Undergraduate Research Papers

Chemistry undergraduate students have many opportunities to contribute to cutting-edge chemistry research in our department.  Many faculty members employ undergraduate students to work in their labs during the summers months.  Additionally, honors and specialization students can register in CHEM 401/403 and get credit for the research they perform!  This work often leads to publications in some of the top peer-reviewed journals. 

See the list below for publications of research that involved undergrads (name in bold).


Wei Zhang, Alexander W. Lohman, Yevgeniya Zhuravlova, Xiaocen Lu, Matthew D.  Wiens, Hiofan Hoi, Sine Yaganoglu, Manuel A. Mohr, Elena N. Kitova, John S. Klassen, Periklis Pantazis, Roger J. Thompson, and Robert E. Campbell, “Optogenetic Control with a Photocleavable Protein, PhoCl”, Nature Methods 2017, 14, 391-394. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.4222 

Lisa Shulman, Lei Pei, Mahmoud F. Bahnasy, and Charles A. Lucy, "High pH instability of quaternary ammonium surfactant coatings in capillary electrophoresis." Analyst 2017, 142, 2145-2151. RSC web collection CSC100: Celebrating Canadian Chemistry (Invited). DOI: 10.1039/c7an00330g 

Tristan Verdelet, Robert M. Ward, and Dennis G. Hall, “Direct Sulfonamidation of Primary and Secondary Benzylic Alcohols Catalyzed by a Boronic Acid/Oxalic Acid System.” European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2017, in press. DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201700621 

Guy Bernard, Atul Goyal, Mark Miskolzie, Ryan McKay, Qichao (Jennifer) Wu, Roderick Wasylishen, and Vladimir K. Michaelis, "Methylammonium Lead Chloride: A Sensitive Sample for an Accurate NMR Thermometer." Journal of Magnetic Resonance 2017, 283, 14-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmr.2017.08.002

Qiang Zhang, Juan Colazo, Darren Berg, Samuel M. Mugo, and Michael J. Serpe, "Multi-Responsive Nanogels for Targeted Anti-Cancer Drug Delivery." Molecular Pharmaceutics 2017, 14, 2624-2628. DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.7b00325

Yongfeng Gao,Menglian Wei, Xue Li, Wenwen Xu, Andrews Ahiabu, Juliana Perdiz, Zining Liu, and Michael J. Serpe, "Stimuli-Responsive Polymers: Fundamental Considerations and Applications." Macromolecular Research 2017, 25, 513-527. DOI: 10.1007/s13233-017-5088-7 (Invited Review)

Shaun M. K. McKinnie, Wang Wang, Conrad Fischer, Tyler McDonald, Kevin R. Kalin, Xavier Iturrioz, Catherine Llorens-Cortes, Gavin Y. Oudit, and John C. Vederas, "Synthetic modification within the ‘RPRL’ region of apelin peptides: Impact on cardiovascular activity and stability to neprilysin and plasma degradation." J. Med. Chem. 2017, 60, 6408-6427. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b00723 

Jeella Z. Acedo, Kaitlyn M. Towle, Christopher T. Lohans, Mark Miskolzie, Ryan T. McKay, Thomas A. Doerksen, John C. Vederas, and Leah A. Martin-Visscher, "Identification and three-dimensional structure of carnobacteriocin XY, a class IIb bacteriocin produced by Carnobacteria." FEBS Letters 2017, 591, 1349-1359. DOI: 10.1002/1873-3468.12648 

Olivier-Mohamad Soueidan, Thomas W. Scully, Jatinder Kaur, Rashmi Panigrahi, Alexandr Belovodskiy, Victor Do, Carson D. Matier, M. Joanne Lemieux, Frank Wuest, Chris Cheeseman, and F. G. West, "Fluorescent Hexose Conjugates Establish Stringent Stereochemical Requirement by GLUT5 for Recognition and Transport of Monosaccharides." ACS Chemical Biology 2017, 12, 1087-1094.  DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.6b01101


M. Alaraby Salem, Isaac Twelves, and Alex Brown, "Prediction of two-photon absorption enhancement in red fluorescent protein chromophores made from non-canonical amino acids." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2016, 18, 24408-24416. DOI: 10.1039/C6CP03865D

Sam L. Anderson, Erik J. Luber, Brian C. Olsen, and Jillian M. Buriak, "Substance over Subjectivity: Moving beyond the Histogram." Chemistry of Materials 2016, 28, 5973-5975.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b03430

Frédérique Deiss, Yvette Yang, and Ratmir Derda, "Parallel Syntheses of Peptides on Teflon-Patterned Paper Arrays (SyntArrays)." Methods in Molecular Biology 2016, 1368, 249-271. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3136-1_18

