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

C&EN 2021 Trailblazer

Dr. Isiah Warner

LSU Boyd Professor Isiah Warner is recognized as one of the 2021 Trailblazers in the latest issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). The C&EN Trailblazers program celebrates the diversity that drives chemistry and chemical engineering forward. This year’s Trailblazer issue highlights Black excellence in chemistry.  

C&EN Trailblazer Issue 

Professor Warner Feature

Excellence in Education

Dr. Isiah Warner

Professor Isiah Warner is the recipient of the 2021 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education. 

Professor Isiah Warner

2020-2022 Coates Research Scholar Award

Bailee Barrett

Graduate student Bailee Barrett received the 2020-2022 Coates Research Scholar Award for her research project titled: “Investigation of charge patterning effects on the self-assembly of sequence-defined amphiphilic ionic block copolypeptoids in dilute aqueous solution.”

Bailee is a third-year graduate student in the Zhang Research Group. The Coates Research Scholar Award supports promising doctoral research by superior graduate students in chemistry.

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