Dr. Attar received his undergraduate (BS) and graduate (MS, Ph.D.) degrees in Chemistry
at the University of Nevada, Reno. He spent three years at the University of California-Davis
as a Postdoctoral Research Associate where he performed research in different areas
of organic and inorganic chemistry. He also taught organic chemistry courses at UC
Davis before starting his current faculty position at Fresno State in 2000.
Dr. Attar currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organic chemistry
including CHEM 128A, 128B, 129A, 129B, and 230. He also teaches CHEM 10H (titled "Chemistry
& Society"), a General Education course for Honors College students.
Dr. Attar directs both graduate and undergraduate research in synthetic organic /
organometallic chemistry. Currently, the group members are pursuing three avenues
1. Design and synthesis of chiral organic compounds and their transition-metal complexes
for potential applications in asymmetric organic reactions; synthetic methodology. 2. Bio-organometallic chemistry of ferrocene derivatives. 3. Synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds with interesting structural
and/or physical properties (e.g. luminescent compounds; chemical sensors).