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Faculty Positions Available N-Glycomics of Cerebrospinal Fluid: Method Comparison Altered O-glycomes of Renal Brush-Border Membrane in Model Rats with Chronic Kidney Diseases Variability in the Glycosylation Patterns of gp120 Proteins from Different Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Isolates Expressed in Different Host Cells Differences in thermal expansion and motion ability for herringbone and face-to-face π-stacked solids Direct Comparison of N-Glycans and Their Isomers Derived from Spike Glycoprotein 1 of MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV-1, and SARS-CoV-2 Lipid Membrane Mimetics in Functional and Structural Studies of Integral Membrane Proteins Early History of the Department

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref current Google Scholar H-index is 65 with total citation of 12640.
  • Prof. Mechref's work in 2021 has been cited 1087 times.
  • Jeanne Bertonazzi took part in an event called “Making Makers” at the Science Spectrum, designed to inspire students into STEM fields of study. She made stained glass ornaments, and discussed her career as a glassblower.
  • Three students, Kolton Bear, Abigail Joynt, and Raquel Bosley, went above and beyond in one of our teaching laboratories, to take care of a fellow student who had fainted. Kudos to all three of you!
  • The Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization has filed a provisional patent on work in Prof. Poirier’s lab. Poirier, L. W. “Methods and Systems for Quantum Computing,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/274,877, filed on November 11, 2021.
  • Prof. Poirier was invited to submit a renewal grant application to the Robert A. Welch Foundation, at the level of $300,000.
  • REMINDER: The department has an opening for a new IT Support Technician II
    • IT Support Technician II
    • Replaces Chris Phelan, who has left the department to become Programmer Analyst III with TTU Information Systems.
  • REMINDER: The Bill Hase Memorial Scholarship is seeking donations. Details may be found on the departmental website here.
  • REMINDER: The Holiday Luncheon is on December 9th. Don’t Forget to sign up.
  • Lina Delgado (Cozzolino Group) gave an invited talk at El Technologico Nacional De Mexico entitled “The supramolecular chemistry of arsenic, antimony and bismuth and their possible applications as a therapeutic agent” on October 28.
  • Olivia Villanueva (Cozzolino Group) gave an invited talk at the ACS SWRM in Austin in the Main Group Chemistry in the Southwest symposium entitled “Pnictogen-bonded self-assembled reverse bilayer vesicles: How vesicle properties are affected by molecular structure” on November 1.
  • Anthony Cozzolino gave an invited talk at the ACS SWRM in Austin in the Main Group Chemistry in the Southwest symposium entitled “Pnictogen Bonding in Anion Binding and Molecular Recognition” on November 1.
  • Anthony Cozzolino gave an invited talk at the Chemical Research Center of the Autonomous University of the Morelos State in Mexico entitled “Pnictogen Bonding in Solution: From Triple Pnictogen Bonds to Reversed Bilayer Formation” on November 3.
  • Dr. Krempner was Invited “in person” Departmental seminar at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton Texas Title: Inter- and Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs — Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation
  • Dr. Krempner was invited to talk in a Symposium: “Main group Chemistry in the South West” at the Regional ACS Meeting (SWRM) in Austin Texas. Title: Small Molecule Activation with Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs
  • Prof. Mechref taught a short course at the ASMS 2021 conference entitled “Glycomics and Glycoprotoemics MS”, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Different members of the Mechref group gave presentations at the ASMS 2021 Conference, Philadelphia, PA:
    • Jieqiang Zhong (co-authors: Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref) gave an oral presentation titled “Derivatization of Sialylated Glycopeptides (DOSG) Enabling Site-Specific Isomeric Profiling using LC-MS/MS”
    • Mona Goli (co-authors: Byeong Gwan Cho; Ali Nehme; Sakshi Gautam; Alireza Banazadeh; Ryan Morgan; Jingfu Zhao; Firas Kobeissy; Stefania Mondello; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Deciphering Serum Glycomics Alterations for Identification of Candidate Biomarkers in Patients with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury”.
    • Junyao Wang (co-authos: Aiying Yu; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Assessing the hydrophobicity of glycopeptides using reversed-phase LC and tandem MS”.
    • Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes (co-authos: Mojgan Atashi; Md Abdul Hakim; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “PRM-MS Quantitative Analysis of N-glycopeptides Derived from Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Patients”.
    • Sakshi Gautam (co-author: Yehia Mechref; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Mona Goli; Byeong Gwan Cho) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS of Isomeric Glycopeptides using Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC) Column.
    • Rui Zhang (co-author: Wenjing Peng; Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref; Haixu Tang) presented a poster titled “A Reciprocal best-hit glycan-spectrum matching (RBGSM) approach tocharacterization of isomeric N-glycans using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)”.
    • Peilin Jiang (co-authors: Wenjing Peng; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “4-plex quantitative analysis using glycan/protein stable isotope labeling in cell culture (GlyProSILIC)”.
    • Mojgan Atashi (co-authors: Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Md Abdul Hakim; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Determining the Altered Expressions of Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) by LC-MS/MS”.
    • Mona Goli (co-authors: Andrew Cho; Sakshi Gautam; Wenjing Peng; Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Direct Comparison of N-glycans and their Isomers Derived from Spike Glycoprotein 1 of MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2”.
    • Yifan Huang (co-authors: Peilin Jiang; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Jieqiang Zhong; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Characterization of Sialylated Glycopeptides Labeled by Sodium Periodate Oxidation and Reductive Amination”.
    • Wenjing Peng (co-authors: Masoud Zabet Moghaddam; Xiaoxia Gong; Parvin Mirzaei; Mona Goli; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “An Integrated Multi-Omics Approach to Identify Pathways Involved in Brain Metastatic Breast Cancer”.
