St. Bonaventure University

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Ogawa, Katsu

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School of Arts and Sciences

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
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  • CHEM 301 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHML 301 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry, North Dakota State University, 2005
  • B.S. in ACS Chemistry, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2000
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, 2005 – 2009
  • Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Dickinson State University, North Dakota, 2017 – 2022
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Geology, Minnesota State University Mankato, Minnesota, 2016 – 2017
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University Northridge, 2009 – 2016
  • Part-time Lecturer, Division of Science & Mathematics, Mayville State University, North Dakota, 2004


  • American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund – Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI), Controlling Morphology and Electronic Properties of Two-Dimensional Organometallic pi-Conjugated Polymers via Orthogonal Polymerization Methods, $50,000, 2010.


  • Ted M. Pappenfus, Daniel T. Seidenkranz, Matthew D. Lovander, Travis L. Beck, Brandon J. Karels, Katsu Ogawa, and Daron E. Janzen, "Synthesis and Electronic Properties of Oxidized Benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophenes" Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2014, 79, 9408.
  • Hong Mo, Karla R. Radke, Katsu Ogawa, Christopher L. Heth, Brett T. Erpelding and Seth C. Rasmussen, “Solution and solid-state properties of highly fluorescent dithieno[3,2-b:2',3'-d]pyrrole-based oligothiophenes ” Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics 2010, 12, 14585-14595.
  • Yan Liu, Katsu Ogawa, and Kirk S. Schanze, “Conjugated Polyelectrolytes as Fluorescent Sensors” Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C 2009, 10, 173-190.
  • Katsu Ogawa, Fengqi Guo and Kirk S. Schanze, “Phosphorescence Quenching of a Platinum Acetylide Polymer by Transition Metal Ions” Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A 2009, 207, 79-85.
  • Yanli Tang, Zhijun Zhou, Katsu Ogawa, Gabriel P. Lopez, Kirk S. Schanze, and David G. Whitten, “Photophysics and self-assembly of symmetrical and unsymmetrical cationic oligophenylene ethynylenes” Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A 2009, 207, 4-6.
  • Lianhao Zhang, Katsu Ogawa, Ion Ghiviriga, and William R. Dolbier Jr., “Reactions of Nucleophiles with Perfluoro[2.2]paracyclophane” Journal of Organic Chemistry 2009, 74, 6831.
  • Thomas S. Corbitt, Liping Ding, Eunkyung Ji, Linnea K. Ista, Katsu Ogawa, Gabriel P. Lopez, Kirk S. Schanze, and David G. Whitten, “Light and Dark Biocidal Activity of Cationic Poly(arylene ethynylene) Conjugated Polyelectrolytes” Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 2009, 8, 998-1005.
  • Thomas S. Corbitt, Jonathan R. Sommer, Sireesha Chemburu, Katsu Ogawa, Linnea K. Ista, Gabriel P. Lopez, David G. Whitten, and Kirk S. Schanze, “Conjugated Polyelectrolyte Capsules: Light-Activated Anti-microbial Micro ‘Roach Motels’” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2009, 1, 48-52.
  • Jianguo Mei, Katsu Ogawa, Young-Gi Kim, Nathan C. Heston, Daniel J. Arenas, Zahra Nasrollahi, Tracy D. McCarley, David B. Tanner, John R. Reynolds, and Kirk S. Schanze, “Low-Bandgap Platinum Acetylide Polymers as Active Materials for Organic Solar Cells” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2009, 1, 150-161.
