About Ram S. Mohan

Ram Mohan was first named to the Beling Professorship in 2008, then to the Hess Professorship in 2013. He has received multiple research grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society and from Research Corporation.
Mohan was recognized for co-authoring an article in the international journal Tetrahedron that became one of the 50 most-cited articles from 2004-07. In 2003 he received the Young Observer Award from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Mohan was the 2002 winner of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Distinguished Alumnus Award; a 2001 winner of the national Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award; and a recipient of Faculty Travel Awards from The American Chemical Society in 1997 and 1999.
Mohan has co-authored numerous articles with Illinois Wesleyan undergraduates as co-authors, and a 2007 article was recognized internationally as an innovative study of the reactivity of ionic liquids.


Present Professor of Chemistry, Illinois Wesleyan University
Present Wendell and Loretta Hess Professorship of Chemistry, Illinois Wesleyan University



Research Interests

Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Green Chemistry

Honors and Awards

  • On Fulbright Specialist Roster (Green Chemistry) (2014-2019)
  • Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer to India (2012-2013)
  • Named Chemist of The Year by Illinois Heartland Section of The American Chemical Society (2011)
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Observer Award (2009)
  • Pfizer Inc. (St. Louis Green Chemistry Team) Green Chemistry Award in recognition of contribution to green chemistry education and research (2008)
  • "Top 50 Most Cited Articles as published in Tetrahedron 2005-2008:" Reactivity of ionic liquids, Chowdhury, S., Scott, J.L., Mohan, R.S., 2007, 63, 2363 - 2389.
  • "Top 50 Most Cited Articles as published in Tetrahedron 2004-2007:" Bismuth compounds in organic synthesis. Bismuth nitrate catalyzed chemoselective synthesis of acylals from aromatic aldehydes. Aggen, D.A., Arnold, J.N., Hayes, P.D., Smoter, N.M., Mohan, R.S., 2004, 60, 3675.
  • Nominated by the U.S. National Research Council and selected by the Chairmen of the European Research Council's Chemistry Committee to attend workshop on use of Lanthanides in organic synthesis, Belgium (February 2006)
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Observer Award
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2001
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, admitted 2001


  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Synthesis
  • General Chemistry

Articles (42)

Contributions to Books (3)

Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research (8)