Luke BurkeProfessor Emeritus
Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University
315 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Tel: 856-225-6142



Luke’s research focused in Theoretical Chemistry, specifically in computing the electronic properties of molecules and how they react. Reaction mechanisms are the pathways that atoms take when similar molecules rearrange.

I am presently exploring the mechanisms in which groups of atoms rearrange in a reaction called the [1,4] shift, which is important in the synthesis of organic compounds containing nitrogen, oxygen, or sulfur atoms. My longer range plans include the question of complexity in chemistry and chemical synthesis.

The graph gives the results for a "simple" organic reaction that becomes "complex" and "complicated":