Pascal Binda

Pascal Binda

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Chemistry and Forensic Science
Discipline: Chemistry
Office: Drew Griffith Rm. 125
Phone: 912.358.4451
Fax: Not Available


Dr. Pascal Binda was born in Cameroon and became interested in chemistry at the age of 10, shortly after his uncle (Professor Moise Agwara) accepted an Assistant Lecturer of Chemistry position at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon. Binda grew up dreaming of becoming like his uncle, knowing very well that he would need to get a terminal degree in chemistry to become a chemistry professor. Dr. Binda was excited to become like his uncle even though his parents wanted him to become a medical doctor because they thought he was “smart”. As a college freshman at the University of Buea in Cameroon, Dr. Binda lost his mom to Liver Cirrhosis. Two months later, his dad had stroke and died. Binda was devastated and saw his dreams dashed to the side as many people wrote him off because he was an orphan with no external support. Even after losing his parents as a college freshman, Binda did not give up on his dreams despite having a good reason for dropping out of school. Binda did not give up on himself as he constantly reflected on his father’s last words to him just a few months before he died, which were to “never abandon education, your future depends on it”. In order to keep his dream alive, dropping out of school was never an option. Dr. Binda believes that God prepared him for his current profession, which is to inspire students who face similar challenges in their academic disciplines. Binda worked so hard, against all odds, to graduate with a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and went on to the University of North Dakota where he obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2008. Pascal Binda’s unique approach to classroom instruction focuses on skill-building group activities where students are encouraged to develop proficiency in problem-solving skills that are necessary to achieve success beyond college education. Dr. Binda provides a conducive learning environment where he challenges his students to think outside the box beyond SSU and the challenges to compete in this global market. Students say chemistry is hard but Binda tells them it is also fun and that is why he loves it. Dr. Binda’s dream is to continue helping students to succeed in chemistry and career placement. Binda has helped over 10 students to successfully enroll in doctoral degree programs, pharmacy and medical schools, and career placement in various companies including BASF and ORTEC. Dr. Binda has also served as a motivational speaker to local high school students including Beach High and Johnson High School in Savannah, GA. Binda is fun to work with. He is dedicated to the success of his colleagues because he believes the success of an individual depends on the contributions of all team members. Besides helping students, Dr. Binda also enjoy watching movies and playing soccer.

Research Interests

1) Design and Synthesis of Organometallic Catalysts for Ring-Opening Polymerization of Naturally Renewable Unsaturated Lactones into Biodegradable Cross-Linkable Polyesters 2) Synthesis of “Smart” Biodegradable Polymers 3) Synthesis of Organic Molecules as Anti-Diabetic Agents and Health Disparities 4) Asymmetric Catalysis of Carboxylation of Unsymmetrical Alkenes with CO2


PhD, Chemistry - University of North Dakota
BS, chemistry - University of Buea

Awards & Honors

Name:  Nominated for Outstanding Faculty member of the year Award
Organization: Southern Wesleyan University
Date: 5/1/2013

Name:  Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award
Organization: University of North Dakota
Date: 4/1/2009

Name:  ND EPSCoR Summer Doctoral Fellowship Award
Organization: University of North Dakota
Date: 6/1/2008

Name: Memorial Union Outstanding Student Leader Award
Organization: University of North Dakota
Date: 4/1/2008


Title: Synthesis and Characterization of New Chiral Monoanionic [ON] ancillary phenolate ligands
Publication Date: 9/1/2014
Publisher: International Journal of Organic Chemistry
Volume: 4
Issue: 3
Page Number: 182-188
Type: Journal Article, Professional Journal
Authors: Pascal Itambi Binda,

Title: Modular Synthesis of Chiral β-Diketiminato-Type Ligands Containing 2-Oxazoline Moiety via Palladium-Catalyzed Amination.
Publication Date: 1/1/2011
Publisher: Synthesis
Volume: 2011
Issue: 16
Page Number: 2609-2615
Type: Journal Article, Professional Journal
Authors: Pascal Itambi Binda,

Title: Synthesis, Characterization and Anti-Microbial Activities of Manganese(II), Nickel(II), Zinc(II), and Cadmium(II) Mixed Ligand Complexes Containing 1,10-Phenanthroline and 2,2-Bipyridine
Publication Date: 1/1/2010
Publisher: Annales de la Faculte des Science
Volume: 37
Issue: 1
Page Number: 1-14
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Pascal Itambi Binda,

Title: Attachment of substitutionally inert phenolate ligands to lanthanide(II) and (III) compounds – catalysts for ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters
Publication Date: 2/23/2009
Publisher: Dalton Transactions
Issue: 15
Page Number: 2777-2787
Type: Journal Article, Professional Journal
Authors: Pascal Itambi Binda,

Title: Synthesis and structural characterization of some potassium complexes of some bis(phenolate) ligands and some novel heterobimetallic binuclear arrays formed with trivalent lanthanoid ions.
Publication Date: 2/1/2008
Publisher: Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie
Volume: 634
Issue: 2
Page Number: 325-334
Type: Journal Article, Professional Journal
Authors: Pascal Itambi Binda,

Title: Synthesis of lanthanide complexes as catalyst precursors for the polymerization of lactide and caprolactone
Publication Date: 8/27/2007
Publisher: Dalton Transactions
Issue: 41
Page Number: 4685-4692
Type: Journal Article, Professional Journal
Authors: Pascal Itambi Binda,