    • Aiying Yu (co-authors: Jingfu Zhao; Wenjing Peng; Shiv Pratap S. Yadav; Bruce A. Molitoris; Mark C. Wagner; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Proteome profiling of kidney brush-border membrane from rats using LC-MS/MS analysis”
    • Kaitlyn Donohoo (co-authors: Xue Dong; Wenjing Peng; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MSMS of 16-plex Isotopically Permethylated Glycan Analysis on Micropillar Array Columns”.
    • Sakshi Gautam (co-authors: Alireza Banazadeh; Byeong Gwan Cho; Mona Goli; Jieqiang Zhong; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS of Isomeric Glycans using Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC) Column.
    • Andrew Bennett (co-authors: Junyao Wang; Sakshi Gautam; Mona Goli; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Characterization of O-glycan and glycolipid Isomers Utilizing Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC).
    • Wenjing Peng (co-authors: Junyao Wang; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “An efficient and economical N-glycome sample preparation using acetone precipitation.
    • Md Abdul Hakim (co-authors: Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Mojgan Atashi; Mona Goli; Sakshi Gautam; Junyao Wang; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Isomeric Profiling of N-glycansDerived from Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment Patients”.
    • Xiaoxia Gong (co-authors: Masoud Zabet Moghaddam; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Wenjing Peng; Andrew Bennett; Parvin Mirzaei; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Comparison of Parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) and Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) for targeted THC and multi-residue pesticides quantitative analysis”.
  • Dr. Lischka did 2 presentations this month:
    • “New Developments and Possibilities for Multireference Calculations Using COLUMBUS”, November 10, 2021, Technological Institute of Aeronautics, São Jose dos Campos, Brazil
    • Workshop “Introduction to COLUMBUS: A multireference (MR) electronic structure program system”, November 9 and November 11, 2021, Technological Institute of Aeronautics, São Jose dos Campos, Brazil
  • D. Zhang, D. Zeldes, G. Gamez, 3-Dimensional Mass Spectral Imaging of Polymers via Laser-Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Oral Presentation at the ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, October 31 — November 4, 2021, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk titled “Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Compressed Sensing Strategies for Ultra-High Throughput 3D Elemental Analysis of Solid Surfaces” at the University of Texas Arlington, Oct. 29, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave the inaugural plenary lecture titled “Espectroscopía de Emisión Óptica por Descarga Luminiscente y Detección Comprimida para el Mapeo Elemental UltraRápido en 3D de Superficies Sólidas” to open the Chemical Engineering Week event at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Instituto Nacional de México/Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes, Oct 25 – Oct 29, 2021, México.
  • Dr. Poirier gave an invited talk on Nov. 4, entitled “Efficient Evaluation of Exponential and Gaussian Functions on a Quantum Computer”, to the Quantum Algorithms Pod at Goldman Sachs.
  • Dr. Ruibin Liang did 2 presentations:
    • Towards understanding photoactive biomolecular systems through multiscale simulation, invited talk on 11/5 in Department of Chemistry, Purdue University
    • First-principles non-adiabatic dynamics simulation of the molecular photoswitches in solution and protein, invited talk on 10/28 in the CMPR 13th Annual Virtual Symposium.
  • Prof. Kristin Hutchins delivered an invited lecture at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 22, 2021 titled, "Thermal expansion behaviors of organic solids and influence of crystal packing and motion."
  • Jesus Daniel Loya (Hutchins Group) delivered an invited lecture at the Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes Chemical Engineering Week 2021 on October 27, 2021 titled, "Synthesis and design of pharmaceutical co-crystals and of polymers for water remediation"
  • Navkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) delivered an oral presentation at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 21, 2021 titled, "Solid-state behaviors of a variety of imine-based molecules: Pedal motion and thermal expansion properties"
  • Jesus Daniel Loya (Hutchins Group) delivered an oral presentation at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 22, 2021 titled, "Mechanochemistry as tool for synthesizing inaccessible solids from viscous liquid components"
  • Hutchins Group students delivered the following poster presentations at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 21, 2021:
    • Qixuan Zheng "Solubility enhancement of trimethoprim via cocrysallization"
    • Xiaodan Ding "Thermal expansion and motion capability of halogenated compounds with herringbone or face-to-face aromatic stacking"
    • Gary George III "Controlling thermal expansion properties of organic solids via cycloaddition reactions"
  • Maik Redigger, a graduate student in Prof. Poirier’s research group, gave the following oral presentations:
    • Physics graduate student seminar, entitled “The Differentiation Lemma and the Reynolds Transport Theorem for Submanifolds with Corners"
    • Midwest Relativity Meeting in Champaign/Urbana, Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology symposium, on November 13, 2021, entitled “The One Body Born Rule on Curved Spacetime.”
  • Navkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) gave an oral presentation at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting in Austin, TX on November 21, 2021 titled, "Thermal expansion studies of zero-dimensional based solids of silver trifluoromethanesulfonate with ligands having a motion capable group"
  • Gary George III (Hutchins Group) gave a poster presentation at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting in Austin, TX on November 22, 2021 titled, "Controlling thermal expansion properties of organic solids via cycloaddition reactions"
  • Dr. Latham gave 2 Presentations:
    • “Uncovering allosteric networks within DNA damage repair enzymes via methyl-based NMR spectroscopy” at the 49th Southeast Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC)
    • “Stuctural and dynamics studies of the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1/Xrs2 DNA repair complex” at the 13th Center for Membrane Protein Research (CMPR) Annual Symposium.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref current Google Scholar H-index is 65 with total citation of 12640.
