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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 A Multireference Ab Initio Study of the Diradical Isomers of Pyrazine
Direct Dynamics Simulations of Fragmentation of a Zn(II)-2Cys-2His Oligopeptide. Comparison with Mass Spectrometry Collision-Induced Dissociation Interaction Between γC87 and γR242 Residues Participates in Energy Coupling Between Catalysis and Proton Translocation in Escherichia Coli ATP Synthase Affinity Separation and Subsequent Terminal Differentiation of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells Using the Human Transferrin Receptor (CD71) as a Capture Target
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

■ 75 Faculty, staff and families came together on August 24th 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the Mae Simmons Park to celebrate another great year of academics, research, and outreach success. The event was sponsored by the Mechrefs.

■ Prof. Mechref’s article entitled "Characterization of Isomeric Glycan Structures by LC-MS/MS" published in Electrophoresis (38 (2017) 2100-2114, DOI 10.1002/ELPS.201700042) is the journal most cited paper in 2018.

■ Prof. Mechref’s article entitled "LC-MS/MS Isomeric Profiling of Permethylated N-Glycans Derived from Serum Haptoglobin of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) and Cirrhotic Patients" published in Electrophoresis (38 (2017) 2160-2167, DOI 101002/ELPS.201700025) is the journal 7th most cited paper in 2018.

■ Prof. Mechref has been invited to organize the 29th International Symposium in Electroseparation and Liquid Phase-Separation Techniques (ITP 2022), September 2022.

■ The winners of the department annual poster contest held on Friday, August 23 are:
  • Undergraduate: Ashley Smith from Hope-Weeks’ group, poster title "The Synthesis and Characterization of Chromium Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles using the Epoxide-Addition Sol-Gel Method"; and Robert Wood from FIndlater’s group; Poster Title: "Synthesis and applications of metal complexes of novel 1,3-diketones".
  • Analytical Chemistry
    Mona Goli, from Mechref’s group; Poster Title: "Using Magnetic Carbon Nanoparticles as a MALDI Matrix for Isomeric Study of Glycans".
  • Biochemistry
    Zachary Boswell from Latham’s group; Poster title: "Nature’s happy accident – Pharmacologically mimicking curative response of cancer patient".
    Elahe Masoumzadeh from Latham’s group; Poster Title: "Study of self association of human CstF-64 RNA recognition motif (RRM)".
  • Inorganic Chemistry
    Shiva Moaven from Cozzolino’s group; Poster Title: "Pnictogen bonding: From reversed vesicles to molecular recognition".
  • Organic Chemistry
    Deepika Bedi from FIndlater’s group; Poster Title: "Chemically enhanced electrodialysis(CEED) for selective removal of problematic ions from waste water."
  • Physical Chemistry
    Sophia Sagala from Quitevis’s group; Poster Title: "Do Ion-Pairs Exist in Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids and Their Mixtures with Co-Solvents."
■ Prof. Mechref gave a talk entitled "Understanding the Biological Roles of Glycoproteins through Reliable Quantitation of both Glycans and Glycopeptides" at the 26th International Symposium in Electroseparation and Liquid Phase-Separation Techniques (ITP 2019), September 1-4, 2019, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.

■ Prof. Hutchins gave a talk entitled, "Design of materials for removal of pharmaceutical contaminants" at the 8th Annual Texas Soft Matter Meeting, August 16, 2018, Lubbock, TX.

■ Prof. Hutchins Group delivered the following poster presentations at the 8th Annual Texas Soft Matter Meeting, August 16, 2018, Lubbock, TX:
  1. Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Co-crystals and Pyridine-functionalized Polymers, Qixuan Zheng, Samantha L. Rood, Daniel K. Unruh, and Kristin M. Hutchins.
  2. Co-crystallization of the Anti-Cholesterol Drug Bezafibrate and Synthesis of Functionalized Polystyrene Polymer Beads, Jesus Daniel Loya, Daniel K. Unruh, and Kristin M. Hutchins.
■ Prof. Poirier gave a plenary talk at the Symmetries in Science (SiS) meeting in Bregenz, Austria, on August 6, 2019. The talk was entitled "Hidden symmetries in quantum mechanics— revealed, by the trajectory-based formulation".

■ Prof. Krempner gave an invited lecture at the 13th International Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry (Prague, Czech Republic, June 30 – July 5, 2019). Title of his talk was "Inter and Intramolecular Inverse Frustrated Lewis Pairs – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation."

