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Chemistry Department

 AY 22-23

Promotions

Promotion to Assoc Professor
   Dr. Leighanne A Basta
   Dr. Ina O'Carroll
   Dr. Melonie A Teichert

Promotion to Professor
   Dr. Amy H R MacArthur 

Promotion to Lieutenant Commander
  Corey J Fugate

Awards

Civillian Faculty Service Award
   Dr. Maria J Schroeder
 
Military Professor Teaching Award
   CDR David P Durkin

Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching
   Dr. Melonie A Teichert 

ACS Braude Award for Research with Undergraduates
   Dr. Dianne J Luning Prak

Special Recognition : Biophysical Society Bulletin
   Dr. Elizabeth A Yates

Special Recognition : Gordon Research Conference Chair - for Tribology
   Dr. Judith A Harrison

Midshipman Awards

School of Math & Science Student Awards - AY22

Chemistry major MIDN 1/C Anders Guldrandson was selected for the competitive Barry Goldwater Scholarship for his research on ionic liquids under the guidance of CDR Dave Durkin and Professor Paul Trulove. Anders has already co-authored two research articles and will be conducting research as a Trident and a Bowman Scholar during AY2023. Anders was one of 417 Goldwater scholars selected from over 5,000 nationwide applications

Recent Publications

September 2022

Professor Shirley Lin, Dr. Marianne E Burnett and Associate Professor Melonie A Teichert published an article entitled "Incorporating Guided-Inquiry Experimental Design into a Traditional Buffer Titration Experiment." in Journal of Chemical Education.  

August 2022

Professor Amy H Roy MacArthur, Professor Shirley Lin and Midshipman Hunter Wood published an article entitled "Investigation of an Unusually Low-Temperature, Microwave-Assisted, Copper-Catalyzed Concurrent Tandem Catalytic Process for the Amidation of Aryl Bromides." in Organometallics.

June 2022

Dr. Brian H. Morrow and Professor Judith A. Harrison published an article entitled “Interfacial properties of linear alkane/nitrogen binary mixtures: Molecular dynamics vapor-liquid equilibrium simulations.” in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.

Professor Dianne Luning Prak published an article entitled "Binary mixtures of benzene and cyclohexane with n-alkyl functional groups up to 12 carbons long: densities, viscosities, and speeds of sound within the temperature range (288.15 to 333.15)" in Journal of Chemical Engineering Data

April 2022

Assistant Professor Wes Farrell, in collaboration with Virginia Tech's Dr. John Matson and other co-authors, published a paper in Polymer Chemistry highlighting issues with and seeking resolutions for current names in polymerization mechanisms. The open access paper can be found here:  link

Dr. Ashlee Aiello, Dr. Tyler Cosby, Midshipman Julia McFarland, CDR Dave Durkin and Professor Paul Trulove published a paper entitled "Mesoporous xerogel cellulose composites from biorenewable natural cotton fibers." in Carbohydrate Polymers.

March 2022

Assistant Professor Matthew Buck and Midshipmen Luke Johnson, Ashley Sweet, Luke Barrante, and Eric Cal published a paper entitled "Polyoxovanadates as Precursors for the Synthesis of Colloidal Multi-Metal Oxide Nanocrystals." in the journal Chemistry of Materials.

Professors Wayne Pearson, Joe Urban, Amy MacArthur, Shirley Lin and Midshipman Dylan Cabrera published an article entitled "Crystal structures of N-[4-(tri¬fluoro¬meth¬yl)phen¬yl]benzamide and N-(4-meth¬oxy¬phen¬yl)benz¬amide at 173 K: a study of the energetics of conformational changes due to crystal packing." in Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications.

Professor Dianne Luning PrakMidshipmen Michael Hamilton and Rhea Banados, and collaborators published an article entitled "Combustion and physical properties of blends of military jet fuel JP-5 with fifteen different methyl ester biodiesels synthesized from edible and nonedible oils." in Fuel

Associate Professor Elizabeth Yates and collaborators published an article entitled "Perspectives on How 1.5 Years of the COVID-19 Pandemic Have Impacted Biophysicists at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions." in The Biophysicist

January 2022

CDR Dave Durkin, Professor Paul Trulove, Midshipman Anders Gulbrandson and collaborators published an article entitled "Antimicrobial Biocomposites Fiber-Welded with Lignocellulose Containing Silver Nanoparticles." in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.

Professor Dianne Luning Prak and collaborators published an article entitled "Formulation of 7-Component Surrogate Mixtures for Military Jet Fuel and Testing in Diesel Engine." in ACS Omega.

December 2021

Assistant Professor Michael Konopka and collaborators published an article on the "In vivo quantification of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) in the alphaproteobacterial methanotroph, Methylocystis sp. Rockwell." in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.

November 2021

Assistant Professor Melonie Teichert, Associate Professor Amy MacArthur, and Professors Virginia Smith, Dianne Luning Prak, and Shirley Lin published an article entitled "A Program-Level Assessment of Student Understanding of Bonding in the Chemistry Major." in Journal of Chemical Education.

 October 2021

Assistant Professor Jennifer Guerard and collaborators published an article on the "Behavior of potentially toxic elements from stoker-boiler fly ash in Interior Alaska: paired batch leaching and solid-phase characterization." in Environmental Science and Pollution Research International.

Assistant Professor Julia Pribyl Ham published a book chapter entitled "Surface and Particle Modification via RAFT Polymerization: An Update. In RAFT Polymerization: Methods, Synthesis, and  Applications."

September 2021

CDR Dave Durkin, Professor Virginia Smith, and Dr. Ashlee Aiello published an article entitled "Fe-based Single-Atom Catalysis for Oxidizing Contaminants of Emerging Concern by Activating Peroxides." in Journal of Hazardous Materials

August 2021

Professor Christine Copper and Midshipmen Aimee Dervishian, Conner King and Justin Goodwin published a paper entitled: "Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatographic Analysis of Historic Dyes and Their Photofading Products."in Chromatographia.

Professor Dianne Luning Prak published an article entitled "Properties of Two-Component Mixtures of Isobutylcyclohexane (1) or tert-Butylcyclohexane (1) with n-Dodecane (2) or n-Hexadecane (2): Densities, Surface Tensions, Viscosities, and Speeds of Sound at 0.1 MPa and Various Temperatures" in Journal of Chemical Engineering Data.

 July 2021

Associate Professor Ron Siefert and collaborators published an article entitled "Micelle formation, structures, and metrology of functional metal nanoparticle compositions." in AIMS Materials Science.

June 2021

CDR David Durkin, Dr. Tyler Cosby, and collaborators published an article entitled "Photothermal actuation of levitated pyrolytic graphite revised." in APL Materials.

Professor Jamie Schlessman and collaborators published an article entitled "Control of distal lysine coordination in a monomeric hemoglobin: A role for heme peripheral interactions." in Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry.

 Dr. Tyler Cosby, CDR Dave Durkin, Professor Paul Trulove and collaborators published an article entitled "Ion Dynamics and Transport Properties of Lewis-Acidic Imidazolium Chloroaluminate Ionic Liquids." in Journal of the Electrochemical Society.

Assistant Professor Leighanne Basta and collaborators published an article entitled "Atypically Modified Carbapenem Antibiotics Display Improved Antimycobacterial Activity in the Absence of β-Lactamase Inhibitors" in ACS Infectious Diseases.

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