Chemistry and Physics Faculty Articles

Chemistry and Physics Faculty Articles



Submissions from 2023

Disturbing the Spatial Organization of Biofilm Communities Affects Expression of agr-Regulated Virulence Factors in Staphylococcus aureus, Ivana M. Barraza, Camryn Pajon, Gabriela Diaz-Tang, Estefania Marin Meneses, Fatima Abu-Rumman, Laura Garcia-Dieguez, Victor Castro, Allison J. Lopatkin, and Robert P. Smith


Self-inductance and Magnetic Flux, Diego Castano and Teresa M. Castano

Submissions from 2022

Applications of Cryostructures in the Chromatographic Separation of Biomacromolecules, Niloofar Babanejad, Kwadwo A. Mfoafo, Ershuai Zhang, Yadollah Omidi, Reza Razeghifard, and Hossein Omidian

Maternal offloading of arsenic and other trace elements in Peruvian fur seals, Catherine Kooyomjian, Dimitri Giarikos, Michael Adkesson, and Amy Hirons


Roundup and glyphosate’s impact on GABA to elicit extended proconvulsant behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans, Akshay Naraine, Rebecca Aker, Isis Sweeney, Meghan Kalvey, Alexis Surtel, Venkatesh Shanbhag, and Ken Dawson-Scully

Additional Lives Saved During COVID-19? How Vaccination Affects Willingness to Go to the Doctor, Florence Neymotin and Louis R. Nemzer


“Big Ideas” of Introductory Chemistry and Biology Courses and the Connections between Them, Zahilyn D. Roche Allred, Laura Santiago Caobi, Brittney Pardinas, Andrea Echarri-Gonzalez, Kathryn P. Kohn, Alex T. Kararo, Melanie M. Cooper, and Sonia M. Underwood

Impact of Ocean Acidification on Shelled Organisms: Supporting Integration of Chemistry and Biology Knowledge through Multidisciplinary Activities, Zahilyn Roche, Alec D. Shrode, Jeffery Gonzalez, Aaron Rose, Abigail I. Green, Uma Swamy, Rebecca L. Matz, and Sonia M. Underwood

Submissions from 2021


Motif WFYY of human PrimPol is crucial to stabilize the incoming 3′-nucleotide during replication fork restart, Patricia R. Calvo, María I. Martínez-Jiménez, Marcos Díaz, Gorazd Stojkovic, Kazutoshi Kasho, Susana Guerra, Sjoerd Wanrooij, Juan Méndez, and Luis Blanco

Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of a family of Mn(II) compounds with substituted 2-aminopyridinium ions, David J. Carnevale, Louise N. Dawe, Christopher P. Landee, Mark M. Turnbull, and Jan L. Wikaira


Experimental evidence that metapopulation structure can accelerate adaptive evolution, Partha Pratim Chakraborty, Louis R. Nemzer, and Rees Kassen


Effects of nitrogen depletion on the biosorption capacities of Neochloris minuta and Neochloris alveolaris for five heavy metals, Dimitri Giarikos, Jessica Brown, Reza Razeghifard, Duy Vo, Ammy Castillo, Nikhil Nagabandi, Justin Gaffney, Miriam Zelden, Anna Antakshinova, Sara Rodriguez, and Safiyah Muhammad


The pedagogical representation of mass functions with LEGO and their origin, Stefan Kautsch


A Spectroscopic Survey of Superthin Galaxies, Stefan J. Kautsch, Dmitry Bizyaev, Dimitry I. Makarov, Vladimir P. Reshetnikov, Alexander V. Mosenkov, and Alexandra V. Antipova


Catalog of edge-on galaxies using the Pan-STARRS1 survey data, Dimitry I. Makarov, S. Savchenko, Alexander V. Mosenkov, Dmitry V. Bizyaev, Vladimir P. Reshetnikov, Alexandra V. Antipova, I. Tikhonenko, P. Usachev, S. Borisov, L. Makarova, Stefan Kautsch, A. Marchuk, E. Rub Edukov, M. Skryabina, and P. Smirnova


