Andreas Toupadakis

Dr. Andreas Toupadakis

Dr. Andreas Toupadakis

Ph.D. University of Michigan

Born on the beautiful island of Crete in Rethymno, Greece, Andreas Toupadakis received his primary education while living in the mountainous village of Argiroupoli near the coast. After receiving his B.S. in Chemistry from the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki, he began graduate school in the U.S. He has lived in the U.S. since 1978, and he received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1990.

Since 2005, Dr. Toupadakis has been teaching at U.C.Davis as a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry. The courses he teaches include the General Chemistry 2ABC series for first-year students majoring in science and engineering, the Organic Chemistry 118ABC series and the Organic Chemistry 8AB series for second-year students, and the Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences 107AB series for third- and fourth-year students. His scientific interests are in better teaching methods and chemistry book writing and reviewing. His lectures are tuned toward conceptual learning via the Socratic dialogue method.

He is the author of three chemistry study guides, CHEMISTRY READER 2A, CHEMISTRY READER 2B, and CHEMISTRY READER 2C, which have been received with great enthusiasm by students taking the CHEMISTRY 2ABC series, his teaching assistants, and colleagues. Andreas also teaches two popular freshman seminars at UC Davis every quarter entitled, "From Self-Awareness to Personal Growth for True Success in and After College" and "World Music as a Means to Embrace Diversity and Reach Self-Discovery".

Besides teaching chemistry at UC Davis, he has also taught chemistry at several other colleges and universities in the U.S. and in Greece, including the University of Crete in Iraklion, and the Nutrition College at the Technology Education Institute in Sitia, Crete. Dr. Toupadakis has also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and in industry at Dow Corning.

In addition, Dr. Toupadakis has given lectures and written articles on life planning through wise career choice, on career change and career satisfaction, and on sustainable living across campuses in the U.S., Greece, Japan and recently in India. His writings have appeared in a number of newspapers and electronic magazines. Andreas often reminds his students of Gandhi's words, "Be the change you want to see in the world"; of Socrates', "Know your Self"; of Einstein's,"Imagination is more important than knowledge" and of Amma's, "Where there is love there is no effort".

Dr. Toupadakis has being tirelessly lecturing on environmental issues and peaceful solutions at universities and colleges, including MIT, Tufts University, the University of Notre Dame, San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley and Waseda University in Tokyo. In January 2000, Dr. Toupadakis resigned his position at LLNL and took his story public. His landmark resignation is a rare and inspiring case in which a scientist has left a weapons program to actively contribute the peace movement. Among other recognitions, Dr. Toupadakis was awarded the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) Certificate of Honor in May 2000, for moral integrity of the highest order in refusing to work on nuclear weapons research and encouraging his colleagues to renounce this work as well. He spoke both times as a keynote speaker at the 2000 World Conference against A H Bombs in Hiroshima and at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York on May 3, 2000.

His personal web site, is devoted to student success during and after college. Dr. Toupadakis spends a great deal of his free time with his students at his organic garden plot, which is provided by the Experimental College Community Garden of UC Davis. He also encourages his students to have their own garden plots. The Department of chemistry of UCDAVIS in 2011 nominated him for the Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the winner of the 7th annual ASUCD Excellence in Education Award as the overall educator of the year 2009 at UC Davis.
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Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • Excellence in Education Award Overall Educator of the Year 2009, UCDAVIS, 7th Annual ASUCD
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Staff, 1998-2000
  • University of New Mexico Lecturer, 1998
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Scientist, 1996-98
  • University of Crete, Greece Lecturer, 1994-96
  • Inventor's Award, Dow Corning, 1994
  • Dow Corning Corporation Associate Project Chemist, 1991-93
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow, 1990-91
  • Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1990
  • M.S. Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1981
  • B.S. Chemistry, Aristotelian University, Thessalonica, Greece, 1978

Representative Publications

1. Structure of the first homoleptic manganese-phosphine complex, [Mn(Me2PC2H4PMe2) 3][BF4]. Andreas Toupadakis, Brian L. Scott, Gregory J. Kubas, G. Journal of Chemical Crystallography, 2004, Vol. 34, No.4, 245-248.

2. Comparative Binding of H2, N2, and Related Ligands to [Mn(CO)3(PCy3)2]+ and Other 16e Electrophiles. N2 Does Not Coordinate, and H2 Is The Most Versatile Weak Ligand. Andreas I. Toupadakis, Gregory J. Kubas, Wayne A. King, Brian L. Scott, Jean Huhmann-Vincent. Organometallics, 1998, 17, 5315-5323.

3. Methane Oxyhydrochlorination Process-Development. B. M. Naasz, J. S. Smith, A. I. Toupadakis, C. G. Knutson, R. F. Jarvis and B. R. Crum. FUEL, 1994, v. 208 (pt.1) pp.24.

4. Methyl Chloride via Oxyhydrochlorination of Methane. B. M. Naasz, J. S. Smith, A. I. Toupadakis, C. G. Knutson, R. F. Jarvis and B. R. Crum. Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Fuel Chem. 1994, 39(4), 992-6.

