Waqar Rizvi, Ph.D.

“I am passionate about STEM education and training in higher education. My overarching approach to educating the next generation of scientifically informed citizens, those in professions underpinned by chemistry, and chemists is to have students as full partners in research projects.”


Visiting assistant professor of chemistry

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York – New York, NY
  • M.Phil., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York – New York, NY
  • B.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York – New York, NY

Year joined Franklin



My research expertise in analytical and materials chemistry focused on the synthesis of novel dyes with unique photophysical properties for several biomedical and photonics applications. I also have a special interest in chemical education and my passion influenced me to develop novel organic chemistry laboratory experiments which are part of several college curriculums around New York. At Franklin College, I plan on developing a research team of undergraduates to do studies both in biomedicine and chemical education.

I teach general chemistry, analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis at FC.

What do chemistry majors do after they graduate?

Most Franklin College students find opportunities in the general fields of basic research, product development, market research, criminalistics and teaching, as well as in the health-related sciences such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, toxicology and clinical chemistry. There is also an option to continue in graduate or professional schools. Many chemistry majors end up as clinicians, researchers in pharmaceutical industry, or pursue Ph.D.’s in chemistry or chemistry-related fields.

I am a pre-health major: is research in chemistry or biochemistry still important for me?

Absolutely! Being part of a research team not only shows you can work in collaboration but also that you can deal with uncertainty, and that you have worked with complex and advanced problems. Research does take up additional hours, but it shows that you can handle a tough course load while doing research and maintaining a leadership position within your community. These extra activities let admission committees know that you have dedication, will-power and self-motivation.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Selected Presentations and Talks

Drain, C. M.; Bhupathiraju, N. V. S. D. K.; Rizvi, W. In Toolbox of porphyrins, phthalocyanines, and other porphyrinoids, American Chemical Society: 2017; pp ORGN-397.

Bhupathiraju, N. V. S. D. K.; Perea, W.; Chu, H.; Bueno, V.; Gonzales, J.; Yuen, M.; Rizvi, W.; Greenbaum, N. L.; Drain, C. M. In A chlorin platform for bio-medical applications, American Chemical Society: 2016; pp MARM-91.

Bhupathiraju, N. V. S. D. K.; Rizvi, W.; Batteas, J. D.; Drain, C. M. In Fluorinated Porphyrinoids as Efficient Platforms for New Photonic Materials, American Chemical Society: 2016; pp MARM-211.

Pereira, P. M. R.; Bhupathiraju, N. V. S. D. K.; Rizvi, W.; Fernandes, R.; Tome, J. P. C.; Drain, C. M. Comparative Studies of Porphyrin C3-Galactose and Porphyrin C1-Galactose Conjugates for Enhanced Photodynamic Therapy, American Chemical Society: 2016; pp MARM-95. 3

Rizvi, W., Drain, C.M. Synthesis of Phthalocyanine Derivative with Near IR Absorption for Materials and Biomedical Applications. 250th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA, United States, August 16-20, 2015 (2015), ORGN-19.

Selected Publications

Rizvi, N. V. S. D. K. Bhupathiraju, C. Farley, E. Khwaja, A. A. Rizvi, C. Andreou, G. Fuentes, R. Gao, C. M. Drain, “Distorted phthalocyanines via click-chemistry: Synthesis, photoacoustic, photothermal, and cell studies” Chemical Communications 2018 (under review)

M. R. Pereira,# W. Rizvi,# N. V. S. D. K. Bhupathiraju, N. Berisha, R. Fernandes, J. P.C. Tomé, C. M. Drain, “Conjugation of porphyrins to D-galactose via the carbon-1 versus carbon-3 positions: Synthesis, uptake, and photodynamic efficiency” Bioconjugate Chemistry 2018 (ACS ASAP) DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00636

Rizvi, E. Khwaja, S. Siddiqui, N. V. S. D. K. Bhupathiraju, C. M. Drain, “Experimental Determination of Activation Energy of Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution on Porphyrins” Journal of Chemical Education DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00940 2017

Rizvi, C. M. Drain, P. Moy, M. J. Jurow, Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Experiments for the Laboratory Classroom 2016 ISBN:978-1-84973-963-4 “Preparation and characterization of free base and tetraphenylmetalloporphyrin”

V. S. D. K. Bhupathiraju,# W. Rizvi,# J. D. Batteas, C. M. Drain, “Fluorinated porphyrinoids as efficient platforms for new photonic materials, sensors, and therapeutics” Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 2016, 14, 389-408. DO 10.1039/C5OB01839KI

Shabnam, X. Gong, C. M. Drain, M. Jurow, W. Rizvi, and M. Qureshy. “Solvent-free Synthesis of Meso- Tetraarylporphyrins in Air: Product Diversity and Yield Optimization” Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines 14.7 (2010): 621-29.

In My Spare Time…

In my spare time I try to inhale things other than chemicals. I love outdoor/nature activities, playing sports and riding motorcycles.