Roundup® and Glyphosate Exposure Elicits Proconvulsant Behavior in C. elegans, Akshay Naraine, Isis Sweeny, Rebecca Aker, Venkatesh Shanbhag, and Ken Dawson-Scully


Visualizing Amino Acid Substitutions in a Physicochemical Vector Space, Louis R. Nemzer


Critical and Ictal Phases in Simulated EEG Signals on a Small-World Network, Louis R. Nemzer, Gary D. Cravens, Robert M. Worth, Francis Motta, Andon Placzek, Victor Castro, and Jennie Q. Lou


Morphology Transformation of Foldamer Assemblies Triggered by Single Oxygen Atom on Critical Residue Switch, Byung-Chang Oh, Eunyoung Yoon, Jintaek Gong, Jaewook Kim, Russell W. Driver, Yongjun Kim, Woo Youn Kim, and Hee-Seung Lee

An Asymmetric SN2 Dynamic Kinetic Resolution, Nomaan M. Rezayee, Valdemar J. Enemærke, Sif T. Linde, Johannes N. Lamhauge, Gabriel J. Reyes-Rodríguez, Karl Anker Jørgensen, Chenxi Lu, and K. N. Houk

Submissions from 2020

Protonation of Planar and Nonplanar Porphyrins: A Calorimetric and Computational Study, Maria Ballester, Luca Ravotto, J. Martin E. Quirke, R. Lopez de la Vega, John A. Shelnutt, Andrei V. Cheprakov, Sergei A. Vinogradov, and Craig J. Medforth


Stay calm and focus on the learning outcomes: Tools for taking biophysical chemistry online, Maria Ballester, Brian L. Van Hoozen Jr., and Arthur Sikora

Hyperbranched Bisphosphonate‐Functional Polymers via Self‐Condensing Vinyl Polymerization and Postpolymerization Multicomponent Reactions, Patricia R. Calvo, Chelsea A. Sparks, Justin Hochberg, Kenneth B. Wagner, and Brent S. Sumerlin

The Visualization and Measurements of Mass Functions with LEGO, Kyle K. Hansotia and Stefan Kautsch


Antagonistic Roles of GRK2 and GRK5 in Cardiac Aldosterone Signaling Reveal GRK5-Mediated Cardioprotection via Mineralocorticoid Receptor Inhibition, Jennifer Maning, Katie Anne McCrink, Celina M. Pollard, Victoria Desimine, Jennifer Ghandour, Arianna Perez, Natalie Cora, Krysten E. Ferraino, Barbara Parker, Ava Brill, Beatrix Aukszi, and Anastasios Lymperopoulos

Concierge Care and Patient Reviews, Louis R. Nemzer and Florence Neymotin

Theoretical study of the adsorption of analgesic environmental pollutants on pristine and nitrogen-doped graphene nanosheets, Richard Perry

Identification of Lipid Biomarkers of Metastatic Potential and Gene Expression (HER2/p53) in Human Breast Cancer Cell Cultures Using Ambient Mass Spectrometry, Heather Robison, Corryn E. Chini, Troy J. Comi, Seung Woo Ryu, Elaine Ognjanovski, and Richard Perry


Students' use of chemistry core ideas to explain the structure and stability of DNA, Zahilyn Roche, Anthony J. Farias, Kristin Parent, Rebecca L. Matz, and Sonia M. Underwood

Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic by the Biochemistry Authentic Scientific Inquiry Lab (BASIL) CURE Consortium: Reflections and a Case Study on the Switch to Remote Learning, Arthur Sikora, Stefan M. Irby, Bonnie Hall, Stephen A. Mills, Julia R. Koeppe, Michael Pikaart, Samantha E. Wilner, Paul A. Craig, and Rebecca Roberts

Submissions from 2019

Locating Intercalants Within Lipid Bilayers Using Fluorescence Quenching by Bromophospholipids and Iodophospholipids, Carmit Alexenberg, Michal Afri, Shlomi Eliyahu, Hani Porat, Ayala Ranz, and Aryeh A. Frimer


A Practical, Quantitative Electrostatics Experiment, Bryan K. Armentrout and Diego Castano

