Chemistry Faculty


Eric Block

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967

Chemistry 341
Phone: (518) 442-4459
Fax: (518) 442-3462
Email: eblock@albany.edu

Research Area:

  • Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry

Research Interests:

  • Chemistry of olfaction -- the sense of smell
  • Allium chemistry (organosulfur and organoselenium chemistry of garlic, onion, and other genus Allium plants)
  • Natural products chemistry including isolation, characterization and total synthesis
  • Organosulfur and organoselenium chemistry; bio-organic chemistry
  • Organic synthesis
  • Organic photochemistry
  • Heteroatom and heterocyclic chemistry
  • Small ring chemistry
  • Chemistry of 1,2-dithiins and other 1,2-dichalcogenins

What's New?

New for 2014:

US-China collaborative research published by Eric Block and colleague, Hanyi Zhuang


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New for 2012:

UAlbany Chemist Eric Block Named to Highest Rank by International Science Organization


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Chemical & Engineering News Feature on Olfaction Research


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New for 2010:


"Garlic and Other Alliums: The Lore and The Science" a 474 page book with a Foreword by Nobel Laureate E. J. Corey, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge.
Essential reading for anyone with a general interest in science, the book is written at a level accessible to experts and non-experts alike. It has sufficient additional detail and references to satisfy both those wanting to know more, as well as researchers in disciplines as diverse as archaeology, medicine, ecology, pharmacology, food and plant sciences, agriculture, and organic chemistry.

Book Cover

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Book Reviews


Review in Journal of Chemical Education
Review in University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Review in NY Times
Review in Choice
Review in Biochemist e-volution
Review in Portuguese
Review in Chemistry World
Review in Chemistry & Industry
Review in Food and Foodways
Review in Angewandte Chemie
Review in Education in Chemistry
Review in HerbalGram
Review in Journal of Sulfur Chemistry
Review in Journal of Natural Products

Transcript and Webcast of Science Friday interview on National Public Radio, July 2, 2010: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128268496

Webcast (MP3) of Wisconsin Public Radio/Here on Earth interview, July 9, 2010: http://wpr.org/wcast/download-mp3-request.cfm?mp3file=hoe100709k.mp3&iNoteID=91243

Webcast of lecture at the Chemistry Centre of the Royal Society of Chemistry, in London, July 15, 2010: http://www.thereaction.net/explore/salad-bowl/

Read about the Delray Professorship