Edith Lin, Adhirath Sikand, Jessica Wickware, Yubin Hao and Ratmir Derda,  “Peptide Microarray Patterning for Controlling and Monitoring Cell Growth.Acta Biomaterialia 2016, 34, 53.59. 10.1016/j.actbio.2016.01.028

Katrina F. Tjhung, Pavel I. Kitov, Simon Ng, Elena N. Kitova, Lu Deng, John S. Klassen, and Ratmir Derda, “Silent Encoding of Chemical Post-Translational Modifications in Phage-Displayed Libraries“, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016, 138, 32–35. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b10390

Michael K. Lam, Tendai Gadzikwa, Trang Nguyen, Abu Kausar, B. Safeenaz Alladin-Mustan, Md. Delwar Sikder, and Julianne M. Gibbs-Davis, “Tuning toehold length and temperature to achieve rapid, colorimetric detection of DNA from the disassembly of DNA-gold nanoparticle aggregates.” Langmuir 2016, 32, 1585-1590. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b03777

Sergey Vshyvenko, Marissa L. Clapson, Itaru Suzuki, and Dennis G. Hall, "Characterization of the Dynamic Equilibrium between Closed and Open Forms of the Benzoxaborole Pharmacophore." ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters 2016, 7, 1097−1101.  DOI: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.6b00300

Elijah G. Schnitzler, Brandi L. M. Zenchyzen, and Wolfgang Jäger, "The o-toluic acid water complex: an atmospheric photo-oxidation product and its hydrate studied using microwave spectroscopy and ab initio calculations." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2016, 18, 448. DOI: 10.1039/C5CP06073G

Elijah G. Schnitzler, Courtenay Badran, and Wolfgang Jäger, "The Contrasting roles of water in the decarboxylation of two oxalic acid monohydrates: A combined rotational spectroscopic and ab initio study." Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2016, 7, 1143-1147.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00278

Jeffrey Tao,  Lily X. J. Sun, and X. Chris Le, "Study of the effects of bisphenol A using human fetal lung fibroblasts." Journal of Environmental Sciences 2016, 48, 6-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2016.09.001 

Chad D. Iverson, Xinyun Gu, and Charles A. Lucy, "The Hydrophilicity vs. Ion Interaction Selectivity Plot Revisited: The Effect of Mobile Phase pH and Buffer Concentration on Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography Selectivity Behavior." Journal of Chromatography A 2016, 1458, 82-89.  DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2016.06.061

Patrick J. Moon, Heather M. Halperin, and Rylan J. Lundgren, "Oxidative coupling of aryl boron reagents with sp3-carbon nucleophiles: The Enolate Chan-Evans-Lam Reaction." Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 2016, 55, 1894-1898. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201510558

Adam J. Bergren, Lucas Zeer-Wanklyn, Mitchell Semple, Nikola Pekas, Bryan Szeto, and Richard L McCreery, "Musical molecules: the molecular junction as an active component in audio distortion circuits." Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 2016, 28, 094011. DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/28/9/094011

Melanie W. Lui, Nathan R. Paisley, Robert McDonald, Michael J. Ferguson, and Eric Rivard, “Metal-free Dehydrogenation of Amine-boranes by Tunable N-Heterocyclic Iminoboranes.” Chemistry-A European Journal 2016, 22, 2134-2145. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201503528

Qiang Matthew Zhang, Darren Berg, Jiaqi Duan, Samuel M. Mugo, and Michael J. Serpe, "Optical Devices Constructed from Ferrocene-Modified Microgels for H2O2 Sensing." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016, 8, 27264-27269. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b11462

Yongfeng Gao, Ka Yee Wong, Andrews Ahiabua, and Michael J. Serpe, "Sequential and Controlled Release of Small Molecules from Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) Microgel-Based Reservoir Devices." Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2016, 4, 5144-5150. DOI: 10.1039/C6TB00864J 

Qiang Matthew Zhang, Wenda Wang, Ya-Qiong Su, Emiel J. M. Hensen, and Michael J. Serpe, "Biological Imaging and Sensing with Multiresponsive Microgels." Chemistry of Materials 2016, 28, 259-265.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b04028 

Shaun M. K. McKinnie, Conrad Fischer, Kelvin M. H. Tran, Wang Wang, Fabricio Mosquera, Gavin Y. Oudit, and John C. Vederas, "The Metalloprotease Neprilysin Degrades and Inactivates Apelin Peptides." ChemBioChem 2016, 17, 1495-1498. DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201600244

Wang Wang, Shaun M.K. McKinnie, Maikel Farhan, Manish Paul, Tyler McDonald, Brent McLean, Catherine Llorens-Cortes, Saugata Hazra, Allan G. Murray, John C. Vederas, and Gavin Y. Oudit, "Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2 Metabolizes and Partially Inactivates Pyr-Apelin-13 and Apelin-17: Physiological Effects in the Cardiovascular System." Hypertension 2016, 68, 365-377. DOI:

Devon J. Schatz, Yonghoon Kwon, Thomas W. Scully, and F. G. West, "Interrupting the Nazarov Cyclization with Bromine." Journal of Organic Chemistry 2016, 81, 12494-12498.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.6b02350


M.R. Momeni, L. Shulman, E. Rivard, and A. Brown, Interplay of donor-acceptor Interactions in stabilizing boron nitride compounds: Insights from theory, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 16525-16535. DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01993A

G. He, B.D. Wiltshire, P. Choi, A. Savin, S. Sun, A. Mohammadpour, M.J. Ferguson, R. McDonald, A. Brown, K. Shankar and E. Rivard, Phosphorescence within Benzotellurophenes and Color Tunable Tellurophenes under Ambient Conditions, Chemical Communications, 2015, 51, 5444-5447. DOI: 10.1039/C4CC06529H

Hernandez Armada, D.; Santos, M.J.; Richards, M.R.; Cairo, C.W.* "Protecting group-free immobilization of glycans for affinity chromatography using glycosylsulfonohydrazide donors," Carbohydrate Research, 2015, 417, 109-116.

T. Albrecht, Y. Zhao, T.H. Nguyen, R.E. Campbell, and J.D. Johnson*, “Fluorescent biosensors illuminate calcium levels within defined beta-cell endosome subpopulations”, Cell Calcium, 2015, 57, 263-274.

S. Ng, E. Y. Lin, PI Kitov, Katrina F. Tjhung, OO Gerlits, L Deng, B Kasper, A Sood, BM Paschal, P Zhang, CC Ling, JS Klassen, CJ Noren, LK Mahal, RJ Woods, L Coates, and R Derda*  “Genetically-encoded Fragment-based Discovery of Glycopeptide Ligands for Carbohydrate-binding Proteins“, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 5248–5251.

Katrina F. Tjhung, F. Deiss, Jessica Tran, Y. Chou, R. Derda*, “Intra-domain phage display (ID-PhD) of peptides and mini-domain proteins censored from canonical pIII phage display“, 2015 Front. Microbiol. 6:340.

S. Ng, Katrina F. Tjhung, B. M. Paschal, C. J. Noren, R. Derda*, “Chemical posttranslational modification of phage-displayed peptides“, Methods in Molecular Biology, 2015, 1248, 155-172.

B.S. Alladin-Mustan,** Catherine J. Mitran,** J.M. Gibbs,* “Achieving room Temperature DNA amplification by dialing in destabilization” Chemical Communications 2015, 51, 9101-9104. (**joint first-authors)

Elijah G. Schnitzler, Brandi L. M. Zenchyzen, and Wolfgang Jäger, High-resolution Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy of methyl- and dimethylnaphtalenes, The Astrophysical Journal, 2015, 805, 141.  dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/805/2/141

Lei Wang, Mengyao Dong, and Todd L. Lowary, Synthesis of Unusual N-Acylated Aminosugar Fragments of Mycobacterium marinum Lipooligosaccharide IV, Journal of Organic Chemistry,  2015, 80, 2767–2780. 10.1021/acs.joc.5b00064

Abishek K. Iyer, Brent W. Rudyk, Xinsong Lin, Harpreet Singh, Arzoo Z. Sharma, Christopher R. Wiebe, and Arthur Mar*, Noncentrosymmetric rare-earth copper gallium chalcogenides RE3CuGaCh7 (RE = La-Nd; Ch = S, Se): An unexpected combination, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2015, 229, 150-159.

Krishna K. Ramachandran, Stanislav S. Stoyko, C. Scott Mullen, and Arthur Mar*, Rare-earth manganese copper phosphides REMnCu4P3 (RE = Gd-Ho): The first quaternary ordered variants of the YCo5P3-type structure, Inorganic Chemistry 2015, 54, 860-866.

M. R. Momeni, L. Shulman, and E. Rivard*, and A. Brown*, “Interplay of Donor-acceptor Interactions in Stabilizing Boron Nitride Compounds: Insights from Theory”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 16525-16535

G. He, B. D. Wiltshire, P. Choi, A. Savin, S. Sun, A. Mohammadpour, M. J. Ferguson, R. McDonald, S. Farsinezhad, A. Brown*, K. Shankar*, and E. Rivard*, “Phosphorescence within Benzotellurophenes and Color Tunable Tellurophenes under Ambient Conditions”, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 5444-5447

M. R. Islam, Jessica Irvine and M.J. Serpe*, Photothermally induced optical property changes of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microgel-based etalons, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2015, 7, 24370-24376.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b08532

M. R. Islam, S. Y. Xie, D. Q. Huang, Keady Smyth and M.J. Serpe*, Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) microgel-based optical devices for humidity sensing, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2015, 898, 101-108.  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2015.09.039

C. Diner, David E. Scott, R.R. Tykwinski, M.R. Gray, and J., M. Stryker*, Scalable, chromatography-free synthesis of alkyl-tethered pyrene-based materials. Application to first-generation "archipelago model" asphaltene compounds, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2015, 80, 1719-1726.