Discovery and Development of Azasteroids as Anticancer Agents, Nagaraju Birudukota, Mukesh Madan Mudgal, and Venkatesh M. Shanbhag

Umpolung Strategy for α‐Functionalization of Aldehydes for the Addition of Thiols and other Nucleophiles, Jakob Blom, Gabriel J. Reyes-Rodriguez, Henriette N. Tobiesen, Johannes N. Lamhauge, Marc C. Iversen, Casper L. Barløse, Niels Hammer, Matilde Rusbjerg, and Karl Anker Jørgensen

In Situ Observation of Conformational Dynamics and Protein Ligand–Substrate Interactions in Outer-Membrane Proteins With DEER/PELDOR Spectroscopy, Benesh Joseph, Eva A. Jaumann, Arthur Sikora, Katja Barth, Thomas F. Prisner, and David Cafiso

High-Resolution Local Measurements of F Region Ion Temperatures and Joule Heating Rates Using SuperDARN and Ground-Based Optics, Andrew Kiene, W A. Bristow, M G. Conde, and D L. Hampton

Directing Foldamer Self‐Assembly with a Cyclopropanoyl Cap, Danim Lim, Hyunjoong Kim, Jintaek Gong, Jae-Hoon Eom, Eunyoung Yoon, Russell Driver, Mu-Hyun Baik, and Hee-Seung Lee


The Place of ARBs in Heart Failure Therapy: Is Aldosterone Suppression the Key?, Uma Markan, Samhitha Pasupuleti, Celina M. Pollard, Arianna Perez BHS Student, Beatrix Aukszi, and Anastasios Lymperopoulos


Treating Epilepsy with Physics, Louis R. Nemzer

How Words Matter: Machine Learning & Movie Success, Louis R. Nemzer and Florence Neymotin

Prevalence of Diarylprolinol Silyl Ethers as Catalysts in Total Synthesis and Patents, Gabriel J. Reyes-Rodriguez, Nomaan M. Rezayee, Andreu Vidal-Albalat, and Karl Anker Jørgensen

Flexible Implementation of the BASIL CURE, Rebecca Roberts, Bonnie Hall, Colette Daubner, Anya Goodman, Michael Pikaart, Arthur Sikora, and Paul Craig

Development of the Quantization and Probability Representations Inventory as a Measure of Students’ Understandings of Particulate and Symbolic Representations of Electron Structure, Zahilyn Roche and Stacey Lowery Bretz

University Chemistry Students’ Interpretations of Multiple Representations of the Helium Atom, Zahilyn Roche and Stacey Lowery Bretz

Implementation of a Research-Based Curriculum in Student Biochemistry Labs: The BASIL Model, Arthur Sikora

Heavy Metal Accumulation in Seagrasses in Southeastern Florida, Erin M. Smith, Dimitri Giarikos, Andre Daniels, and Amy Hirons

Submissions from 2018

Bismuth(III)-Thiophenedicarboxylates as Host Frameworks for Lanthanide Ions: Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Photoluminescent Behavior, Alyssa K. Adcock, Bradley Gibbons, Jeffrey D. Einkauf, Jeffery A. Bertke, J. Faye Rubinson, Daniel T. de Lill, and Karah E. Knope


The Physics of Moving Bodies, Diego Castano

Enhancing Luminescence in Lanthanide Coordination Polymers Through Dilution of Emissive Centers, Jeffrey D. Einkauf, Kelly L. Rue, Heather A. Ten Hoeve, and Daniel T. de Lill


Starch, Lipid, and Protein Accumulation in Nutrient-Stressed Microalgal Cells Studied Using Fourier Transform Infrared Microscopy, Gary Hastings, Jodian Thomas, Keillor Witt, Dimitri Giarikos, and Reza Razeghifard

Teaching Vibrational Spectra to Assign Themselves, Paul L. Houston, Brian L. Van Hoozen Jr., Chen Qu, Qi Yu, and Joel M. Bowman

