Frank; Albiniak, P. A.* In Situ Synthesis of 2-allyloxy-1-methylpyridinium triflate for the allylation of carboxylic acids. Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56, 6807.

Salvati, A. E., Hubley, C. T.; Albiniak, P. A.* Acid- and isobutylene gas-free synthesis of t-butyl ethers by in situ formation of 2-t-butoxy-1-methylpyridinium triflate. Tetrahedron Lett. 2014, 55, 7133.

P. A. Albiniak, G. B. Dudley, "New reagents for the synthesis of arylmethyl ethers and esters," Synlett 2010, 841-851.