Aaron J. Baker

Aaron J. Baker

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Organic

Department/Affiliation: Chemistry
Phone: 330-287-1979
Office Address: 215 Severance


  • B.S., Chemistry (ACS Certified), Ohio Northern University, 2011
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2016

Areas of Research

  • Organometallic Reactions with Main Group Elements Boron, Tin, and Germanium.
  • Non-Pd transition metal catalyzed hydrostannations using tributyltin fluoride as a tributyltin hydride source.
  • Suzuki cross-coupling reactions of boronic esters with imidazolyl sulfonates, as well as the synthesis of imidazolyl .sulfonates from boronic esters using photoredox catalysis.
  • Pd-catalyzed hydrogermylations in various solvents,as well as coupling reactions of synthesized vinyl germanes with arylhalides with an unusual inversion of stereochemistry.

Courses Taught

  • Chemistry 111: General Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 211: Organic Chemistry I

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • Educational Merit Award for performance teaching Organic Chemistry I, 2014
  • FAST (Future Academic Scholars in Teaching) Fellowship, 2015-16


  • Zimmerman, J.R.; Manpadi, M.; Spatney, R.; Baker, A. J. Org. Chem., 2011, 76 (19), 8076–8081.
  • Maleczka, R. E., Jr.; Ghosh, B.; Gallagher, W. P.; Baker, A. J.; Muchnij, J. A.; Szymanski, A. L. Tetrahedron, 2013, 69, 4000–4008.
  • Perera, D.; Baker, A. J.; Albaneze-Walker, J.; Smith, M. R., III; Maleczka, R. E., Jr. “’Greening Up’ the Suzuki Reaction: How to Avoid Haloaromatics and PotentiallyGenotoxic Impurities in Cross-Coupling Reactions.” Manuscript in Preparation.
  • Li, H.; Baker, A. J.; Attanayake, G.; Oppenheimer, J.; Smith, M. R., III; Maleczka, R. E., Jr. “Ligand Driven Ortho vs. Meta Selective Ir-Catalyzed C–H Borylation of Fluorobenzenes.” Manuscript in Preparation.