""Instructional Teaching and Research Fellow
Chemistry Building 260
(205) 996-1571

Research and Teaching Interests: Organic Chemistry, Electron Transfer Chemistry, Molecular Charge Storage, Electron Donor-Acceptor Bonding, Photochemistry, Photo-Electro-Responsive Materials, Novel Boronic Acid fluorescent materials that can also be converted to conductive polymers

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., Kennesaw State University, Biochemistry
  • Ph.D., The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Post-doctoral, The University of West Florida, Physical Organic Chemistry

Dr. Carl Saint-Louis, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, moved to the United States when he was twelve years old. He grew up in Smyrna, Georgia where he attended middle and high School. He earned his B.S. Degree 2008 in Biochemistry from Kennesaw State University. He was honored as a Student Scholar.

Prior to enrolling in the Organic Chemistry Ph.D. Program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, he was selected to participate in the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students (REU) summer program. He earned his Ph.D. in 2015 in Physical Organic Chemistry under the direction of Professor Silas Blackstock. His research focused on the isomerization of azobenzenes. As a part of his research, he developed and patented a series of novel redox-appended azobenzene switches. While at UA, he was the recipient of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship (2012-2013) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Dissertation Award Fellowship (2014-2015).

Following graduation, Saint-Louis worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Organic Chemistry Instructor at the University of West Florida where he taught organic chemistry classes and conducted research. During his two years at UWF, he synthesized a series of novel heteroaromatic polycyclic chromophores and demonstrated the construction of aromatic azaborine derivatives by one-pot condensation–intramolecular cyclization reaction. This simple approach allows for easy tuning of the properties of azaborine fluorophores.

He joined the UAB Chemistry Department faculty in 2018 where he teaches organic chemistry lecture courses and conducts research. Working with Pengfei Wang, he is developing new photolabile protecting groups (PPGs) used for light-responsive smart materials, controlled release of biologically important compounds, and light-activated anticancer prodrugs.

In his personal time, he enjoys photography, trying out different restaurants, and pursuing his passion for fitness and nutrition. On a Saturday night during college football season, you will catch him cheering for Bama “Roll Tide” and The Falcons “Dirty Birds” during NFL season. He is also a soccer fan “Hala Madrid.” In the next few years, he plans to engage in valuable research projects that will contribute to the development of his field.

  • CH 235: Organic Chemistry I
  • CH: 237: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 236 – Organic Chemistry I lab
  • CHM 238 – Organic Chemistry II lab
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Jarvis, T.; Saint-Louis, C. J.; Fisch, A. R.; Barnes, K. L.; Dean, D.; Flores, L. A.; Hunt, T. F.; Munro, L.; Simmons, T. J.; Catalano, V. J.; Zhu, L.; Schrock, A. K.; Huggins, M. T. Pyrrole ß-amides: Synthesis and characterization of a dipyrrinone carboxylic acid and an N-Confused fluorescent dipyrrinone. Tetrahedron, 2018, 74, 1698-1704. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tet.2018.02.037.
  • Saint-Louis, C.J.; Shavnore, R.N.; McClinton, C.D.; Wilson, J.A.; Magill, L.L.; Brown, B.M.; Lamb, R.W; Webster, C.E.; Huggins, M.T Synthesis, Computational, and Spectroscopic Analysis of Tunable Highly Fluorescent Azaborine Derivatives Containing the N-BOH Moiety. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 10172–10183. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7OB02415K.
  • Schrock, A.K.; Hamilton, H.S.C.; Thompson, B.D.; Ulrich, K.; del Rosario, C.; Saint-Louis, C. J.; Coggio, W. D. Development of structure-property relationships that allow independent control of glass transition temperature, melting temperature, and rheology in a library of bio-based succinate polyester polyols. Polymer (Guildf). 2017, 114, 103–112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2017.02.092.
  • Saint-Louis, C. J.; Magill, L. L.; Wilson, J. A.; Schroeder, A. R.; Harrell, S. E.; Jackson, N. S.; Trindell, J. A.; Kim, S.; Fisch, A. R.; Munro, L.; Catalano, V. J.; Webster, C. E.; Vaughan, P. P.; Molek, K. S.; Schrock, A. K.; Huggins, M. T. The Synthesis and Characterization of Highly Fluorescent Polycyclic Azaborine Chromophores. J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81 (22), 10955–10963. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.6b01998. *(Highlighted as SYNFACTS of the month, SYNFACT, 2017, 13 (01), 0031. “The Synthesis and Characterization of Highly Fluorescent Polycyclic Azaborine Chromophores.”)*

U.S. Patent:

  • Blackstock, S.; Gray, L. T.; Kelley, M.; Saint-Louis, C. Redox Auxiliary Catalysis, Patent No. US 9,469,602 B2, issued Oct. 18, 2016

Book Chapter:

  • Patai Series Monogram Volume on Polynitrogen Compounds Groups (Submitted)
  • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Dissertation Award Fellowship
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship Funded by the Department of Education
  • KSU Sigma Xi Scholar Award, Kennesaw State University
  • Certificate of Honor, Kennesaw State University & The Center of Excellence in Teaching & Learning