Dr. Voltaire G. Organo received his doctorate degree in Chemistry (major in Organic Chemistry) from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2006. He worked on a multi-step synthesis of synthetic nanotubes based on calixarenes, and studied its potential applications (sensing, entrapment and fixation of toxic gases) using the principles of supramolecular chemistry.
In 2006, he became a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He worked on monoclonal antibody conjugates, specifically, Herceptin-Geldanamycin immunoconjugates for potential treatment of breast cancer. He also prepared protein-chelate conjugates as potential contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
From 2007-2009, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Chemistry Department of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. His research involved designing biomimetic, environment-friendly oxidation catalysts. He successfully synthesized five (5) novel ligands based on aminopyridine macrocycles (PyMACs). These PyMACs have varying functionalized pendant arms which were found useful in moderating redox properties of its metal complexes. He also prepared nickel (II)-PyMAC complexes which were characterized by spectroscopic methods and X-ray crystallography.
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, University of the Philippines, Manila. He continues to do research on gas sensing, anion and cation recognition, and organic compound detection using colorimetric methods. He has broad experience in organic synthesis, molecular modeling, 1D and 2D-NMR, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopic methods.