Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

NIH Post-Doc Northwestern University

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

B.S. Edinboro State College (Edinboro University)


Dr. Dixon's research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology. He seeks insights into biological processes and macromolecular structure by employing probes at the molecular level. His modus operandi consists primarily of using the tools of chemistry to understand biochemical processes.


Publications Include:

"Synthesis of 1,9-Diamidiniumacridine as a Potential Receptor for Phosphate Ester Recognition"  Robert P. Dixon, Jeffery S. Snyder, Lori Bradley, Jamie Linnenbrink. Organic Preparations and Procedures International, 2000, 32, 6.


"Mechanism of Inactivation of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase by Nw-Ally-L-Arginine"  Henery Q. Zhang, Robert P. Dixon, Micheal A. Marletta, Dejan Nikolic, Richard Van Breemen, Richard B. Silverman. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 10888-10902.


"Acceleration of a Phosphate Diester Transesterification Reaction by Bis(alkylguanidinium) Receptors Containing an Appended General Base"  Vrej Jubian, Andrea Veronese, Robert P. Dixon, Andrew D. Hamilton.  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 1995, 34, 1237-1239


"Enhanced Extraction of Phenobarbital from Serum with a Designed Artificial Receptor"  Jane N. Valenta, Robert P. Dixon, Andrew D. Hamilton, Stephen G. Weber.  Anal. Chem., 1994, 66, 2397.


"Molecular Recognition and Cleavage of Phosphodiesters by a Simple Family of Guanidinium and 2-Aminoimidazoline Receptors" Robert P. Dixon, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 1993.


"Directed Hydrogen Bonding in the Design of New Receptors for Complexation and Catalysis"  Robert P. Dixon, Vrej Jubian, Cristina Vicent, Erkang Fan, Frando G. Tellado, Simon C.  Hirst, Andrew D. Hamilton.  Molecular Recognition: Chemical and Biochemical Problems II.  Edited by S. M. Roberts, Special Publication No. 111, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 1992.


"Molecular Recognition and Catalysis.  Acceleration of Phosphodiester Cleavage by a Simple Hydrogen-Bonding Receptor."  Vrej Jubian, Robert P. Dixon, and Andrew D. Hamilton.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1992, 114, 1120.


"Molecular Recognition:  Bis-Acylguanidiniums Provide a Simple Family of Receptors for Phosphodiesters."  Robert P. Dixon, Steven J. Geib, and Andrew D. Hamilton.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1992, 114, 365.


"Hydrogen-Bonding Self-Assembly of Multichromophore Structures."  Paolo Tecilla, Robert P. Dixon, Gregory Slobodkin, David S. Alavi, David H. Waldeck, and Andrew D. Hamilton.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1990, 112, 9408.