Associate Professor of Chemistry
UTM Department of Chemistry
Office: 301D Johnson EPS Building
Phone: +731 881 7461
My research is focused on the design, synthesis and application of luminescent molecular probes & sensors for use in a wide variety of arenas from environmental contaminant detection to diagnostic imaging.
American Chemical Society Organic, Inorganic and Environmental Divisions
Selected Publications & Presentations
"Detection of Aqueous Mercuric Ion with a Structurally Simple 8-Hydroxyquinoline Derived ON-OFF Fluorosensor" K. G. Vaswani and M. D. Keränen. Inorg. Chem. 2009, in press.
"Fluorescent/Luminescent Sensors for Environmentally and Physiologically Significant Ions" M. D. Keränen, SERMACS 2008, Nashville, TN.
"Design and Synthesis of Novel Quinoline-based Imaging Agents" K. D. Salter and M. D. Keränen, ACCM 2008, University of Tennessee Martin.
"A Rapid and Reliable Assay for Regioselectivity Using Fluorescence Spectroscopy" G. Angelovski, M. D. Keränen, P. Köhling, S. Grudzielanek and P. Eilbracht. Adv. Synth. Cat. 2006, 348, 1193.
"Fluorescence screening of tartaric acid-derived azamacrocycles synthesized via seqential hydroformylation/reductive amination as potential ligands for asymmetric catalysis" G. Angelovski, M. D. Keränen and P. Eilbracht. Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 2005, 16, 1919.
Sequential Hydroformylation/Aldol Reactions: Stereochemical Control Towards the Synthesis of the Labdane Diterpenoid Forskolin and Related Natural Products. Ph.D. Thesis, Universität Dortmund, 2004.
“Sequential hydroformylation/aldol reactions: versatile and controllable access to functionalised carbocycles from unsaturated carbonyl compounds.” M. D. Keränen, K. Kot, C. Hollmann and P. Eilbracht. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2004, 2, 3379.
“Sequential enolboration/hydroformylation/aldol addition: a new one-pot cascade reaction for the regio- and diastereoselective formation of carbocyclic quaternary centres from acyclic olefins.” M. D. Keränen and P. Eilbracht. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2004, 2, 1688.
“Syntheses of Four D- and L-Hexoses via Diastereoselective and Enantioselective Dihydroxylation Reactions.” J. M. Harris, M. D. Keränen, H. Nguyen, V. G. Young and G. A. O´Doherty. Carbohydrate Res. 2000, 328, 17.
“Syntheses of D- and L-Mannose, Gulose and Talose via Diastereoselective and Enantioselective Dihydroxylation
Reactions.” J. M. Harris, M. D. Keränen and G. A. O´Doherty J. Org. Chem. 1999, 64, 2982.
“Syntheses of D- and L-Mannose, Gulose and Talose via Diastereoselective and Enantioselective Dihydroxylation Reactions.” J. M. Harris, M. D. Keränen and G. A. O´Doherty. Poster Presentation: ACS meeting, Dallas, TX 1998.