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Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Physical Organic Photochemistry.
Inorganic Chemistry, Solid-State Chemistry, Magnetic Materials, Hydrogen-Storage Materials
Identifying biologically active natural products from prairie plants and cultered fungi; developing techniques to determine the absolute stereochemistry and regiochemsitry of complex carbohydrates.
Protein folding and conformational changes; protein reaction dynamics and energetics; biophysical chemistry; time-resolved laser spectroscopy; sol-gel encapsulation of proteins.
I am interested in the organic processes taking place in the atmosphere of Titan, Pluto and the early Earth. Of particular interest is the conditions that will lead to the formation of biological molecules from prebiotic hazes.
The 2016 Department of Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program runs from May 23 to July 29, 2016.