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Full-Time Faculty

Salaam Al Baker

Salaam Al-Baker

Full-Time Faculty

Phone: (408)855-5253
Email: [email protected]
Office Location: SCI-111
Department: Chemistry

While in graduate school, Dr. Baker focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of Gold complexes as an Anti-Rheumatoid Arthritis (instruments used: FT-NMR, IR, & UV-Vis).

Following his Ph.D., he worked as a “Research Assistance” and "Research Associate" at the following institutes:

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
  • University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

He focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of Platinum compounds as an anti-cancer. He has published more than 40 papers (and Patent) in leading journals such as JACS (Journal of the American Chemical Society), Dalton Trans (RSC Publishing - Royal Society of Chemistry, UK), Cancer Research, etc.


  • Ph.D., Chemistry (Organometallic)
    • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 
  • Diploma, Petroleum Chemistry
    • University of Manchester Institute of Technology (UMIST), Manchester, United Kingdom.

Courses Taught

  • CHEM-012A: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-012B: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM-01A/01AH: General Chemistry I, General Chemistry I, Honors
  • CHEM-01B/01BH: General Chemistry II, General Chemistry II, Honors
  • CHEM-02: Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM--030A: Fundamentals of Chemistry I (General Chemistry
  • CHEM-030B: Fundamentals of Chemistry II (Organic and Biochemistry)
  • CHEM-081H: Chemistry Honors Seminar

Professional Associations

  • Two-Year Community College Chemistry (2YCCC)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

Campus Service

  • Faculty Recognition Award for Full-Time Teaching Excellence, 2010
  • Committees over the years: Academic Senate, Sustainability AMSA’s mentor (the American Medical Student Association), OAC (Outcome Assessment Committee).

Favorite Quote

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." - Albert Einstein