Eric John Toone


Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Toone is a physical organic chemist who studies relationships between structure and activity in the context of biology. Currently active programs exist in biocatalysis/applied enzymology, ligand binding and the activity of water, and the synthesis of novel donors of nitric oxide. The study of these problems makes use of synthetic organic chemistry, traditional enzymology, isothermal titration microcalorimetry, and the techniques of directed evolution.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Faculty Director of the I & E Certificate Program
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Bass Fellow

Contact Information:

  • Office Phone: (919) 681-3484
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  • Ph.D. University of Toronto (Canada), 1988
  • M.S. University of Toronto (Canada), 1985
  • B.S. University of Guelph (Canada), 1983

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Sloan Research Fellowship-Chemistry. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 1995

Courses Taught:

  • BIOCHEM 593: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • I&E 281: Basics of Technology Commercialization

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