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December 5, 2018

Michael Pluth Receives Oregon Medical Research Foundation Award

October 24, 2018

Teamwork leads UO chemists to a new kind of fluorescent dye

Video:Doctoral student Brittany White talks about the collaborative research project she worked on with postdoctoral researcher Yu Zhao and chemistry professors Ramesh Jasti and Mike Pluth.

Teamwork by chemists in two University of Oregon labs has led to a new class of fluorescent dyes that could expand the real-time view of cell activity in medical diagnostics.

In a paper in ACS Central Science, with White as lead author, the group detailed how they fitted organic molecules called nanohoops with a chemical sidechain of sulfonate to make them water soluble and able to penetrate cell membranes. Nanohoops are made with short, circular slices of carbon atoms. Making them in different sizes, the group discovered, produces distinctive colors that can be illuminated in living cells by a single laser burst.

Read the full article in AroundtheO

 

October 11, 2018

Andy Marcus Part of Team Awarded Major Grant for Quantum Science Research

Photo: Professors Brian Smith, Andy Marcus and Mike Raymer

From left) Professors Brian Smith, Andy Marcus and Mike Raymer are helping advance UO research in quantum computing as well as the National Quantum Initiative.

UO researchers on the forefront of quantum information science continue to make major strides toward passing legislation, and last week three of them were awarded a major grant to pursue studies in quantum science.

UO physicist Michael Raymer, a Philip H. Knight professor in the Department of Physics, and two colleagues, chemistry professor Andy Marcus and physics professor Brian Smith, have been awarded a $997,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The award is part of a $31 million NSF program for fundamental quantum research that, together with $281 million in Department of Energy investment, aims to help the United States take a leading role in the fast-evolving quantum technology revolution.

Read the full article in AroundtheO

October 10, 2018

Haley Lab in the News!

UO chemists in the Haley Lab have taken a step forward in efforts to harness organic molecules as a cheaper alternative to traditional silicon-based conductors in digital storage devices.

Read about their research discovery in AroundtheO

September 11, 2018

Guenza Lab Research featured on cover of Soft Matter

Image: Journal Cover and Marina Guenza PhotoA research paper from the Guenza lab has been featured on the cover of the September 21st edition of Soft Matter The journal, a publication of the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry, deals with the fundamental science underlying the behavior of soft matter, with a focus on the interface between physics, materials science, biology, chemical engineering and chemistry.

The paper, titled “Coarse-graining simulation approaches for polymer melts: the effect of potential range on computational efficiency”, was authored by postdoctoral scholar Mohammadhasan Dinpajooh and Professor Marina Guenza.

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July 18, 2018

Four CH and BIC Majors Receive Summer Research Fellowships

Photo: student working in labFour Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are among the 2018 recipients of the UO’s Vice President for Research and Innovation summer research fellowships. The awards are designed to support the university’s undergraduate scholars as they pursue their research interests during the summer. Read more in AroundtheO


Casey Bisted

Major: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: James Hutchison
Project Title: The Study of sub 10nm indium oxide nanocrystals as carbon dioxide reduction catalysts


Anson Dang

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Andy Marcus
Project Title: Investigating the single-stranded (ss)DNA binding protein (gp32) dimer formation on a 15-nucleotide ssDNA lattice using microsecond resolution single-molecule florescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET)r


Patrick Connor

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Michael Harms
Project Title: Evolution in the Protein Calprotectin


Nikki Szczepanski

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Diana Libuda
Project Title: Determining the Early DNA Break Repair Dynamics Specific to Crossovers

July 3, 2018

Researchers find, and possibly fix, toxicity in nanomaterials

Looking more extensively, they found that a new automated delivery system, meant to speed the mixing of products for testing in the fish, created a synergistic, or multiplying, effect that triggered the toxicity.

The method used to analyze what was happening, it turns out, could provide a solution that could keep the nanotechnology field moving forward, said study co-author Jim Hutchison of the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Read full article here

May 15, 2018

18 Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergrad Researchers will participate in Research Symposium May 17th

photo: UG Research Poster sessionThe UO’s eighth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is Thursday, May 17, 2018.  The event will host 382 undergraduates engaged in original research, creative work, and community-based projects from over 71 majors, 13 minors, and eight colleges. The full schedule and research abstracts are available here

Eighteen undergraduates will be presenting their chemistry and biochemistry research at the following sessions:

Concurrent Oral Session 2 – 11:45-1:15 p.m.

SPRUCE ROOM – SESSION 2S: CHEMISTRY, MATH, AND COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

Makenna Pennel − CHEMISTRY
Nanoparticles!
Faculty Mentor(s): Jim Hutchison, Kenyon Plummer

Concurrent Oral Session 3 – 1:30-3:00 p.m.

