Texas Tech University

2016 Ph.D. and M.S. Defenses

February 19
Friday
12:00 pm
CHEM 305

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Slip-Link Polymers via Entropy-Driven Ring-Opening Olefin Metathesis Polymerizations of [1]Rotaxanes
Sunil Kumar Paladugu, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


March 22
Tuesday
2:00 PM
CHEM 305

M.S. DEFENSE
Observation of Reversible, Rapid Adaptation to Hypoxia in Tumor Cells Cultured in a Microfluidic Device
Todd Germain, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


March 25
Friday
2:30 PM
CHEM 305

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Development of Inexpensive and Portable Devices for Chemical Measurements and Environmental Analysis
Tingting Cao, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


March 29
Tuesday
2:00 PM
CHEM 305

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Interactions between β and γ Subunits of ATP Synthase are Critical in Nucleotide Binding and Energy Coupling
Yunxiang Li, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


May 27
Friday
1:00 PM
CHEM 412

M.S. DEFENSE
Purification, Characterization, and Inhibition of C-24 Sterol Methyltransferase from Trypanosoma cruzi
Matthew Sowa, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


June 8
Wednesday
2:00 pm
CHEM 102

Ph.D. DEFENSE
New Directions in Pincer Chemistry: 1) Formation of Iridium(III) Allene Complexes via Isomerization of Internal Alkynes, 2) Expanded Substrate Scope, and Progress Towards Catalytic and Enantioselective Methodologies
Neha Phadke, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


June 16
Thursday
2:00 PM
CHEM 305

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Epoxide-driven Sol-gel Methods to Prepare Metal Oxide and Sulfide Materials for Applications in Heterogeneous Photocatalysis
Donald A. Ramirez, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


June 23
Thursday
2:00 PM
CHEM 305

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Deletion Studies of the b Subunits in the Peripheral Stalk of Eschericia coli ATP Synthase
Bereket Okbu, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


June 27
Monday
9:00 AM
CHEM 305

M.S. DEFENSE
A Study on the Effect of Lecture Length in the Flipped Classroom
Heather Coats, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


June 27
Monday
1:00 PM
CHEM 102

M.S. DEFENSE
Purification of Membrane Protein (KirBAC 1.1), Site-Directed Mutagenesis and Calorimetric Studies
Abhishek Shaw, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


August 15
Monday
1:00 PM
CHEM 234

M.S. DEFENSE
The Stokes-Einstein Equation and the Diffusion of Ferrocene in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids (RTILs) Studied by Cyclic Voltammetry
Mahesh Thakurathi, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


October 12
Wednesday
10:30 AM
CHEM 305

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Sensitive and Quantitive Proteomics and Glycoproteomics Biological Studies
Rui Zhu, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


October 14
Friday
1:00 PM
CHEM 305

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Mechanism-Based Inhibition of Ergosterol Biosynthesis in Acanthamoeba castellanii and its Therapeutic Implications
Crista Thomas, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


October 17
Monday
10:00 AM
CHEM 305

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Characterization, Mutagenesis and Mechanistic Analysis of the Sterol C24-Methyltransferase: Implications for Understanding Active Site Requirements for Sterol Biosynthesis
Alicia Howard, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


October 17
Monday
12:00 PM
CHEM 11B

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Design and Synthesis of Novel [1]Rotaxane Monomers for the Preparation of Slip-Link Polymers
Chandra Sekhar Kunapareddy, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


October 18
Tuesday
8:30 AM
CHEM 102

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Iron Complexes as Catalysts in Organic Synthesis: (1) Hydrosilylation of Carbonyl Compounds (2) Aldol-Condensation and Cyclotrimerization of Aldehydes (3) Dimerization of Cycloolefins Towards Synthesis of High Energy-density Fuels
Francis Wekesa, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


October 18
Tuesday
2:00 PM
CHEM 102

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Modeling Studies of Effect of Mixing Morphology on Aerosol Optics
Qing Zhang, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


October 20
Thursday
10:00 AM
CHEM 102

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Physical Property, Structure, and Dynamics Studies of Ionic Liquid Systems
Eshan Gurung, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University


October 20
Thursday
12:00 PM
CHEM 305

Ph.D. DEFENSE
Sterol Methyltransferase: Probing its Drug-Target and Allosteric Properties
Presheet Patkar, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University