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NS Faculty - Franklin R. Beckles

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Franklin R. Beckles


Office: N652

I teach introductory chemistry courses for both science and non-science majors. My teaching style emphasizes active learning, hands-on experience and real-life applications of the concepts covered in the classes. I have a background in science education and biotechnology R&D, designing new molecules for bio-imaging and cancer research. I also have a strong interest in quality control and quality assurance and the incorporation of these quality concepts into the classroom. My research interest is towards the area of organometallic chemistry and the synthesis and characterization of novel compounds containing nitrogen cyclo-compounds such as cyclam and cyclen. 

  • Ed.D, Baylor University Organometallic Chemistry
  • Licentiate Chemistry, Inorganic, Simon Bolivar University​


​CHEM 1107/1108 General Chemistry Lab I and II
CHEM 1307/1308 General Chemistry I and II
CHEM 3201/3202 Organic Chemistry Lab I and II​


  • Kevin K. Klausmeyer and Franklin R. Beckles. 'Synthesis and Characterization of Binuclear Rhenium(I) Complexes Containing Bifunctional Ligands', Inorganica Chimica Acta, 360 (10), 2007, 3241

  • Kevin K. Klausmeyer and Franklin R. Beckles. "Tetraethylammonium di-methoxo-pyridin-2-olato-bis[tricarbonylrhenium(I)]", Acta Cryst., 2006, E62, m2417-m2418.

  • Kevin K. Klausmeyer and Franklin R. Beckles. `Synthesis, characterization and X-ray structure of several aryloxide and alkoxide derivatives of [Et4N][Re2(CO)6(OR)3] (R=H or Me)' Inorg.  Chim. Acta, 358 (4), 2005, 1050

  •  Kevin K. Klausmeyer and Franklin R. Beckles. `Carboxylate and dicarboxylate derivatives of [Et4N][Re2(CO)6(OR)3] (R=H or Me)' Inorg. Chim. Acta, 358 (4), 2005, 1041

  • Beckles, Franklin R; Kevin K. Klausmeyer. 'Synthesis, Characterization, and Luminescent Studies of Novel Rhenium Carbonyl Dimers Containing Pyridine Functionalities'. Abstract # 950. Oral Presentation. 229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA, March 13-17, 2005.

  • Beckles, Franklin; Klausmeyer, Kevin. `Ligand exchange reaction of [Et4N][Re2(CO)6(OR)3] (R = H or CH3).' Abstracts # 227, 59th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, October 25-28, 2003.

  • Beckles, Franklin; Klausmeyer, Kevin.   `Preparation, characterization, and reactivity of binuclear rhenium (I) tris alkoxy-bridged [Et4N][Re2(CO)6(OR)3] (R = H or CH3).' Abstract # 220, 58th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Austin, TX, USA, November 3-6, 2002.

  • Rodriguez-Arias, Eloy and Beckles, Franklin R., 'Study of pyridine adsorption over "VMoS" catalyst. Vanadium effect on the HDN reaction of pyridine' Abstract # 26, 1th Venezuelan Symposium of hydroprocessing heavy oil y distillates, PDVSA-INTEVEP, Venezuela, October 30-31, 2001.

Academic Interest

My academic interest are that the students get hands on experience on instrumentation and that they are able to think scientifically and critically.
I am not currently doing research at UHD, however, I am interesting in developing novel macrocyclics molecules similar to cyclam and cyclen that could be used for imaging and/or cancer research applications. It will involve synthesis and characterization of compounds using different organic and inorganic procedures.

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