Research Highlights

Mᴏ(VI)-METALLATETRAHEDRANE

metallatetrahe

A siloxide podand ligand is used to tease out structure-reactivity relationships in alkyne metathesis. It also affords a very rare (and dynamic!) metallatetrahedrane.

Metallatetrahedrane Article

Carbon Nanohoops

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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

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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

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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

DEFENSINS IN MEMBRANES

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High-resolution ¹³C, ³¹P and ¹H Solid-State NMR and 5-µs MD modeling are integrated to determine the site-specific structure of human defensins in lipid bilayers and how these peptides reshape lipid vesicles.

DEFENSINS IN MEMBRANES ARTICLE

PHOTOCHEMICAL OXIDATION MASS SPECTROMETRY

photochemical oxidation graphical abstract

A193 nm laser is directed at the electrospray source of a mass spectrometer that contains hydrogen peroxide and a protein. The photogenerated radicals oxidize the protein, enabling ultrafast characterization of its structure.

PHOTOCHEMICAL OXIDATION article

 

ELECTROLYTES IN MOTION

molecular structure of electrolytesThe molecular structure and dynamics of electrolytes is important in science and engineering due to their use in electrochemical storage. Time resolved infrared spectroscopic methods are currently the best tools for investigating the electrolytes at the microscopic level, but understanding these liquid systems remains very challenging.

ELECTROLYTES IN MOTION ARTICLE