Cochrane, S.A.; Surgenor, R.R.; Khey, K.M.W.; Vederas, J.C. Total synthesis and stereochemical assignment of the antimicrobial lipopeptide cerexin A1. Organic Letters 2015, 17, 5428-5431.

Cochrane, S.A.; Lohans, C.T.; van Belkum, M.J.; Bels, M.A.; Vederas, J.C. Studies on Tridecaptin B1, a new tridecaptin analogue with activity against multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015, 13, 6073-6081.

Zahra Dezhahang, Mohammad Reza Poopari, Joseph Cheramy, Yunjie Xu*, "Conservation of Helicity in a Chiral Pyrrol-2-yl Schiff-Base Ligand and Its Transition Metal Complexes", Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 4539-4549. DOI:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b00386.

Yonghoon Kwon, Devon J. Schatz, and Frederick G. West, "1,4-Diketones from cross-conjugated dienones: Potassium permanganate-interrupted Nazarov Reaction." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 9940-9943. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201503696


Li, C.; Key, J.A.; Jia, F.; Dandapat, A.; Hurr, S.; Cairo, C.W.* “Practical labelling methodology for choline-derived lipids and applications in cell fluorescence imaging,” Photochemistry & Photobiology, 2014, 90(3), 686-695.

J. Wu, A.S. Abdelfattah, L.S. Miraucourt, E. Kutsarova, A. Ruangkittisakul, H. Zhou, K. Ballanyi, G. Wicks, M. Drobizhev, A. Rebane, E.S. Ruthazer, and R.E. Campbell*, “A long Stokes shift red fluorescent protein Ca2+ indicator for 2-photon and ratiometric imaging”, Nat. Commun., 2014, 5, 5262.

J. Wu, D.L. Prole, Y. Shen, Z. Lin, A. Gnanasekaran, Y. Liu, L. Chen, H. Zhou, S.R.W. Chen, Y.M. Usachev, C.W. Taylor, and R.E. Campbell*, “Red fluorescent genetically encoded Ca2+ indicators for use in mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum”, Biochem. J., 2014, 464, 13-21.

M. Pan, L. Rosenfeld, M. Kim, M. Xu, Edith Y. Lin, R. Derda and S. K. Y. Tang* “Fluorinated Pickering Emulsions Impede Interfacial Transport and Form Rigid Interface for the Growth of Anchorage-Dependent CellsACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 21446–21453.

P. Kitov, D.F. Vinals, S. Ng , Katrina F. Tjhung, and R. Derda* “Rapid, hydrolytically stable modification of aldehyde-terminated proteins and phage libraries”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2014, 136, 8149–8152.

Katrina F. Tjhung, S. Burnham, H. Anany, M. W. Griffiths and R. Derda* “Rapid enumeration of phage in monodisperse emulsions“, Analytical Chemistry, 2014, 86, 5642–5648.

F. Deiss, W.L. Matochko, Natasha Govindasamy, Edith Y. Lin and R. Derda* “Flow-through synthesis on teflon-patterned paper to produce peptide arrays for cell-based assays”, Angewandte Chemie, 2014, 53, 6374–6377.

MR Jafari, Lu Deng, S Ng, W Matochko, Katrina Tjhung, A Zeberof, A Elias, John S. Klassen, R Derda* “Discovery of light-responsive ligands through screening of light-responsive genetically-encoded library“, ACS Chemical Biology, 2014, 9, 443–450.

F Deiss, MF Huacca, Jasmin Bal, Katrina Tjhung, R Derda* “Antimicrobial susceptibility assays in paper-based portable culture devices“, Lab Chip, 2014, 14, 167-171.

Elijah Schnitzler, Ashneil Dutt, André M. Charbonneau, Jason S. Olfert, and Wolfgang Jäger, Soot aggregate restructuring due to coatings of secondary organic aerosol derived from aromatic precursors, Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48, 14309.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/es503699b

M. Farooq Wahab, Jordan K. Anderson, Mohamed Abdelrady, and Charles A. Lucy, Peak distortion effects in analytical ion chromatography, Analytical Chemistry, 2014, 86, 559-566.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac402624a

A. K. Swarnakar, S. M. McDonald, K. C. Deutsch, P. Choi, M. J. Ferguson, R. McDonald, and E. Rivard*, “Application of the Donor-Acceptor Concept to Intercept Low Oxidation State Group 14 Element Hydrides using a Wittig Reagent as a Lewis Base”, Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 8662-8671.

