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Recent Publications

Chen group
  • Domaradzki, M. E.; Liu, X.; Ong, J.; Yu, G.; Zhang, G.; Simantov, A.; Perl, E.; Chen, Y. "Triflic Acid Mediated Sequential Cyclization of ortho-Alkynylarylesters with Ammonium Acetate", Tetrahedron 2020
  • 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

  • Jang group
  • Ning Chen, Murali Devi, Seogjoo J. Jang "Computational modeling of charge hopping dynamics along a disordered one-dimensional wire with energy gradients in quantum environments" Journal of Chemical Physics 153, 054109 (2020).
  • Seogjoo J. Jang "Dynamics of Molecular Excitons" Nanophotonics Series (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2020).
  • Lei Yang and Seogjoo J. Jang "Theoretical investigation of non-Förster exciton transfer mechanisms in perylene diimide donor, phenylene bridge, and terrylene diimide acceptor systems" Journal of Chemical Physics 153, 144305 (2020).
  • 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.

  • Liu group
  • May Myat Moe, Midas Tsai, and J Liu "Singlet oxygen oxidation of the radical cations of 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanoisne and its 9-methyl analogue: Dynamics, potential enegry surface and products mediated by C5-O2-addition" ChemPlusChem 2021
  • Yan Sun, Midas Tsai, May Myat Moe, and J Liu "Dynamics and Multiconfiguration Potential Energy Surface for the Singlet O2 Reactions with Radical Cations of Guanine, 9-Methylguanine, 2′-Deoxyguanosine, and Guanosine" J. Phys. Chem. A. (Cheuk-Yiu Ng Festschrift) 2021, 125, 1564-1576.
  • May Myat Moe, Jonathan Benny, Yan Sun, and J Liu "Experimental and theoretical assessment of protonated Hoogsteen 9-methylguanine-1-methylcytosine base-pair dissociation: Kinetics within a statistical reaction framework" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2021, 23, 9365-9380.
  • Wenjing Zhou, J Liu*, Steven D. Chambreau, and Ghanshyam L. Vaghjiani "Molecular dynamics simulations, reaction pathway and mechanism dissection, and kinetics modeling of the nitric acid oxidation of dicyanamide (DCA-) and dicyanoborohydride (DCBH-) anion" J. Phys. Chem. B 2020, 124, 11175-11188.
  • Yan Sun, May Myat Moe, and J Liu* "Is non-statistical dissociation a general feature of guanine-cytosine base-pair ions? Collision-induced dissociation of protonated 9-methylguanine-1-methylcytosine Watson-Crick base pair, and comparison with its deprotonated and radical cation analogues" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys 2020, 22, 24986-25000.
  • Yan Sun, May Myat Moe, and J Liu* "Mass spectrometry and computational study of collision-induced dissociation of 9-methylguanine-1-methylcytosine base-pair radical cation: Intra-base-pair proton transfer and hydrogen transfer, non-statistical dissociation, and reaction with a water ligand" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys 2020,  22, 14875-14888.
  • J Liu*, Wenjing Zhou, Steven D. Chambreau, and Ghanshyam L. Vaghjiani "Molecular dynamics simulations and product vibrational spectral analysis for the reactions of NO2 with 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (EMIM+DCA-), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (BMIM+DCA-) and 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (AMIM+DCA-)"" J. Phys. Chem. B 2020, 124, 4304-4325.
  • Yan Sun, Midas Tsai, Wenjing Zhou, Wenchao Lu, and J Liu* "Reaction kinetics, product branching and potential energy surfaces of 1O2-induced 9-methylguanine—lysine cross-linking: A combined mass spectrometry, spectroscopy and computational study" J. Phys. Chem. B, 2019, 123, 10410-10423.

  • Mirkin Group

    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.

  • Rotenberg group

    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. 

    Samuni group
  • S.S. Shah, C.N. Cultrara, J.A. Ramos, U. Samuni, J. Zilberberg, D. Sabatino "Bifunctional Au-templated RNA nanoparticles enable direct cell uptake detection and GRP75 knockdown in prostate cancer" J. Mater. Chem. B. 20208, 2169-2176. 
  • C.N. Cultrara, S. Shah, G. Antuono, C.J. Heller, J.A. Ramos, U. Samuni, J. Zilberberg, D. Sabatino "Size Matters: Arginine-Derived Peptides Targeting the PSMA Receptor Can Efficiently Complex but Not Transfect siRNA" Mol. Ther. Acids. 201918, 863-870. 
  • R. Pan, K. Hu, D. Jiang, U. Samuni, M. V Mirkin "Electrochemical Resistive-Pulse Sensing" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019141, 19555-19559. 

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