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Flowing Atmospheric-Pressure Afterglow Drift Tube Ion Mobility Spectrometry Laser assisted sampling vs direct desorption flowing atmospheric pressure afterglow mass spectrometry of complex polymer samples: Forensic implications for pressure sensitive tape chemical analysis Triple-Columned and Multiple-Layered 3D Polymers: Design, Synthesis, Aggregation-Induced Emission (AIE) and Computational Study Cocrystallization of Trimethoprim and Solubility Enhancement via Salt Formation A General New Method for Calculating the Molecular Nonpolar Surface for Analysis of LC-MS Data Cobalt catalyzed isomerization of alkenes Early History of the Department

Departmental News

  • Dr. Huazhong Shi is appointed as an Associate Editor of the newly established journal "stress Biology" (https://www.springer.com/journal/44154).
  • Prof. Mechref reviewed for Funds for Scientific Research-FNRS, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Dr. Krempner, C. Phosphatranes, Phosphazenes and Phosphonium Ylides – Applications in Synthesis and Catalysis. P-Chemistry Online-Seminar Series https://phosphorus-chemistry.weebly.com/schedule.html. March 18, 2021 (invited lecture).
  • Dr. Hutchins gave an invited talk entitled “Molecular Motion, Phase Transitions, and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Solids” at the Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, on April 15, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk entitled "Ultra-High Throughput 3d Elemental Analysis Of Surfaces With Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy And Compressed Sensing Strategies" at the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, on April 21, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk entitled "Connecting The Dots: Beyond Surviving Your STEM Higher Education Experience As A Minority" at the Minority Alumni Speaker Series, organized by the SACNAS chapter at Indiana University Bloomington, and sponsored by the Dept. of Chemistry, Dept. of Biochemistry, College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on April 21, 2021.
  • The Gamez lab presented at TTU URC, March 28 – 30, 2021:
    • J. Agu, K. Finch, G. Gamez, Differentiating Thomson and Raman Scattering Spectra for Diagnostics of Various Gas Plasmas Used in Chemical Analysis, poster.
    • A. Hernandez, L. Shabaneh, K. Finch, G. Gamez Effect of Operating Parameters on the Elemental Mapping of Silver Nanoparticles using Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, poster.
    • P. Rivera, Y. She, G. Gamez. Compressed Sensing Single Pixel Imaging for Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping, poster.
    • L. Shabaneh, A. Hernandez, K. Finch, G. Gamez, Nanoparticle Elemental Mapping of Pristine Plant Tissues through Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, poster.
    • D. Zeldes, D. Zhang, G. Gamez, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape Evidence Fast Discrimination via Laser Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Mass Spectrometry, poster.

Departmental News

  • Dr. Huazhong Shi is appointed as an Associate Editor of the newly established journal "stress Biology" (https://www.springer.com/journal/44154).
  • Prof. Mechref reviewed for Funds for Scientific Research-FNRS, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Dr. Krempner, C. Phosphatranes, Phosphazenes and Phosphonium Ylides – Applications in Synthesis and Catalysis. P-Chemistry Online-Seminar Series https://phosphorus-chemistry.weebly.com/schedule.html. March 18, 2021 (invited lecture).
  • Dr. Hutchins gave an invited talk entitled “Molecular Motion, Phase Transitions, and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Solids” at the Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, on April 15, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk entitled "Ultra-High Throughput 3d Elemental Analysis Of Surfaces With Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy And Compressed Sensing Strategies" at the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, on April 21, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk entitled "Connecting The Dots: Beyond Surviving Your STEM Higher Education Experience As A Minority" at the Minority Alumni Speaker Series, organized by the SACNAS chapter at Indiana University Bloomington, and sponsored by the Dept. of Chemistry, Dept. of Biochemistry, College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on April 21, 2021.
  • The Gamez lab presented at TTU URC, March 28 – 30, 2021:
    • J. Agu, K. Finch, G. Gamez, Differentiating Thomson and Raman Scattering Spectra for Diagnostics of Various Gas Plasmas Used in Chemical Analysis, poster.
    • A. Hernandez, L. Shabaneh, K. Finch, G. Gamez Effect of Operating Parameters on the Elemental Mapping of Silver Nanoparticles using Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, poster.
    • P. Rivera, Y. She, G. Gamez. Compressed Sensing Single Pixel Imaging for Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping, poster.
    • L. Shabaneh, A. Hernandez, K. Finch, G. Gamez, Nanoparticle Elemental Mapping of Pristine Plant Tissues through Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, poster.
    • D. Zeldes, D. Zhang, G. Gamez, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape Evidence Fast Discrimination via Laser Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Mass Spectrometry, poster.

