Dr. William Setzer

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry


301 Sparkman Drive
Materials Science Building
Room 315
Huntsville, AL 35899
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  • Postdoctoral: University of Utah
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1981
  • B.S., Harvey Mudd College


  • Secondary Metabolites of Higher Plants
  • Biomedical Aspects of Biologically Active Phytochemicals & Chemical Ecology

Recent Publications

  • “Secondary metabolic profile as a tool for distinction and characterization of cultivars of black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) cultivated in Pará State, Brazil.” Miranda, L.; Andrade, E.H.A.; Ramos, A.R.; Lemos, O.F.; Setzer, W.N.; Maia, J.G.; da Silva, J.K.R.  International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2021, 22(2) 890, special issue “Application of Metabolomic and Proteomic Tools in Foodomics” (18 pages).

  • “Mulberry protection through flowering-stage essential oil of Artemisia annua against the lesser mulberry pyralid, Glyphodes pyloalis Walker.”  Oftadeh, M.; Sendi, J.J.; Ebadollahi, A.; Setzer, W.N.; Krutmuang, P.  Foods, 2021, 10(2), 210, Special Issue “Use of Essential Oils and Volatile Compounds as Biological Control Agents” (15 pages).

  • “Variation in the chemical composition of five varieties of Curcuma longa rhizome essential oils cultivated in north Alabama.”  Setzer, W.N.; Duong, L.; Poudel, A.; Mentreddy, S.R. Foods, 2021, 10(2), 212, special issue “Natural Compounds in Plant-Based Food” (11 pages).

  • “Composition and antimicrobial activity of essential oils from leaves and twigs of Magnolia hookeri var. longirostrata D.X.Li & R. Z. Zhou and Magnolia insignis Wall. in Ha Giang Province of Vietnam.”  Chu, H.T.T.; Dinh, T.T.T.; Vu, N.Q.; Nguyen, T.K.B.; Setzer, W.N.  Records of Natural Products, 2021, 15(3), 207-212.

  • “Monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes of essential oils from Psidium species and their biological properties.”  Campos e Silva, R.; da Costa, J.S.; de Figueiredo, R.O.; Setzer, W.N.; da Silva, J.K.R.; Maia, J.G.S.; Figueiredo P.L.B.  Special issue “Feature reviews on bioactive flavour and fragrance compounds” of Molecules, 2021, 26(4), 965 (43 pages).

  • “A review on the anti-Trichomonas activities of medicinal plants.”  Hashemi, N.; Ommi, D.; Kheyri, P.; Khamesipour, F.; Setzer, W.N.; Benchimol, M.  International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance, 2021, 15, 92-104.

  • “Antioxidant and cytotoxic activities of Myrtaceae essential oils rich in terpenoids from Brazil.”  Jerônimo, L.B.; da Costa, J.S.; Pinto, L.C.; Montenegro, R.C.; Setzer, W.N.; Mourão, R.H.V.M.; da Silva, J.K.R.; Maia, J.G.S.; Figueiredo, L.B. special collection, “Chemical Compositions and Biological Activities of Essential Oils”, Natural Product Communications, 2021, 16(2), 1934578X 21996156 (13 pages).

  • “Influence on secondary metabolism of Piper nigrum L. by co-inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and Fusarium solani f. sp. piperis.”  Trindade, R.; Almeida, L.; Xavier, L.; Andrade, E.H.; Maia, J.G.; Mello, A.; Setzer, W.N.; Ramos, A.; da Silva, J.K.R.  Microorganisms, 2021, 9(3), 484 (16 pages).

  • “Maternal reproductive toxicity of some essential oils and their constituents.”  Dosoky, N.S.; Setzer, W.N.  Special Issue “Bioactive Molecules of Natural Origin: Mechanisms of Action Related to Health Risks and Benefits” of International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2021, 22(5), 2380 (31 pages).

  • “The volatile phytochemistry of Monarda species growing in south Alabama.”  Lawson, S.K.; Satyal, P.; Setzer, W.N.  Special issue, “Essential Oils of Plants (Chemical Composition, Variation and Properties)” of Plants, 2021, 10(3), 482 (13 pages).