  • Prof. Mechref's work in 2021 has been cited 1087 times.
  • Jeanne Bertonazzi took part in an event called “Making Makers” at the Science Spectrum, designed to inspire students into STEM fields of study. She made stained glass ornaments, and discussed her career as a glassblower.
  • Three students, Kolton Bear, Abigail Joynt, and Raquel Bosley, went above and beyond in one of our teaching laboratories, to take care of a fellow student who had fainted. Kudos to all three of you!
  • The Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization has filed a provisional patent on work in Prof. Poirier’s lab. Poirier, L. W. “Methods and Systems for Quantum Computing,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/274,877, filed on November 11, 2021.
  • Prof. Poirier was invited to submit a renewal grant application to the Robert A. Welch Foundation, at the level of $300,000.
  • REMINDER: The department has an opening for a new IT Support Technician II
    • IT Support Technician II
    • Replaces Chris Phelan, who has left the department to become Programmer Analyst III with TTU Information Systems.
  • REMINDER: The Bill Hase Memorial Scholarship is seeking donations. Details may be found on the departmental website here.
  • REMINDER: The Holiday Luncheon is on December 9th. Don’t Forget to sign up.
  • Lina Delgado (Cozzolino Group) gave an invited talk at El Technologico Nacional De Mexico entitled “The supramolecular chemistry of arsenic, antimony and bismuth and their possible applications as a therapeutic agent” on October 28.
  • Olivia Villanueva (Cozzolino Group) gave an invited talk at the ACS SWRM in Austin in the Main Group Chemistry in the Southwest symposium entitled “Pnictogen-bonded self-assembled reverse bilayer vesicles: How vesicle properties are affected by molecular structure” on November 1.
  • Anthony Cozzolino gave an invited talk at the ACS SWRM in Austin in the Main Group Chemistry in the Southwest symposium entitled “Pnictogen Bonding in Anion Binding and Molecular Recognition” on November 1.
  • Anthony Cozzolino gave an invited talk at the Chemical Research Center of the Autonomous University of the Morelos State in Mexico entitled “Pnictogen Bonding in Solution: From Triple Pnictogen Bonds to Reversed Bilayer Formation” on November 3.
  • Dr. Krempner was Invited “in person” Departmental seminar at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton Texas Title: Inter- and Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs — Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation
  • Dr. Krempner was invited to talk in a Symposium: “Main group Chemistry in the South West” at the Regional ACS Meeting (SWRM) in Austin Texas. Title: Small Molecule Activation with Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs
  • Prof. Mechref taught a short course at the ASMS 2021 conference entitled “Glycomics and Glycoprotoemics MS”, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Different members of the Mechref group gave presentations at the ASMS 2021 Conference, Philadelphia, PA:
    • Jieqiang Zhong (co-authors: Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref) gave an oral presentation titled “Derivatization of Sialylated Glycopeptides (DOSG) Enabling Site-Specific Isomeric Profiling using LC-MS/MS”
    • Mona Goli (co-authors: Byeong Gwan Cho; Ali Nehme; Sakshi Gautam; Alireza Banazadeh; Ryan Morgan; Jingfu Zhao; Firas Kobeissy; Stefania Mondello; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Deciphering Serum Glycomics Alterations for Identification of Candidate Biomarkers in Patients with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury”.
    • Junyao Wang (co-authos: Aiying Yu; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Assessing the hydrophobicity of glycopeptides using reversed-phase LC and tandem MS”.
    • Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes (co-authos: Mojgan Atashi; Md Abdul Hakim; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “PRM-MS Quantitative Analysis of N-glycopeptides Derived from Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Patients”.
    • Sakshi Gautam (co-author: Yehia Mechref; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Mona Goli; Byeong Gwan Cho) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS of Isomeric Glycopeptides using Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC) Column.
    • Rui Zhang (co-author: Wenjing Peng; Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref; Haixu Tang) presented a poster titled “A Reciprocal best-hit glycan-spectrum matching (RBGSM) approach tocharacterization of isomeric N-glycans using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)”.
    • Peilin Jiang (co-authors: Wenjing Peng; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “4-plex quantitative analysis using glycan/protein stable isotope labeling in cell culture (GlyProSILIC)”.
    • Mojgan Atashi (co-authors: Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Md Abdul Hakim; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Determining the Altered Expressions of Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) by LC-MS/MS”.
    • Mona Goli (co-authors: Andrew Cho; Sakshi Gautam; Wenjing Peng; Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Direct Comparison of N-glycans and their Isomers Derived from Spike Glycoprotein 1 of MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2”.
    • Yifan Huang (co-authors: Peilin Jiang; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Jieqiang Zhong; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Characterization of Sialylated Glycopeptides Labeled by Sodium Periodate Oxidation and Reductive Amination”.
    • Wenjing Peng (co-authors: Masoud Zabet Moghaddam; Xiaoxia Gong; Parvin Mirzaei; Mona Goli; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “An Integrated Multi-Omics Approach to Identify Pathways Involved in Brain Metastatic Breast Cancer”.
    • Aiying Yu (co-authors: Jingfu Zhao; Wenjing Peng; Shiv Pratap S. Yadav; Bruce A. Molitoris; Mark C. Wagner; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Proteome profiling of kidney brush-border membrane from rats using LC-MS/MS analysis”
    • Kaitlyn Donohoo (co-authors: Xue Dong; Wenjing Peng; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MSMS of 16-plex Isotopically Permethylated Glycan Analysis on Micropillar Array Columns”.
    • Sakshi Gautam (co-authors: Alireza Banazadeh; Byeong Gwan Cho; Mona Goli; Jieqiang Zhong; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS of Isomeric Glycans using Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC) Column.
