Dr. Graca Vicente

Graca Vicente

Special Assistant to the Vice President, Chemistry and Life Sciences

249 Chemistry & Materials Building

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Areas of Expertise

  • Synthesis of new organic materials that absorb and emit energy in the visible and near-infrared region of the optical spectrum
  • Development as biological labels, imaging agents, ion sensors, or as sensitizers for the photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • Evaluate the structural features of the materials, their stability, photophysical, chemical and cellular properties.



Dr. Graca Vicente serves as the Special Assistant to the Vice President and received her doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of California-Davis in 1990. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Bourgogne in France (1991), the University of Geneva in Switzerland (1991-1993), and ITQB (Research Institute) in Portugal (1993). She is Charles H. Barré Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemotherapy/Materials in the Department of Chemistry at LSU in Baton Rouge. Her research interests include the physiochemical and biological properties of new fluorescent porphyrin-based macrocycles and their development of for application in medicine--e.g. diagnosis, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) of cancer.


Charles H. Barré Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Director, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program

Bachelor's Degree(s): University of Aveiro, 1986

PhD: University of California Davis, 1990

PostDoc: Univ Bourgogne 1991, Univ Geneva 1992, ITQB 1993