Faculty Research Spotlight

Marcos Pires continues to leverage the synthetic organic skills of his research team to elucidate critical steps in the biosynthesis of bacterial cell walls and to construct a novel immuno-therapy for bacterial infections.  Marcos has been busy promoting his research program by giving seminars at Syracuse University, SUNY – Stony Brook, Rutgers University, University of Delaware, Purdue University, and Penn State University.  He recently attended an NSF CAREER Workshop in which he was able...

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Recent publications by the Landskron group include:

“Experimental and theoretical investigation of a mesoporous Kx WO3 material having superior mechanical strength” Dey, S.; Anderson, S.T.; Mayanovic, R.A.; Sakidja, R.; Landskron, K.; Kokoszka, B.; Mandal, M.; Wang, Z.W. Nanoscale 2016, 8, 2937-2943.

“A high-pressure synthesis of hydrothermally stable periodic mesoporous crystalline aluminosilica materials” Mandal, M.; Manchanda, A.S.; Liu, C.; Fei, Y....

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Spring of 2016 has proven to be a fruitful time for Heather Jaeger.  With the establishment of computing resources and the addition of a group member, the first set of data suitable for publication is being generated.  In addition to her group’s effort to characterize electronic properties of exotic polymers, she has joined in a collaborative effort to investigate ion transport in 2D-layered materials.  She has also developed a course on computational chemistry, complete with computational...

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Ned D. Heindel, research scientists Christophe Guillon, Geraldine Guillon, Robert Rapp and former graduate students Angela Hunter and Thomas Finetti are co-inventors on a U. S. Patent (# 9,290,484) issued March 22, 2016. The patent is entitled “Furyl and Thienyl Triazoles and Therapeutic Uses Thereof” claims composition of matter, process, and utility of N-aminotriazole imines as anti-bacterial pharmaceuticals for treatment of toxic shock syndrome.

The Glover lab published two papers, one in Biophysical Journal and one in Biochemica biophysica acta.

Robert Flowers has given lectures at Messiah College, The U.S. Air Force Academy, and Lebanon Valley College entitled: “Unraveling the Mechanism of Single-Electron Transfer in Synthetic Reactions.”  His group published four papers during the last several months:

“Proton Coupled Electron Transfer in Reductions of Arenes by SmI2 -Water Complexes” (with graduate student Tesia Chciuk) in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

“Tuning the Redox Properties of the...

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Greg Ferguson and his group are exploring the behavior of anodic oxide films on gold.  In addition to recent interest in these thin films for solar oxygen generation from water, they also provide a model system for fundamental studies of oxide layers on electrode surfaces.  Recent studies in the group have revealed intriguing new insights into the decomposition of gold oxide in contact with electrolyte solution and showed that a standard electrochemical technique for quantifying oxide layers...

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presented a talk at the International Conference on Scanning Probe Microscopy on Soft and Polymeric Materials. His topic was “Multimodal Mechanical and Infrared Spectroscopic Nanoscopy.”He coauthored “Phase stabilized homodyne of infrared scattering type scanning near-field optical microscopy” in Appl. Phys. Lets. Xu was lead author of two articles at the University of Toronto prior to his coming to Lehigh: “Mid-infrared Polaritonic Coupling between Boron Nitride Nanotubes and Graphene” in...

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has given invited lectures at U. of Oxford, U. of St. Andrews, U. of Edinburgh, Free U. of Berlin, Humboldt U. of Berlin, and the Chinese National Organic Synthesis Conference. An invited talk at UNC Chapel Hill was cancelled, as all flights into Chapel Hill that day were cancelled due to snow! He also presented a patent talk at the 2015 TechConnect World meeting in Washington, DC as a National Innovation Award winner. The Vicic lab published eight papers during the academic year. One of the...

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co-authored several journal articles: “In-plane force–extension response of a polymer confined to a surface” in Eur. Polymer J., “Spontaneous stepwise self-assembly of a polyoxometalate–organic hybrid into catalytically active one-dimensional anisotropic structures” in Chem. Eur. J.; “Interaction of single-stranded DNA with curved carbon nanotube is much stronger than with flat graphite” in J. Am. Chem. Soc.; and “Use of a wiki-based software to manage research group activities” in Issues in...

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