Category Archives: Research

In Print

CC.inddResearch scientists Yibin Zhang and Yanbo Zeng, PhD students Shuai Xia, Mingxi Zhang and Wafa Mazi, undergraduate students Taylor Johnston and Adam Pap and faculty members Rudy Luck and Haiying Liu published a paper entitled “New Near-infrared Rhodamine Dyes with Large Stokes Shifts for Sensitive Sensing of Intracellular pH Changes and Fluctuations” in Chemical Communications.

This research is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R15GM114751.


Chemistry Faculty, Visiting Scholars, and Students Collaborate

Sensors and Actuators Journal coverHaiying Liu, Marina Tanasova (Chem), visiting scholar Jianbo Wang, graduate students Shuai Xia, Jianheng Bi, Mingxi Fang and Wafa Mazi and undergraduate students Tyler Philips, Aslan May and Nathan Conner published “Fluorescent Probes Based on π-Conjugation Modulation between Hemicyanine and Coumarin Moieties for Ratiometric Detection of pH Changes in Live Cells with Visible and Near-infrared Channels” in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. This research is supported by NIH.’




2018 UP ACS Student Research Symposium

Symposium logo, Upper Peninsula of Michigan with a research logoThe Upper Peninsula ACS Student Research Symposium will be held Saturday, April 14th at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. The purpose of the symposium is to provide a venue for students to present their research in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields. This symposium will be an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, and the community at large to learn about the interesting research being conducted in the UP! The event is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Section of the American Chemical Society.

Undergraduate and Graduate students, pursuing research projects through externally-funded grants, guided independent study, or as part of a course are encouraged to present at the symposium. No Cost to Present! For more information on how to present or travel support please see event details.


Sarah Green to Present at Michigan Tech Research Forum

It is a privilege and honor to announce Sarah Green (Chem/GLRC) was selected from nominees across campus as the Spring 2018 Distinguished Lecturer.

Green was nominated by Mike Abbott, director of the Great Lakes Research Center Operations, and was selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates from all colleges and schools on campus.

Her lecture, “Expanding Spheres: Atoms to Earth, Local to Global, Science to Society,” will be presented at 4 p.m. Feb. 15, in MUB Ballroom A, in a format encouraging networking and discussions.

“Sarah has been part of several major climate-related/environmental monitoring efforts over the last 15 years, beginning with KITES, the very successful 2002 NSF-funded project that spawned nearly every other subsequent environmental monitoring effort in the upper great lakes. This work continues today with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Alliance for Coastal Technologies and NOAA/GLOS. Long a favorite lecturer on campus, Sarah Green, a 2013-2014 Jefferson Science Fellow with the U.S. State Department, relates to her audience in a concise and engaging manner.”

—Mike Abbott, director of the Great Lakes Research Center Operations

The Distinguished Lecture Series began in Fall 2016 to honor faculty for their research impact both in the peer-reviewed scientific realm, but also having a direct connection to society. Department chairs, center/institute directors, deans and Research Advisory Council members nominate highly engaging presenters with broad topic appeal.

Distinguished Lecturers are selected for their ability to increase the knowledge breadth of our community by connecting their research with societal and community concerns. Topics are broad intentionally, spanning all colleges and schools at Michigan Tech.

Nominees are reviewed by a committee and announced at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. Past Distinguished Lecturers include Richelle Winkler (SS) in Fall 2016, Simon Carn (GMES) in Spring 2017, and John Vucetich (SFRES) in Fall 2017.

For more information and to nominate yourself or others, visit the Michigan Tech Research Forum.

by Adrienne Minerick, Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development


In Print

journalGraduate students Mingxi Fang, Rashmi Adhikari, Jianheng Bi, Wafa Mazi, Nethaniah  Dorh, visiting scholar Jianbo Wang, undergraduate  Conner Nathan, research associate professor Tayana Karabencheva-Christova, associate professor Ashutosh Tiwari , and professor Haiying Liu published a paper entitled “Fluorescent probes for sensitive and selective detection of pH changes in live cells in visible and near-infrared channels” in the Journal of Chemistry Materials.


New Funding

ShiyueFang20140117_0001Shiyue Fang is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $426,748 research and development grant from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.

The project is titled “Synthesis of Base-Labile and Electrophophilic Oligodeoxynucleotides.”

This is a three-year project.