Research Highlights

Carbon Nanohoops

Synthesis of Carbon Nanohoops using alkyne metathesis

Carbon nanohoops are conjugated macrocycles with radially-arranged aromatic groups. Here, a carbon nanohoop was prepared in high yields from a non-symmetric building block using alkyne metathesis. This nanohoop exhibited blue fluorescence with high quantum yields.

Carbon Nanohoops Article


Synthesis and photochemical properties of linker-free BODIPY-glycine conjugates

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

Quorum Sensing

Simulation of quorum sensing.

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

Frank Fronczek Named CSD Hero

Frank Fronczek in lab

CSD Heroes article

Wilson-Kennedy Receives NSF SOAR Grant

Dr. Zakiya Wilson portrait


Justin Ragains Receives NIH Grant 

Dr. Ragains research group

Receives NIH Grant Article


Faculty Highlight

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