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Richard D. Adams Group Site

"Our research is focused on the organometallic chemistry of polynuclear complexes for use as catalysts for energy conversions of fossil fuels and for the selective oxidation of hydrocarbons to higher value organic products."

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Brian C. Benicewicz Group Site

"We design and synthesize new functional polymers to study structure-property relationships in polymer nanocomposites and fuel cell-membrane applications."

Junfeng Chen Group Site

"The central research areas of our group are the innovation of novel synthetic strategies to access sequence-controlled polymers and the development of high-throughput, automated methodologies for polymer materials. We are particularly interested in studying the supramolecular behaviors of these materials, including polymer folding, assembly, and interactions with other molecules. These investigations drive the development of polymer-based artificial enzymes, polymer therapeutics, and advancements in polymer sustainability."

John Ferry

John L. Ferry Group Site

"We study the movement and remediation of pollutants in the environment.  We are particularly interested in their reactions with oxygen and oxy-radicals."

Sophya Garashchuk

Sophya Garashchuk Group Site

"Research in our group is centered on two broad issues – when does the quantum nature of nuclei affect chemical processes and how to include the zero-point energy, tunneling and other quantum effects into reactive dynamics simulations of large systems."

Andrew Greytak

Andrew B. Greytak Group Site

"We use microscopy, spectroscopy and electronic transport measurements to explore the role of the surface in dictating the properties of semiconductor nanowires and colloidal nanocrystals.  We are also interested in applications of nanomaterials in energy production and biological fluorescence imaging."

Christian Johnson Group Site

"The Johnson lab seeks to transform our understanding of disease using structural, biochemical, and biological techniques. We complement biophysical and theoretical approaches, such as x-ray crystallography, molecular dynamics simulations, molecular modeling, and general protein chemistry techniques, with disease modeling techniques in mammalian cell culture and genetically engineered mice."

Caryn Outten

Caryn E. Outten Group Site

"The C. Outten research group is focused on two interconnected projects:  (1) identifying the mechanisms for maintaining adequate intracellular levels of the essential metal iron, and (2) characterizing intracellular factors that control mitochondrial thiol redox balance.  We take a multidisciplinary approach to tackle these projects, combining bioinorganic, biochemical, genetic, and molecular and cell biology techniques."

Wayne Outten

F. Wayne Outten Group Site

"We study the homeostasis and metabolism of essential metals like copper, iron and zinc, with the goals of disrupting metal metabolism in bacteria during infection and correcting defects in human metal metabolism that lead to disease."

Dmitry V. Peryshkov

Dmitry V. Peryshkov Group Site

"Our research involves the synthesis of molecular catalysts for activation of important substrates such as dihydrogen, carbon dioxide, and alkenes. Our focus is on renewable energy, catalysis, inorganic, and organometallic chemistry."

Vitaly Rassolov Group Site

"Our quantum dynamics group is developing theory and methodology suitable for simulations of large molecular systems influenced by quantum mechanics.   We always welcome motivated students, from pre-college to doctoral, interested in the fundamental level understanding of chemical and physical processes.  You will learn how to think, come up with and formulate a theory, how to program and use computational chemistry software and our unique group codes. In research we use LINUX desktops, computer clusters and supercomputers."

Susan Richardson

Susan D. Richardson Group Site

"We use mass spectrometry and other analytical tools to identify and study emerging contaminants in drinking water and the environment."

Ken Shimizu

Ken D. Shimizu Group Site

"We make molecular devices such as molecular rotors, switches, and balances.  One application for the devices is to measure weak non-covalent interactions.  We also make molecularly-imprinted polymers for sensing and separation applications."

Linda Shimizu

Linda S. Shimizu Group Site

"We are interested in developing predictable supramolecular chemistry using noncovalent urea-urea interactions to build an array of porous structures with tunable cavities, designed to bind specific guests."

Natalia Shustova

Natalia Shustova Group Site

"We design photoswitches, artificial biomimetic systems, and materials for sustainable energy conversion based on porous graphitic frameworks."

Morgan Stefik

Morgan Stefik Group Site

"We are developing new polymer-based methods to control the fabrication of advanced nanomaterials.  Our work spans from molecules to devices where the novel material chemistries we develop are taken from concept through to functioning devices such as fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, photovoltaics, and solar fuels."

Chuanbing Tang

Chuanbing Tang Group Site

"We focus on the synthesis of advanced functional polymeric materials, including sustainable chemicals and polymers from biomass, organometallics and metallopolymers, and polymers for biomedical applications, and energy storage."

Aaron Vannucci

Aaron K. Vannucci Group Site

"We design, synthesize, and characterize transition metal catalysts capable of small molecule transformations important to the advancement of alternative energy.  Our research focus is the development of electrocatalytic and photocatalytic routes for the production of fuels such as H2 and hydrocarbons."

Hui Wang

Hui Wang Group Site

"The central theme of our research is to use novel physical chemistry approaches, specifically spectroscopies and microscopies, to develop quantitative understanding of novel nanophotonic materials systems and conformationally dynamic biomolecules."

Qian Wang

Qian Wang Group Site

"Our research is focused on bioconjugation chemistry and biomaterials development.  We are exploring novel synthetic and biological methods in order to create materials and functionalities at the nanometer scale."

Sheryl Wiskur

Sheryl L. Wiskur Group Site

"Our research focuses on synthetic organic methodology, specifically employing silicon as a tool to separate enantiomers, derivatize diastereomers, and employ as catalysts.  These transformations offer a replacement to traditional ways of performing these reactions, ultimately providing new tools for synthetic chemists."

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