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Md. Alamgir Hossain
Associate Professor


Jackson State University

Department of Chemistry

1400 J. R. Lynch Street

P.O. Box 17910

Jackson, MS 39217-0510


John A. Peoples Science Building

Office: room #511


E-mail: Alamgir.hossain@jsums.edu
Tel: (601) 979-3748
Fax: (601) 979-3674







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Research Interests: Supramolecular, Macromolecular and Inorganic chemistry

Research in the Hossain group involves supramolecular, macromolecular and inorganic chemistry, with an emphasis on the understanding non-covalent interactions between synthetic hosts and guest species. In particular, this group is interested in developing new biomimetic receptors and sensors for anions, intersecting with organic synthesis, analytical chemistry, and biology. Because of the multidisciplinary approach to research  in the laboratory, group members are exposed to a wide variety of synthetic and analytical techniques from chemical and biological disciplines. Specifically, projects in the group require the design and synthesis of organic molecules containing different binding sites. A variety of techniques including multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, UV-Vis, fluorescence spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and molecular modeling studies are used to characterize binding interactions and investigate selectivity aspects between hosts and guests. The main goal of our work is to provide strategies for the design of highly selective sensing devices that will add a new dimension to the field of supramolecular chemistry. 

News and Highlights


Group News


April 2012: Mahabubur Rhaman won the prize in the Graduate Poster Competition at the 8th Annual National Symposium on Prostate Cancer held in Atlanta March 18 -20. More news.


February 2012: Mississippi Academy of Science awards Dr. Hossain Outstanding Scientific Division Chair. More news.


February 2012: M. A. Saeed won the second place in the poster competition in the annual meeting of Mississippi Academy of Science held on February 23-24. 


November 2011: Dr. Hossain has been selected as a “JSU Faculty of the Year” to receive HEADWAE award (The Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) for 2011-2012. More news


October 2011:  M. A. Saeed won the second place in the poster competition in20th CCTCC meeting” held on October 27 – 29, 2011.


October 2011:  Marcy won the 2nd place and Tiffany won the 3rd place in the poster competition in LSMAP symposium October 03, 2011.


September 2011: Nabhan (a high school student, NSFCARERR) won the 1st place  while Tiffany (a graduate student, NSF CAREER) won the 2nd place in the poster competition in the “Eight International Symposium on Recent Advances in Environmental Health Research, September 18-21”.


August 2011: Ataul Haque, Mhahabubur Rhaman, Tiffany Russ and Maryam joined our group as graduate students in the Fall 2011.  


August 2011:  M. A. Saeed, Dr. Pramanik and Dr. Hossain attended the ACS National Meeting held in Denver, Colorado on August 28- September 01, 2011 and presented several poster and talks.  


May-July 2011: Supported by NSF CAREER, two high school students, Nabhan Karim and Jonathan Coleman, and one high school teacher Tiffany Russ participated in summer research.


June 2011: High school student, Nabhan Karim and graduate student, Toyketa Horne, both won the first place for the poster competition in “11th Southern School on Computational Chemistry and Materials Science”


February 2011: Dr. Hossain was elected as a Chair for 2011-2012 for the division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Mississippi Academy of Science.


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Research Highlight

NSF highlighting:  Discovered unusually low barrier hydrogen bonds (LBHB) in a macrocycle with Professor Kristin Bowman-James (University of Kansas) which is now used as a template by NSF Division of Chemistry (Example A).


Click here for the template.

January 2012: Our paper describing the unusual anion cluster with octamaric dihydrogen phosphate published  in Crystal Growth & Design. See article.


March 2011: Our group published the first synthetic seven-coordinate anion complex in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. This report shows that one hydrogen sulfate is coordinated with three tren-ureas by six NHO bonds and one OHO bond, in a similar way as shown in the sulfate binidng protien. See the article.

August 2010:  Our paper published in Crystal Growth & Design (2010, 10, 1486) has been listed as the journal’s Top 20 most downloaded articles over the last 12 months. It was covered by American Chemical Society. see the article. 

August 2010: A synthetic host encapsulates sulfate with eight hydrogen bonds showing a strong selectivity in water (Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 6084). See the article.

August 2010:  A chemosensor has been shown to detect iodide anion in water by “naked eye”. (Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 7223). see the article.

July 2010:  A macrocyclic dinuclear chemosensor shows strong selectivity for phosphate in water at physiological pH (Tetrahedron Lett2010, 51, 4904). See the article.




Cover page:

Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 44, No. 7 (Inorg. Chem. 2005, 44, 2143).


             Last update: April 2012 (by Alamgir Hossain)