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Faculty Positions in Chemistry and Biochemistry2019 faculty staff picnic hosted by Mechref’s (Reda and Yehia)Congratulations to the poster winners of the department annual meet and greet event Characterization of Charge Transfer in Excited States of Extended Clusters of p-Stacked Donor and Acceptor Complexes in Lock-Arm Supramolecular Ordering
Modulation and study of photoblinking behavior in dye doped silver-silica coreshell nanoparticles for localization super-resolution microscopy Unique supramolecular complex of diclofenac: structural robustness, crystal-to-crystal solvent exchange, and mechanochemical synthesis Direct Dynamics Simulations of Fragmentation of a Zn(II)-2Cys-2His Oligopeptide. Comparison with Mass Spectrometry Collision-Induced Dissociation Mechref, Sumner, Latham and Azatian in the pictureCongratulations to the Award Recipients from the Faculty Honors Convocation Dr. Yehia Mechref (Chair) and Dr. Michael F. Mayer with Dr. Lawrence Schovanec (TTU President)Departmental Alumni HighlightsEarly History of the Department

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref served on an NIH study section 2020/01 ZDK1 GRB-S (J2) 1 - Biomarker R01/X01 Applications using Samples from NIDDK Biorepository (Teleconference). The meeting took place on September 26th, 2019.
  • Prof. Pappas gave an invited presentation at the TTUHSC El Paso School of Medicine on October 2nd, 2019. The title of his talk was "Cell Separations and Super-Resolution in Sepsis".
  • Prof. Poirier gave a talk at The Utah Workshop on Quantum Methods in Molecular and Solid-State Theory Park City, Utah, Sept. 25, 2019. The title of his talk was "Tensor product methods for exact Schroedinger solutions in electronic structure: geminals, quantum computing, and periodic boundary conditions".
  • Prof. Mechref gave the closing plenary lecture at the Austrian Proteomics and Metabolomics Research Symposium 2019, Salzburg, Austria, September 20th, 2019. The title of the lecture was "MS-Based Glycomics and Glycoproteomics: New Methods to Understand the Biological Attributes of Glycan and Glycopeptide Isomers".
  • Prof. Poirier gave a talk at UNT Denton, Chemistry Dept. seminar, Sept. 13, 2019. The title of his talk was "Exact Quantum Dynamical Treatment of Hydrogen-material Interactions: Kubas complexes, and entanglement-induced selection rules".
  • Dr. Jonathan Jerke from Poirier’s group presented a poster at TACCster Symposium for Texas Researchers, Austin, Sept. 27, 2019. The title of the poster is "Calculating vibrational spectra with sum of product basis functions without storing the full-dimensional vectors or matrices".
  • Prof. Hase gave the invited talk "Chemical Dynamics and Kinetics of the 3CH2 + 3O2 Reaction" at the MACCCR (Multi-Agency Coordinating Committee for Combustion Research) Fuel and Combustion Research Review in Arlington, Virginia, September 9 -11, 2019.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref served on an NIH study section 2020/01 ZDK1 GRB-S (J2) 1 - Biomarker R01/X01 Applications using Samples from NIDDK Biorepository (Teleconference). The meeting took place on September 26th, 2019.
  • Prof. Pappas gave an invited presentation at the TTUHSC El Paso School of Medicine on October 2nd, 2019. The title of his talk was "Cell Separations and Super-Resolution in Sepsis".
  • Prof. Poirier gave a talk at The Utah Workshop on Quantum Methods in Molecular and Solid-State Theory Park City, Utah, Sept. 25, 2019. The title of his talk was "Tensor product methods for exact Schroedinger solutions in electronic structure: geminals, quantum computing, and periodic boundary conditions".
  • Prof. Mechref gave the closing plenary lecture at the Austrian Proteomics and Metabolomics Research Symposium 2019, Salzburg, Austria, September 20th, 2019. The title of the lecture was "MS-Based Glycomics and Glycoproteomics: New Methods to Understand the Biological Attributes of Glycan and Glycopeptide Isomers".
  • Prof. Poirier gave a talk at UNT Denton, Chemistry Dept. seminar, Sept. 13, 2019. The title of his talk was "Exact Quantum Dynamical Treatment of Hydrogen-material Interactions: Kubas complexes, and entanglement-induced selection rules".
  • Dr. Jonathan Jerke from Poirier’s group presented a poster at TACCster Symposium for Texas Researchers, Austin, Sept. 27, 2019. The title of the poster is "Calculating vibrational spectra with sum of product basis functions without storing the full-dimensional vectors or matrices".
  • Prof. Hase gave the invited talk "Chemical Dynamics and Kinetics of the 3CH2 + 3O2 Reaction" at the MACCCR (Multi-Agency Coordinating Committee for Combustion Research) Fuel and Combustion Research Review in Arlington, Virginia, September 9 -11, 2019.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref served on an NIH study section 2020/01 ZDK1 GRB-S (J2) 1 - Biomarker R01/X01 Applications using Samples from NIDDK Biorepository (Teleconference). The meeting took place on September 26th, 2019.
  • Prof. Pappas gave an invited presentation at the TTUHSC El Paso School of Medicine on October 2nd, 2019. The title of his talk was "Cell Separations and Super-Resolution in Sepsis".
  • Prof. Poirier gave a talk at The Utah Workshop on Quantum Methods in Molecular and Solid-State Theory Park City, Utah, Sept. 25, 2019. The title of his talk was "Tensor product methods for exact Schroedinger solutions in electronic structure: geminals, quantum computing, and periodic boundary conditions".
  • Prof. Mechref gave the closing plenary lecture at the Austrian Proteomics and Metabolomics Research Symposium 2019, Salzburg, Austria, September 20th, 2019. The title of the lecture was "MS-Based Glycomics and Glycoproteomics: New Methods to Understand the Biological Attributes of Glycan and Glycopeptide Isomers".
  • Prof. Poirier gave a talk at UNT Denton, Chemistry Dept. seminar, Sept. 13, 2019. The title of his talk was "Exact Quantum Dynamical Treatment of Hydrogen-material Interactions: Kubas complexes, and entanglement-induced selection rules".
  • Dr. Jonathan Jerke from Poirier’s group presented a poster at TACCster Symposium for Texas Researchers, Austin, Sept. 27, 2019. The title of the poster is "Calculating vibrational spectra with sum of product basis functions without storing the full-dimensional vectors or matrices".
  • Prof. Hase gave the invited talk "Chemical Dynamics and Kinetics of the 3CH2 + 3O2 Reaction" at the MACCCR (Multi-Agency Coordinating Committee for Combustion Research) Fuel and Combustion Research Review in Arlington, Virginia, September 9 -11, 2019.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref served on an NIH study section 2020/01 ZDK1 GRB-S (J2) 1 - Biomarker R01/X01 Applications using Samples from NIDDK Biorepository (Teleconference). The meeting took place on September 26th, 2019.
  • Prof. Pappas gave an invited presentation at the TTUHSC El Paso School of Medicine on October 2nd, 2019. The title of his talk was "Cell Separations and Super-Resolution in Sepsis".
  • Prof. Poirier gave a talk at The Utah Workshop on Quantum Methods in Molecular and Solid-State Theory Park City, Utah, Sept. 25, 2019. The title of his talk was "Tensor product methods for exact Schroedinger solutions in electronic structure: geminals, quantum computing, and periodic boundary conditions".
  • Prof. Mechref gave the closing plenary lecture at the Austrian Proteomics and Metabolomics Research Symposium 2019, Salzburg, Austria, September 20th, 2019. The title of the lecture was "MS-Based Glycomics and Glycoproteomics: New Methods to Understand the Biological Attributes of Glycan and Glycopeptide Isomers".
  • Prof. Poirier gave a talk at UNT Denton, Chemistry Dept. seminar, Sept. 13, 2019. The title of his talk was "Exact Quantum Dynamical Treatment of Hydrogen-material Interactions: Kubas complexes, and entanglement-induced selection rules".
  • Dr. Jonathan Jerke from Poirier’s group presented a poster at TACCster Symposium for Texas Researchers, Austin, Sept. 27, 2019. The title of the poster is "Calculating vibrational spectra with sum of product basis functions without storing the full-dimensional vectors or matrices".
  • Prof. Hase gave the invited talk "Chemical Dynamics and Kinetics of the 3CH2 + 3O2 Reaction" at the MACCCR (Multi-Agency Coordinating Committee for Combustion Research) Fuel and Combustion Research Review in Arlington, Virginia, September 9 -11, 2019.



