Dr. Uttam Pokharel

Title: Associate Professor, Chemistry
Department: Department of Chemistry & Physical Sciences
Email: uttam.pokharel@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4504
Office Location: 134 Kilgen Hall


M. Sc., Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Ph. D., University of Kentucky
Postdoctoral Research, Louisiana State University


Organic chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry


Dr. Pokharel received his B. Sc. and M. Sc from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. After teaching for five years back in Nepal, he joined the University of Kentucky for the PhD program in 2007 where he studied synthetic methodologies of organometallic heterocycles and polyacenes with Prof. John Selegue. After his graduation in 2012, he moved to LSU for post-doctoral research where he studied the construction of metal-organic supramolecules and their interactions with small molecular guests with Prof. Andrew Maverick. Since he joined Nicholls in 2015, he has been active in research in areas of organometallic and supramolecular chemistry. He has been the recipient of the Academic Affairs Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Science & Technology at Nicholls State University.

Selected publications:
Pokharel, U. R.; Theriot, J. C.; Fronczek, F. R.; Maverick, A. W. Metallosupramolecular helices constructed from nickel(II) and multidentate “click” triazole ligands. Polyhedron, 2020, 191, 114805.
Pokharel, U. R.; Naquin, A. P.; Brochon, C. P.; Fronczek, F. R. Synthesis and crystal structure of 1,1′-bis­­{[4-(pyridin-2-yl)-1,2,3-triazol-1-yl]meth­yl}ferrocene, and its complexation with CuI. Acta Crystallographica Section E 2020, 76, 1582 – 1586.
Pokharel, U. R.; Bergeron, J. T.; Fronczek, F. R. Synthesis and crystal structures of 2-(ferrocenyl¬carbon¬yl)benzoic acid and 3-ferrocenylphthalide. Acta Crystallographica Section E 2020, 76, 1163 – 1167.
Pokharel, U. R.; Fronczek, F. R. and Maverick, A. W. Cyclic pyridyltriazole- Cu(II) dimers as supramolecular hosts. Dalton Transaction 2013, 42, 14064-14067.
Pokharel, U. R.; Selegue, J. P. and Parkin, S. Ruthenocene 1,2-Dicarboxylic Acid, Carboxylic Anhydride, and Acid Chloride: A Facile Route to Metallocene-Fused Acenequinones.” Organometallics 2011, 30, 3254-3256.


CHEM 102 — General Chemistry II
CHEM 105 — General Chemistry I
CHEM 109 — General, Organic and Biological Chemistry for Nursing
CHEM 110 — Introductory Chemistry Lab
CHEM 221 — Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 — Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 226 — Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 319 – Chemical Literature
CHEM 327 — Intermediate Organic Chemistry (lecture and lab)
CHEM 421 — Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 451 — Research Problems
CHEM 490 – Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Organometallics)