Andreas Toupadakis

Andreas Toupadakis

Position Title

1033A Science Labratory Building

Since 2005, Dr. Toupadakis has been teaching at UC 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.