Measurements of Ion-Neutral Coupling in the Auroral F Region in Response to Increases in Particle Precipitation, Andrew Kiene, W A. Bristow, M G. Conde, and D L. Hampton

Engineering the Surface Properties of Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Utilizing Aqueous RAFT Photografting of Acrylate/Methacrylate Monomers, Cary A. Kuliasha, Rebecca L. Fedderwitz, Patricia R. Calvo, Brent S. Sumerlin, and Anthony B. Brennan

Engineering the Surface Properties of Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Utilizing Aqueous RAFT Photografting of Acrylate/Methacrylate Monomers, Cary A. Kuliasha, Rebecca L. Fedderwitz, Patricia R. Calvo, Brent S. Sumerlin, and Anthony B. Brennan

Enantioselective Oxidative Coupling of Carboxylic Acids to α-Branched Aldehydes, Lars A. Leth, Line Næsborg, Gabriel J. Reyes-Rodriguez, Henriette N. Tobiesen, Marc C. Iversen, and Karl Anker Jørgensen

The E-STEAM (Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Project for Girls Mentoring Program, Rose Llanos-Almeida, M. McDermott, R. Sims, Molly J. Scanlon, S. Hicks, Maria Ballester, Tennille Davis Shuster, Kandy G. Lopez-Moreno, Melissa L. Dore, R. Anderson, S. Fabius, and J. Torruellas Garcia


Application of Click Chemistry in the Development of Peptide Based HIV Fusion Inhibitors, Mukesh Madan Mudgal and Nagaraju Birudukota


Applications of Click Chemistry in the Development of HIV Protease Inhibitors, Mukesh Madan Mudgal, Nagaraju Birudukota, and Mayur A. Doke

Direct Enantio‐ and Diastereoselective Oxidative Homocoupling of Aldehydes, Line Næsborg, Lars A. Leth, Gabriel J. Reyes-Rodriguez, Teresa A. Palazzo, Vasco Corti, and Karl Anker Jørgensen

Assessing Gaussian Process Regression and Permutationally Invariant Polynomial Approaches To Represent High-Dimensional Potential Energy Surfaces, Chen Qu, Brian L. Van Hoozen Jr., Joel M. Bowman, and Rodrigo A. Vargas-Hernandez

Vibrational Tug-of-War: The pKA Dependence of the Broad Vibrational Features of Strongly Hydrogen-Bonded Carboxylic Acids, Brian L. Van Hoozen Jr. and Poul B. Petersen

Detection of a transient FeV(O)(OH) species involved in olefin oxidation by a bio-inspired non-haem iron catalyst, Shuangning Xu, Jedidiah J. Veach, Williamson N. Oloo, Kevin C. Peters, Junyi Wang, Richard H. Perry, and Lawrence Que Jr.

Submissions from 2017

Very Thin Disc Galaxies in the SDSS Catalog of Edge-on Galaxies, D. V. Bizyaev, Stefan Kautsch, Natalia Ya. Sotnikova, Vladimir P. Reshetnikov, and Aleksander V. Mosenkov

Methods for Introducing Inorganic Polymer Concepts throughout the Undergraduate Curriculum, Daniel T. de Lill and Charles E. Carraher Jr.

Reversible Solvent-Induced Transformation of a One-Dimensional Uranyl Coordination Polymer Using 4,4′-Oxybis(benzoate), Jeffrey D. Einkauf, Benny C. Chan, and Daniel T. de Lill

A General Model of Sensitized Luminescence in Lanthanide-Based Coordination Polymers and Metal–Organic Framework Materials, Jeffrey D. Einkauf, Jessica M. Clark, Alec Paulive, Garrett P. Tanner, and Daniel T. de Lill

Nitroaromatic Sensing with a New Lanthanide Coordination Polymer [Er2(C10H4O4S2)3(H2O)6]N Assembled by 2,2′-Bithiophene-5,5′-Dicarboxylate, Jeffrey D. Einkauf, Raul E. Ortega, Logesh Mathivathanan, and Daniel T. de Lill


Developing Luminescent Lanthanide Coordination Polymers and Metal-Organic Frameworks for Bioimaging Applications, Aida Gonzalez, Xiu Mei-Chu, Kathryn A. Pitton, Ryan Crichton, and Jeffrey D. Einkauf


