Shelly Kumar

  Full Professor
  708-534-4528ext. 4528
  Office Location: F 2308
  College: CAS

Chemistry Education - Certificate
Chemistry - Minor
Chemistry - Bachelor of Science
Analytical Chemistry - Master of Science



Organic Chemistry


"My research interests are in the areas of photooxygenation, quantitative Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (q-NMR), and perfume chemistry. In the area of photooxygenation, our lab is interested in finding non-disulfide cross-linkages in proteins to understand mechanisms of cataracts formation.

We induce photooxygenation in peptide-resembling amino acids derivatives to study these mechanisms. In the q-NMR area, we establish methods to quantitatively analyze various pharmaceutical drugs, including analgesic, anti-histamine, and anti-diabetic drugs. These methods are viable alternate methods for the High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) methods commonly employed in the pharmaceutical industry.

In the area of perfume chemistry, we work on qualitative and quantitative analysis of various essential oils and perfumes by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and q-NMR. My research students include both undergraduate and graduate students."

- Shelly Kumar


Professor Kumar teaches organic chemistry, molecular modeling, methods development/statistical process control, and NMR courses. He also has been teaching two-semester sequence online organic chemistry courses for science major students for over twenty years.