5. Sulfur-Bridged Cubane-type (Mo4S4) and Incomplete Cubane-type (Mo3O4-nSn; n=1-4) Molybdenum Aqua Ions. Shibahara, T.; Akashi, H. and Toupadakis, A.; Coucouvanis, D. Inorganic Syntheses, 1992, 29, 260.

6. Sulfur-Bridged Dinuclear Molybdenum(V) Complexes with Mo2O3S and Mo2O2S2 Cores. Shibahara, T.; Akashi, H. and Toupadakis, A.; Coucouvanis, D. Inorganic Syntheses, 1992, 29, 254.

7. Methyl Chloride via Oxyhydrochlorination of Methane. B. M. Naasz, J. S. Smith, A. I. Toupadakis and B. R. Crum. Proceedings of Symposium on Liquefaction, U.S. Department of Energy, Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 22-24, 1992, 581-596.

8. Disproportionation of SO2 to S8 and SO3 on Cp*2Cr2S5. Crystallographic and 34S-Labeling Evidence for an Oxygen Transfer Mechanism and Observation of Facile Exchange of CrS5 Core Sulfurs with 34S. Structures of Cp*2Cr2(?-S)(?-?2-S2)(?-?1-SS.SO2).SO2 and Cp*2Cr2(?-S)(?-?2-S2)(?-SSO3). Andreas Toupadakis, Gregory J. Kubas, and Carol J. Burns. Inorg. Chem. 1992, 31, 3810-3817.

9. The reactivity of the Mo(Sx) functional groups in the thio- and oxothiomolybdate complexes toward carbon disulfide. The synthesis and reactivity of trithio- and perthiocarbonate-Mo(IV) and Mo(V) complexes and the structural characterization of trans-[Ph4P]2[Mo(S)(CS4)2].DMF, cis-[Ph4P][Et4N][Mo(S)(CS4)2], cis-syn-[Ph4P]2[Mo2(S)2(?-S)2(CS4)2].1/2DMF, syn-[Ph4P]2[Mo2(S)2(?-S)2(CS3)2], and syn-[Et4N]2[Mo2(O)2(?-S)2(CS4)(CS3)]. Coucouvanis, D.; Draganjac, M.; Koo, Sang-Man.; Toupadakis, A.; Hadjikyriacou, A. Inorg. Chem. 1992, 31, 1186-1196.

10. The reactivity of the Mo(O)(S) functional group in the [(L)Mo(O)(?-S)2Mo(O)(S)]n- dimeric thiomolybdate complexes, (L = C5H5-, n=1; S42-, n=2) and implications regarding the function of Xanthine Oxidase. The synthesis and structural characterization of [(DMF)3Mo(O)(?-S)2Mo(O)(S2)], [Ph4P][(C5H5)Mo(O)(?-S)2Mo(O)(S2)], [Ph4P]2[(S4)Mo(O)(?-S)2Mo(O)(S)] and [Et4N]4{[(S4)Mo(O)(?-S)2Mo(O)(S)]2}. Coucouvanis, D.; Toupadakis, A.; Lane, J.D.; Koo, Sang-Man.; Kim, C. G.; Hadjikyriacou, A.; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1991, 113, 5271-5282.

11. Studies of the Reactivity of the Binary Thio- and Tertiary Oxothiomolybdates toward Electrophiles. Reactions with Dicarbomethoxyacetylene and the Synthesis and Structures of the [Et4N]2[MoO(L)2], anti-[Et4N]2[Mo2O2S2(L)2], syn-[Ph4P]2[Mo2O2S2(L)2].2DMF, [Ph4P]2[Mo(L)3].DMF. C6H6 and [Ph4P]2[Mo2S2(L)4].2CH2Cl2 Complexes. (L=1,2-Dicarbomethoxy-1,2-ethylenedithiolate). Coucouvanis, D.; Hadjikyriacou, A.; Toupadakis, A.; Koo, Sang-Man.; Ileperuma, O.; Draganjac, M.; Salifoglou, A. Inorg. Chem. 1991, 30, 754-767.

12. Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity of Oxothiomolybdates toward Organic Molecules. Possible Reaction Pathways Involving Specific Thiomolybdenyl Functional Groups. Toupadakis, A., Ph.D. Thesis. Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1990.

13. An Inorganic Functional Group Approach to the Systematic Synthesis and Reactivity of Binuclear Mo/S and Mo/S/O Complexes. Coucouvanis, D.; Toupadakis, A.; Koo, Sang-Man.; Hadjikyriacou, A. Polyhedron, 1989, 8, 1705-1716.

14. Synthesis of Thiomolybdenyl Complexes with [Mo2(S)2(O)2]2+ Cores and Substitutionally Labile Ligands. Crystal and Molecular Structure of the [Mo2O2S4(DMF)3] Complex. Coucouvanis, D.; Toupadakis, A.; Hadjikyriacou, A. Inorg. Chem. 1988, 27, 3272.