Awards and Accolades

MichaelHutchins Prof. Findlater and Hutchins, along with Prof. Weile Yan (University of Massachusetts - Lowell), have received a grant titled “Chemically Enhanced Electrodialysis (CEED) for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements“ from the Department of Energy (DOE) + More

Morales Prof. Jorge Morales received an NIH grant (1R15GM128149-01) entitled “Computational Studies of Ion-Induced Water Radiolysis and DNA Damage.” The grant is for a total award of $440,768 for three years. This award starts September 20, 2019 and ends August 31, 2022.
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Mayer Prof. Michael Mayer and the 11 other new members (university-wide) were inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy on September 18th, 2019.
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Pappas Prof. Pappas has received a grant titled "Nanoparticle Probes for Super-Resolution Imaging of Transferrin Receptors” from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for three years. The total funding of the award is $389,963.
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Mayer Prof. D. Casadonte was selected as a member of the 2019 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society.
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Student Highlights

YangxueLiu Yangxue Liu, a graduate student of Prof. Li, received the James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Graduate Fellowship for 2019-2020.
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Sakshi Sakshi Gautam, a graduate student in Prof. Mechref, was awarded the Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (ABC) Poster Award for the excellent presentation of particularly significant innovative analytical research + More
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Chitranjan Chitranjan Srivastav has been awarded a competitive 'James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Graduate Fellowship' by the Graduate School. The award is for $3000 in the upcoming academic year.
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cecila Cecila Smith (Mentor: Prof. Findlater) placed 3rd out of 288 entrants in the '2019 TrUE Undergraduate Research Conference' at TTU on April 2nd and 3rd for her poster 'Conversion of Imines to Secondary Amines Using Iron-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation.'
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Shipra Grad student Shipra Garg (Krempner group) has been awarded a Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship. The Fellowship award is $3500 per year for 3 years (Doctorate) starting fall 2019. 
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