Departmental News

  • Dr. Huazhong Shi is appointed as an Associate Editor of the newly established journal "stress Biology" (https://www.springer.com/journal/44154).
  • Prof. Mechref reviewed for Funds for Scientific Research-FNRS, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Dr. Krempner, C. Phosphatranes, Phosphazenes and Phosphonium Ylides – Applications in Synthesis and Catalysis. P-Chemistry Online-Seminar Series https://phosphorus-chemistry.weebly.com/schedule.html. March 18, 2021 (invited lecture).
  • Dr. Hutchins gave an invited talk entitled “Molecular Motion, Phase Transitions, and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Solids” at the Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, on April 15, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk entitled "Ultra-High Throughput 3d Elemental Analysis Of Surfaces With Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy And Compressed Sensing Strategies" at the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, on April 21, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk entitled "Connecting The Dots: Beyond Surviving Your STEM Higher Education Experience As A Minority" at the Minority Alumni Speaker Series, organized by the SACNAS chapter at Indiana University Bloomington, and sponsored by the Dept. of Chemistry, Dept. of Biochemistry, College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on April 21, 2021.
  • The Gamez lab presented at TTU URC, March 28 – 30, 2021:
    • J. Agu, K. Finch, G. Gamez, Differentiating Thomson and Raman Scattering Spectra for Diagnostics of Various Gas Plasmas Used in Chemical Analysis, poster.
    • A. Hernandez, L. Shabaneh, K. Finch, G. Gamez Effect of Operating Parameters on the Elemental Mapping of Silver Nanoparticles using Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, poster.
    • P. Rivera, Y. She, G. Gamez. Compressed Sensing Single Pixel Imaging for Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping, poster.
    • L. Shabaneh, A. Hernandez, K. Finch, G. Gamez, Nanoparticle Elemental Mapping of Pristine Plant Tissues through Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, poster.
    • D. Zeldes, D. Zhang, G. Gamez, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape Evidence Fast Discrimination via Laser Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Mass Spectrometry, poster.

Departmental News

  • Dr. Huazhong Shi is appointed as an Associate Editor of the newly established journal "stress Biology" (https://www.springer.com/journal/44154).
  • Prof. Mechref reviewed for Funds for Scientific Research-FNRS, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Dr. Krempner, C. Phosphatranes, Phosphazenes and Phosphonium Ylides – Applications in Synthesis and Catalysis. P-Chemistry Online-Seminar Series https://phosphorus-chemistry.weebly.com/schedule.html. March 18, 2021 (invited lecture).
  • Dr. Hutchins gave an invited talk entitled “Molecular Motion, Phase Transitions, and Thermal Expansion Properties of Organic Solids” at the Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, on April 15, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk entitled "Ultra-High Throughput 3d Elemental Analysis Of Surfaces With Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy And Compressed Sensing Strategies" at the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, on April 21, 2021.
  • Dr. Gamez gave an invited talk entitled "Connecting The Dots: Beyond Surviving Your STEM Higher Education Experience As A Minority" at the Minority Alumni Speaker Series, organized by the SACNAS chapter at Indiana University Bloomington, and sponsored by the Dept. of Chemistry, Dept. of Biochemistry, College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on April 21, 2021.
  • The Gamez lab presented at TTU URC, March 28 – 30, 2021:
    • J. Agu, K. Finch, G. Gamez, Differentiating Thomson and Raman Scattering Spectra for Diagnostics of Various Gas Plasmas Used in Chemical Analysis, poster.
    • A. Hernandez, L. Shabaneh, K. Finch, G. Gamez Effect of Operating Parameters on the Elemental Mapping of Silver Nanoparticles using Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, poster.
    • P. Rivera, Y. She, G. Gamez. Compressed Sensing Single Pixel Imaging for Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy Elemental Mapping, poster.
    • L. Shabaneh, A. Hernandez, K. Finch, G. Gamez, Nanoparticle Elemental Mapping of Pristine Plant Tissues through Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, poster.
    • D. Zeldes, D. Zhang, G. Gamez, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape Evidence Fast Discrimination via Laser Assisted Pyrolysis Program Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow Mass Spectrometry, poster.



Awards and Accolades

Prof. HutchinsDr. Kristin Hutchins received a grant from The Welch Foundation entitled "Mechanochemistry as a green synthetic and crystallization tool for drug development." The total grant amount is $240,000. The award starts June 01, 2021, through May 31, 2024.
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Prof. GamezDr. Gamez was selected to receive the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the TTU Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE). April 2021.
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Quentin VaughnQuentin Vaugh was announced as a recipient of the Unsung Hero award as a part of the 2021 Raiders Who Rock.
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Prof. NesHorn Distinguished Professor David Nes retired on March 31st, 2021. He has contributed immensely to the success of the department and the University.+ More
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Prof. CassadonteProf. Casadonte received the national Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award. + More
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Student Highlights

TrophiesKevin Finch, PhD candidate in the Gamez lab, was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Society for Applied Spectroscopy Atomic Section Student Award. He will receive the award at the upcoming SciX 2021 conference in September where he will give an invited talk.+ More

TrophiesAldo Hernandez, undergraduate student in the Gamez lab, was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award from the TTU Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE). April 2021.

TrophiesQixuan Zheng and Navkiran Kaur Juneja, graduate students of Prof. Hutchins, were both awarded Study Abroad Competitive Scholarships.

TrophiesHongjia Qian, a graduate student in the Shi group, has been awarded a Preston and Ima Smith Graduate Fellowship. The award is $2000 for the academic year 2021-2022.

TrophiesFor the 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference, there were 17 undergraduate students, who have conducted research in the department, submit posters. Eleven of these students were recognized as being Outstanding Presenters by reviewers. Three students also received individual awards for their presentations.+ More

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