Michael Heagy

Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair


Office: Jones Hall 212

Phone: (575) 835-5417



       Postdoctoral, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995-1996

       Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Southern California 1995

       A.B., Chemistry, Franklin & Marshall College, 1990






Research Interests:

The research projects in Dr. Heagy’s lab involve synthetic organic chemistry as a fundamental technique for new dye synthesis. Theory and photophysics play an important role in this research as the group employs various spectroscopies, i.e. UV-Vis, fluorescence as well as quantum computational studies for the rational design of functional dyes.  The applications of this research lead to fluorescent biomarkers, white-organic light emitting devices as well as dye-doped nanocomposites for solar energy conversion.



Recent Publication:

Bao, L.; Heagy, M.D. "The Quest for Picture Perfect Dyes in the Next Generation of Single Layer WOLED Displays: A Review of Single Chromophore White Light Emitters" Current Organic Chemistry, 2014, 18, 740-772.


Nandhikonda, P.; Heagy, M.D. "An Abiotic Fluorescent Probe for Cardiac Troponin I" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 14972-14974, 2011.


Cao, Z,; Nandhikonda, P.; Penuela, A.; Nance, S.; Heagy, M.D. "N-Aryl Arenedicarboximides as Tunable Panchromatic Dyes for Molecular Solar Cells" Int. J. Photoenergy, vol. 2010, Article ID 264643, 7 pages, 2010.


Nandhikonda, P.; Heagy, M.D. "Dual fluorescent N-Aryl- 2,3- Naphthalimides: Applications in Ratiometric DNA Detection and White Organic Light-Emitting Devices" Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 4796-4799.


Nandhikonda, P.; Heagy, M.D. "An Organic White Light-Emitting Dye: Very Small Molecular Architecture Displays Panchromatic Emission" Chem. Comm. 2010, 8002-8004.


Nandhikonda, P.; Begaye, M.P.; Cao, Z,; Heagy, M.D. "Frontier molecular orbital analysis of dual

fluorescent dyes: Predicting two-color emission in N-aryl-1,8 naphthalimides" Org. Biomol. Chem. 2010, 195-3201.




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