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Febee Louka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Analytical/Environmental/Medicinal Chemistry

Montgomery Hall, Room 124

P.O. Box 43700
Lafayette LA 70504
337-482-5671
frl6631@louisiana.edu

Education

  • 2004: Ph.D. [Analytical (electrochemistry/Medicinal Chemistry], Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. Thesis title: “Interdependence of Endothelium Dysfunction and the Lifespan of the Cardiovascular System” supervised by Prof. Tadeusz Malinski
  • 1996: M.Sc. (Physical Organic Chemistry), Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt.
  • 1985: B.Sc. (Chemistry), Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Professional Experience

  • Aug. 2014 - present: Associate Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA
  • Aug. 2011- 2014: Assistant Prof., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
  • Complete list of Professional Experience

Awards and Honors

  • 2015: Marvin and Warren Boudreaux / BoRSF Professorship in Chemistry
  • November 2014: CUR Workshop for Undergraduate Research Council
  • 2014: Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentoring
  • 2013-present: Graduate faculty Member
  • 2012-2015: Marvin and Warren Boudreaux / BoRSF Professorship in Chemistry
  • 2012: Summer Research Award Summer 2012.
  • Complete list of Honors and Awards.

Research Interests and Experience

  • Monitoring the environmental pollution caused by chlorinated hydrocarbons and determination of hydrocarbons in environmental samples using gas chromatography technique. Polycyclic aromatics hydrocarbons (PAHs) are types of molecules that are naturally present in environment. They are considered as organic pollutants produced by the incomplete combustion. The term PAH is given to them because they contain a number of cyclic compounds. They are known for their mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. The products used to avoid corrosion of drinking water pipes' sometimes cause the formation of PAHs, hence their presence in waste water. PAHs become dangerous when they come into the alimentary chain, since some of the higher PAHs and their metabolites, can form DNA adducts which can induce mutations. They could induce oxidative stress and oxidative DNA damage through the metabolic activation and the generation of reactive oxygen species. Because of their carcinogenic and mutagenic properties the USEPA classified 16 of them as priority pollutants including. [Certified Trainee by Marine Environment Laboratories (Monaco) International Atomic Energy Agency] 1992-1998.
     
  • Extraction and removal of pollutants such as PAHs and heavy toxic metals and organic dyes from environmental systems using ecofriendly adsorbents.
     
  • Synthesis of polynuclear Cu(II), Co(II), Mn(II), and Ni(II) complexes used in the DNA cleavage.
     
  • Fabrication of microsensors for direct electrochemical measurements of nitric oxide, superoxide and peroxynitrite in biological samples from rats, mice and rabbits. 
     
  • Synthesis of porphyrin analogs and metal complexes that can be used as coatings for microsensors.
     
  • Extraction and purification of β-carotene and ascorbic acid from different types of algae. Characterization of these antioxidants using high performance liquid chromatography and spectrophotometric techniques.
     
  • Hands on GC-FID, GC-MS, Atomic absorption, ICP, and UV-vis instruments.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Massoud, S. S.; Louka, F. R.; Mautner, F. A. “Polynuclear and Polymeric Squarato- Bridged Coordination Compounds” submitted to Cryst. Eng. Comm. July 6, 2015.
     
  • Massoud, S. S.; Louka, F. R.; Abu-Elhassan, M. A.; Vicente, R.; Mautner, F. A. “Magneto-structural properties of carbonato-bridged copper(II) complexes. Fixation of atmospheric CO2” New J. Chem. 2015, 39, 5944-5952.
     
  • Massoud, S. S.; Louka, F. R.; David, R. N.; Dartez, M. J.; Nguyn, Q. L.; Labry, N. J. Fischer, R. C.; Mautner, F. A.; “Five-coordinate metal(II) complexes based pyrazolyl ligands” Polyhedron, 2015, 90, 258–265.
     
  • Mautner, F. A.; Mikuriya, M.; Naka, N.; Louka, F. R.; Massoud, S. S. “Bonding μ1,3- (trans) vs μ1,2- (cis) in squarato-bridging dinuclear copper(II) complexes derived from pyridyl amine ligands”. Polyhedron, 2015, 85, 110–116. http://dx.doi:10.1016/j.poly.2014.08.040.
     
  • Complete List of Publications.

Selected Recent Meetings

  • Morandi, P; Osman, S.; Klerks, P. L.; Louka, F. R. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) South Central Regional Annual Meeting Lafayette, LA, May 28 – 30, 2015. “Investigating the effect of bioturbators vs. ecofriendly adsorbents on pyrene concentrations.”
     
  • Morandi, P; Osman, S.; Klerks, P. L.; Louka, F. R. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) South Central Regional Annual Meeting Lafayette, LA, May 28 – 30, 2015. “Investigating the effect of bioturbators vs. ecofriendly adsorbents on pyrene concentrations.”, P; Osman, S.; Klerks, P. L.; Louka, F. R. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) South Central Regional Annual Meeting Lafayette, LA, May 28 – 30, 2015. “Investigating the effect of bioturbators vs. ecofriendly adsorbents on pyrene concentrations.”
     
  • Louka, F. R.; Mautner, F. A.; Massoud, S. S. 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO, March 22-26, 2015. “Carbonato-bridged copper(II) complexes formed via fixation of atmospheric CO2.”
     
  • Kascak, A.; Klerks, P. L.; Louka, F. R.; Satbhai, K. M.; Graziano, A; Osman, S. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference, Houston, TX, Feb., 2015. “The interaction between benthic bioturbators and microbes on the fate of hydrocarbons in sediment – 1) sediment characteristics and PAH levels.”
     
  • Complete List of Meetings.

Recent Research Proposals

  • PI of a proposal submitted to STEP Technology Fee. “Economical Micro scale Equipment in Chemistry Labs” Submitted July, 2015. $ 16,843.41
  • PI of a proposal submitted to Louisiana Board of Regents. “Enhancement of Metal Analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry in Chemistry and Biology Research and Education” Submitted October, 2014. $99,830
  • PI of a proposal submitted to Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences - Application. “A Step Towards Healthier Environment Using EconoTrace Parallel SPE System” Submitted September, 2014. $35,150.45
  • Instructor Mini-grant “Enhancement of Instrumental Analysis Laboratory Techniques” Funded October, 2014. $849.00
  • Instructor Mini-grant “Enhancement of Teaching Techniques in Chemistry Lectures”
    Funded December, 2012. $ 475.00.
  • Co-PI of a proposal submitted to Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). “The effect of sediment bioturbators on the biological degradation of petroleum in coastal ecosystems” Funded August, 2012. $1,025,091
  • Complete List of Research Proposals

Undergraduate Research

Currently, the undergraduate research group consists of the following students:

  • Sommer Osman, winner of the ACS 2015 Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
  • Marie Hoag
  • Fatima Fazal-Ur-Rehman
  • Tyler Nealy
  • Amalia Shaik
  • Victoria Lalande
  • Allison Le
  • Nathan Zeller

A complete list of all former Undergraduate Research Students is available.

Activities

  • Supervises undergraduate research (all students in my group either persuade their studies in graduate school, medical, pharmacy or chemical engineering school).
  • Advisor for pre-pharmacy students since 2007-2008.
  • An active member in several committees (safety, hiring, instructors’ teaching evaluation, rubric preparation, curriculum and renovation committees).
  • Complete List of Activities.