Studying the Universe and Finding Planets – Why It Matters and What It Means, Stefan Kautsch


Angiotensin Receptor Blocker Drugs and Inhibition of Adrenal Beta-Arrestin-1-Dependent Aldosterone Production: Implications for Heart Failure Therapy, Anastasios Lymperopoulos and Beatrix Aukszi

A Binary Representation of the Genetic Code, Louis R. Nemzer

Shannon Information Entropy in the Canonical Genetic Code, Louis R. Nemzer

Lithium Hexamethyldisilazide-Mediated Enolization of Acylated Oxazolidinones: Solvent, Cosolvent, and Isotope Effects on Competing Monomer- and Dimer-Based Pathways, Gabriel J. Reyes-Rodriguez, Russell F. Algera, and David B. Collum


Using PyMOL to Explore the Effects of pH on Noncovalent Interactions between Immunoglobulin G and Protein A: A Guided-Inquiry Biochemistry Activity, Zahilyn Roche, Heeyoung Tai, Stacey Lowery Bretz, and Richard C. Page

A Combined Electronic Structure and Molecular Dynamics Approach to Computing the OH Vibrational Feature of Strongly Hydrogen-Bonded Carboxylic Acids, Brian L. Van Hoozen Jr. and Poul B. Petersen

Strain Alleviation in an Isomorphous Series of Lanthanide 2-Nitroterephthalates [Ln2(TPNO2)3(H2O)2]·2H2O (Ln = Pr – Lu, except Pm), Ralph A. Zehnder, Nick Fontaine, Badwi A. Mouawad, Jacob K. Leonard, Matthias Zeller, Frank R. Fronczek, Daniel T. de Lill, April Ballard, Daniel Bonnette, Aaron Head, Krishna Ghimire, Jordan N. Welch, Elee R. Barber, Jared M. Murray, Christian Dempsey, James Jenkins, Gregory Jackson, Mary Tokunboh, Stevie R. Bach, and Jaimie A. Treadway Harris

Submissions from 2016

Hyperbranched Polymers via RAFT Self-Condensing Vinyl Polymerization, Jawaher A. Alfurhood, Patricia R. Bachler, and Brent S. Sumerlin

Hyperbranched Poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide) via RAFT Self-Condensing Vinyl Polymerization, Jawaher A. Alfurhood, Hao Sun, Patricia R. Bachler, and Brent S. Sumerlin

Modular Segmented Hyperbranched Copolymers, Patricia R. Bachler, Kaitlyn E. Forry, Chelsea A. Sparks, Michael D. Schulz, Kenneth B. Wagener, and Brent S. Sumerlin

Ligand Passivated Core−Shell FePt@Co Nanomagnets Exhibiting Enhanced Energy Product, David J. Carnevale, Michael Shatruk, and Geoffrey F. Strouse

Angles, Triangle Inequalities, Correlation Matrices and Metric-Preserving and Subadditive Functions, Diego Castano, Vehbi Emrah Paksoy, and Fuzhen Zhang

Synchronized Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging, Troy J. Comi, Seung Woo Ryu, and Richard H. Perry

Hole‐Size Relationships in the Assembly of a Furandicarboxylate‐Based Metallolinker in Praseodymium Coordination Polymers Synthesized under Basic Conditions, Jeffrey D. Einkauf, Joseph P. Karram, Natalie E. Greig, Benny C. Chan, and Daniel T. de Lill

Rethinking Sensitized Luminescence in Lanthanide Coordination Polymers and MOFs: Band Sensitization and Water Enhanced Eu Luminescence in [Ln(C15H9O5)3(H2O)3]n (Ln = Eu, Tb), Jeffrey D. Einkauf, Tanya T. Kelley, Benny C. Chan, and Daniel T. de Lill

Structural, Spectroscopic, and Computational Studies of [2,2′-bithiophene]-5-carboxylic Acid, Jeffrey D. Einkauf, Logesh Mathivathanan, and Daniel T. de Lill

