Who we are and What we do:

Frontier Specialty Chemicals is a chemistry company specializing in the advanced synthesis of porphyrins, organoborons for transition metal coupling, synthesis building blocks, custom and specialty chemistries for the research sciences. We feature a chemically diverse catalog of organic compounds, building blocks and special collections of compounds in our areas of broad organic synthesis expertise.

Our mission is to pursue innovative chemistry applications, systems, and services that address industry needs, can improve the human condition, treat illnesses through therapies and help researchers meet their goals in organic synthesis. Internally, Frontier Specialty Chemicals is an ethical company, working with chemists and scientists worldwide solving a variety of chemical and medical problems, all the while as we increase company value while conducting our business with integrity and fostering a safe, inclusive, and respectful workplace.

Our scientists have extensive experience in all aspects of organic chemistry and love what they do.  Most of our team have been with Frontier Specialty Chemicals for 10+ years and our internal motto is “We Love Molecules” and we pride themselves on producing “Pure and (not so) Simple” compounds.

Since our inception in 1975 we have offered a catalog of porphyrins and related molecules. which expanded and grew in 1998 when we introduced organoborons for transition metal coupling, followed by chemically diverse organic compounds for advanced synthesis. We know the field of chemical reagents, and know what you are looking for in the best of reagents for Discovery.

Frontier Specialty Chemicals is also a premier CRO organization, and for decades has provided advanced synthesis services for major, established and start-up Pharma. We specialize in chemistry and discovery synthesis services tailored to your needs:

  • Synthetic route investigation and route scouting
  • Multi-step synthesis
  • Process scale-up
  • Milligram to multi-kilogram scale to Commercial Scale (110+kg)
  • Analytical Characterizations by: GC, LC, MS, LC/MS, and NMR

At Frontier Specialty Chemicals our focus is to provide you with exactly what you need to move your project to a successful conclusion.  We put our skills to work to meet your needs in different areas of research and development:

  • Custom Synthesis
  • Reagent & Intermediate Synthesis
  • Natural Product Semi-Synthesis
  • Nutraceutical and Cosmetic Synthesis
  • Small molecule drug development
  • Small molecule agricultural pesticide development

Our precision chemistry provides tailored solutions to every project!

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Mailing address
P.O. Box 31
Logan, Utah 84323-0031
Web: www.frontierspecialtychemicals.com
Email : info@frontierspecialtychemicals.com
Sales: sales@frontierspecialtychemicals.com
Phone: (435) 753-1901
Fax: (435) 753-6731

Hours of Operation:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm MST
Shipping Address
160 South 700 West
Logan, Utah 84321


1. I do not have an account with Frontier Specialty Chemicals.  Can I still place an order?

No. If you do not have an account, you must contact a Sales Representative to assist you to create an account. Our customer service representatives can be reached at 435-753-1901 or via email at info@frontierspecialtychemicals.com.  A customer service representative will verify your business information and will contact you regarding your intended use of our products. Once we receive your information, your account will become active and you will be able to place an order.

2.   What payment methods are accepted?

Frontier Specialty Chemicals accepts Credit Cards or Purchase Orders for payment of orders. Cards accepted: American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa.

3.   I can’t find an item on your website but I believe you do carry it. Can I still order it?

If you can’t find an item, feel free to call our customer service representatives at 435-753-1901 or email us at info@frontierspecialtychemicals.com.  We would be happy to help you locate that item.

5.   What if I have a question about my order?

To inquire about a particular order, you can call our customer service representatives at 435-753-1901 or send us an E-mail at info@frontierspecialtychemicals.com.  Important: please include your name, account information, order number.

6.   What confirmation will I receive?

Shortly after you submit your order, you will receive an e-mail confirming our receipt of your order and containing your order number.  If you have any questions after your order has been processed, you can contact our customer service representatives at 435-753-1901 or email us at info@frontierspecialtychemicals.com.

7.   How much will I be billed for shipping?

Because shipping costs can vary based on shipping method, product hazard status, product quantity, package weight and destination, the shipping costs will vary.  Please call our customer service representatives for additional information at 435-753-1901 or email us at info@frontierspecialtychemicals.com.  You also have the option of using your own FedEx or UPS account.

8.   Can I have a Quote or Proforma invoice prepared?

You can submit your request for product quote or proforma online our customer service representatives at 435-753-1901 or email us at info@frontierspecialtychemicals.com. A customer service representative will contact you with a price quote or to obtain any additional information required to provide a quote.

9.   What if an item is not currently in stock when I order it?

If an item is not shown as in stock, you can still place an order for the item. When Frontier Specialty Chemicals, Inc. receives your order, a representative will notify you of the back order lead-time for that item.

10.   What if I cannot find an SDS?

If you require a copy of an SDS please contact our customer service team at 435-753-1901 or email us at info@frontierspecialtychemicals.com.  Since complete hazard information is not available on all the possible hazards of many compounds, the absence of a warning must not be interpreted as an indication of a product’s safety.

11.   How do I use Product Search?

The Product Search allows you to search the entire Frontier Specialty Chemicals, Inc. catalog database by Catalog Number, Name, CAS Number, MDL Number, and Structure Search. 

12.   Can I obtain a Certificate of Analysis online?

Unfortunately, our certificates of analysis are not currently available online.  If you require a certificate of analysis, please contact our customer service representatives at 435-753-1901 or email us at info@frontierspecialtychemicals.com.  Please include the catalog number for the item and the lot # shown on the product label.


