Faculty Profile  Faculty ProfileLast Modified Time: 12:14:32 PM Mon, 31 Aug 2015 
 Robby A. Petros
 Contact Information
Robby A. Petros
Assistant Professor-Chemistry
Contact address   1155 Union Circle CB#305070, Denton, TX 76203-5017     
Email  petros@unt.edu    Contact Number (940) 369-8238    Group Site Group Site   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership -Permanent   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
PhD Chemistry, Dissertation: The Role of OrganoZr/OrganoAl Dimers in Olefin Polymerization and Enantioselective Carboalumination Columbia University 2006
MPhil   Columbia University 2005
MA   Columbia University 2003
MS Chemistry; Thesis: NMR Study of 2-Ethylhexyllithium Aggregate and 2-Ethylhexyllithium/Lithium 2-Ethyl-1-Hexoxide Mixed Aggregates University of North Texas 2001
BS Chemistry   2000
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2015CHEM2370212Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2015CHEM2370002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2015CHEM1420211General Chemistry for Science Majors Download Syllabus
Fall 2015CHEM1420001General Chemistry for Science Majors Download Syllabus
Summer 5W2 2015CHEM2380001Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Summer 5W1 2015CHEM2370001Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Spring 2015CHEM2380212Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Spring 2015CHEM2380002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2014CHEM2370212Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2014CHEM2370002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Spring 2014CHEM2380212Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Spring 2014CHEM2380002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2013CHEM2370212Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2013CHEM2370002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Summer 5W2 2013CHEM2380001Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Summer 5W1 2013CHEM2370001Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Spring 2013CHEM2380212Organic Chemistry  
Spring 2013CHEM2380002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2012CHEM2370212Organic Chemistry  
Fall 2012CHEM2370002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Summer 2012CHEM2370001Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Spring 2012CHEM2380212Organic Chemistry  
Spring 2012CHEM2380002Organic Chemistry  
Spring 2011CHEM2380212Organic Chemistry  
Spring 2011CHEM2380002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Spring 2010CHEM2380212Organic Chemistry0 
Spring 2010CHEM2380002Organic Chemistry315 
Fall 2011CHEM2370212Organic Chemistry  
Fall 2011CHEM2370002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2010CHEM2370212Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2010CHEM2370002Organic Chemistry Download Syllabus
Fall 2009CHEM2370212Organic Chemistry0 
Fall 2009CHEM2370002Organic Chemistry339 
toggle toggle  Research and Expertise
Inorganic, Organic, Organometallic, Polymer Synthesis
Chemical synthesis directed toward targeted drug delivery.
Targeted Drug Delivery
toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2008-PresentAssistant Professor of Chemistry  University of North Texas
2006-2008Postdoctoral Research Scientist Prof. Joseph M. DeSimone’s Laboratory in the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology ExcellenceUniversity of North Carolina
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
toggle toggle Publications
  Type  Publications per page   
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  YearPublication  Type
Successfully Flipping the Classroom for Organic Chemistry
Cavazos, R. J.; Petros, A. K.; Petros, R. A.*
Innovations in College Science Teaching: Society of College Science Teachers
Book chapters
The use of Werner complexes as remarkably versatile bioconjugation reagents in the synthesis of redox repsonsive albumin nanoparticles containing camptothecin derivatives
D.T. Nguyen,‡ R.J. Cavazos, ‡ C.S. Morrison, J.B. Lampe, A.N. Harris, B.K. McFarlin, R.A. Petros*
TechConnect World Innovation Conference Proceedings
Abstracts and Proceedings
Effects of Synthetic Alkamides on Arabidopsis Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Activity and Plant
Faure, L.; Cavazos, R.; Khan, B. R.; Petros, R. A.*; Koulen, P.; Blancaflor, E. B.; Chapman, K. D.*
Phytochemistry, 2015, 110, 58-71
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
In Vitro Evaluation of Macropinocytic Uptake and Toxicity of Cobalt Crosslinked Albumin Nanoparticles in Gastric Carcinoma Cells
Cavazos, R.; Morrison, C.; Lampe, J.; Nguyen, D.; Harris, A.; McFarlin, B.; Petros, R. A.*
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Self-Assembly of Linear Polymers into Phosphorescent Nanoparticles: Optimization toward Non-Cytotoxic Bioimaging and Photonic Devices
Selected for issue cover
1. Marpu, S.; Upadhyay, P.; Wang, O.; Oswald, I.; Aravapally, R.; Nguyen, D.; Petros, R. A.*; Hu, Z.; Omary, M. A.*
J. Phys. Chem.C
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
toggle toggle Patents
Year of AwardTitle of PatentDescription
2014Synthesis and use of prodrug complexes of cobalt in polymer therapeuticsPetros, R. A.
