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<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">My primary area of interest is in the development and characterization of useful surfaces for chemical sensing applications. We pattern surfaces on the nanometer scale using the atomic force microscope (AFM) with an eye toward characterization by AFM and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and utilization with impedance-based sensing. A second ares of interest is in working to improve on an AC spectroelectrochemical instrument that will be useful in measuring the electrochemical behavior of molecules confined to surfaces, such as electrochemically active proteins that are adsorbed on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">This project calls for a unique set of interests and capabilities in electrochemistry, instrument design, and software. We also have a few collaborative pursuits. With Professor Conte we have been working to develop an &lsquo;electrically switchable&rsquo; solid phase extraction surface. An anionic surfactant, dodecyl sulfate, is held on a positively-poised gold surface by electrostatic interaction and then released together with the absorbed organic analyte by poising the gold surface in the more negative direction. We also have collaborations with USDA scientists involving phosphorous transport in soils and involving the measurement of humic substances produced via composting of animal waste with wood.</span></span></p>
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<p style="text-align: justify;">1.&nbsp;<strong>Chemistry&nbsp;</strong><strong>&amp;&nbsp;</strong><strong>Chemical&nbsp;</strong><strong>Engineering:</strong>&nbsp;Chemical&nbsp;Reaction&nbsp;Engineering,&nbsp;Gas&#8208;Solid&nbsp;Fluidization&nbsp;Process,&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify; padding-left: 30px;">Chemical&nbsp;Engineering&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;Reaction&nbsp;Engineering,&nbsp;Catalysis&nbsp;Material&nbsp;Science&nbsp;and&nbsp;Micro&#8208;reactor;<span><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">2.&nbsp;<strong>CO</strong><span><strong>2</strong></span><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Greenhouse:</strong>&nbsp;CO<span>2</span>&nbsp;capture,&nbsp;Chemical&nbsp;Looping&nbsp;Combustion,&nbsp;Clean&nbsp;Coal&nbsp;Technologies,&nbsp;Energy&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify; padding-left: 30px;">Conversion&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;Efficiency,&nbsp;Fuel&nbsp;Cell&nbsp;(Coal,&nbsp;Natural&nbsp;Gas&nbsp;and&nbsp;Methanol);&nbsp;<span><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">3.&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Renewable&nbsp;Energy:</strong>&nbsp;Solar&nbsp;Thermal&nbsp;Process,&nbsp;Biofuels,&nbsp;Algae&nbsp;culture,&nbsp;Microbial&nbsp;Fuel&nbsp;Cell;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">4.&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Energy&nbsp;conversion</strong>&nbsp;through&nbsp;Solar/Plasma/Microwave/Supersonic;&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">5.&nbsp;<strong>Mercury&nbsp;(Trace&nbsp;Metals)</strong>&nbsp;<strong>and</strong>&nbsp;<strong>PM2.5</strong>:&nbsp;Emissions&nbsp;Monitoring&nbsp;and&nbsp;Emission&nbsp;Control,&nbsp;Air&nbsp;Pollutant&nbsp;Emission&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify; padding-left: 30px;">Monitoring&nbsp;and&nbsp;Control&nbsp;Consulting&nbsp;Service,&nbsp;Air&nbsp;Pollutant&nbsp;Emission&nbsp;Equipment&nbsp;and&nbsp;Instrumentation&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify; padding-left: 30px;">Package&nbsp;Service;&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">6.&nbsp;<strong>Material&nbsp;Science:</strong>&nbsp;Graphene&nbsp;and&nbsp;Metal&nbsp;Oxide&nbsp;Devices&nbsp;</p>
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<p>CHEM 222&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; College Chemistry II</p>
<p>CHEM 120&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; College Chemistry I</p>
<p>CHEM 116&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Introduction to College Chemistry</p>
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<p><strong><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Analytical </span></strong></p>
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<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">My main area of interest is the development of improved chromatographic methods.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Method improvements hopefully lead to fewer sample handling steps, thus making the job of the analyst easier and more enjoyable.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: medium;">Together with Professor Burris, we have been working on a project that uses surfactants controlled by an electric field as an extraction phase. The anionic surfactant, dodecyl sulfate, for example is held on a positively held gold surface then released together with the absorbed organic analyte by disrupting this applied electric field interaction. </span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: medium;">Students working on this project gain experience in chromatographic and electrochemical methods.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Another collaborative project, with Professor G. Kane Jennings at Vanderbilt, involves using pH responsive surfaces as adsorbents.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">These surfaces can &ldquo;switch&rdquo; from hydrophobic to hydrophilic with a change in pH.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">With this &ldquo;switch&rdquo;, extracted hydrophobic analytes can be released in solutions with less reliance on organic solvents compared with conventional methods.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: medium;">We are also working on improved chromatographic methods for the determination of antibiotics in agriculture samples with scientists Drs. John Loughrin and Kimberly Cook at the US Department of Agriculture.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">With the rise of antibiotic bacteria &ldquo;super bugs&rdquo;, there is an urgent need for rapid and reliable methods of analysis of these substance in these very challenging matrices.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Chromatographic instrumentation used in these projects include high performance liquid chromatography with mass spectrometric, fluorescent and photo diode array detectors, and gas chromatography with mass spectrometric and flame ionization detectors.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span></span></p>
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<p>I am interested in the design and synthesis of nanoscopic objects with multiple components for future technologies. Students can learn techniques for synthesis of organic polymers, inorganic nanoparticles, and ionic liquids, as well as characterization including NMR spectroscopy, polymer chromatography, and electron microscopy.</p>
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<p><strong>Polymers</strong>:&nbsp; We are interested in the synthesis of&nbsp;organic polymers that incorporate redox active functionalities using free radical and controlled radical polymerization&nbsp;methods. We are currently investigating polymethacrylates&nbsp;incorporating&nbsp;a novel initiator that will trigger&nbsp;polymer degradation in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. We aim to polymerize this degradable initiator with differing feed ratios of antioxidant monomers to create materials with tunable degradation profiles under biologically-relevant oxidizing conditions. These types of materials could be used in drug delivery to release medicine preferentially in oxygen-rich areas of the body.</p>
