Frantom Selected for SEC Faculty Travel Program

Prof. Patrick Frantom has been selected as one of the participants in the SEC Faculty Travel Program for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Prof. Frantom will travel to the University of South Carolina to present a seminar on his research.  He will also lead a symposium on hydrogen-deuterium exchange (HDX) mass spectrometry for the faculty and students in the USC Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Prof. Arduengo reports synthesis of complex compounds from wood-based materials

Collaborative research from Prof. Anthony Arduengo and Prof. Til Opatz (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) on the synthesis of complex organic products in which all of the product carbons are derived from wood-based materials (xylochemicals).  The synthesis of ilicifoline was reported in Angewandte Chemie and was highlighted with the cover art work. The work has recently been highlighted by and Azocleantech.  Prof. Arduengo and Prof. Opatz’s research seeks to use renewable chemicals derived from wood products in place of chemicals derived from petroleum products. “Wood, a renewable resource that’s easily accessible, offers the opportunity to directly harvest a wide range of building blocks with diverse chemistries and structures that can then be used to build materials for the modern world,” according to Prof. Arduengo. “Just imagine a modern ‘oil boom’ or ‘gusher age’ that is not based on oil and petrochemicals, but rather the renewal resource of wood – a ‘Xylochemical’ revolution or boom.  Alabama, with its extensive well-managed forests, is center stage for this new technological and economic boom.”

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Congratulations graduates

The Department congratulates chemistry students who received degrees at the August Commencement ceremony.

  • BS
    • Christopher Hile
    • Eric Hines
    • Cierra Johnson
    • Catherine King
    • Dana Stehr
  • MS
    • Rachel Albury
  • PhD
    • Alex Cruce, “Drug Binding Characterization of CYPs Utilizing CW and Pulsed EPR”
      Advisor: Prof. Michael Bowman
    • Ashley Jolly, “Probing the Binding Properties of Polyelectrolytes as Supramolecular Hosts”
      Advisor: Prof. Marco Bonizzoni
    • Zhexi “Jesse” Li, “Preparation and Novel Applications of Trihalomethyl Carbinols”
      Advisor: Prof. Timothy Snowden
    • Michele Stover, “Computational Studies of the Fundamental Thermodynamic Properties of Amino Acids and Small Peptides”
      Advisor: Prof. David Dixon
    • Jue Wang, “Enhancing Energy Harvesting and Conversion Efficiencies of Heterogenous Photocatalysts for Solar Water Splitting Using Surface Plasmon Resonance and Cathodic Reduction Methods”
      Advisor: Prof. Shanlin Pan

Congratulations to Chemistry Graduates

The Chemistry Department congratulates our students who received degrees in the May Commencement ceremony.


  • Edward Ellingsworth, Spectroscopic, Structural, and Electrical Characterization of Thin Films Vapor- Deposited from the Spin-Crossover Complex Fe(phen)2(NCS)2. Advisor: Dr. Greg Szulczewski
  • Adam Magyar, ESI-MS and EPR Spin Trapping Study of Xanthophylls: Structural and Environmental Impacts on Reactivity. Advisors: Dr. Michael Bowman, Dr. Lowell Kispert
  • Tanya Mikulas, Electronic Structure Investigations of Titanium Oxide Nanoclusters, Boron- Nitrogen Heterocycles, and Reaction Products of Lanthanides with Oxygen Difluoride and Lanthanides with Water. Advisor: Dr. David Dixon
  • Katrina Staggemeier, The Use of Mesoporous Silica as a Template for the Nanocasting of Metal Oxide Arrays. Advisor: Dr. Martin Bakker

ACS-Certified BS Degree

  • Yuliya Birman, summa cum laude
  • Hill Brakefield, summa cum laude
  • Qiyang Chen
  • Jesse Gettinger, summa cum laude
  • Lauren Hagler, cum laude
  • Savannah Reach
  • Meredith Rickard, magna cum laude
  • Kaehler Roth, magna cum laude
  • Mallory Smith
  • Lynda Truong, summa cum laude
  • Wenzhi Yao, magna cum laude
  • Ali Yousuf

