Olbelina A. Ulloa

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Foundational Sciences

E-mail: ulloao@tamug.edu
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4756

MAIN Academic Complex, Office 408D


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Get To Know Olbelina A. Ulloa

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

By understanding chemistry we truly learn how the world works, which I believe is a privilege! I was drawn to chemistry by the love of my teachers. Just like they did for me I want my students to learn to love chemistry because of its fundamental importance.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I hope my students gain a well rounded understanding of matter, and the ability to predict how matter will behave. To do this I want my students to build solid foundations of chemical models and functional group chemistry. I hope to help students sharpen their problem-solving skills and learn to enjoy the building process that learning chemistry ultimately is. I also hope to instill in my students the importance of being their own facilitator. I believe that any student, whether they lack background knowledge or not, can be successful in chemistry courses with the right amount of motivation and support.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

I love running, cycling and doing triathlons. I also love to salsa dance, travel, learn new languages, and spend time with my chihuahuas.

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
Chemistry, University of Connecticut, 2010
Courses Taught

CHEM 101: General Chemistry I

CHEM 107: Chemistry for Engineering Students

CHEM 227:  Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 483: Green Chemistry


Ulloa, O. A; Ball, Z. T. Optimization of peptide sequence for site-specific Chan-Lam coupling via high-throughput screenings. Manuscript in preparation.

Ulloa, O. A.; Huyn, H.; Richers, C.; Bertke, J.; Nilges, M.; Hammes-Schiffer, S.; Rauchfuss, T.B. Mechanism of H2 Production by Models of [NiFe]-Hydrogenases: Role of Reduced Hydrides. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 9234-9245. Featured Spotlight Article.

Angamuthu, R.; Chen, C-S.; Cochrane, T.; Gray, D.L.; Schilter, D.; Ulloa, O. A.; Rauchfuss, T. B. N-Substituted Derivatives of the Azadithiolate Cofactor from the [FeFe] Hydrogenases: Stability and Complexation. Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 5717-5724.

Ulloa, O. A.; Lin, T.; Rauchfuss, T. B.; Gray, D. L. Diiron Azamonothiolates by the Scission of Dithiadiazacyclooctanes by Iron Carbonyls. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014, 4109-4114.

Mbatia, H. W.; Ulloa, O. A.; Kennedy, D. P.; Incarvito, C. D.; Burdette, S. C. Iodination of anilines and phenols with 18-crown-6 supported ICl2−. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2011, 9, 2987.


August 2016: Dow Chemical BEST Symposium; Midland, MI.

August 22 - 26, 2013: Ulloa, O. A.; Rauchfuss, T.B., Poster presentation, 16th ICBIC, Grenoble, France.

August 7 - 12, 2011: Ulloa, O. A.; Carroll, M. E.; Bryan, E. B.; Mack, A. E; Rauchfuss, T. B., Poster presentation, 15th ICBIC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

August 16 - 20, 2009: Ulloa, O. A.; Acharte, C.; Willet, E.; Clark, S.; Miller, A. T. Poster presentation, 238th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC.

Grants and Fellowships
2015 - 2017: Wiess Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry, Rice University