■ Prof. Krempner presented a poster at the annual DOE Catalysis Science meeting (Gaithersburg, Maryland July 24 – July 26, 2019). Title of his talk was "Inverse" Inter and Intramolecular Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs) – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation.

Departmental News

■ 75 Faculty, staff and families came together on August 24th 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the Mae Simmons Park to celebrate another great year of academics, research, and outreach success. The event was sponsored by the Mechrefs.

■ Prof. Mechref’s article entitled "Characterization of Isomeric Glycan Structures by LC-MS/MS" published in Electrophoresis (38 (2017) 2100-2114, DOI 10.1002/ELPS.201700042) is the journal most cited paper in 2018.

■ Prof. Mechref’s article entitled "LC-MS/MS Isomeric Profiling of Permethylated N-Glycans Derived from Serum Haptoglobin of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) and Cirrhotic Patients" published in Electrophoresis (38 (2017) 2160-2167, DOI 101002/ELPS.201700025) is the journal 7th most cited paper in 2018.

■ Prof. Mechref has been invited to organize the 29th International Symposium in Electroseparation and Liquid Phase-Separation Techniques (ITP 2022), September 2022.

■ The winners of the department annual poster contest held on Friday, August 23 are:
  • Undergraduate: Ashley Smith from Hope-Weeks’ group, poster title "The Synthesis and Characterization of Chromium Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles using the Epoxide-Addition Sol-Gel Method"; and Robert Wood from FIndlater’s group; Poster Title: "Synthesis and applications of metal complexes of novel 1,3-diketones".
  • Analytical Chemistry
    Mona Goli, from Mechref’s group; Poster Title: "Using Magnetic Carbon Nanoparticles as a MALDI Matrix for Isomeric Study of Glycans".
  • Biochemistry
    Zachary Boswell from Latham’s group; Poster title: "Nature’s happy accident – Pharmacologically mimicking curative response of cancer patient".
    Elahe Masoumzadeh from Latham’s group; Poster Title: "Study of self association of human CstF-64 RNA recognition motif (RRM)".
  • Inorganic Chemistry
    Shiva Moaven from Cozzolino’s group; Poster Title: "Pnictogen bonding: From reversed vesicles to molecular recognition".
  • Organic Chemistry
    Deepika Bedi from FIndlater’s group; Poster Title: "Chemically enhanced electrodialysis(CEED) for selective removal of problematic ions from waste water."
  • Physical Chemistry
    Sophia Sagala from Quitevis’s group; Poster Title: "Do Ion-Pairs Exist in Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids and Their Mixtures with Co-Solvents."
■ Prof. Mechref gave a talk entitled "Understanding the Biological Roles of Glycoproteins through Reliable Quantitation of both Glycans and Glycopeptides" at the 26th International Symposium in Electroseparation and Liquid Phase-Separation Techniques (ITP 2019), September 1-4, 2019, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.

■ Prof. Hutchins gave a talk entitled, "Design of materials for removal of pharmaceutical contaminants" at the 8th Annual Texas Soft Matter Meeting, August 16, 2018, Lubbock, TX.

■ Prof. Hutchins Group delivered the following poster presentations at the 8th Annual Texas Soft Matter Meeting, August 16, 2018, Lubbock, TX:
  1. Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Co-crystals and Pyridine-functionalized Polymers, Qixuan Zheng, Samantha L. Rood, Daniel K. Unruh, and Kristin M. Hutchins.
  2. Co-crystallization of the Anti-Cholesterol Drug Bezafibrate and Synthesis of Functionalized Polystyrene Polymer Beads, Jesus Daniel Loya, Daniel K. Unruh, and Kristin M. Hutchins.
■ Prof. Poirier gave a plenary talk at the Symmetries in Science (SiS) meeting in Bregenz, Austria, on August 6, 2019. The talk was entitled "Hidden symmetries in quantum mechanics— revealed, by the trajectory-based formulation".

■ Prof. Krempner gave an invited lecture at the 13th International Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry (Prague, Czech Republic, June 30 – July 5, 2019). Title of his talk was "Inter and Intramolecular Inverse Frustrated Lewis Pairs – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation."

■ Prof. Krempner presented a poster at the annual DOE Catalysis Science meeting (Gaithersburg, Maryland July 24 – July 26, 2019). Title of his talk was "Inverse" Inter and Intramolecular Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs) – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation.

Departmental News

■ 75 Faculty, staff and families came together on August 24th 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the Mae Simmons Park to celebrate another great year of academics, research, and outreach success. The event was sponsored by the Mechrefs.

