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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Check out the Ashburn Group website for all the latest information about Dr. Ashburn and chemistry at UH West O'ahu.

PhD, Chemistry, Oregon State University, 2008

BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California at Davis, 2003

AA, General Eduction, Shasta College, 2001

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Hawai'i West O'ahu, 2019 to current

Associate Professor of Chemistry at Leeward Community College, 2019 to current

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Leeward Community College, 2014 to 2019

Instructor of Chemistry at Leeward Community College, 2009 to 2014

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008 to 2009

BIOC 141 • Fundamentals of Biochemistry

BIOC 142 • Elements of Biochemistry

BIOC 441 • Basic Biochemistry

CHEM 100 • Chemistry and Society

CHEM 272 • Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 272L • Organic Chemistry I Lab

CHEM 273 • Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 273L • Organic Chemistry II Lab

Ashburn, B.O. “Computational Analysis of a Series of Chlorinated Chalcone Derivatives.” Computational Chemistry, 2019, 7, 106.

Ashburn, B.O.; Le, D.J.; Nishimura, C.K. “Computational Analysis of Theacrine, A Purported Nootropic and Energy-enhancing Nutritional Supplement.” Computational Chemistry, 2019, 7, 27.

Amato-Ocampo, J.; Carrillo, R.; Kae, H.; Ashburn, B.O. “Synthesis and Antimicrobial Evaluation of a Series of Chlorinated Chalcone Derivatives.” Ijppr.Human, 2018, 13, 112.

McIntosh, M.L.; Johnson, R.C., Pattawong, O.; Ashburn, B.O.; Nafziger, M.R.; Cheong, P.H.; Carter, R.G. “Synthesis and Computational Analysis of Densely Functionalized Triazoles Using ortho-Nitrophenylalkynes.” J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 1101.

McIntosh, M.L.; Naffziger, M.R.; Ashburn, B.O.; Zakharov, L.N.; Carter, R.G. “Highly Regioselective Dipolar Cycloadditions with ortho-Nitrophenyl Alkynes.” Org. Biomol. Chem. 2012, 10, 9204.

Shimada, N.; Ashburn, B.O.; Basak, A.K.; Bow, W.F.; Vicic, D.A.; Tius, M.A. “Organocatalytic asymmetric aza-Nazarov cyclization of an azirine.” Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 3774.

Ashburn, B.O.; Carter, R.G.; Zakharov, L.N. “Diels-Alder Approach to Biaryls (DAB): Elucidation of a Competing Tandem [2+2] Cycloaddition / [1,3] Sigmatropic Shift Pathway.” J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, 7305.

Ashburn, B.O.; Carter, R.G. “Diels-Alder Approach to Biaryls (DAB): Importance of the ortho-Nitro Moiety in the [4+2] Cycloaddition.” Org. Biomol. Chem. 2008, 6, 255.

Ashburn, B.O.; Rathbone, L.K.; Camp, E.H.; Carter, R.G. “A Diels-Alder Approach to Biaryls (DAB): Synthesis of the Western Portion of TMC-95A.” Tetrahedron 2008, 64, 856.

Ashburn, B.O.; Carter, R.G.; Zakharov, L.N. “Synthesis of Tetra-ortho-Substituted, Phosphorus-Containing and Carbonyl-Containing Biaryls Utilizing a Diels-Alder Approach.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 9109.

Ashburn, B.O.; Carter, R.G. “Diels-Alder Approach to Tetra-ortho-Substituted Biaryls Employing Propargylic Tertiary Alcohols as Dienophiles.” J. Org. Chem. 2007, 72, 10220.

Naffziger, M.R.; Ashburn, B.O.; Perkins, J.R.; Carter, R.G. “Diels-Alder Approach for the Construction of o-Nitro Biaryl Templates and Application to Total Synthesis of anti-HIV Agent Siamenol.” J. Org. Chem. 2007, 72, 9857.

Ashburn, B.O.; Carter R.G. “Diels-Alder Approach to Poly-substituted Biaryls: Rapid Entry to Tri- and Tetra-ortho-substituted Phosphorus-Containing Biaryls." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 6737.

Spencer Foundation Grant entitled “Indigenous Knowledge Education and the Rapid Remote Learning Pivot” with Co-PIs Drs. Kau‘i Merritt, Lelemia Irvine, and Lynette Williamson. Amount awarded $50,000, October 2020-September 2022

Leeward CC Innovation Fund Award for the implementation of computational chemistry software into the full-year organic chemistry curriculum. Amount awarded $5,000, Fall 2018-Spring 2019

Leeward CC Problem-Based Learning Development Award, with Co-recipient Dr. Helmut Kae, for the development of an innovative transdisciplinary laboratory experience. Amount awarded $6,200, Fall 2011-Fall 2012

  • Hawaii Academy of Science
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists
  • Asia-Pacific Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists
  • Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium
  • Society for Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in STEM