Jeremy Erb

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Jeremy Erb

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


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.

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 & CHM 314: Organic Chemistry
CHM 319: Advanced Organic Synthesis Laboratory


  • 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

  • Stereospecific, catalytic synthesis of organophosphate derivatives

  • Macromolecular arsenic detector synthesis and design

  • Computational chemistry 

Selected Publications, Presentations and Sponsored Research

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.