    • Andrew Bennett (co-authors: Junyao Wang; Sakshi Gautam; Mona Goli; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Characterization of O-glycan and glycolipid Isomers Utilizing Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC).
    • Wenjing Peng (co-authors: Junyao Wang; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “An efficient and economical N-glycome sample preparation using acetone precipitation.
    • Md Abdul Hakim (co-authors: Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Mojgan Atashi; Mona Goli; Sakshi Gautam; Junyao Wang; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Isomeric Profiling of N-glycansDerived from Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment Patients”.
    • Xiaoxia Gong (co-authors: Masoud Zabet Moghaddam; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Wenjing Peng; Andrew Bennett; Parvin Mirzaei; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Comparison of Parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) and Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) for targeted THC and multi-residue pesticides quantitative analysis”.
  • Dr. Lischka did 2 presentations this month:
    • “New Developments and Possibilities for Multireference Calculations Using COLUMBUS”, November 10, 2021, Technological Institute of Aeronautics, São Jose dos Campos, Brazil
    • Workshop “Introduction to COLUMBUS: A multireference (MR) electronic structure program system”, November 9 and November 11, 2021, Technological Institute of Aeronautics, São Jose dos Campos, Brazil
  • D. Zhang, D. Zeldes, G. Gamez, 3-Dimensional Mass Spectral Imaging of Polymers via Laser-Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Oral Presentation at the ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, October 31 — November 4, 2021, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk titled “Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Compressed Sensing Strategies for Ultra-High Throughput 3D Elemental Analysis of Solid Surfaces” at the University of Texas Arlington, Oct. 29, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave the inaugural plenary lecture titled “Espectroscopía de Emisión Óptica por Descarga Luminiscente y Detección Comprimida para el Mapeo Elemental UltraRápido en 3D de Superficies Sólidas” to open the Chemical Engineering Week event at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Instituto Nacional de México/Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes, Oct 25 – Oct 29, 2021, México.
  • Dr. Poirier gave an invited talk on Nov. 4, entitled “Efficient Evaluation of Exponential and Gaussian Functions on a Quantum Computer”, to the Quantum Algorithms Pod at Goldman Sachs.
  • Dr. Ruibin Liang did 2 presentations:
    • Towards understanding photoactive biomolecular systems through multiscale simulation, invited talk on 11/5 in Department of Chemistry, Purdue University
    • First-principles non-adiabatic dynamics simulation of the molecular photoswitches in solution and protein, invited talk on 10/28 in the CMPR 13th Annual Virtual Symposium.
  • Prof. Kristin Hutchins delivered an invited lecture at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 22, 2021 titled, "Thermal expansion behaviors of organic solids and influence of crystal packing and motion."
  • Jesus Daniel Loya (Hutchins Group) delivered an invited lecture at the Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes Chemical Engineering Week 2021 on October 27, 2021 titled, "Synthesis and design of pharmaceutical co-crystals and of polymers for water remediation"
  • Navkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) delivered an oral presentation at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 21, 2021 titled, "Solid-state behaviors of a variety of imine-based molecules: Pedal motion and thermal expansion properties"
  • Jesus Daniel Loya (Hutchins Group) delivered an oral presentation at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 22, 2021 titled, "Mechanochemistry as tool for synthesizing inaccessible solids from viscous liquid components"
  • Hutchins Group students delivered the following poster presentations at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 21, 2021:
    • Qixuan Zheng "Solubility enhancement of trimethoprim via cocrysallization"
    • Xiaodan Ding "Thermal expansion and motion capability of halogenated compounds with herringbone or face-to-face aromatic stacking"
    • Gary George III "Controlling thermal expansion properties of organic solids via cycloaddition reactions"
  • Maik Redigger, a graduate student in Prof. Poirier’s research group, gave the following oral presentations:
    • Physics graduate student seminar, entitled “The Differentiation Lemma and the Reynolds Transport Theorem for Submanifolds with Corners"
    • Midwest Relativity Meeting in Champaign/Urbana, Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology symposium, on November 13, 2021, entitled “The One Body Born Rule on Curved Spacetime.”
  • Navkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) gave an oral presentation at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting in Austin, TX on November 21, 2021 titled, "Thermal expansion studies of zero-dimensional based solids of silver trifluoromethanesulfonate with ligands having a motion capable group"
  • Gary George III (Hutchins Group) gave a poster presentation at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting in Austin, TX on November 22, 2021 titled, "Controlling thermal expansion properties of organic solids via cycloaddition reactions"
  • Dr. Latham gave 2 Presentations:
    • “Uncovering allosteric networks within DNA damage repair enzymes via methyl-based NMR spectroscopy” at the 49th Southeast Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC)
    • “Stuctural and dynamics studies of the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1/Xrs2 DNA repair complex” at the 13th Center for Membrane Protein Research (CMPR) Annual Symposium.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref current Google Scholar H-index is 65 with total citation of 12640.
  • Prof. Mechref's work in 2021 has been cited 1087 times.
  • Jeanne Bertonazzi took part in an event called “Making Makers” at the Science Spectrum, designed to inspire students into STEM fields of study. She made stained glass ornaments, and discussed her career as a glassblower.
  • Three students, Kolton Bear, Abigail Joynt, and Raquel Bosley, went above and beyond in one of our teaching laboratories, to take care of a fellow student who had fainted. Kudos to all three of you!
  • The Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization has filed a provisional patent on work in Prof. Poirier’s lab. Poirier, L. W. “Methods and Systems for Quantum Computing,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/274,877, filed on November 11, 2021.
  • Prof. Poirier was invited to submit a renewal grant application to the Robert A. Welch Foundation, at the level of $300,000.