■ Prof. Mechref’s article entitled "Characterization of Isomeric Glycan Structures by LC-MS/MS" published in Electrophoresis (38 (2017) 2100-2114, DOI 10.1002/ELPS.201700042) is the journal most cited paper in 2018.

■ Prof. Mechref’s article entitled "LC-MS/MS Isomeric Profiling of Permethylated N-Glycans Derived from Serum Haptoglobin of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) and Cirrhotic Patients" published in Electrophoresis (38 (2017) 2160-2167, DOI 101002/ELPS.201700025) is the journal 7th most cited paper in 2018.

■ Prof. Mechref has been invited to organize the 29th International Symposium in Electroseparation and Liquid Phase-Separation Techniques (ITP 2022), September 2022.

■ The winners of the department annual poster contest held on Friday, August 23 are:
  • Undergraduate: Ashley Smith from Hope-Weeks’ group, poster title "The Synthesis and Characterization of Chromium Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles using the Epoxide-Addition Sol-Gel Method"; and Robert Wood from FIndlater’s group; Poster Title: "Synthesis and applications of metal complexes of novel 1,3-diketones".
  • Analytical Chemistry
    Mona Goli, from Mechref’s group; Poster Title: "Using Magnetic Carbon Nanoparticles as a MALDI Matrix for Isomeric Study of Glycans".
  • Biochemistry
    Zachary Boswell from Latham’s group; Poster title: "Nature’s happy accident – Pharmacologically mimicking curative response of cancer patient".
    Elahe Masoumzadeh from Latham’s group; Poster Title: "Study of self association of human CstF-64 RNA recognition motif (RRM)".
  • Inorganic Chemistry
    Shiva Moaven from Cozzolino’s group; Poster Title: "Pnictogen bonding: From reversed vesicles to molecular recognition".
  • Organic Chemistry
    Deepika Bedi from FIndlater’s group; Poster Title: "Chemically enhanced electrodialysis(CEED) for selective removal of problematic ions from waste water."
  • Physical Chemistry
    Sophia Sagala from Quitevis’s group; Poster Title: "Do Ion-Pairs Exist in Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids and Their Mixtures with Co-Solvents."
■ Prof. Mechref gave a talk entitled "Understanding the Biological Roles of Glycoproteins through Reliable Quantitation of both Glycans and Glycopeptides" at the 26th International Symposium in Electroseparation and Liquid Phase-Separation Techniques (ITP 2019), September 1-4, 2019, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.

■ Prof. Hutchins gave a talk entitled, "Design of materials for removal of pharmaceutical contaminants" at the 8th Annual Texas Soft Matter Meeting, August 16, 2018, Lubbock, TX.

■ Prof. Hutchins Group delivered the following poster presentations at the 8th Annual Texas Soft Matter Meeting, August 16, 2018, Lubbock, TX:
  1. Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Co-crystals and Pyridine-functionalized Polymers, Qixuan Zheng, Samantha L. Rood, Daniel K. Unruh, and Kristin M. Hutchins.
  2. Co-crystallization of the Anti-Cholesterol Drug Bezafibrate and Synthesis of Functionalized Polystyrene Polymer Beads, Jesus Daniel Loya, Daniel K. Unruh, and Kristin M. Hutchins.
■ Prof. Poirier gave a plenary talk at the Symmetries in Science (SiS) meeting in Bregenz, Austria, on August 6, 2019. The talk was entitled "Hidden symmetries in quantum mechanics— revealed, by the trajectory-based formulation".

■ Prof. Krempner gave an invited lecture at the 13th International Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry (Prague, Czech Republic, June 30 – July 5, 2019). Title of his talk was "Inter and Intramolecular Inverse Frustrated Lewis Pairs – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation."

■ Prof. Krempner presented a poster at the annual DOE Catalysis Science meeting (Gaithersburg, Maryland July 24 – July 26, 2019). Title of his talk was "Inverse" Inter and Intramolecular Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs) – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation.

Departmental News

■ 75 Faculty, staff and families came together on August 24th 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the Mae Simmons Park to celebrate another great year of academics, research, and outreach success. The event was sponsored by the Mechrefs.

■ Prof. Mechref’s article entitled "Characterization of Isomeric Glycan Structures by LC-MS/MS" published in Electrophoresis (38 (2017) 2100-2114, DOI 10.1002/ELPS.201700042) is the journal most cited paper in 2018.