G. He, W. Torres Delgado, Devon J. Schatz, C. Merten, A. Mohammadpour, L. Mayr, M. J. Ferguson, R. McDonald, A. Brown*, K. Shankar and E. Rivard*, “Coaxing solid-state phosphorescence from tellurophenes”, Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 2014, 53, 4587-4591. dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201307373.

A. Momin, Lee Carter, Y. Yang, R. McDonald, S. Essafi, F. Fief, I. Del Rosal, A. Sella, L. Maron and J. Takats*, To bend or not to bend: Experimental studies of the structural preference in Ln(TpiPr2)2 (Ln = Sm, Tm), Inorganic Chemistry 2014, 53, 12066-12075.

Z. Yang, M. Dasog, Alexander R. Dobbie, R. Lockwood, Y. Zhi, A. Meldrum, J.G.C. Veinot*, Highly luminescent covalently linked silicon nanocrystal/polystyrene hybrid functional materials: Synthesis, properties, and processability, Advanced Functional Materials 2014, 24, 1345-1353.  dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201302091

S. Regli, J.A. Kelly, Marie A. Barnes, C.A. Andrei, J.G.C. Veinot "Mesoporous silica encapsulation of silicon nanocrystals: Synthesis, aqueous dispersibility and drug delivery" Materials Letters, 2014, 115, 21-24.  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2013.10.006

Carson D. Matier, Y. H. Kwon, and F. G. West*, Efficient synthesis of bicyclo[6.3.0]undecadienes by Nazarov cyclization/regioselective elimination, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 2014, 92, 58-61.


Tait, J. G.; Worfolk, B. J.; Maloney, S. A.; Hauger, T. C.; Elias, A. L; Buriak, J. M.; Harris, K. D. Spray coated high-conductivity PEDOT:PSS transparent electrodes for stretchable and mechanically-robust organic solar cells. Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells, 2013, 110, 98-106.

A. Kausar, Catherine J. Mitran, Y. Li, J.M. Gibbs,* "Rapid DNA self‐replication induced by a destabilizing lesion" Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 10577-10581. (Hot Article and Back Cover)

Joseph Tomkins and Gabriel Hanna*, Signatures of nanoconfinement on the linear and nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy of a model hydrogen-bonded complex dissolved in a polar solvent, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2013, 117, 13619-13630.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp407469f

Chia Shen Sow, Joseph Tomkins, and Gabriel Hanna*, Computational study of the one- and two-dimensional infrared spectra of a proton-transfer mode in a hydrogen-bonded complex dissolved in a polar nanocluster, Chem. Phys. Chem. 2013, 14, 3309-3318.  dx.doi.org/10.1002/cphc.201300610

Javix Thomas, Jensen Yiu, Johannes Rebling, Wolfgang Jäger, and Yunjie Xu, Chirped-pulse and cavity-based Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy of a chiral epoxy ester: methyl glycidate, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013, 117, 13249.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp402552t

Stanislav S. Stoyko, Krishna K. Ramachandran, C. Scott Mullen, and Arthur Mar*, Rare-earth manganese copper pnictides RE2Mn3Cu9Pn7 (Pn = P, As): Quaternary ordered variants of the Zr2Fe12P7‑type structure, Inorganic Chemistry 2013, 52, 1040−1046.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic3023375

Kyle J. Sabourin, A. C. Malcolm, R. McDonald, M. J. Ferguson and E. Rivard*, Metal-free dehydrogenation of amine–boranes by an N-heterocyclic carbine, Dalton Transactions, 2013, 42, 4625-4632. dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3dt32988g

S. M. I. Al-Rafia, O. Shynkaruk, Sean M. McDonald, Sean K. Liew, M. J. Ferguson, R. McDonald, R. H. Herber, and E. Rivard*, Synthesis and Mössbauer spectroscopy of formal tin(II) dichloride and dihydride species supported by Lewis acids and bases, Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52, 5581−5589.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic4005455

S.M. I. Al-Rafia, James T. Goettel, P. A. Lummis, R. McDonald, M. J. Ferguson, and E. Rivard*, Preparation of a stable disilane amidinium heterocycle and attempted syntheses of an inorganic N-heterocyclic carbine, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2013, 739, 26-32.  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2013.04.029

M. R. Islam, X. Li, Keady Smyth and M.J. Serpe*, Polymer-based muscle expansion and contraction, Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 2013, 52, 10330-10333. dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201303475

