Research Highlights

Probing weak hydrogen bonds with Time-Resolved Spectroscopy

Probing weak hydrogen bonds with Time-Resolved SpectroscopWeak hydrogen bonds between the highly polarized hydrogen atom of chloroform and the amide carbonyl were proved and probed via linear and nonlinear IR spectroscopic techniques. Experiments showed that weak hydrogen bonds have an energetics of few kcal/mol and are responsible for distinguishable arrangements of chloroform molecules around carbonyl groups. 

Hydrogen Bonds Article

Thermal and chemical effects of fillers on free-radical frontal polymerization

thermal and chemical effects on free-radical frontal polymerization

Filled systems are important for the development of materials through frontal polymerization. Fillers are added to control the rheological properties of the formulation and to enhance the mechanical properties of products. Results demonstrate that some fillers can increase front velocity through their high thermal diffusivities while others decrease it by acting as radical scavengers.

Frontal Polymerization Article

 Utilizing Engineered Soil Surrogates to Study Environmental, Ecological, and Agricultural Processes

Engineered soil depicting structure with sorption studiesA novel model approach was developed and applied to gain a molecular-level understanding of environmental pollutant/soil interactions. The approach provides a scalable platform with molecular-level control of the soil organic matter (SOM) chemical composition and structure, allowing one to examine proposed SOM interactions with agricultural chemicals and beyond.

Engineered Soil Surrogates Article [Open Access]

Probing Electron Spins in Enzymes Biosynthesis

graphical abstract of  electron spins in enzymes biosynthesis

MCD and EPR probing of the nitrogenase M cluster precursors electron spins dynamics suggests new mechanisms of enzymes biosynthesis and substrate binding. Additional ongoing ultrafast electron-scale investigations are carried out to get better understanding of such mechanisms.

Probing Electron Spins in Enzymes Article

Tunable surface properties for microfluidics prepared with simple, thiol-acrylate chemistry

Graphical abstract of tunable surface properties for microfluidics prepared with simple, thiol-acrylate chemistry

Novel, cost-efficient bulk modified thiol-acrylate microfluidic materials with wide range of highly stable hydrophilic surfaces (11° to 85°) prepared without expensive and sophisticated techniques within less than 24 h at room temperature and ambient pressure.

Microfluidics ARTICLE

Reducing Toxic Hexavalent Chromium for Clean Water

Light spectrum of hexavalent chromium for noble metal free, clean water

Highly toxic Cr(VI) can be reduced to benign Cr(III) in water on unmodified and inexpensive carbon electrodes. The slow step over a wide range of pH is identified, which will help develop new energy-efficient water purification technologies.

Clean Water ARTICLE


News and Events

Murray Receives NSF Funding to Develop a Mass Microscope

Dr. Kermit Murray


Alumnus Helps Keep the Community Safe

Dr. Howard Pentes

Dr. Howard Pentes

Graduate Student Receives Alumni Association Scholarship

Thilini Ukwaththage

Thilini Ukwaththage


Video Highlight

Video tour of the instruments, resources, and technologies available in the Department of Chemistry.  To view more videos, visit the LSU Chemistry Youtube Channel.

Chemistry Blog Feature

Dr. Benson Edagwa

Dr. Benson Edagwa

Past Blog Features