Since its inception in 1975, Frontier Specialty Chemicals (FSCI) mission has focused on the pursuit of innovative chemistry applications, products and services that can improve the human condition, address industry needs, and increase Company value while conducting our business with integrity while fostering a safe inclusive-respectful workplace.

Company History

Frontier Specialty Chemicals (FSCI) was founded in 1975 by Dr. Bruce Burnham under the name Porphyrin Products, Inc.   Dr. Burnham perceived a need for Porphyrin and related compounds and soon found that as he made the compounds available that new research was spawned.  A listing of standard compounds soon generated requests for custom compounds and projects.  

An outside party contracted the Company in the mid 1980’s to develop a Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) drug. This project culminated in a GMP production of an inject-able PDT drug for Phase I clinical trials. Due to economic conditions in the early 1990’s the project was taken to another country to continue the Phase II and Phase III clinical trials.

In 1995, a group of investors purchases the Company from Dr. Burnham who was experiencing health concerns.  This core group of investors have kept the Company private and agile in responding to new scientific opportunities.

In 1997, the Company expanded into additional areas of chemistry with new and novel compounds, many of which are only available from the Company.  Included in those was being the first company to commercially offer a wide variety of boronic acids and diboron reagents.   With that expansion, the Company changed its name in 1998 to Frontier Scientific, Inc (although the name Porphyrin Products is still used to market Porphyrin compounds).

FSCI was contracted by a major industrial chemical company for manufacture of custom compounds. FSCI manufactured up to 100 kg of specific compounds with purity requirements of > 99.5%. Frontier’s reputation for high purity and on time delivery has been built with experience. 

FSCI produced an intermediate compound for a pharmaceutical company that was used in Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. This project started in the gram quantity and grew to greater than 50 Kg.   Again, the purity was an essential element to the customer as well as timely delivery.   Custom chemistry continues to be a significant part of Company’s business.

FSCI has contracted with multiple companies on a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) basis and Fee For Service (FFS) basis for proprietary custom chemical production and optimization of chemical processes.

FSCI has produced molecules that have been passed on to GMP production partners to produce pharmaceuticals that have been or are now in phase one, two or three clinical trials.

FSCI has produced for years and continues to supply a molecule that is a key part of an FDA approved Continuous Glucose Monitor medical device.

Over the last 15 years, Frontier Specialty Chemicals has expanded its scientific reach by adding other divisions or sister companies to handle Biochemical reagents assays and screening services.

Currently, FSCI presents customer synthesis capabilities and a catalog of products with production quantities ranging from the milligram to multi-kilogram scale in reactors from microscale to 400-liters.   Analytical instrumentation includes a 400 MHz NMR, HPLCs, LC/MSs and preparative/ analytical HPLCs.   Much has changed in Chemistry since our inception, but what has remained constant is our commitment to provide Chemistry solutions that can improve the human condition and address industry needs.

Management Team

Bert Israelsen, President FSCI Utah

Mr. Israelsen joined Frontier Specialty Chemicals in 1995 as an Owner and senior manager helping grow the family of businesses with sustained profits each year.  He has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Utah State University.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Israelsen worked in sales management positions for over ten years. He served on the Utah State University College of Engineering Industrial Board and the Department of Chemistry Advisory Board. Mr. Israelsen is a past  Chairman of the Cache County Entrepreneurial Council (CEC).  Mr. Israelsen and his wife enjoy being with their five children as often as possible and volunteering to assist church youth groups. 

Dustin Cefalo, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Porphyrin Chemistry

Dr. Cefalo joined Frontier Specialty Chemicals in 2003.   He has a B.A. in Chemistry from Weber State University and a Ph.D. from Boston College studying enantioselective metathesis catalysts and their application towards organic synthesis under Professor Amir Hoveyda. Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Cefalo worked as a medicinal chemist and research scientist.   His current duties include supervising all research and development and production of Porphyrin chemistry.

Neil Jones, CPA, MAcc, Vice President Finance

Mr. Jones joined Frontier Specialty Chemicals in 2003.   He has a Bachelors and a Masters of Accountancy from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant.    Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Jones served over fifteen years in public and private accounting and human resources management concentrating on small on mid-sized businesses in the research & development, manufacturing, and distribution business sectors.  His public accounting included working eight years at Deloitte Touche and another international firm.  Mr. Jones has been a teacher of managerial and financial accounting courses at a local community college.  Mr. Jones current duties include supervising all accounting and human resources of the Company.

Homayoun Mokri, M.S., Director of Applied Technology

Mr. Mokri joined Frontier Specialty Chemicals in 2000.   He has a M.S. degree in Chemistry from Utah State University focusing on the synthesis of natural products.    Mr. Mokri is originally from Iran and speaks English and Farsi.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mokri worked for over 10 years as an organic chemist.  His current duties include supervising all production of the Company’s catalog boronic acids, diboron reagents and building blocks products as well as specialized custom synthesis compounds.

Ryan Parker, Purchasing & Administration Manager

Mr. Parker joined Frontier Specialty Chemicals in 2005 as a purchasing agent and later promoted to purchasing and administration manager. He oversees procurement, customer service, and is certified in HAZWOPER and IATA Dangerous Goods shipping. Mr. Parker attended Utah State University where he met his beautiful wife. He enjoys spending time with her and their 3 boys in the great outdoors.  


Frontier Specialty Chemicals is a Science-driven company that values its people as its greatest asset.   We are always looking for bright, hardworking professionals who are passionate about Science.   New openings will be posted as they become available.    If you do not see an opening that matches your skills and experience, you are invited to still apply by sending a CV/Resume and cover letter to hr@frontierspecialtychemicals.com.

Career Openings

None currently.   Please check back.

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