  • REMINDER: The department has an opening for a new IT Support Technician II
    • IT Support Technician II
    • Replaces Chris Phelan, who has left the department to become Programmer Analyst III with TTU Information Systems.
  • REMINDER: The Bill Hase Memorial Scholarship is seeking donations. Details may be found on the departmental website here.
  • REMINDER: The Holiday Luncheon is on December 9th. Don’t Forget to sign up.
  • Lina Delgado (Cozzolino Group) gave an invited talk at El Technologico Nacional De Mexico entitled “The supramolecular chemistry of arsenic, antimony and bismuth and their possible applications as a therapeutic agent” on October 28.
  • Olivia Villanueva (Cozzolino Group) gave an invited talk at the ACS SWRM in Austin in the Main Group Chemistry in the Southwest symposium entitled “Pnictogen-bonded self-assembled reverse bilayer vesicles: How vesicle properties are affected by molecular structure” on November 1.
  • Anthony Cozzolino gave an invited talk at the ACS SWRM in Austin in the Main Group Chemistry in the Southwest symposium entitled “Pnictogen Bonding in Anion Binding and Molecular Recognition” on November 1.
  • Anthony Cozzolino gave an invited talk at the Chemical Research Center of the Autonomous University of the Morelos State in Mexico entitled “Pnictogen Bonding in Solution: From Triple Pnictogen Bonds to Reversed Bilayer Formation” on November 3.
  • Dr. Krempner was Invited “in person” Departmental seminar at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton Texas Title: Inter- and Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs — Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation
  • Dr. Krempner was invited to talk in a Symposium: “Main group Chemistry in the South West” at the Regional ACS Meeting (SWRM) in Austin Texas. Title: Small Molecule Activation with Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs
  • Prof. Mechref taught a short course at the ASMS 2021 conference entitled “Glycomics and Glycoprotoemics MS”, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Different members of the Mechref group gave presentations at the ASMS 2021 Conference, Philadelphia, PA:
    • Jieqiang Zhong (co-authors: Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref) gave an oral presentation titled “Derivatization of Sialylated Glycopeptides (DOSG) Enabling Site-Specific Isomeric Profiling using LC-MS/MS”
    • Mona Goli (co-authors: Byeong Gwan Cho; Ali Nehme; Sakshi Gautam; Alireza Banazadeh; Ryan Morgan; Jingfu Zhao; Firas Kobeissy; Stefania Mondello; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Deciphering Serum Glycomics Alterations for Identification of Candidate Biomarkers in Patients with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury”.
    • Junyao Wang (co-authos: Aiying Yu; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Assessing the hydrophobicity of glycopeptides using reversed-phase LC and tandem MS”.
    • Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes (co-authos: Mojgan Atashi; Md Abdul Hakim; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “PRM-MS Quantitative Analysis of N-glycopeptides Derived from Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Patients”.
    • Sakshi Gautam (co-author: Yehia Mechref; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Mona Goli; Byeong Gwan Cho) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS of Isomeric Glycopeptides using Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC) Column.
    • Rui Zhang (co-author: Wenjing Peng; Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref; Haixu Tang) presented a poster titled “A Reciprocal best-hit glycan-spectrum matching (RBGSM) approach tocharacterization of isomeric N-glycans using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)”.
    • Peilin Jiang (co-authors: Wenjing Peng; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “4-plex quantitative analysis using glycan/protein stable isotope labeling in cell culture (GlyProSILIC)”.
    • Mojgan Atashi (co-authors: Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Md Abdul Hakim; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Determining the Altered Expressions of Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) by LC-MS/MS”.
    • Mona Goli (co-authors: Andrew Cho; Sakshi Gautam; Wenjing Peng; Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Direct Comparison of N-glycans and their Isomers Derived from Spike Glycoprotein 1 of MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2”.
    • Yifan Huang (co-authors: Peilin Jiang; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Jieqiang Zhong; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Characterization of Sialylated Glycopeptides Labeled by Sodium Periodate Oxidation and Reductive Amination”.
    • Wenjing Peng (co-authors: Masoud Zabet Moghaddam; Xiaoxia Gong; Parvin Mirzaei; Mona Goli; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “An Integrated Multi-Omics Approach to Identify Pathways Involved in Brain Metastatic Breast Cancer”.
    • Aiying Yu (co-authors: Jingfu Zhao; Wenjing Peng; Shiv Pratap S. Yadav; Bruce A. Molitoris; Mark C. Wagner; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Proteome profiling of kidney brush-border membrane from rats using LC-MS/MS analysis”
    • Kaitlyn Donohoo (co-authors: Xue Dong; Wenjing Peng; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MSMS of 16-plex Isotopically Permethylated Glycan Analysis on Micropillar Array Columns”.
    • Sakshi Gautam (co-authors: Alireza Banazadeh; Byeong Gwan Cho; Mona Goli; Jieqiang Zhong; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS of Isomeric Glycans using Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC) Column.
    • Andrew Bennett (co-authors: Junyao Wang; Sakshi Gautam; Mona Goli; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Characterization of O-glycan and glycolipid Isomers Utilizing Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC).
    • Wenjing Peng (co-authors: Junyao Wang; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “An efficient and economical N-glycome sample preparation using acetone precipitation.
    • Md Abdul Hakim (co-authors: Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Mojgan Atashi; Mona Goli; Sakshi Gautam; Junyao Wang; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Isomeric Profiling of N-glycansDerived from Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment Patients”.
    • Xiaoxia Gong (co-authors: Masoud Zabet Moghaddam; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Wenjing Peng; Andrew Bennett; Parvin Mirzaei; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Comparison of Parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) and Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) for targeted THC and multi-residue pesticides quantitative analysis”.
