Adiel CocaABOUT ME

I am an associate professor in the Chemistry Department at Southern Connecticut State University.  My interests include the synthesis of biologically active small natural products and the development of novel organic reactions.  My teaching responsibilities include Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Principles of General, Organic and Biochemistry.



Contact Me

Office: Academic Science Building 340D
Email: cocaa2@southernct.edu 
Phone: (203) 392-6982
Fax: (203) 392-6396


Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University
B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology, Iona College 


Visiting Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College, 2007-2008

Professional Interests

Synthesis of small biologically active natural and unnatural molecules.  Specific interests include compounds that belong to the tannin and alkaloid families, as well as other secondary metabolites.  Development of new and useful chemical transformations is another of my interest of mine.  These include the use of microwave-enhanced chemistry to develop organic reactions in aqueous media.

Student Services

Faculty adviser to the Chemistry Club and Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society. Click here to learn about the Chemistry Club.


CHE 120 General Chemistry I
CHE 125 Principles and Applications of General, Organic, and Biochemistry 
CHE 260 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 261 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 456 Medicinal Chemistry 
CHE 500 Advanced Organic Chemistry I 
CHE 501 Advanced Organic Chemistry II