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Information on Fall 2020 Hybrid classes

The department is at the moment planning to have Chem 113.1, 114.1, 251.1, 252.1, 331.1, 341.1, 376, 391, 791 as hybrid classes for Fall 2020. All of these classes will be offered as online-only at least until September 4, 2020, after which minimal in-person activity will begin while ensuring social distancing and abiding by all state issued safety measures. Please ask your laboratory instructors more detailed questions. You can also submit written request for waiver of in-person activity with valid reason to your instructors in writing.

Student Awardees(Spring 2020)

PLEASE NOTE: The Chemistry and Biochemistry Office will be working remotely (by email) until further notice. The physical office will be closed. Please contact Kelly Barth ( or Elizabeth Zoiner ( ) with any questions or departmental business.

Apply to our 2-year MA/MS program

The Chemistry MA program offers coursework and laboratory training for students preparing for careers in health, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, and computational areas, or who plan to pursue PhD programs. Financial support is available for qualified stude​nts through fellowships, or positions as teaching or research assistants. For more information, click here. For applying, Click here for online application link. ​ 

Recent Publications

Chen group
  • Yang, W.; Liu, X; Leung, P.-H.; Li, Y.; Yang, D.; Chen, Y. "Iron-Mediated Ring-Opening and Rearrangement Cascade Synthesis of Polysubstituted Pyrroles from 4-Alkenylisoxazoles" Adv. Synth. Catal. 2020
  • Liu, X.; Hong, D.; Sapir, N. G.; Yang, W.; Hersh, W. H.; Leung, P.-H.; Yang, D.; Chen, Y. "Iron- Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation in Aged N- Methyl- 2- pyrrolidone: Reductive Ring- Opening of 3, 5- Disubstituted Isoxazoles and Isoxazolines" J. Org. Chem.2019
  • Yang, W.; Chen, Y.; Yao, Y.; Lin, Q.; Yang, D."Iron-Promoted Reductive Ring- Opening and Isomerization Reactions of C4- Alkynylisoxazoles Leading to 2- Alkynylenaminones and Polysubstituted Furans" Adv. Synth. Catal. 2019
  • Li, X.-R.; Chen, H. J.; Wang, W.; Ma, M.; Chen, Y.; Li, Y.; Pullarkat, S. A.; Leung, P.-H. "Palladacycle promoted asymmetric hydrophosphination of α,β-unsaturated sulfonylfluorides" J. Organomet. Chem. 2019, 899, 120912.
  • 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 and Sanjai K.Pathak "A review of small molecule inhibitors and functional probes of human Cathepsin L" Molecules 2020, 25, 698.
  • 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. 

  • Wang group
  • Yishu Jiang, Chen Wang, Cameron R. Rogers, Mohamad S. Kodaimati & Emily A. Weiss "Regio- and diastereoselective intermolecular [2+2] cycloadditions photocatalysed by quantum dots" Nature Chemistry Volume 11 , 1034-1040 201952, 74-82. 

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