Chemistry Faculty

Eric Block

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967

Chemistry 341
Phone: (518) 442-4459
Fax: (518) 442-3462

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?


UAlbany Researcher Eric Block, Receives Highest Award in Natural Products Chemistry


The Heady Musk of Scientific Debate


UAlbany-led Study Finds Vibration Theory of Odor Perception Implausible


Chemical & Engineering News Feature on Mechanism of Olfaction Research


New for 2014:

Garlic and Other Alliums: The Lore and the Science


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



New for 2012:

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


Chemical & Engineering News Feature on Olfaction Research


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:

Read about the Delray Professorship