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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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CUNY Highlights of Departmental Research

​Prof. Rotenberg's Research.

Prof. Jang's Research.

Recent Publications

Chen group
  • Wen Yang, Yu Chen, Yongqi Yao, Xin Yang, Qifu Lin, and Dingqiao Yang "ICl/AgNO3 Co-Catalyzed Radical Oxidation of Diaryl- and Alkylarylalkynes into 1,2-Diketones" J. Org. Chem. 2019
  • Xi‐Rui Li, Yu Chen, Benjamin Piaoxiang Pang, Jaeyu Tan, Yongxin Li, Sumod A. Pullarkat, Pak‐Hing Leung "Efficient Synthesis of Malonate Functionalized Chiral Phosphapalladacycles and their Catalytic Evaluation in Asymmetric Hydrophosphination of Chalcone" Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2018,  4385–90.
  • Xiaochen Liu, Dongsub Hong, Zhigang Shea, William H.Hersh, Barney Yoo, Yu Chen "Complementary regioselective synthesis of 3,5-disubstituted isoxazoles from ynones" Tetrahedron 2018, 74, 6593-6606.

  • Jang group
  • Seogjoo J. Jang "Fourth order expressions for the electronic absorption lineshape of molecular excitons" Journal of Chemical Physics 151, 044110 (2019).
  • Marta Kowalczyk, Ning Chen, Seogjoo J. Jang "Comparative Computational Study of Electronic Excitations of Neutral and Charged Small Oligothiophenes and Their Extrapolations Based on Simple Models" ACS Omega 20194, 5758-5767. 
  • Seogjoo J. Jang "Effects of Donor-Acceptor Quantum Coherence and Non-Markovian Bath on the Distance Dependence of Resonance Energy" J. Phys. Chem. C 2019123, 5767-5775. 
  • Seogjoo J. Jang, Benedetta Mennucci "Delocalized excitons in natural light-harvesting complexes" Reviews of Modern Physics 2018 90, 035003. 
  • Ji Hyun Bak, Seogjoo J. Jang, Changbong Hyeon "Implications for human odor sensing revealed from the statistics of odorant-receptor interactions," PLOS Computational Biology 2018, 14(5): e1006175. 
  • Seogjoo J. Jang "Robust and Fragile Quantum Effects in the the Transfer Kinetics of Delocalized Excitons between B850 Units of LH2 Complexes" J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 20189 (22), pp 6576–6583. 

  • Liu group
  • Jianbo Liu, Wenjing Zhou, Steven D. Chambreau, Ghanshyam L. Vaghjiani "Computational study of the reaction of 1-methyl-4-amino-1,2,4-triazolium dicyanamide with NO2: From reaction dynamics to potential surfaces, kinetics and spectroscopy" J. Phys. Chem. B. 2019
  • Yan Sun, Wenjing Zhou, May Myat Moe, Jianbo Liu "Reactions of water with radical cations of guanine, 9-methylguanine, 2'-deoxyguanosine and guanosine: Keto-enol Isomerization, C8-hydroxylation, and effects of N9-Substitution" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys 2018, 20, 27510-27522.
  • Wenchao Lu, Yan Sun, Midas Tsai, Wenjing Zhou, and Jianbo Liu "Singlet O2 oxidation of deprotonated guanine-cytosine base pair and its entangling with intra-base-pair proton transfer" ChemPhysChem 2018, 19, 2645-2654.
  • Wenchao Lu, Yan Sun, Wenjing Zhou, Jianbo Liu "pH-Dependent Singlet O2 Oxidation Kinetics of Guanine and 9-Methylguanine: An Online Mass Spectrometry and Spectroscopy Study Combined with Theoretical Exploration" J. Phys. Chem. B 2018, 122, 40−53.

  • Mirkin Group
  • Tong Sun, Dengchao Wang, Michael V. Mirkin "Electrochemistry at a single nano particle..." Faraday Discussions 2018210, 173-188. 
  • Tong Sun, Dengchao Wang, Michael V. Mirkin "Tunneling Mode of SECM: Probing Electrochemical Processes at Single Nanoparticles" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201857, 7463-7467.
  • Min Zhou, Dengchao Wang, Michael Mirkin "Electrochemical Evaluation of the Number of Au Atoms ..." Anal Chem. 2018, 90: 8285-9.

  • Pathak group
  • Dibyendu Dana, Jeremy Garcia, Ashif I.Bhuiyan, Pratikkumar Rathod, Laura Joo, Daniel A.Novoa, Suneeta Paroly, Karl R.Fath, Emmanuel J.Chang, Sanjai K.Pathak "Cell penetrable, clickable and tagless activity-based probe of human cathepsin L" Bioorganic Chemistry 2019, 85, 505.
  • Sanjai K. Pathak "Highly Efficient Cell-Penetrating Probes of Protein Arginine Deiminases for Functional Proteomics" ChemBioChem 2018, 19, 1806.

  • Rotenberg group
  • Ela Markovsky, Elisa de Stanchina, Aryeh Itzkowitz, Adriana Haimovitz-Friedman, Susan A.Rotenberg "Phosphorylation state of Ser165 in alpha-tubulin is a toggle switch that controls proliferating breast tumors" Cellular Signalling 201852, 74-82. 

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