  • Dr. Lischka did 2 presentations this month:
    • “New Developments and Possibilities for Multireference Calculations Using COLUMBUS”, November 10, 2021, Technological Institute of Aeronautics, São Jose dos Campos, Brazil
    • Workshop “Introduction to COLUMBUS: A multireference (MR) electronic structure program system”, November 9 and November 11, 2021, Technological Institute of Aeronautics, São Jose dos Campos, Brazil
  • D. Zhang, D. Zeldes, G. Gamez, 3-Dimensional Mass Spectral Imaging of Polymers via Laser-Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Oral Presentation at the ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, October 31 — November 4, 2021, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk titled “Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Compressed Sensing Strategies for Ultra-High Throughput 3D Elemental Analysis of Solid Surfaces” at the University of Texas Arlington, Oct. 29, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave the inaugural plenary lecture titled “Espectroscopía de Emisión Óptica por Descarga Luminiscente y Detección Comprimida para el Mapeo Elemental UltraRápido en 3D de Superficies Sólidas” to open the Chemical Engineering Week event at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Instituto Nacional de México/Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes, Oct 25 – Oct 29, 2021, México.
  • Dr. Poirier gave an invited talk on Nov. 4, entitled “Efficient Evaluation of Exponential and Gaussian Functions on a Quantum Computer”, to the Quantum Algorithms Pod at Goldman Sachs.
  • Dr. Ruibin Liang did 2 presentations:
    • Towards understanding photoactive biomolecular systems through multiscale simulation, invited talk on 11/5 in Department of Chemistry, Purdue University
    • First-principles non-adiabatic dynamics simulation of the molecular photoswitches in solution and protein, invited talk on 10/28 in the CMPR 13th Annual Virtual Symposium.
  • Prof. Kristin Hutchins delivered an invited lecture at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 22, 2021 titled, "Thermal expansion behaviors of organic solids and influence of crystal packing and motion."
  • Jesus Daniel Loya (Hutchins Group) delivered an invited lecture at the Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes Chemical Engineering Week 2021 on October 27, 2021 titled, "Synthesis and design of pharmaceutical co-crystals and of polymers for water remediation"
  • Navkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) delivered an oral presentation at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 21, 2021 titled, "Solid-state behaviors of a variety of imine-based molecules: Pedal motion and thermal expansion properties"
  • Jesus Daniel Loya (Hutchins Group) delivered an oral presentation at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 22, 2021 titled, "Mechanochemistry as tool for synthesizing inaccessible solids from viscous liquid components"
  • Hutchins Group students delivered the following poster presentations at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 21, 2021:
    • Qixuan Zheng "Solubility enhancement of trimethoprim via cocrysallization"
    • Xiaodan Ding "Thermal expansion and motion capability of halogenated compounds with herringbone or face-to-face aromatic stacking"
    • Gary George III "Controlling thermal expansion properties of organic solids via cycloaddition reactions"
  • Maik Redigger, a graduate student in Prof. Poirier’s research group, gave the following oral presentations:
    • Physics graduate student seminar, entitled “The Differentiation Lemma and the Reynolds Transport Theorem for Submanifolds with Corners"
    • Midwest Relativity Meeting in Champaign/Urbana, Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology symposium, on November 13, 2021, entitled “The One Body Born Rule on Curved Spacetime.”
  • Navkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) gave an oral presentation at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting in Austin, TX on November 21, 2021 titled, "Thermal expansion studies of zero-dimensional based solids of silver trifluoromethanesulfonate with ligands having a motion capable group"
  • Gary George III (Hutchins Group) gave a poster presentation at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting in Austin, TX on November 22, 2021 titled, "Controlling thermal expansion properties of organic solids via cycloaddition reactions"
  • Dr. Latham gave 2 Presentations:
    • “Uncovering allosteric networks within DNA damage repair enzymes via methyl-based NMR spectroscopy” at the 49th Southeast Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC)
    • “Stuctural and dynamics studies of the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1/Xrs2 DNA repair complex” at the 13th Center for Membrane Protein Research (CMPR) Annual Symposium.

Departmental News

  • Prof. Mechref current Google Scholar H-index is 65 with total citation of 12640.
  • Prof. Mechref's work in 2021 has been cited 1087 times.
  • Jeanne Bertonazzi took part in an event called “Making Makers” at the Science Spectrum, designed to inspire students into STEM fields of study. She made stained glass ornaments, and discussed her career as a glassblower.
  • Three students, Kolton Bear, Abigail Joynt, and Raquel Bosley, went above and beyond in one of our teaching laboratories, to take care of a fellow student who had fainted. Kudos to all three of you!
  • The Texas Tech Office of Research Commercialization has filed a provisional patent on work in Prof. Poirier’s lab. Poirier, L. W. “Methods and Systems for Quantum Computing,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/274,877, filed on November 11, 2021.
  • Prof. Poirier was invited to submit a renewal grant application to the Robert A. Welch Foundation, at the level of $300,000.
  • REMINDER: The department has an opening for a new IT Support Technician II
    • IT Support Technician II
    • Replaces Chris Phelan, who has left the department to become Programmer Analyst III with TTU Information Systems.
  • REMINDER: The Bill Hase Memorial Scholarship is seeking donations. Details may be found on the departmental website here.
  • REMINDER: The Holiday Luncheon is on December 9th. Don’t Forget to sign up.
  • Lina Delgado (Cozzolino Group) gave an invited talk at El Technologico Nacional De Mexico entitled “The supramolecular chemistry of arsenic, antimony and bismuth and their possible applications as a therapeutic agent” on October 28.