M. R. Islam, Kai C.C. Johnson and M.J. Serpe*, Microgel-based etalon coated quartz crystal microbalances for detecting solution pH: The effect of Au overlayer thickness, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2013, 792, 110-114.  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2013.07.007

D. Parasuraman, Avijeet K. Sarker and M. J. Serpe*, Recyclability of poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) microgel-based assemblies for organic dye removal from water, Colloid and Polymer Science, 2013, 291, 1795-1802.  dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00396-013-2915-z

M. R. Islam, Z. Z. Lu, X. Li, Avijeet K. Sarker, L. Hu, P. Choi, Xi Li, N. Hakobyan. and M. J. Serpe*, Responsive polymers for analytical applications: A review, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2013, 789, 17-32.  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2013.05.009

L. Hu, Avijeet K. Sarker, M. R. Islam, X. Li, Z. Z. Lu, and M. J. Serpe*, Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) microgel-based assemblies, Journal of Polymer Science A, 2013, 51, 3004-3020.  dx.doi.org/10.1002/pola.26702

Z. Yang, M. Iqbal, Alexander R. Dobbie, J.G.C. Veinot*, Surface-induced alkene oligomerization: Does thermal hydrosilylation really lead to monolayer protected silicon nanocrystals? Journal of the American Chemical Society 2013, 135, 17595-17601.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja409657y

M. Dasog, Larissa F. Smith, T.K. Purkait, J.G.C. Veinot "Low temperature synthesis of silicon carbide nanomaterials using solid-state method" Chemical Communications  2013, 49, 7004-7006.  dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3cc43625j

Z. Yang, Alexander R. Dobbie, J.G.C. Veinot*, Shape evolution of faceted silicon nanocrystals upon thermal annealing in an oxide matrix, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 2013, 1536. dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2013.890

S. Bhattacharjee, I.M.C.M. Rietjens, M. P. Singh, T.M. Atkins, T.K. Purkait, Z. Xu, S. Regli, Amber Shukaliak, R.J. Clark, B.S. Mitchell, G.M. Alink, A.T.M. Marcelis, M.J. Fink, J.G.C. Veinot, S.M. Kauzlarich, H. Zuilhof "Cytotoxicity of surface-functionalized silicon and germanium nanoparticles: The dominant role of surface charges" Nanoscale 2013, 5, 4870 – 4883.  dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3nr34266b

Javix Thomas, Jensen Yiu, Johannes Rebling, Wolfgang Jäger, and Yunjie Xu*, Chirped-pulse and cavity-based Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy of a chiral epoxy ester: Methyl glycidate, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2013, 117, 13249-13254.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp402552t


Alex Brown,* Tsz Yan Ngai, Marie A. Barnes, Jessie A. Key, and Christopher W. Cairo*, Substituted benzoxadiazoles as fluorogenic probes: A computational study of absorption and fluorescence, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2012, 116, 46–54. dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp2079296

Beckers, N. A.; Huynh, S.; Zhang, X.; Luber, E. J.; Buriak, J. M. Screening of Heterogeneous Multimetallic Nanoparticle Catalysts Supported on Metal Oxides for Mono-, Poly-, and Heteroaromatic Hydrogenation Activity. ACS Catalysis, 2012, 2, 1524-1534.

Worfolk, B. J.; Hauger, T. C.; Harris, K. D.; Rider, D. A.; Fordyce, J. A. M.; Beaupré, S.; Leclerc, M.; Buriak, J. M. Work Function Control of Interfacial Buffer Layers for Efficient and Air-Stable Inverted Low-Bandgap Organic Photovoltaics. Adv. Energy Mater., 2012, 2, 361-368.

W Matochko, S Ng, MR Jafari, Joe Romaniuk, SKY Tang, R Derda* “Uniform amplification of phage display libraries in monodisperse emulsions“, Methods, 2012, 58 (1), 18-27.

J.A. Diaz, David M. Grewer, J.M. Gibbs* “Tuning ratios, densities, and supramolecular spacing in multifunctional DNA-modified gold nanoparticles” Small 2012, 8, 873–883.

Paul L. Raston, Donald D. Kelloway, and Wolfgang Jäger, Infrared spectroscopy of HOCl embedded in superfluid helium nanodroplets: Probing the dynamical response of the solvent, The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2012, 137, 014302.  dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4731283

Steve P. Dempster, Oleksandr Sukhorukov, Qi-Yi (Tracy) Lei, and Wolfgang Jäger, Rotational spectroscopic study of hydrogen cyanide embedded in small 4He clusters, The Journal of Chemical Physics 2012, 137, 174303.  dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4762862

M.E.A. Ibrahim, Yang Liu and C.A. Lucy*, A simple graphical representation of selectivity in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography, Journal of Chromatography A, 2012, 1260, 126–131.  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chroma.2012.08.064

Stanislav S. Stoyko, Mansura Khatun, C. Scott Mullen, and Arthur Mar*, Ternary CaCu4Pn2-type pnictides AAg4Pn2 (A = Sr, Eu; Pn = As, Sb), Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2012, 192, 325-330.

