Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Excels with $8 Million in External Funding and Eight Prestigious Journal Covers
In 2017-2018, the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department brought in $2.5 million in new external funding and achieved covers of five international journals. Additionally, the department has grants of $5.9 million totaling more than $8 million in active external funding, and the covers of eight journals.
“As the Chair of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, I am proud to see the hard work of these talented faculty and the difference they make not only in the high-quality research they conduct, but being recognized on an international level by their peers,” states Dr. Curtis Shannon.
The five grants examine a variety of impressive research from understanding enzymes that maintain environmental sulfur levels to catalyze different reactions to research seeking a new method to detect protein modifications impacting life-threatening diseases. The grants include:
- Holly Ellis – National Science Foundation (NSF) (PI) Total $525,000: Mechanistic and structural approaches for sulfur acquisition in the two-component FMN-dependent monooxygenases
- Byron Farnum – NSF (Co-PI, 50%) Total $531,981: Exploration of Electronic and Catalytic Behavior in Epitaxial Complex Oxide Films and Nanocomposites
- Christian Goldsmith – NSF (PI) $420,000: Developing Coordination Complexes with Redox-Active Ligands into Anti-Oxidants and MRI Contrast Agent Sensors for Reactive Oxygen Species
- Anne Gorden – DOE/EPSCOR (PI) $419,658: Tailoring Redox Active Ligands for Probing the Reactivity of Actinides
- Monika Raj – NSF Career (PI) $650,000: CAREER: Secondary Amine Selective Petasis (SASP) Bioconjugation
From 2015 to present, eight journals highlight the research from Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty with cover features:
- Christopher Easley – Lab on a Chip (in press)
- Anne Gorden – Chemical Communications
- Christopher Easley – Analytical Methods
- Steven Mansoorabadi – Biochemistry
- Evangelos Miliordos – International Journal of Quantum Chemistry
- Evert Duin - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- Christopher Easley – Analyst
- Michael McKee – Journal of Computational Chemistry
Four faculty are the recipients of National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards including Dr. Monika Raj, Dr. Steven Mansoorabadi, Dr. Bradley Merner and Dr. Konrad Patkowski.
“This department within the College of Sciences and Mathematics has an array of outstanding accomplishments. Our new faculty are just beginning to hit their stride, and I look forward to see us continue to excel and make a lasting impact,” adds Dr. Shannon.
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