Research Highlights

Electrolytes in motion

Electrolytes in motion

The molecular structure and dynamics of electrolytes is important in science and engineering due to their use in electrochemical storage. Time resolved infrared spectroscopic methods are currently the best tools for investigating the electrolytes at the microscopic level, but understanding these liquid systems remains very challenging.

Electrolytes in motion Article

Photochemical Oxidation Mass Spectrometry

protein oxidation

A193 nm laser is directed at the electrospray source of a mass spectrometer that contains hydrogen peroxide and a protein. The photogenerated radicals oxidize the protein, enabling ultrafast characterization of its structure.

Photochemical Oxidation Article


A siloxide podand ligand

A siloxide podand ligand is used to tease out structure-reactivity relationships in alkyne metathesis. It also affords a very rare (and dynamic!) metallatetrahedrane.

Dynamic Metallatetrahedrane Article

Defensins in Membranes

defensins in membranes illustration

High-resolution ¹³C, ³¹P and ¹H Solid-State NMR and 5-µs MD modeling are integrated to determine the site-specific structure of human defensins in lipid bilayers and how these peptides reshape lipid vesicles.

Defensins in Membranes article


bodipy image

A synthesis of linker-free BODIPY-glycine derivatives, via functionalization at the boron atom, is reported. The new compounds were studied experimentally and computationally, and shown to have high stability and fluorescence quantum yields.

Bodipy article


Quorom sensing mechanism

Quorum Sensing is a biological phenomenon of cellular communication which plays a role in biofilm development or even bacteria colony growth. We emulate this communication by using an analog of urease encapsulated beads subjected to a urea solution.


News and Events

Madalynn Marshall receives DOE SCGSR Award

Madalynn Marshall in the laboratory

Award Highlight

Professor McCarley Receives Patent for Microfluidic Device

McCarley microfluid device

Patent summary

Retirement Symposium Honoring Professor Carol M. Taylor

Professor Taylor portrait

Symposium Program


Faculty Highlight

Dr. John Pojman, Professor of Chemistry, discusses his research on frontal polymerization at Louisiana State University.