BS Degree

  • Hala Abisamra, magna cum laude
  • Shaquille Brown
  • Diana Freeman, cum laude
  • Ronneshia Jackson
  • Katherine Jernigan, summa cum laude
  • Nate Lynam
  • Meghan Martin, magna cum laude
  • Benjamin McCormick
  • Lisa Marie Morgan
  • Joseph Neff, summa cum laude
  • Christian Palmer
  • Michael Patterson
  • Olivia Roe, summa cum laude
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Jesse Wu, summa cum laude

Chemistry students receive Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards

The following students performing undergraduate research with chemistry faculty were recognized with Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards for their work.

Yuliya Birman: “Investigation of Charged Residues in the Active Site of Isopropylmalate Synthase in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.” Mentor: Dr. Patrick Frantom

Kyle Glisson: “Calorimetric investigation of the interaction of hyperbranched polyelectrolytes with small organic molecules in water.” Mentor: Dr. Marco Bonizzoni

Sean Miller: “Gas-Phase Acidities of Phosphorylated Amino Acids and Their Corresponding Amides.” Mentor: Dr. David Dixon

Meredith Rickard: “From Waste to Fuels and Feedstocks: Reduction of CO2 Using Main-Group Catalysts.” Mentor: Dr. David Dixon

Erin Nicole West: “Characterization of active site variants of isopropylmalate synthase.” Mentor: Dr. Patrick A. Frantom

Shuwen Yue: “Computational Studies of Catalytic Processes for Conversion of Biofuels and Controlling Organic Reactivity.” Mentor: Dr. David Dixon

UA Undergraduate Research Conference Award Winners

Congratulations to the Chemistry Department students who received awards at the UA Undergraduate Research Conference

  • A&S Science and Math Division, Oral Presentations
    • Shuwen Yue (Dr. Dixon): 2nd place; Theoretical Study of Ligand Steric Effects in Homogeneous Catalysis
    • Ryan Hacherl (Dr. Cassady): 4th place; Mass Spectrometry of Biological Peptides
    • Sean Miller (Dr. Dixon): Honorable Mention; Computational Studies of Phosphorylated Amino Acids and Corresponding Amides
  • A&S Science and Math Division, Poster Presentations
    • Kindle Williams (Dr. Woski): 3rd place; Synthesis of Molecular Electronic Components for Self‐Assembly onto Metal Electrodes
    • Lynda Truong (Dr. Woski): Honorable Mention: Investigation of Cyanocarbazole Derivatives as Universal Base Candidates

Honors Day Award Recipients

The Department congratulates students receiving honors during the Department of Chemistry Honors Day Convocation on April 3rd.

  • Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Student Award: Michele Stover
  • Outstanding Third Year Chemistry Student Award:  Shengjie Zhang
  • Outstanding Second Year Chemistry Student Award: Kerry Barnett
  • Outstanding First Year Teaching Award: Molly Lockart
  • Outstanding Dissertation Research Award: Caleb Hill
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award: Parker McCrary
  • American Institute of Chemists Award:  Meredith Rickard and Lynda Truong
  • Outstanding Chemistry Undergraduate Student Award: Kate Kuykendall and Kindle Williams
  • Outstanding Chemistry Undergraduate Research Award: Yuliya Birman and Sean Miller
  • ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award: Hill Brakefield
  • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Award: Lynda Truong
  • Outstanding Analytical Chemistry Student Award: Nicole Chambers
  • Outstanding Organic Student Award: Katherine Baguette, Stephen McClain, Tu Minh Vo, Michelle Weyhaupt
  • Outstanding Nursing Chemistry Student Award:  Emily Chiaravalloti
  • Outstanding General Chemistry Student Award:  William Baird, Blair Bush, Shaun Hogan, Brennen Lummus, Kara Macintyre, Larissa Magera, Martin Schwarze, Miranda White, Olivia Willemsen