Dr. Mohammad Al-Masum

Dr. Al-MasumAssociate Professor

Organic Chemistry




Contact Information

Office: Boswell 220

Tel: 615-963-5339

Fax: 615-963-5326

Email: malmasum@tnstate.edu

Research Areas:

• Developing New Methods for Organic Transformations

• Potassium Organotrifluoroborates and Its Application in Organic Synthesis

• Transition Metal Catalyzed Microwave Synthesis, Specially Palladium Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Chemistry

• Environmental Sciences Focusing Green Chemistry


Refereed Journal Articles: 24

Conference Proceedings: More than 100

Recent Publications


  1. Al-Masum, M., Shaban, W., Microwave irradiated Pd-catalyzed C(sp)-H activation and cross-coupling with styryltrifluoroborates, Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56, 1437.
  2. Al-Masum, M.; Welch, R. L.,Catalyst free, base free microwave irradiated synthesis of aryl nitrites from potassium aryltrifluoroborates and bismuth nitrate, Tetrahedron Lett. 2014, 55, 1726.
  3. Al-Masum, M.; Saleh, N.; Islam, T., A Novel Route to Organonitrites by Pd-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Sodium Nitrite and Potassium Organotrifluoroborates, Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 1141.
  4. Al-Masum, M.; Lott, B. W.; Ghazialsharif, N., An efficient reaction process for the synthesis of oxazinanes and oxazolidines in the presence of air,Int. J. Org. Chem. 2012, 2, 362.
  5. Al-Masum, M.;Liu, K-Y., A New organic transformation by introducing crotyl\allyltrifluoroborates in cross-coupling reaction with aroyl chlorides, Tetrahedron Lett. 2011,52, 5090.
  6. Al-Masum, M.; Ng, E.; Wai, M., Palladium-catalyzed direct cross-coupling of potassium styryltrifluoroborates and benzoyl chlorides—a one-step method for chalcone synthesis, Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 1008.
  7. Al-Masum, M.; Wai, M. C.; Dunnenberger, H., A Solvent Free C-Benzoylation and N-Benzoylation Reactions by Using Microwave Heating, Synthetic Commun. 2011, 41, 2888.
  8. Al-Masum, M.; Alam, S., Remarkable regioselectivity in microwave enhanced palladium catalyzed allylation reaction involving allyltrifluoroborates and aryl halides,Tetrahedron Lett. 2009, 50, 5201.
  9. Daniel S. Domin, D. S.; Al-Masum, M.; Mensah, J., Students’ categorizations of organic compounds, Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 2008, 9, 114.
  10. Kabalka, G. W.; Al-Masum, M., Microwave enhanced cross-coupling reactions of potassium alkenyltrifluoroborates and allyl acetates, A new method for 1,4-pentadiene synthesis, Org. Lett. 2006, 8, 11.
  11. Kabalka, G. W.; Dadush, E.; Al-Masum, M., Microwave-enhanced cross-coupling of allyl chlorides with vinyltrifluoroborates, Tetrahedron Lett. 2006, 47, 7459.
  12. Kabalka, G. W.; Al-Masum, M., Microwave enhanced cross-coupling reactions involving alkenyl- and alkynyltrifluoroborates, Tetrahedron Lett. 2006, 47, 1133.
  13. Kabalka, G. W.; Al-Masum, M., Microwave enhanced cross-coupling reactions involving potassium organotrifluoroborates, Tetrahedron Lett. 2005, 46, 6329.
  14. Al-Masum, M.; Kumaraswamy, G.; Livinghouse, T., A new synthetic route to P-Chiral phosphine-boranes of high enantiopurity via stereocontrolled Pd(0)-Cu(I) cocatalyzed aromatic phosphorylation,  J. Org. Chem. 2000, 65, 4776.
  15. Al-Masum, M.; Livinghouse, T., Pd(0)-Cu(I) cocatlyzed phosphorylation of methylphenylphosphine-borane with aryl halides and aryl nonaflates, Tetrahedron Lett. 1999, 40, 7731.
  16. Al-Masum, M.; Yamamoto, Y., Palladium catalyzed hydrocarboxylation of allenes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 3809.
  17. Kamijo, S.; Al-Masum, M.; Yamamoto. Y., Palladium catalyzed hydrosulfination of allenes with tosylhydrazine leading to allylsulfones, Tetrahedron Lett. 1998, 39, 691.
  18. Al-Masum, M.; Meguro, M.; Yamamoto, Y., The two component palladium catalyst system for intermolecular hydroamination of allenes, Tetrahedron Lett 1997, 38, 6071.
  19. Nakamura, I.; Tsukada, N.; Al-Masum, M.; Yamamoto, Y., Palladium catalyzed alkylative dimerization between pronucleophiles and vinyltins, J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun. 1997, 1583.
  20. Yamamoto, Y.; Al-Masum, M.;Takeda, A., Palladium catalyzed g-addition of pronucleophiles to allenylsulphides, J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun. 1996, 831.
  21. Yamamoto, Y.; Al-Masum, M.; Fujiwara, N., Palladium catalyzed addition-substitution reaction of pronucleophiles with allenylstannanes and propargylstannanes, J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun. 1996, 381.
  22. Yamamoto, Y.; Al-Masum, M., Palladium catalyzed a-addition of certain pronucleophiles to alkoxyallenes, synlett. 1995, 9, 969.
  23. Yamamoto, Y.; Al-Masum, M.; Fujiwara, N.; Asao, N., Remarkable reversal of the regioselectivity in the palladium catalyzed hydrocarbonation reaction of allenes with methylmalononitrile, Tetrahedron Lett. 1995, 36, 2811.
  24. Yamamoto, Y.; Al-Masum, M.; Asao, N., Palladium catalyzed addition of activated methylene and methyne compounds to allenes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1994, 116, 6019.
  25. Tomooka, K.; Ishikawa, K.; Al-Masum, M.; Nakai, T.,Regio- and stereocontrol in the reductive ring opening of the spirocyclic epoxide derived from the 4-siloxy-2-cyclopentenone, synlett 1993, 9, 645.
  26. Rahman, M. T.; Hai, A.K.M.A.; Al-Masum, M.; Nahar, S. K., Preparation of ketones via organocoppermagnesium reagents and acyl chlorides, J. Bdesh. Chem. Soc. 1989, 2, 17.



Chem6408 Special Topic-Metal Catalyzed Cross-coupling Chemistry, Chem 5210 Advanced Organic Chemistry, Chem 5110 Graduate Organic Research, Chem 2020 Organic Chemsitry II, 2010 Organic Chemistry I, Chem2021, Organic Chemistry Lab II, Chem2011, Organic Chemistry Lab I, , Chem 1030, General Chemistry I, Chem 1111, General Chemistry Lab I, Fall 2005-present, Tennessee State University (TSU)

Renovating Organic Chemistry Laboratory Curriculum, Fall 2005-present, TSU

Chem 3311, Organic Chemistry, Spring 2003, 2004, University of Memphis, TN

Mentor: Graduate and under-graduate students at TSU, 2005-present

Mentor: Post-doc, Graduate and Under-graduate students at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Developing research laboratory for Post-graduate program and conducted several Chemistry courses, 1988-1993, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh Chem 2011, Organic Chemistry Lab I, ,


2010 Faculty Development Award, Academic Affairs, TSU;

2008 Faculty Development Award, Academic Affairs, TSU;

2007 Faculty Research Award, Sponsored Research Program, TSU.

Monbusho (Ministry of Education, Japan) Award: 1993-1996.

26th International UNESCO Fellowship, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, 1990-1991

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