Research Highlights

New nickel complexes have helical shape

left side-- binuclear helices synthesized from Ni(II) salts; right side- helical sculpture that inspired the work

Together with Prof. Uttam Pokharel (Nicholls State University), we prepared six new nickel complexes with organic ligands, which fold and twist into helical shapes. The center of these complexes, between the two nickel atoms, is like a nano-scale “box”, but it’s empty. However, we are now designing complexes that will have room for other molecules to fit in the box. Then, we may be able to use them to transport molecules or ions from one place to another.

Nickel Complexes Article

Relaxation Behavior of Bottlebrush Polymers

Segmental relaxation times of bottlebrush polymers. Chain lengths impact the dynamics of the relaxation times

The segmental relaxation times of different bottlebrush polymer have been investigated by dielectric spectroscopy and compared to their linear counterparts. Depending on the side chain length, a slowed down process can be observed which levels out for bottlebrush polymers having sufficiently long side chains. [Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) under grant DE-SC0019050]

Bottlebrush Polymer Article

Synthesis of well-defined polypeptoid mimics of poly(glutamic acid)

N-(3-tert-butoxy-3-oxopropyl) glycine derived N-carboxyanhydride  polymerized by ring-opening polymerization using primary amine initiators. Image demonstarting a rapid polymerization with controlled Mn and low PDI with well defined structure.

N-(3-tert-butoxy-3-oxopropyl) glycine derived N-carboxyanhydride was successfully synthesized and polymerized by ring-opening polymerization using primary amine initiators. The polymerization was found to proceed in a controlled manner over a wide range of molecular weights while maintaining a narrow molecular weight distribution. Mild acidic conditions readily unveil the carboxyl functionality to yield the pH-responsive, structural mimic of the biologically relevant peptide, poly(glutamic acid).

Synthesis Article


News and Events

2021 ISMAR Abragam Prize

Dr. Tuo Wang

Assistant Professor Tuo Wang for receiving the 2021 Anatole Abragam Prize by the International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR).

The award recognizes early-career scientists that show evidence of novel and significant contributions to magnetic resonance. Dr. Tuo Wang and Dr. Alex Forse (University of Cambridge) are the two recipients of the 2021 award. 

International Virtual Symposium on Frontal Polymerization

Professor John Pojman has organized the first International Virtual Symposium on Frontal Polymerization. 

The meeting began April 7, and will continue on Wednesday and Thursday mornings in April.

For more information, contact Professor Pojman: 

Graduate Student Professional Development Seminar

April 14, 2021 | 12:30-1:20 PM

"Lubrizol: Move Cleaner. Create Smarter. Live Better."

Dr. Zachary Palchak & Dr. Daniel Knapton


hosted by: LSU Chemistry Office of Graduate Studies

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Featured Video

Lumpy liquids or soft solids? Watch Professor Pojman and graduate students Maria Martinez and Philip Haydel demonstrating the properties of a non-Newtonian fluid during the CHEM 4011 polymer class!