2012Preparation and use of particles having stimuli-responsive metal ligand bondsPetros, R. A.
2010Direct utilization of plasma proteins for the in vivo assembly of protein-drug/imaging agent conjugates, nanocarriers and coatings for biomaterialsPetros, R. A.
2009Transferrin Receptor-Targeted Particles and Uses ThereofDeSimone, J. M.; Tian, S.; Wang, J.; Napier, M.; Petros, R. A.
2009Degradable Compounds and Methods of Use Thereof, Particularly with Particle Replication in Non-wetting TemplatesDeSimone, J. M.; Parrot, M.; Murphy, A.; Petros, R. A.
2009Discrete Size and Shape Specific Organic Nanoparticles Designed to Illicit an Immune ResponseDeSimone, J. M.; Petros, R. A.; Frelinger, J.; Buntzman, A.
2008Compositions for Controlled Delivery of Nucleic AcidsDeSimone, J. M.; Murphy, A. J.; Galloway, A. G.; Petros, R. A.
toggle toggle  News
Clifford Morrison, an undergraduate researcher in Petros' group, featured in UNT banner story!
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Clifford Morrison, an undergraduate researcher in Petros' group, receives prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship!

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Alesha Harris, a graduate student in Dr. Petros’ group, receives an Outstanding Young Scholar Award (sponsored by ACS Publications, ACS Nano, and Nano Letters) for her presentation at Nanotoxicology 2012 in Bejing, China
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Brandon Hepburn, a former REU Scholar in Petros' group, featured in NCAA story!
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Brandon Hepburn, a former REU Scholar in Petros' group, drafted by the Detroit Lions!
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Clifford Morrison, an undergraduate researcher in Petros' group, featured in UNT advertisement in the Chronicle of Higher Education!
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REU site in the Department of Chemistry featured in UNT's Research Magazine
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toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2015 2015 Learning Analytics in Practice
Petros, Robby A.; Yates, Rebecca; Simon, Jason, moderator Mike Simmons, University Forum on Teaching & Learning, April 10, 2015.
2015 2015 Utilizing cobalt coordination chemistry as a traceless prodrug strategy in targeted drug delivery
Robby A. Petros, Duong T. Nguyen, Ronaldo J. Cavazos, Jr., Clifford S. Morrison, Jana B. Lampe, Alesha N. Harris, Brian K. McFarlin, American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April 18-22, 2015, abstract #4399.
2015 2015 The use of Werner complexes as remarkably versatile bioconjugation reagents in the synthesis of redox responsive albumin nanoparticles containing camptothecin derivatives
Ronaldo J. Cavazos, Jr., Clifford S. Morrison, Jana B. Lampe, Duong T. Nguyen, Alesha N. Harris, Brian K. McFarlin, and Robby A. Petros, TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo, Washington, DC, June 14-17, 2015.
toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2014-2015Nanoparticle Therapeutics Targeting c-Met for Treating Pancreatic CancerBaylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center$20,000Principal InvestigatorActive
2014-2015Photothermal Treatment of Cutaeneous T-cell Lymphoma with Metallic NanoparticlesBaylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center$20,000Co-PIActive
2012-2014Dehydroabietinal Signaling in Plant DefenseNSF$299,999Co-PIActive
2010-2013REU Site: Opportunities in Chemistry at the University of North TexasNSF$214,551Co-PICompleted
2009-2012Upgrading the NMR facilities at the University of North Texas with enabled cyberinfrastructureNSF$499,984Co-PICompleted
toggle toggle Intramural Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2014-2015Nanoparticle Therapeutics Targeting c-Met for Treating Pancreatic CancerUniversity of North Texas$20,000Principal InvestigatorActive
2013-2014UNT ROPUNT$7,500Principal InvestigatorActive
2013-2014NextGen Faculty FellowUNT$3,600Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2012-2013NextGen Faculty FellowUNT$3,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2012Global Learning Faculty Fellow – Transformative Instruction InitiativeUNT$2,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2011-2012Beyond platinum: emerging opportunities for bioinorganic chemistry in the field of targeted drug deliveryUNT$7,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2011Inducing lethal oxidative stress in cancer cells through the targeted intracellular delivery of redox-active transition metal ions and complexesUNT$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2010-2011Enhancing student learning through the redesign and modernization of Organic Chemistry I and II curriculaUNT$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2010-2011Early Career Faculty AwardUNT CART$1,300Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2010Biomimetic Strategies for Nanoparticle StealthingUNT$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2009-2010Biomimetic Strategies for Nanoparticle StealthingUNT$7,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2009-2010Pharmacokinetics of Albumin-Coated NanoparticlesUNT$14,200Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2009Custom Tailored Biotic/Abiotic Interfaces Via BioengineeringUNT$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2008-2009Custom Tailored Biotic/Abiotic Interfaces Via BioengineeringUNT$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