A. C. Malcolm, Kyle J. Sabourin, R. McDonald, M. J. Ferguson, and E. Rivard*, "Donor-acceptor complexation and dehydrogenation chemistry of aminoboranes", Inorganic Chemistry, 2012, 51, 12905-12916.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic3018997

Sean K. Liew, S. M. Ibrahim Al-Rafia, James T. Goettel, Paul A. Lummis, Sean M. McDonald, Leah J. Miedema, Michael J. Ferguson, Robert McDonald, Eric Rivard. "Expanding the steric coverage offered by bis(amidosilyl) chelates: Isolation of low-coordinate N-heterocyclic germylene complexes". Inorganic Chemistry 2012, 51, 54715480. dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic300495k

Janelle B. Smiley-Wiens and Michael J. Serpe*, Solvent exchange kinetics in poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microgel-based etalons, Colloid and Polymer Science, 2012, 291, 971-979.  DOI 10.1007/s00396-012-2818-4

Kai C.C. Johnson; F. Mendez; M.J. Serpe*, “Detecting solution pH changes using poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)-co-acrylic acid microgel-based etalon modified quartz crystal microbalances" Analytica Chimica Acta, 2012, 739, 83-88.

D. Parasuraman; Avijeet K. Sarker; M.J. Serpe*, “Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)-based microgels and their assemblies for organic molecule removal from water” ChemPhysChem 2012, 13(10), 2507–2515. Invited review

D. Parasuraman; Edmund Leung; M.J. Serpe* “Poly (N-Isopropylacrylamide) Microgel Based Assemblies for Organic Dye Removal from Water: Microgel Diameter Effects” Colloid. Polym. Sci. 2012, 290 (11), 1053-1064.

Lohans, C.T.; Huang, Z.; van Belkum, M.J.; Giroud, M.; Sit, C.S.; Steels, E.M.; Zheng, J.; Whittal, R.M.; McMullen, L.M.; and Vederas, J.C. Structural characterization of the highly cyclized lantibiotic paenicidin A via a partial desulfurization/reduction strategy. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134, 19540-19543.

Lama, A.; Pané-Farré, J.; Chon, T.; Wiersma, A.M.; Sit, C.S.; Vederas, J.C.; Hecker, M.; Nakano, M.M. Response of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to Amicoumacin A. PLoS ONE 2012, 7, issue 3, 1-13. 10.1371/journal.pone.0034037.

McKinnie, S.M.K.; Ross, A.C.; Little; M.J.; Vederas, J.C. The solid phase supported peptide synthesis of analogues of the lantibiotic lactocin S. MedChemComm 2012, 3, 971-975.

Z. Yang, Alexander R. Dobbie, K. Cui, J.G.C. Veinot*, A convenient method for preparing alkyl-functionalized silicon nanocubes, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134, 1395-13961. dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja3061497

S. Regli, J.A. Kelly, Amber Shukaliak, J.G.C. Veinot "Photothermal response of photoluminescent silicon nanocrystals" Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2012, 3, 1793 – 1797.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/jz3004766

Christian Merten, Kaitlynd Hiller and Yunjie Xu*, Effects of electron configuration and coordination number on the vibrational circular dichroism spectra of metal complexes of trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2012, 14, 12884-12891. dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2cp42221b

Peiyang Zhu, Guochun Yang, Mohammad Reza Poopari, Zhi Bie, and Yunjie Xu*, Conformations of serine in aqueous solutions as revealed by vibrational circular dichroism, Chem. Phys. Chem. 2012, 13, 1272-1281.   dx.doi.org/10.1002/cphc.201101003


Rider, D. A.; Tucker, R. T.; Worfolk, B. J.; Krause, K. M.; Lalany, A.; Brett, M. J.; Buriak, J. M; Harris, K. D. Indium tin oxide nanopillar electrodes in polymer/fullerene solar cells. Nanotechnology, 2011, 22, 085706.

Key, J.A.; Li, M.D. and Cairo, C.W.* “A fluorogenic aromatic nucleophilic substitution reaction for demonstrating normal-phase chromatography and isolation of nitrobenzoxadiazole chromophores,” Journal of Chemical Education, 2011, 88(1), 98-100.