  • Yanli Tang, Zhijun Zhou, Katsu Ogawa, Gabriel P. Lopez, Kirk S. Schanze, and David G. Whitten “Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Photophysical Behavior of Oligo Phenylene Ethynylenes: From Molecular to Supramolecular Properties” Langmuir 2009, 25, 21-25.
  • Wei Xu, William R. Dolbier Jr., Jian-Xin Duan, Yian Zhai; Katsu Ogawa, Merle A. Battiste, and Ion Ghiviriga, “Octafluoro[2.2]paracyclophane (AF4) quinine” Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications 2008, 73, 1764-1776.
  • Sireesha Chemburu, Thomas S. Corbitt, Linnea K. Ista, Eunkyung Ji, Julia Fulghum, Gabriel P. Lopez, Katsu Ogawa, Kirk S. Schanze, and David G. Whitten, “Light-Induced Biocidal Action of Conjugated Polyelectrolytes Supported on Colloids” Langmuir 2008, 24, 11053-11062.
  • Katsu Ogawa, Komandoor E. Achyuthan, Sireesha Chemburu, Eunkyung Ji, Yan Liu, Gabriel P. Lopez, Kirk S. Schanze and David G. Whitten, “Polyelectrolyte Based Fluorescent Sensors” In Organic Semiconductors in Sensor Applications; Bernards, D. A.; Owens, R. M.; Malliaras, G. G.; Eds. Springer: New York, 2008; Chapter 2.
  • Yan Liu, Katsu Ogawa, and Kirk S. Schanze, “A Conjugated Polyelectrolyte Based Real-Time Fluorescence Assay for Phospholipase C” Analytical Chemistry, 2008, 80, 150-159.
  • Seth C. Rasmussen, Katsu Ogawa, and Scott D. Rothstein "Synthetic Approaches to Band Gap Control in Conjugated Polymeric Materials" In Handbook of Organic Electronics and Photonics; Nalwa, H. S., Ed.; American Scientific Publishers: Stevenson Ranch, CA, 2008; Vol.1, Chapter 1.
  • Fengqi Guo, Katsu Ogawa, Young-Gi Kim, Evgeny O. Danilov, Felix N. Castellano, John R. Reynolds and Kirk S. Schanze, “A Fulleropyrrolidine End-Capped Platinum-Acetylide Triad: The Mechanism of Photoinduced Charge Transfer in Organometallic Photovoltaic Cells” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2007, 9, 2724-2734.
  • Katsu Ogawa, Sireesha Chemburu, Gabriel P. Lopez, David G. Whitten and Kirk S. Schanze “Conjugated Polyelectrolyte-Grafted Silica Microspheres” Langmuir 2007, 23, 4541-4548.
  • Katsu Ogawa and Seth C. Rasmussen “N-Functionalized Poly(dithieno[3,2-b:2’,3’-d]pyrrole)s: Highly Fluorescent Materials with Reduced Band Gaps” Macromolecules 2006, 39, 1771-1778.
  • Karla R. Radke, Katsu Ogawa, and Seth C. Rasmussen. “Highly Fluorescent Oligothiophenes through the Incorporation of Central Dithieno[3,2-b:2',3'-d]pyrrole Units.” Organic Letters 2005, 7, 5253-5256.
  • Katsu Ogawa, Jenny A. Stafford, Scott D. Rothstein, Dennis E. Tallman, and Seth C. Rasmussen "Nitrogen-Functionalized Polythiophenes: Potential Routes to New Low Band Gap Materials" Synthetic Metals 2005, 152, 137-140.
  • Katsu Ogawa and Seth C. Rasmussen. “A Simple and Efficient Route to N-Functionalized Dithieno[3,2-b:2',3'-d]pyrroles: Fused-Ring Building Blocks for New Conjugated Polymeric Systems.” Journal of Organic Chemistry 2003, 68, 2921-2928.
  • Katsu Ogawa, Karla R. Radke, Scott D. Rothstein, and Seth C. Rasmussen. “Synthesis of secondary and tertiary aminothiophenes via palladium-catalyzed amination.” Journal of Organic Chemistry 2001, 66, 9067-9070.
  1. Development and photophysical/electrochemical characterization of two dimensional pi-conjugated polymer for active materials in optoelectronic devices.
  2. Development of NIR fluorescent chemosensors for biologically active small molecules and ions.