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<p><strong>Nanoparticles</strong>:&nbsp; Controlling nanoparticle structure and surface availability are crucial for improving catalyst properties in applications such as conversion of solar energy to fuels or utilization of CO<sub>2</sub>. We synthesize and use specifically designed ionic liquids as solvents/ligands for nanoparticle synthesis to increase the surface availability and performance of nanoparticle catalysts over traditional synthetic routes. We are developing a synthetic toolbox of novel, task-specific, ionic liquids with functionalities appropriate for controlling nanoparticle structure.</p>
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<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">DNA-binding proteins, biosensor, sequence-specific detection, protein engineering</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Our</span>&nbsp;research focuses primarily on the development of novel molecular tools that benefit human health and biomedical studies, and the discovery of novel bioactive compounds from natural plants and their target proteins for prevention of common disease. Our approaches should prove useful in improving public health and personalized medicine while our finding should also advance our understanding of protein-DNA interactions. The sensitive detection of DNA is of great interest and demand for an increasing number of biomedical studies and diagnostic applications. The development of simple, rapid, and robust technologies for detection of pathogens is becoming particularly critical, considering the increasing rate of mortality and risk of bacteremia. The use of DNA-binding proteins provides a useful scaffold for &lsquo;direct&rsquo; reading of the sequence information, avoiding the need for denaturation and subsequent hybridization required by current methods. Thus, DNA-binding domains such as a zinc finger (ZF) and a novel transcriptional activator-like effector (TALE) will be engineered for recognition of specific sequences present in multiple pathogens. We envision a protein array capable of multiplexed detection of the following pathogens: E. coli O157:H7, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Campylobacter jejuni, Vibrio cholera, and Staphylococus aureus. We also explore the potential use of our system for the detection of specific sites of DNA methylation linked to cancer. The ability to determine CpG methylation in a promoter specific manner would provide a powerful method for the detection of a specific cancer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p>
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<p><em><span lang="en-US"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></span></span></em><span lang="en-US"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span lang="en-US"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In the United States, there are three generations of FDA approved platinum based chemotherapeutics currently in use; each having a unique structure and targeting a specific type of cancer. &nbsp;How do these different structural components impact the cell type specific toxicity of these drugs?&nbsp; There are three main components to this question:&nbsp; how do metals enter the cell (uptake)? Are the metals retained in the cell or lost (efflux)? And lastly, what is the mechanism of cell death?&nbsp; Using a mammalian cell culture system, we are examining these three components of cell toxicity to better understand the biochemistry and molecular signaling components. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p>
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<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Research in our laboratory focuses on studying analogs of the platinum anticancer drugs cisplatin, carboplatin, and oxaliplatin.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">These compounds exhibit anticancer activity by reacting with DNA, though reaction with proteins is generally faster.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Cisplatin and oxaliplatin are approved for different types of cancers and this could be due to uptake by different protein transporters.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Our group studies analogs of the platinum compounds to determine how the size and shape affects reactivity with individual amino acids and nucleotides, which function as simple but understandable model systems for the protein and DNA reactions.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">We use NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, molecular mechanics calculations, and other techniques to understand these simple model systems.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">In collaboration with other groups (Dr. Smith, Biology; Dr. Blairanne Williams, Chemistry), we examine the cellular uptake and toxicity in various cells lines as well as the effects of the compounds on hearing in zebrafish models.</span><span style="font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: medium;">Our goal is to correlate the biological activity with the simple chemical models in order to design more effective drugs.</span></span></p>
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<p>CHEM 340&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Organic Chemistry I</p>
<p>CHEM 341&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Organic Chemistry I Lab</p>
<p>CHEM 342&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Organic Chemistry II</p>
<p>CHEM 343 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Organic Chemistry II lab</p>
<p>CHEM 440 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Introduction to Organic Synthesis</p>
<p>CHEM 541 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advanced Organic Chemistry</p>
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<p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">Organic and organometallic synthesis, catalytic oxidations, kinetic studies </span></p>
<p>Topically, my research activities have focused on several aspects of organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and physical organic chemistry. Much of my research work is devoted to the development of novel methods for oxidative transformations and for selective catalysis in general. The inspiration comes from biomimetic studies of the predominant oxidation catalysts in Nature, namely the cytochrome P450 enzymes. The ultimate goal is to understand importantly biological oxidation reactions and develop the highly efficient enzyme-like oxidation methods. Our particular interest is to photo-chemically generate highly reactive metal-oxo intermediates that can be utilized for catalytic oxidations. Photochemical reactions are intrinsically advantageous because activation is obtained by the absorption of sunlight, which leaves no residue; whereas most chemical methods involve the use of toxic/polluting reagents. The use of molecular oxygen and solar light in our innovative research is particularly relevant to realizing innovative and economically advantageous processes for conversion of hydrocarbons into oxygenates and, at the same time, to move toward a &ldquo;sustainable chemistry&rdquo; that has a minimal environmental impact.</p>
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Chemistry - Faculty


Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks
- Instructor II

Dr. Stuart Burris

Dr. Stuart Burris
- Professor and Department Chair

Larry Byrd

Larry Byrd
- Professor

Dr. Yan Cao

Dr. Yan Cao
- Professor

Dr. Eric Conte

Dr. Eric Conte
- Professor, Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Darwin Dahl

Dr. Darwin Dahl
- Professor

Dr. Yongming Deng

Dr. Yongming Deng
- Assistant Professor

Dr. Sarah Edwards

Dr. Sarah Edwards
- Instructor I

Dr. Lawrence Hill

Dr. Lawrence Hill
- Assistant Professor

Dr. Moon-Soo Kim

Dr. Moon-Soo Kim
- Assistant Professor

Dr. Jeremy Maddox

Dr. Jeremy Maddox
- Associate Professor

Dr. Matthew Nee

Dr. Matthew Nee
- Associate Professor

Dr. Lester Pesterfield

Dr. Lester Pesterfield
- Professor, SKyTeach Science Co-Director

Carnetta Skipworth

Carnetta Skipworth
- Associate Professor

Dr. Cheryl Stevens

Dr. Cheryl Stevens
- Professor and Dean, Ogden College of Science & Engineering, President, WKURF

Dr. Edwin Stevens

Dr. Edwin Stevens
- Scholar in Residence

  • Office: SKY Teach Trailer 2
  • Phone Number: 270-745-4681
Dr. Cathleen Webb

Dr. Cathleen Webb
- Professor, Associate Dean for Research, Ogden College of Science & Engineering

Dr. Blairanne Williams

Dr. Blairanne Williams
- Assistant Professor

Dr. Kevin Williams

Dr. Kevin Williams
- Professor

Dr. David Wolfgang

Dr. David Wolfgang
- Instructor II

Dr. Bangbo Yan

Dr. Bangbo Yan
- Associate Professor

Dr. Rui Zhang

Dr. Rui Zhang
- Professor


 

 


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