Daniel Turner


Full-Time Faculty


Email: Daniel Turner
Phone: 937-229-2568


An Ohio native, Dr. Daniel Turner joined the Department of Chemistry at UD in 2012 as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Currently, Dr. Turner is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry.

In 2006, he obtained his B.A. in Chemistry at Capital (OH) University where he completed undergraduate research focused on selective carbonyl reduction using lithium aluminum hydride. Under the guidance of Prof. Christopher Hadad at The Ohio State University, Daniel completed his Ph.D. in 2012. At OSU, Daniel’s research focused on using high-level computational methods to understand the macromolecular structure of complex molecules and the impact of stereoselectivity on chemical reactions.

Faculty Perspective

The ultimate responsibility of an effective teacher is to give every student the best possible learning environment tailored to his or her individual needs. I must give my students a reason to come to class rather than just absorbing material from the textbook. At UD, I aim to develop a classroom that incorporates active learning by creating an environment that encourages student interaction. The design of a student-focused classroom will inspire students to develop a deeper understanding of the material, rather than just regurgitating facts.

Courses Taught

  • CHM 123: General Chemistry I
  • CHM 124: General Chemistry II
  • CHM 313: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 314: Organic Chemistry II


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, The Ohio State University, 2012.
  • B.A., Chemistry [ACS Certified], Department of Chemistry, Capital University, 2006.

Research Interests

  • Development of novel biocatalysts for various stereospecific organic reactions.
  • Study of various density functional theory methods and their accuracy in predicting preferred mechanistic pathways.
  • Incorporation of high-level calculations into the undergraduate chemistry laboratory.

Selected Publications

Wang, B.-Y.; Stojanovic, S.; Turner, D. A.; Young, T. L.; Hadad, C. M.; Badjic, J. D. “The Entrapment of Chiral Guests with Gated Baskets. Can a Kinetic Discrimination of Enantiomers be Governed via Gating?” Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 4767 – 4775.

Hermann, K.; Turner, D. A.; Hadad, C. M.; Badjić, J. D. “An Acid-Catalyzed Cyclialkylation that Provides Rapid Access to a Twisted Molecular Basket” Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 8301 – 8305.

Stojanović, S.; Turner, D. A.; Share, A. I.; Flood, A. H.; Hadad, C. M.; Badjić, J. D. “A Stereodynamic and Redox-Switchable Encapsulation-Complex Containing a Copper Ion Held by a tris-Quinolinyl Basket” Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 4429 – 4431.

Wang, B.-Y.; Zujović, T.; Turner, D. A.; Hadad, C. M.; Badjić, J. D. “The Design, Preparation and Study of Catalytic Gated Baskets. The Epoxidation of Alkenes in a Gated Space” J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 2675 – 2688.

So, B. R.; An, S.; Kumar, S.; Das, M.; Turner, D. A.; Hadad, C. M.; Musier-Forsyth, K. “Substrate-mediated Fidelity Mechanism Ensures Accurate Decoding of Proline Codons” J. Biol. Chem. 2011, 286, 31810 – 31820.

Wang, B.-Y.; Turner, D. A.; Zujović, T.; Hadad, C. M.; Badjić, J. D. “The Role of Chirality in Directing the Formation of Cup-Shaped Porphyrins and the Coordination Characteristics of Such Hosts” Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 8870 – 8881.

Stojanović, S.; Turner, D. A.; Hadad, C. M.; Badjić, J. D. “Controlling Dynamic Stereoisomerism in Transition-Metal Folded Baskets” Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 752 – 759.

Mitsui, K.; Hyatt, S. A.; Turner, D. A.; Hadad, C. M.; Parquette, J. R. “Direct Aldol Reactions Catalyzed by Intramolecularly Folded Prolinamide Dendrons: Dendrimer Effects on Stereoselectivity” Chem. Commun. 2009, 3261 – 3263.