  • Olivia Villanueva (Cozzolino Group) gave an invited talk at the ACS SWRM in Austin in the Main Group Chemistry in the Southwest symposium entitled “Pnictogen-bonded self-assembled reverse bilayer vesicles: How vesicle properties are affected by molecular structure” on November 1.
  • Anthony Cozzolino gave an invited talk at the ACS SWRM in Austin in the Main Group Chemistry in the Southwest symposium entitled “Pnictogen Bonding in Anion Binding and Molecular Recognition” on November 1.
  • Anthony Cozzolino gave an invited talk at the Chemical Research Center of the Autonomous University of the Morelos State in Mexico entitled “Pnictogen Bonding in Solution: From Triple Pnictogen Bonds to Reversed Bilayer Formation” on November 3.
  • Dr. Krempner was Invited “in person” Departmental seminar at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton Texas Title: Inter- and Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs — Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation
  • Dr. Krempner was invited to talk in a Symposium: “Main group Chemistry in the South West” at the Regional ACS Meeting (SWRM) in Austin Texas. Title: Small Molecule Activation with Intramolecular “Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs
  • Prof. Mechref taught a short course at the ASMS 2021 conference entitled “Glycomics and Glycoprotoemics MS”, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Different members of the Mechref group gave presentations at the ASMS 2021 Conference, Philadelphia, PA:
    • Jieqiang Zhong (co-authors: Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref) gave an oral presentation titled “Derivatization of Sialylated Glycopeptides (DOSG) Enabling Site-Specific Isomeric Profiling using LC-MS/MS”
    • Mona Goli (co-authors: Byeong Gwan Cho; Ali Nehme; Sakshi Gautam; Alireza Banazadeh; Ryan Morgan; Jingfu Zhao; Firas Kobeissy; Stefania Mondello; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Deciphering Serum Glycomics Alterations for Identification of Candidate Biomarkers in Patients with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury”.
    • Junyao Wang (co-authos: Aiying Yu; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Assessing the hydrophobicity of glycopeptides using reversed-phase LC and tandem MS”.
    • Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes (co-authos: Mojgan Atashi; Md Abdul Hakim; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “PRM-MS Quantitative Analysis of N-glycopeptides Derived from Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Patients”.
    • Sakshi Gautam (co-author: Yehia Mechref; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Mona Goli; Byeong Gwan Cho) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS of Isomeric Glycopeptides using Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC) Column.
    • Rui Zhang (co-author: Wenjing Peng; Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref; Haixu Tang) presented a poster titled “A Reciprocal best-hit glycan-spectrum matching (RBGSM) approach tocharacterization of isomeric N-glycans using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)”.
    • Peilin Jiang (co-authors: Wenjing Peng; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “4-plex quantitative analysis using glycan/protein stable isotope labeling in cell culture (GlyProSILIC)”.
    • Mojgan Atashi (co-authors: Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Md Abdul Hakim; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Determining the Altered Expressions of Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) by LC-MS/MS”.
    • Mona Goli (co-authors: Andrew Cho; Sakshi Gautam; Wenjing Peng; Yifan Huang; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Direct Comparison of N-glycans and their Isomers Derived from Spike Glycoprotein 1 of MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2”.
    • Yifan Huang (co-authors: Peilin Jiang; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Jieqiang Zhong; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Characterization of Sialylated Glycopeptides Labeled by Sodium Periodate Oxidation and Reductive Amination”.
    • Wenjing Peng (co-authors: Masoud Zabet Moghaddam; Xiaoxia Gong; Parvin Mirzaei; Mona Goli; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “An Integrated Multi-Omics Approach to Identify Pathways Involved in Brain Metastatic Breast Cancer”.
    • Aiying Yu (co-authors: Jingfu Zhao; Wenjing Peng; Shiv Pratap S. Yadav; Bruce A. Molitoris; Mark C. Wagner; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Proteome profiling of kidney brush-border membrane from rats using LC-MS/MS analysis”
    • Kaitlyn Donohoo (co-authors: Xue Dong; Wenjing Peng; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MSMS of 16-plex Isotopically Permethylated Glycan Analysis on Micropillar Array Columns”.
    • Sakshi Gautam (co-authors: Alireza Banazadeh; Byeong Gwan Cho; Mona Goli; Jieqiang Zhong; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS of Isomeric Glycans using Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC) Column.
    • Andrew Bennett (co-authors: Junyao Wang; Sakshi Gautam; Mona Goli; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Characterization of O-glycan and glycolipid Isomers Utilizing Mesoporous Graphitized Carbon (MGC).
    • Wenjing Peng (co-authors: Junyao Wang; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “An efficient and economical N-glycome sample preparation using acetone precipitation.
    • Md Abdul Hakim (co-authors: Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Mojgan Atashi; Mona Goli; Sakshi Gautam; Junyao Wang; Jianhui Zhu; David M Lubman; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “LC-MS/MS Isomeric Profiling of N-glycansDerived from Low Abundant Serum Proteins in Mild Cognitive Impairment Patients”.
    • Xiaoxia Gong (co-authors: Masoud Zabet Moghaddam; Cristian D Gutierrez Reyes; Wenjing Peng; Andrew Bennett; Parvin Mirzaei; Yehia Mechref) presented a poster titled “Comparison of Parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) and Multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) for targeted THC and multi-residue pesticides quantitative analysis”.
