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Faculty Positions Available Comparing coordination uranyl(vi) complexes with 2-(1H-imidazo[4,5-b]phenazin-2-yl)phenol and derivatives Ensemble effects on allylic oxidation within explicit solvation environments The nucleotide binding affinities of two critical conformations of <em>Escherichia coli</em> ATP synthase Lipid Membrane Mimetics in Functional and Structural Studies of Integral Membrane Proteins Making Relativistic Quantum Mechanics Simple PRM-MS Quantitative Analysis of Isomeric N-Glycopeptides Derived from Human Serum Haptoglobin of Patients with Cirrhosis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Early History of the Department

Departmental News

  • 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 Sciences.
    • 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: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2021.115207.
  • 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 CrystEngComm.
  • 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 systems.
  • 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.

Departmental News

  • 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 Sciences.
    • 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: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2021.115207.
  • 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 CrystEngComm.
  • 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 systems.
  • 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.

Departmental News

  • 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 Sciences.
    • 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: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2021.115207.
  • 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 CrystEngComm.
  • 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 systems.
  • 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.

Departmental News

  • 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 Sciences.
    • 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: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2021.115207.
  • 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 CrystEngComm.
  • 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 systems.
  • 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.



Awards and Accolades

Linda RodriguezLinda 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.

MechrefProf. 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.
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MechrefProf. 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. + More
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PoirierProf. 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
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Linda RodriguezLinda Rodriguez was selected for the A&S Staff Spotlight, in July 2021. Read the Arts & Sciences Spotlight

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Student Highlights

Aldo Hernandez 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. + More

TrophiesMojgan Atashi (a graduate student of Prof. Mechref) received the 2021-2022 James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Graduate Fellowship from the Graduate School.

TrophiesNavkiran Kaur Juneja, a graduate student in Hutchins group, was awarded a Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship.

TrophiesCongratulations to our departmental poster presentation winners! (Winners receive a $500 scholarship and $200 towards one conference withing the upcoming year. + More

TrophiesKevin 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.

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