A. Kausar, Rosalie D. McKay, Jade Lam, Rohan S. Bhogal, Alexandra Y. Tang, J.M. Gibbs*, Tuning DNA stability to achieve turnover in template for an enzymatic ligation reaction, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2011, 50, 8922-8926.

M.S. Azam, Sean L. Fenwick, J.M. Gibbs*, "Orthogonally reactive SAMs as a general platform for bifunctional silica surfaces" Langmuir, 2011, 27, 741-750.

T.M. McGinitie, B.R. Karolat, Curtis Whale, and J.J. Harynuk*, Influence of carrier gas on the prediction of gas chromatographic retention times based on thermodynamic parameters, Journal of Chromatography A, 2011, 1218, 3241-3246.

A.F. El-Yazbi, Alexandra Palech, and Glen R. Loppnow*, Initial excited-state structural dynamics of 2’-deoxyguanosine determined via UV resonance Raman spectroscopy, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2011, 115, 10445-10451.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp205166j.

Susan Ng, F. Teimoory, and Glen R. Loppnow*,  Mass-tuned initial excited-state structural dynamics of 5-deuterouracil from UV resonance Raman spectroscopy.  Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters  2011,  2(18), 2362-2365.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/jz200993d

R.E. Paproski, Chen Liang and C.A. Lucy*, Zirconia, titania, silica, and carbon columns for the group-type characterization of heavy gas oils using normal phase high temperature liquid chromatography, Energy & Fuels 2011, 25, 4469–4478.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/ef200695m

R.E. Paproski, Chen Liang and C.A. Lucy*, High temperature normal phase liquid chromatography of aromatic hydrocarbons on bare zirconia, Journal of Chromatography A, 2011, 1218, 7948-7955.  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chroma.2011.08.087

Alyson M. Baergen, Peter E. R. Blanchard, Stanislav S. Stoyko, and Arthur Mar*, Quaternary germanide arsenides ZrCuGeAs and HfCuGeAs, Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie 2011, 637, 2007-2012.

Brianna R. Slater, Haiying Bie, Michael W. Gaultois, Stanislav S. Stoyko, and Arthur Mar*, Rare-earth cobalt gallides RE2CoGa8, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2011, 3896-3903.

S. M. Ibrahim Al-Rafia, Adam C. Malcolm, Sean K. Liew, Michael, J. Ferguson, Robert McDonald, Eric Rivard. "Intercepting low oxidation state main group hydrides with a nucleophilic N-heterocyclic olefin". Chemical Communications 2011, 47, 6987-6989. dx.doi.org/10.1039/C1CC11737H

S. M. Ibrahim Al-Rafia, Adam. C. Malcolm, Sean. K. Liew, Eric Rivard. "Stabilization of the heavy methylene analogues, GeH2 and SnH2, within the coordination sphere of a transition metal". Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 777.

Matthew C.D. Carter, C.D. Sorrell, M.J. Serpe*, “Deswelling kinetics of color tunable poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) microgel-based etalons” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011, 115 (49), 14359-14368.

C.D. Sorrell; Matthew C.D. Carter; M.J. Serpe*, “A “Paint-on” protocol for the facile assembly of uniform microgel coatings for color tunable etlon fabrication” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2011, 3, 1140-1147.

C.D. Sorrell; Matthew C.D. Carter; M.J. Serpe* "Color tunable poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)-co- acrylic acid microgel/Au hybrid assemblies" Advanced Functional Materials, 2011, 21, 425-433.

M. Dasog, Christina Rachinsky, J.G.C. Veinot "From Si and C encapsulated SiO2 to SiC: Exploring the influence of sol-gel polymer substitution on thermally induced nanocrystal formation." Journal of Materials Chemistry 2011, 21, 12422 – 12427. dx.doi.org/10.1039/c1jm11858g

J.A. Kelly, Amber M. Shukaliak, M.D. Fleischauer, J.G.C. Veinot "Size-Dependent Reactivity in Hydrosilylation of Silicon Nanocrystals", Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133, 9564 – 9571.  dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja209272c


Tulsi, N.S.; Downey, A.M. and Cairo, C.W.* “A protected bromo-phosphonomethylphenylalanine amino acid derivative (BrPmp) for synthesis of irreversible protein tyrosine phosphatase inhibitors.” Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, 2010, 18, 8679-8686.

Albohy, A.; Li, M.D.; Zheng, R.B.; Zou, C. and Cairo, C.W.*  “Insight into substrate recognition and catalysis by the human neuraminidase 3 (NEU3) through molecular modeling and site-directed mutagenesis,” Glycobiology, 2010, 20 (9), 1127-1138.

Cooke, J.; Nilsson, G.; Fok, E.;  Ng, J.M.  A Web-Based Spectroscopy Tutorial for the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory J. Chem. Educ. 2010, 87, 758–759.