Online Single Particle Analysis of Chemical Composition and Mixing State of Crop Straw Burning Particles: From Laboratory Study to Field Measurement, Juntao Huo, Xiaohui Lu, Xinning Wang, Hong Chen, Xingnan Ye, Song Gao, Deborah S. Gross, Jianmin Chen, and Xin Yang

Ligand Induced Conformational Changes of a Membrane Transporter in E. coli Cells Observed with DEER/PELDOR, Benesh Joseph, Arthur Sikora, and David S. Cafiso


Combining paper-based electrochemistry and mass spectrometry, Yao-Min Liu and Richard H. Perry

Linking Autism and Epilepsy, Florence Neymotin and Louis R. Nemzer

Allosteric Signaling Is Bidirectional in an Outer-Membrane Transport Protein, Arthur Sikora, Benesh Joseph, Morgan Matson, Jacob R. Staley, and David S. Casifo

Submissions from 2015

Conformational Dynamics of Metallo-β-lactamase CcrA During Catalysis Investigated by Using DEER Spectroscopy, Mahesh Aitha, Lindsay Moritz, Indra D. Sahu, Omar Sanyurah, Zadok Hakim, Robert McCarrick, Gary A. Lorigan, Brian Bennett, and Michael W. Crowder

Aminobisphosphonate Polymers via RAFT and a Multicomponent Kabachnik–Fields Reaction, Patricia R. Bachler, Michael D. Schulz, Chelsea A. Sparks, Kenneth B. Wagener, and Brent S. Sumerlin

Functional Precision Polymers via ADMET Polymerization, Patricia R. Bachler and Kenneth B. Wagener

Outstanding Laser Damage Threshold in Li2MnGeS4 and Tunable Optical Nonlinearity in Diamond-Like Semiconductors, Jacilynn A. Brant, Daniel J. Clark, Yong Soo Kim, Joon I. Jang, Ashley Weiland, and Jennifer A. Aitken

A New Class of Lithium Ion Conductors with Tunable Structures and Compositions: Quaternary Diamond-like Thiogermanates, Jacilynn A. Brant, Kasey P. Devlin, Christian Bischoff, Deborah Watson, Steve W. Martin, Michael D. Gross, and Jennifer A. Aitken

Fast Lithium Ion Conduction in Li2SnS3: Synthesis, Physicochemical Characterization, and Electronic Structure, Jacilynn A. Brant, Danielle M. Massi, N. A. W. Holzwarth, Joseph H. MacNeil, Alexios P. Douvalis, Thomas Bakas, Steve W. Martin, Michael D. Gross, and Jennifer A. Aitken

Thermoelectric Transport Properties of CuFeInTe3, H. Cabrera, I. Zumeta-Dube, D. Korte, P. Grima-Gallardo, F. Alvarado, Jennifer A. Aitken, Jacilynn A. Brant, Jian-Han Zhang, A. Calderon, E. Marin, M. Aguilar-Frutis, J. E. Erazo, E. Perez-Cappe, and M. Franko

Polymorphism and Second Harmonic Generation in a Novel Diamond-like Semiconductor: Li2MnSnS4, Kasey P. Devlin, Andrew J. Glaid, Jacilynn A. Brant, Jian-Han Zhang, Matthew N. Srnec, Daniel J. Clark, Yong Soo Kim, Joon I. Jang, Kimberly R. Daley, Meghann A. Moreau, Jeffry D. Madura, and Jennifer A. Aitken

Mass Spectrometry of Atmospheric-Pressure Ball Plasmoids, Scott E. Dubowsky, David M. Friday, Kevin C. Peters, Zhangji Zhao, Richard H. Perry, and Benjamin J. McCall


Preparation, Crystal Structure, Thermal Analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Optical Band-Gaps of Cu2GeTe4 and Cu2SnTe4 Alloys, Pedro Grima Gallardo, Ricardo Pena, Luis Nieves, Gustavo Marcano, Miguel Quintero, Ekadink Moreno, Jian-Han Zhang, Jacilynn A. Brant, and Jennifer A. Aitken