Professor Mechref is a part of the following:
Named an Associate Editor of the journal Frontiers in Oncology.
Named to the editorial board of Proteomes.
Reviewed for the NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) study
section panel, 06/24-25/2021
Reviewed for Czech Science Foundation, Department of Medical and Biological
Reviewed for the Funds for Scientific Research (F.R.S-FNRS), Brussels, Belgium.
Prof. Guigen Li achieves an h-index of 60, meaning that he has published 60 papers with at least
60 citations each. This is possibly the highest h-index on campus, but can certainly be considered
a remarkable achievement by any measure. And it just happens to have coincided with his “60th”
birthday (in the Chinese system).
Carol Korzeniewski, Eric Peterson, Jay Kitt, Shelley Minteer, Joel Harris “Adapting confocal
Raman microscopy for in situ studies of redox transformations at electrode-electrolyte interfaces”
J. Electroanal. Chem. (Physical Electrochemistry Special Issue), 2021, 896, 115207. DOI:
Prof. Carol Korzeniewski was a participant in the 72nd Annual Meeting of the International
Society of Electrochemistry held in Jeju Island, South Korea (Aug 29-Sept 3, 2021) and presented
“Confocal Raman Microscopy for In-Situ Studies of Transformations at Electrode-Electrolyte
Interfaces” in the Symposium on Recent Development in Spectroscopy, Microscopy and Theory
for Atomic/Molecular Level Understanding of Electrochemical Interfaces.
Prof. Kristin Hutchins has been named to the editorial advisory board for the journal
Navkiran Kaur Juneja, a graduate student in Hutchins group, was accepted for a summer
internship at Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Ohio, for Analytical R&D position. She primarily worked
on Extractables & Leachables assessment associated with pharmaceutical packaging/delivery
Prof. Kristin Hutchins and her graduate students Xiaodan Ding and Navkiran Kaur Juneja were
featured in an article in the Daily Toreador about Women in
STEM: Daily Toreador Article
The Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization has filed a provisional patent on work in
Prof. Hutchins lab. Hutchins, K. M. “Preparation of Ionic Pharmaceutical Cocrystals Using Solid
and Liquid Components,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/240,405, filed on
September 3, 2021.
Prof. Poirier was interviewed for the August 26 issue of the Daily Toreador, to discuss his
thoughts about how the Fall semester will look, given the Delta variant of COVID in our midst.
Torrey Stubblefield, a B.S. Chemistry major, won a new iPhone 12, as part of our TTU COVID-
19 Vaccination Clinic Raffle on August 26! This event vaccinated over 90 people in four hours—
a new record for city bus clinics! The raffle was supported through generous donations from our
Horn Professors, Guigen Li and Yehia Mechref, as well as our Associate Chair Dom Casadonte.
This summer we graduated 15 of our undergraduate students, with the following degrees:
BS CHEM: 3
BS BIOCHEM: 9
BA BIOCHEM: 3
Prof. Kristin Hutchins gave an invited seminar at the University of Texas-Dallas on September 3,
2021 titled, "Molecular Motion and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Solids".
Research Professor János Sarka gave an invited talk on behalf of Prof. Bill Poirier at the IUPAC
Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, on August 20, 2021, titled “Hitting the Trifecta:
How to simultaneously push the limits of Schroedinger solution with respect to system size,
convergence accuracy, and number of computed states.”
Former Poirier group member Jonathan Jerke is giving an invited talk at Los Alamos National
Labs – the “Quantum Lunch Seminar” – on September 27 titled, “Freeing Andromeda: A
gateway to the quantum realm,” on behalf of the new Quantum Galaxies startup.
Linda Rodriguez was accepted into the 2021-2022 TTU President's Leadership Institute!
The PLI is a unique program designed for both faculty and staff, to engage with TTU
leadership. Only 20
or so aspiring leaders from across the entire TTU campus are selected each year for
this highly competitive program.
Prof. and Assoc. VPR&I Yehia Mechref received approval from the NIH NIGMS to acquire
a mass spectrometer by providing a supplement of $116,365.34.Learn More
Prof. and Assoc. VPR&I Yehia Mechref received a renewal on his NIH R01 grant entitled
“Sensitive and Quantitative MS-bases Glycomic Mapping Platform,” which will be funded
for four additional years at $1,224,670. + MoreThis grant was originally awarded in 2014, and received 1st competing renewal in 2017.It
is still the only TTU R01 renewed even once, let alone twice.Learn More
Prof. Poirier and former group member Jonathan Jerke were selected for the TTU Innovation
Hub at Research Park's NSF-funded Regional I-Corps Program, designed to develop science
and ideas to form high-impact teams and launch successful startups.+ More The new startup, “Quantum Galaxies”, was recently incorporated, and plans to capitalize
on Poirier's earlier TTU patent technology.Learn More
Linda Rodriguez was selected for the A&S Staff Spotlight, in July 2021. Read the Arts & Sciences Spotlight
Aldo Hernandez, B.Sc. Chemistry TTU class 2021, was selected to receive the 2021
Society for Applied Spectroscopy Undergraduate Award for his research in the Gamez lab. + MoreThe internationally competitive award recognizes “outstanding research in the area
of spectroscopy”. He will receive the award at the upcoming SciX 2021 conference in
September where he has been invited to present his research.
Mojgan Atashi (a graduate student of Prof. Mechref) received the 2021-2022 James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Graduate Fellowship
from the Graduate School.
Navkiran Kaur Juneja, a graduate student in Hutchins group, was awarded a Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship.
Congratulations to our departmental poster presentation winners! (Winners receive
a $500 scholarship and $200 towards one conference withing the upcoming year. + MoreWinners:Inorganic: Nanda Katakam (Krempner)Physical: Reza Amani (Wylie)Organic: Mazen Elsaid (Ge)Biochemistry: Henry Garcia (Latham)Analytical: Mona Goli (Mechref)Runners Up:Inorganic: Lina DelgadoPhysical: Sophia Sagala (Quitevis)Organic: Gary George (Hutchins) and Adineh Rezaei (A. Gorden)Biochemistry: Mahtab Beikzadeh (Latham)Analytical: Mojgan Atashi (Mechref)
Kevin Finch, PhD candidate in the Gamez lab, received a 2021 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry graduate
fellowship. The fellowship, sponsored by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh,
recognizes "outstanding research ability and accomplishment", and is highly competitive.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to providing high quality
education in the chemical and biochemical sciences for undergraduate and graduate
students, producing research contributions that are recognized nationally and internationally,
and making service contributions at all levels.
Monday, September 27th, 2021• PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY SEMINAR Prof. Alexey AkimovWednesday, September 29th, 2021• DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR Prof. Chenfeng KeMonday, October 4th, 2021• PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY SEMINAR Dr. Sergei Tretiak
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