Choosing a Project

Titles of research projects available for summer 2014 REU participants are listed below. Click on the title to obtain a brief description of each project, and click on the faculty member’s name to learn more about his or her background and research interests. Identify the three projects that sound most interesting to you. When you fill out the on-line application form, you will be asked to list the faculty members who would serve as your mentor on those projects.

REU Research Abstract (pdf)

Faculty

Allylpalladium mpolung strategies: Development of new Pd-catalyzed multi-component reactions for organic synthesis Helena C. Malinakova
Associate Professor

Azulene-based organometallics relevant to molecular electronics

Mikhail V. Barybin
Associate Professor
Capturing the Sun: Giving New Life to Materials and Chemistry to Build Efficient Light-Harvesting Solar Cells Shenqiang Ren
Assistant Professor
Characterizing order-disorder transitions in natively disordered proteins David Weis
Assistant Professor
Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Krzysztof Kuczera
Professor
Culture and Stimulation of Macrophage Cells (RAW 264.7) for the Production of Reactive Nitrogen and Reactive Oxygen Species Sue Lunte
Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor
1. Development Of Microanalytical Techniques For Biomedical Analysis
2. Studies Of Oxidative Stress By Microdialysis Sampling And Microseparation Techniques
Craig Lunte
Professor
Determining the Structure, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Solid-Liquid Interfaces and Grain Boundaries by Computer Simulation Brian B. Laird
Professor
1 Development of new synthetic methodologies of small cycles
2. Soluble polymers with tunable properties: Novel platforms for catalyst immobilization
Michael Rubin
Assistant Professor
Digital Microfluidic Single Molecule/Cell Analysis: Towards Quantitative Biology and Medicine Yong Zeng
Assistant Professor
Glycosylation analysis in glycoproteins using enzymatic digestion and mass spectrometry Heather Desaire
Professor
Green synthesis via decarboxylative coupling. Jon Tunge
Professor
Investigation into the coordination of transition metals to a novel tripeptide motif Jennifer Laurence
Associate Professor
Investigations of bio-inspired transition metal catalysts Timothy A. Jackson
Assistant Professor
LOV Domain Signaling. Carey K. Johnson
Professor
Measuring Neurotransmitter Release and Uptake in Huntington’s disease and Fragile X Syndrome Michael A. Johnson
Assistant Professor
Molecular basis of bacterial heme thievery Mario Rivera Professor,
David Benson, Associate Professor
Molecular dynamics simulations of nanoconfined solvents Ward Thompson
Professor
Nanoscale investigations of electronic properties of organic thin films Cindy L. Berrie
Associate Professor
New methods for the Synthesis of Nitrogen Heterocycles Jeff Aubé
Professor
Novel organocatalytic methods for C-H functionalization inspired by biological systems Michael Clift
Assistant Professor
Optical Sensing using Laser Spectroscopy at the Single Molecule Level Bob Dunn
Professor
Phosphate Tether-Mediated Processes for Natural Product Synthesis Paul R. Hanson
Professor
Reaction dynamics of molecular switches Chris Elles
Assistant Professor
Light Activated Bioactive Subsrate Release:  Phototriggers for Biology and Chemistry Richard S. Givens
Emeritus Professor
Ruthenium carbide Chemistry Joseph A. Heppert
Professor
Structure-function study of lysyl oxidase-family of proteins in breast cancer metastasis Minae Mure
Assistant Professor
Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Shih-I Chu
Watkins Distinguished Professor

 


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