MAPLE ROOM – SESSION 3M: DNA & GENES

Rachel David − BIOCHEMISTRY
Investigating the Role of Genomic Positioning in Directing Meiotic Double-Strand DNA Break Repair
Faculty Mentor(s): Diana Libuda, Erik Toraason

 

Poster Session – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

EMU BALLROOM & GUMWOOD ROOM

HUSSEIN AL-ZUBIERI − BIOCHEMISTRY
Determining Scrib binding partners relevant to its spindle orienting function
Faculty Mentor(s): Ken Prehoda, Nicole Paterson

DYLAN BARDGETT − CHEMISTRY
Quantitative Analysis of Thin Films via X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Faculty Mentor(s): David Johnson

BRIAN CHASTAIN − GENERAL SCIENCE
The Effect of Different Substituents on the Optoelectronic Properties of Diindenoanthracene
Faculty Mentor(s): Michael Haley, Justin Dressler

ANSON DANG − BIOCHEMISTRY
Mapping Interactions Of Single-Stranded (Ss) DNA With the Ss-DNA Binding Protein (Gp32) of the T4 DNA Replication Complex at Specific Nucleotide Residue Positions
Faculty Mentor(s): Pete von Hippel

WILLIAM EDGELL − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis of Alkyne Substituted Cycloparaphenylenes for Conjugated Polymers Research Area: Organic Synthetic Chemistry
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti

ADRIAN GORDON − CHEMISTRY
Title: Energetic Loss From the Use of Hole Scavengers to Measure Photoelectrochemical Cell Efficiency Limits
Faculty Mentor(s): Shannon Boettcher

SHAYAN LOUIE − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis and Characterization of Ru(II) Cycloparaphenylene Complexes
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti, Jeff Van Raden

ALEXANDER LYGO − PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY
Properties and Synthesis of Three Component Heterostructure: (BiSe)1+δ(Bi2Se3)1+ δ (BiSe)1+ δ (TiSe2)
Faculty Mentor(s): David Johnson

SHAWN MELENDY − BIOCHEMISTRY
Assay of Insulin-Stimulated Signaling by Flow Cytometry: Key Points of Regulation Research Area: Natural/Physical Science
Faculty Mentor(s): Carrie McCurdy, Byron Hetrick

TRISTAN MISTKAWI − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis of 7,14-Diarylfluoreno[3,2-b]fluorenes
Faculty Mentor(s): Josh Barker, Michael Haley

BENJAMIN MULLER − CHEMISTRY
Modeling the Behavior of Pyruvic Acid at the Air-Water Interface Research
Faculty Mentor(s): Brittany Gordon, Dr. Geraldine Richmond

MADELYN SCOTT − CHEMISTRY
Optimization of Deposition Techniques for Thin Film Production and Analysis
Faculty Mentor(s): Cathy Wong, Kelly Wilson

KEVIN SPIES − BIOCHEMISTRY
Developmental Synchronization Of The Purple Pitcher Plant Mosquito, Wyeomyia Smithii, as a Result Of Increasing Temperatures
Faculty Mentor(s): William Bradshaw, Christina Holzapfel

MARIBELLE STANLEY − PRE-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Drug Development with New Catalytic Molecules
Faculty Mentor(s): David Tyler

ASHLEE VISE − CHEMISTRY
Characterization of GaSbP as a photocathode For Water-Splitting
Faculty Mentor(s): James Young

CYRUS WATERS − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis of 6,13-pentacene-incorporated [10]cycloparaphenylene
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti, Brittany White

May 9, 2018

Samantha Young & Nicole Paterson to Participate in 2018 Grad Forum

Photo: Poster Session, Graduate ForumChemistry graduate students Samantha Young and Nicole Paterson will be participating in the 2018 Graduate Student Research Forum on Friday, May 11th.

Samantha, a member of the Hutchison lab, will present on the Dixon Scholars Panel from 10:00- 11:00am in the EMU Swindells Room.

The Dixon Fellows are recipients of the Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award, which supports doctoral students interested in developing their skills and experiencein innovation and/or entrepreneurship in preparation for careers outside of academia. Each year, the Dixon Fellows present at the Grad Forum to showcase their experiences and findings.

Nicole, a member of the Prehoda lab, will present her research at the Poster Session from 12:00 – 2:00pm EMU Ballroom.  Her presentation is titled “Role of Gukholder and Scribble in Spindle Orientation.”

The full schedule of events for the 2018 Grad Forum is available at bit.ly/2KL6dfI

 

April 5, 2018

O/I Chemistry Rotation Talks – April 5th & 6th

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