toggle toggle Consulting Activities
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)*Company/OrganizationRoleFundingWork Performed
2012-2013NexImmuneOther Consultant
2011-2012Kythera BiopharmaceuticalsOther Consultant
toggle toggle Peer Reviewer Activities
YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
2013Nature Nanotechnology 
2012ORAU/Nazarbayev University 
2012National Science Foundation (panel) 
2012National Science Foundation (mail) 
2012ACS Nano 
2012Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal 
2012Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition 
2012Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 
2012ACS-Combinatorial Science 
2011Journal of Coordination Chemistry 
2011Thiel Foundation - Breakout Labs 
2011National Science Foundation (panel) 
2011ACS Nano 
2010Current Pharmaceutical Design 
2010Journal of Biomedical Research: Part A 
2010Molecular Pharmaceutics 
2010Journal of Coordination Chemistry 
2009International Journal for Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Research 
2009National Science Foundation (panel) 
toggle toggle Teaching
Webinar: Uprooting STEM Classes: A flipped-out class, data-driven decisions, and lessons learned

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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2013-PresentJana Lampepost-baccUndergraduate Research 
2012-PresentClifford MorrisonundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2010-PresentRonaldo J. CavazosPhD StudentGraduate Research 
2010-PresentDuong NguyenPhD StudentGraduate Research 
2012-2014Meghan KondaundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2008-2014Alesha N. HarrisPhD GraduateGraduate Research 
2013Tesia KolodziejczykREU Scholar (Augustana College)Undergraduate Research 
2012Brett HemricREU Scholar (Liberty University)Undergraduate Research 
2011-2012Randy NelsonundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2011Brandon HepburnREU Scholar (Florida A&M)Undergraduate Research 
2011Dennis CartyundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2011Christian ClarkundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2010-2011Daniel KiddundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2010-2011James DeadrickundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2010Montalee D. ChaviousREU Scholar (Tuskegee University)Undergraduate Research 
2010James McCainundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2009-2010Matthew SmithundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2008-2010Addison R. WoodundergraduateUndergraduate Research 
2008-2010Jennifer M. BrownMS StudentGraduate ResearchSynthesis and screening of a combinatorial peptide library for ligands to target transferrin; miniaturizing the library
2008-2010Barbara R. HinojosaMS StudentGraduate ResearchNanoparticles engineered to bind serum albumin: microwave assisted synthesis, characterization, and functionalization of fluorescently labeled, acrylate-based polymer nanoparticles
2009Cory M. AlveyREU Scholar (Ripon College)Undergraduate Research 
2008-2009Diane SriniltaUNT TAMSUndergraduate Research 
toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2009-PresentSafety CommitteeMember 
2008-PresentGraduate Affairs CommitteeMember 
2008-PresentGraduate Recruiting CommitteeMember 
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2015Selected participant for Summer Leadership InstituteAACU/PKAL
2015Recognized for inspirational teachingUNT University/Honors Day
2014Distinguished NextGen Senior Faculty FellowUNT CLEAR
2014Recognized for inspirational teachingUNT University Honors Day
2013Nominee - Blavatnik Award for Young ScientistsUNT
2013Nominee - Minnie Stevens Piper AwardUNT
2012NextGen Faculty FellowUNT CLEAR
2012Global Learning Faculty FellowUNT CLEAR
2011-2013Nominee - Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar AwardUNT
2010Recognized for inspirational teachingUNT University Honors Day
2002-2003Pharmacia and Upjohn Graduate FellowColumbia University
2001Robert A. Welch Pre-doctoral FellowUniversity of North Texas
2000, 1998Robert A. Welch undergraduate scholarshipUniversity of North Texas
2000American Chemical Society Award for outstanding achievement in chemistry 
2000J. L. Carrico AwardUniversity of North Texas
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