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

BODIPY 

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. 

Quorum Sensing Article

News and Events

Wilson-Kennedy Receives NSF SOAR Grant

Wilson-Kennedy portrait

NSF Soar Grant Article

Justin Ragains Receives NIH Grant 

Justin Ragains with his lab research group

RECEIVES NIH GRANT ARTICLE

Tuo Wang Receives 2019-2020 Ralph E. Powe Award 

Tuo Wang in the lab

RALPH E. POWE AWARD ARTICLE