New Funding


Shiyue Fang is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $490,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “CAS: Long Oligodeoxynucleotides Directly from Automated De Novo Synthesis.” Yinan Yuan (CFRES) is a Co-PI on this three-year project.

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Ph.D. candidate Sodiq Waheed (Chem), postdoctoral scholar Rajeev Ramanan (Chem), Ph.D. candidate Shobhit Chaturvedi (Chem), Tatyana Karabencheva-Christova (Chem) and Christo Christov (Chem) were listed as co-authors in an article titled “Role of Structural Dynamics in Selectivity and Mechanism of Non-heme Fe(II) and 2-Oxoglutarate-Dependent Oxygenases Involved in DNA Repair” published in ACS Central Science.

Chris Schofield of the University of Oxford and Nicolai Lehnert of the University of Michigan were also listed as co-authors on the article.

Led by Karabencheva-Christova and Christov, the research group revealed the vital effect of DNA conformational dynamics on the catalytic mechanism of the bacterial non-heme Fe(II)- and 2-Oxoglutarate-Dependent DNA Demetylase AlkB and the human homolog AlkBH2. The article was also selected for a supplementary cover

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Haiying Liu (Chem), Rudy Luck (Chem), Thomas Werner (BioSci) and their research scientists, Ph.D. candidates and undergraduate students published a paper titled “Cell Membrane-Specific Fluorescent Probe Featuring Dual and Aggregation-Induced Emissions” in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

This research is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Numbers R15GM114751 and 2R15GM114751-02 (for Haiying Liu).

2020 Chemistry Awards

Even during the very unusual circumstances that all of us are facing, the Chemistry Department wanted to celebrate its students in their accomplishments and contributions over the past year.

It was with honor and pride that the department virtually gathered on April 22 to celebrate its students’ achievements, as we continue to see ourselves as a community of scholars.

Outstanding Student in First Year Chemistry: Vincent Pellizzon.
Doc Berry Award: Abby Schwartz.
Leslie Leifer Award in Physical Chemistry: Collette Sarver.
Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry: Henry Roell.
Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry: Logan Mikesell.
Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry: Peyton Bainbridge.
Honorable Mentions: Collette Sarver, Abby Schwartz.
Undergraduate Award in Biochemistry: Jessica Krycia.
Outstanding Senior Award: Peyton Bainbridge, Jessica Krycia.
Honorable Mentions: Logan Mikesell, Sarah Montgomery.
Outstanding Senior Research Award: Michael Hromada, Sarah Montgomery.
Departmental Scholar: Collette Sarver.
Rebecca Sandretto/Susan Stackhouse Summer Fellowship: Steve Beuther.
Outstanding Lower-Division Chemistry Teaching Assistant: Priyanka Kadav (GTA), Jessica Krycia (UTA), Nazanin Nahrjou (GTA).
Outstanding Upper-Division Chemistry Teaching Assistant: Mikhail Trought.
Graduate Student Leadership Award: Mikhail Trought.
Outstanding Graduate Student Summer Fellowship: Shobhit Chaturvedi.
Honorable Mention: Chathura de Alwis.


New Funding


Momoko Tajiri (Chemistry/MuSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $33,597 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development – Michigan Craft Beer Council.

The project is entitled, “Berries & Brews: Understanding the Market and Technological Processing Opportunities of Michigan Grown Fruit in the Craft Beverage Industry”. Jenny Apriesnig (College of Business/MuSTI), Ezequiel Medici (MEEM/MuSTI), Kazuya Tajiri (MEEM/MuSTI), Lynn Mazzoleni (Chemistry/MuSTI), and Martin Thompson (Chemistry/MuSTI) are co-PIs on this 16-month project.

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Graduate students Rashmi Adhikari (Chemistry), Mu Yang (Chemistry), post-doctoral fellow Nabanita Saikia (Physics), graduate students Colina Dutta (Chemistry), Wafa Alharbi (Biological Sciences), associate professor Zhiying Shan (KIP), professor Ravi Pandey (Physics), and associate professor Ashutosh Tiwari (Chemistry) published a paper in ACS Chemical Neuroscience titled “Acetylation of Aβ42 at lysine 16 disrupts amyloid formation” on March 24, 2020.

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Graduate student Chathura de Alwis (Chem), research assistant professor Timothy R. Leftwich (MSE), and assistant professor Kathryn A. Perrine (Chem) published their seminal paper on their new surface technique, “New Approach to Simultaneous In Situ Measurements of the Air/Liquid/Solid Interface Using PM-IRRAS” in Langmuir on March 16, 2020.