Category: Research

Biochemistry faculty receive funding

March 16, 2020 Dr. Patrick Frantom and his collaborators, Dr. Jack Dunkle and Dr. Wayne Outten (University of South Carolina), have received news that their National Institutes of Health R01 proposal entitled: “Conformational dynamics and allosteric regulation during stress-responsive metallocofactor assembly” has been renewed for another four years. Their work combines biochemical, structural, and genetic approaches to better understand how bacterial systems regulate the formation and trafficking of essential iron-sulfur cluster cofactors. March 18, 2020 Dr. Matt Thompson in collaboration […]

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Dr. Dixon receives President’s Faculty Research Award

Dr. David Dixon received the 2019 President’s Research Award in the senior investigator category.  The President’s research award is given to one faculty member at the emerging, mid-career, and senior investigator level in each of three areas of research each year.  Dr. Dixon is recognized for his significant contributions to computational and theoretical chemistry as a faculty member at the University.  Dr. Dixon has published over 700 peer-reviewed papers that have been cited over 25,000 times.  He has received over […]

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Dr. Dixon receives UA Blackmon-Moody award

Dr. David Dixon, Ramsay Professor of Chemistry, received the 2018 Frederick Moody Blackmon and Sarah McCorkle Moody Outstanding Professor Award.  The Blackmon-Moody award recognizes a faculty member for a singular, exceptional, or timely work that brings credit to the profession and The University of Alabama.  Dr. Dixon is recognized for his singular contributions to the field of computational chemistry.  In particular, the development of the Feller-Peterson-Dixon that allows highly accurate chemical calculations to be performed at a lower computational cost. […]

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Dr. Dixon’s research highlighted by DOE

A computational study by Dr. David Dixon and coworkers that shows Bk(5+) and Cf(5+) are unusually stable was recently highlighted by the Department of Energy. The work was originally published in Chemistry–A European Journal (2017, 23, 17369).  These unstable elements are only available in minute quantities, which makes chemical studies difficult.  Through high level computational modeling, Dr. Dixon’s group showed that that oxides of berkelium(V) and californium(V) unexpectedly have stabilities similar to the earlier actinides.  This work shows that the +5 […]

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Students organize ACS Symposium

Graduate students Michael Ihde, Xiaoli Liang, and Yifei Xu from Dr. Bonizzoni’s group along with Joshua Tropp from the University of Southern Mississippi were selected to organize a student-led symposium in the Division of Analytical Chemistry at the Fall ACS Meeting. The symposium entitled, “Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry” featured a number of leading researchers in the area.

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Dr. Pan Receives UA Research Award

Dr. Shanlin Pan received the Senior Investigator award in the Physical and Biological Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering division at the UA Faculty Research Day. Each year the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development hosts the UA Faculty Research Day.  Two faculty in at both the senior and junior level are selected to receive awards in one of three areas.  Dr. Pan’s research focuses on applications of electrochemistry and spectroscopy to understanding problems in energy conversion and […]

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Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards

Congratulations to the students doing research in the Department who received Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards. Amber Gomez Mentor: Dr. David Dixon Title: Computational Studies of the Electron and Fluoride Affinities of Early Actinide Oxides and Oxo-Fluoride Complexes James Howard Mentor: Dr. Kevin Shaughnessy Title: Application of Air-Stable Palladium(II) Precatalysts to Suzuki Cross-Coupling Reactions and C-H Activeation of Pyridine N-Oxides Addison Iszler Mentor: Dr. Marco Bonizzoni Title: Noncovalent Interactions in PAMAM Dendrimer Analogues Elliot Lakner Mentor: Dr. David Dixon Title: […]

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Dr. Dunkle Receives NIH grant

Dr. Jack Dunkle, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study antibiotic resistance in collaboration with researchers at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.  Antibiotic resistance is a major concern as many of the commonly used antibiotic drugs become ineffective and bacteria evolve that are resistant to all available treatments.  The team will study the erythromycin resistance methyltransferase enzyme, which is one process by which bacteria become resistant […]

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