■ Prof. Mechref’s article entitled "LC-MS/MS Isomeric Profiling of Permethylated N-Glycans Derived from Serum Haptoglobin of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) and Cirrhotic Patients" published in Electrophoresis (38 (2017) 2160-2167, DOI 101002/ELPS.201700025) is the journal 7th most cited paper in 2018.

■ Prof. Mechref has been invited to organize the 29th International Symposium in Electroseparation and Liquid Phase-Separation Techniques (ITP 2022), September 2022.

■ The winners of the department annual poster contest held on Friday, August 23 are:
  • Undergraduate: Ashley Smith from Hope-Weeks’ group, poster title "The Synthesis and Characterization of Chromium Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles using the Epoxide-Addition Sol-Gel Method"; and Robert Wood from FIndlater’s group; Poster Title: "Synthesis and applications of metal complexes of novel 1,3-diketones".
  • Analytical Chemistry
    Mona Goli, from Mechref’s group; Poster Title: "Using Magnetic Carbon Nanoparticles as a MALDI Matrix for Isomeric Study of Glycans".
  • Biochemistry
    Zachary Boswell from Latham’s group; Poster title: "Nature’s happy accident – Pharmacologically mimicking curative response of cancer patient".
    Elahe Masoumzadeh from Latham’s group; Poster Title: "Study of self association of human CstF-64 RNA recognition motif (RRM)".
  • Inorganic Chemistry
    Shiva Moaven from Cozzolino’s group; Poster Title: "Pnictogen bonding: From reversed vesicles to molecular recognition".
  • Organic Chemistry
    Deepika Bedi from FIndlater’s group; Poster Title: "Chemically enhanced electrodialysis(CEED) for selective removal of problematic ions from waste water."
  • Physical Chemistry
    Sophia Sagala from Quitevis’s group; Poster Title: "Do Ion-Pairs Exist in Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids and Their Mixtures with Co-Solvents."
■ Prof. Mechref gave a talk entitled "Understanding the Biological Roles of Glycoproteins through Reliable Quantitation of both Glycans and Glycopeptides" at the 26th International Symposium in Electroseparation and Liquid Phase-Separation Techniques (ITP 2019), September 1-4, 2019, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.

■ Prof. Hutchins gave a talk entitled, "Design of materials for removal of pharmaceutical contaminants" at the 8th Annual Texas Soft Matter Meeting, August 16, 2018, Lubbock, TX.

■ Prof. Hutchins Group delivered the following poster presentations at the 8th Annual Texas Soft Matter Meeting, August 16, 2018, Lubbock, TX:
  1. Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Co-crystals and Pyridine-functionalized Polymers, Qixuan Zheng, Samantha L. Rood, Daniel K. Unruh, and Kristin M. Hutchins.
  2. Co-crystallization of the Anti-Cholesterol Drug Bezafibrate and Synthesis of Functionalized Polystyrene Polymer Beads, Jesus Daniel Loya, Daniel K. Unruh, and Kristin M. Hutchins.
■ Prof. Poirier gave a plenary talk at the Symmetries in Science (SiS) meeting in Bregenz, Austria, on August 6, 2019. The talk was entitled "Hidden symmetries in quantum mechanics— revealed, by the trajectory-based formulation".

■ Prof. Krempner gave an invited lecture at the 13th International Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry (Prague, Czech Republic, June 30 – July 5, 2019). Title of his talk was "Inter and Intramolecular Inverse Frustrated Lewis Pairs – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation."

■ Prof. Krempner presented a poster at the annual DOE Catalysis Science meeting (Gaithersburg, Maryland July 24 – July 26, 2019). Title of his talk was "Inverse" Inter and Intramolecular Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs) – Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation.



Awards and Accolades

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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Janos Prof. C. Korzeniewski has received a grant from the NSF for the project "Advancing Strategies for In-Situ Determination and Spatial Mapping of Components within Membrane Systems for Energy Conversion". + More
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Janos Prof. C. Korzeniewski has been awarded beamtime at the NIST Center for Neutron Research in Gaithersburg, Maryland for the project "Spatial Profiling Ion-Depletion/Water Accumulation in Bilayer Ion-Exchange Membranes for Energy Conversion". + More
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Janos Dr. Janos Sarka (Postdoc in the Poirier group) has received a MolSSI "Seed" Software Fellowship. MolSSI is the "Molecular Sciences Software Institute", an NSF-funded center housed in Blacksburg Virginia, + More
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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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