Meet Eric Werner
Chair/ Associate Professor, Chemistry
Education: 2002 University of Florida, B.S.
2007 University of California - Berkeley, Ph.D.
Courses Taught: General Chemistry Lecture
General Chemistry Lab
Inorganic Chemistry Lecture
Inorganic Chemistry Lab
Career Specialties: Eric Werner’s research interests lie mainly in the area of lanthanide coordination chemistry. Current efforts in Werner’s lab are directed toward the development of novel medical imaging agents including gadolinium based MRI contrast agents and luminescent lanthanide complexes.
Professional and Community Activities: Werner’s background is in the development of gadolinium(III) complexes as stable, highly sensitive MRI contrast agents. This work involved multi-step organic ligand syntheses and detailed solution thermodynamic and relaxometric studies of the metal complexes prepared. More recent research has been geared towards the development of novel ligand systems for similar imaging applications, as well as the preparation of luminescent europium(III) and terbium(III) macrocyclic complexes for imaging and bioassay work. Werner is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society for Molecular Imaging and the Council on Undergraduate Research. He has published scientific articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals and has made several presentations at national meetings over recent research incorporating undergraduate student coauthors.