  • Dr. Lischka did 2 presentations this month:
    • “New Developments and Possibilities for Multireference Calculations Using COLUMBUS”, November 10, 2021, Technological Institute of Aeronautics, São Jose dos Campos, Brazil
    • Workshop “Introduction to COLUMBUS: A multireference (MR) electronic structure program system”, November 9 and November 11, 2021, Technological Institute of Aeronautics, São Jose dos Campos, Brazil
  • D. Zhang, D. Zeldes, G. Gamez, 3-Dimensional Mass Spectral Imaging of Polymers via Laser-Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Oral Presentation at the ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, October 31 — November 4, 2021, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk titled “Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Compressed Sensing Strategies for Ultra-High Throughput 3D Elemental Analysis of Solid Surfaces” at the University of Texas Arlington, Oct. 29, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave the inaugural plenary lecture titled “Espectroscopía de Emisión Óptica por Descarga Luminiscente y Detección Comprimida para el Mapeo Elemental UltraRápido en 3D de Superficies Sólidas” to open the Chemical Engineering Week event at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Instituto Nacional de México/Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes, Oct 25 – Oct 29, 2021, México.
  • Dr. Poirier gave an invited talk on Nov. 4, entitled “Efficient Evaluation of Exponential and Gaussian Functions on a Quantum Computer”, to the Quantum Algorithms Pod at Goldman Sachs.
  • Dr. Ruibin Liang did 2 presentations:
    • Towards understanding photoactive biomolecular systems through multiscale simulation, invited talk on 11/5 in Department of Chemistry, Purdue University
    • First-principles non-adiabatic dynamics simulation of the molecular photoswitches in solution and protein, invited talk on 10/28 in the CMPR 13th Annual Virtual Symposium.
  • Prof. Kristin Hutchins delivered an invited lecture at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 22, 2021 titled, "Thermal expansion behaviors of organic solids and influence of crystal packing and motion."
  • Jesus Daniel Loya (Hutchins Group) delivered an invited lecture at the Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes Chemical Engineering Week 2021 on October 27, 2021 titled, "Synthesis and design of pharmaceutical co-crystals and of polymers for water remediation"
  • Navkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) delivered an oral presentation at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 21, 2021 titled, "Solid-state behaviors of a variety of imine-based molecules: Pedal motion and thermal expansion properties"
  • Jesus Daniel Loya (Hutchins Group) delivered an oral presentation at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 22, 2021 titled, "Mechanochemistry as tool for synthesizing inaccessible solids from viscous liquid components"
  • Hutchins Group students delivered the following poster presentations at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Springfield, MO on October 21, 2021:
    • Qixuan Zheng "Solubility enhancement of trimethoprim via cocrysallization"
    • Xiaodan Ding "Thermal expansion and motion capability of halogenated compounds with herringbone or face-to-face aromatic stacking"
    • Gary George III "Controlling thermal expansion properties of organic solids via cycloaddition reactions"
  • Maik Redigger, a graduate student in Prof. Poirier’s research group, gave the following oral presentations:
    • Physics graduate student seminar, entitled “The Differentiation Lemma and the Reynolds Transport Theorem for Submanifolds with Corners"
    • Midwest Relativity Meeting in Champaign/Urbana, Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology symposium, on November 13, 2021, entitled “The One Body Born Rule on Curved Spacetime.”
  • Navkiran Kaur Juneja (Hutchins Group) gave an oral presentation at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting in Austin, TX on November 21, 2021 titled, "Thermal expansion studies of zero-dimensional based solids of silver trifluoromethanesulfonate with ligands having a motion capable group"
  • Gary George III (Hutchins Group) gave a poster presentation at the ACS Southwest Regional Meeting in Austin, TX on November 22, 2021 titled, "Controlling thermal expansion properties of organic solids via cycloaddition reactions"
  • Dr. Latham gave 2 Presentations:
    • “Uncovering allosteric networks within DNA damage repair enzymes via methyl-based NMR spectroscopy” at the 49th Southeast Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC)
    • “Stuctural and dynamics studies of the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1/Xrs2 DNA repair complex” at the 13th Center for Membrane Protein Research (CMPR) Annual Symposium.



Awards and Accolades

Linda RodriguezLinda Rodriguez received a 2021 Chancellor's Award of Excellence at the Nov. 3 TTU Distinguished Staff Awards Luncheon.

Jeanne BertonazziJeanne Bertonazzi was honored with an in-depth article in the inaugural issue of the new TTU magazine, Evermore, and an invitation to attend the launch party event on Nov. 4.
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Prof. MechrefOne of our own has made it into the TTU presses. Prof. Yehia Mechref was the subject of a recent Texas Tech Today article, as Featured News. Click here to read.

Prof. Pappas Prof. Dimitri Pappas was selected to be the TTU nominee for the 2022 Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship.
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Prof. KorzeniewskiGerri Botte (PI, TTU Chemical Engineering) and Carol Korzeniewski (co-PI) have received seed-funding from the DOE Office of Basic Science for the project "Understanding and Controlling Electrochemical Routes for Upcycling of Polyolefins". + More
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Student Highlights

TrophiesLina Delgado was one of the recipients of the Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship for Spring 2022.

TrophiesDong Zhang, PhD candidate in the Gamez lab, received a 2021 Graduate Student Research Support Award provided through the Texas Tech University Office of Parent and Family Relations, the Graduate Assembly, and the Graduate School. October 2021.

Trophies Xiaodan (Dannie) Ding (Hutchins Group) received the award for best poster presentation at the ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in the Supramolecular and Crystal Engineering section.

TrophiesKevin Finch, PhD candidate in the Gamez lab, received the 2021 Society for Applied Spectroscopy Atomic Section Student Award at the FACSS: SciX 2021 conference where he gave an invited talk. + More

TrophiesXiaodan Ding, Navkiran Kaur Juneja, and Qixuan Zheng all received Study Abroad Competitive Scholarships for Spring 2022.

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