Graduate Research Highlights

  • “June 2023: Daniel Lu”

    My research revolves around the role lipids play during necroptosis, particularly investigating the causes of lipid accumulation observed during necroptosis.

  • “May 2023: Daoyang Zhang”

    My research interests are designing, synthesizing, and characterizing polynuclear metalloporphyrin or porphyrin derivative complexes and using these complexes for electrocatalysts for small molecule activation.

  • “April 2023: Elizabeth Kras”

    My research focuses on the design and development of novel iron (III) macrocyclic compounds for use at T1 MRI contrast agents. Currently, I am focused on studying how changing a single coordinating pendant effects the relaxivity of these compounds by using variable field strength NMR and MRI. 

  • “March 2023: Thomas Sobiech”

    Within the Gong lab we’re interested in studying new supramolecular systems. Within this area we have developed novel aromatic oligoamide foldamers and macrocycles for applications in catalysis, transmembrane transport, and molecular recognition. 

  • “February 2023: Jena Congilosi”

    My research focuses on the detection of veterinary antimicrobials and their transformation products in agricultural matrices. Our studies primarily involve the development and application of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) methods for the analyses of swine manure and simulated agricultural runoff, to better understand the fate of antimicrobials in the agricultural environment.

  • “January 2023: Yingjie Chen”

    My current research mainly focuses on batteries and electrocatalysis. I’m also looking forward to incorporating in-situ characterization methods into regular electrochemical testing to better understand the underlying mechanism and improve existing system designs.

  • “November 2022: Mohammad Shakiba ”

    Nonadiabatic molecular dynamics can provide atomistic insights into photochemical and photophysical properties of solar energy and photocatalytic materials but modeling such processes for realistic nanoscale materials, comparable to experimental studies, is computationally expensive. In our recent publication, we implemented an optimized and parallelized code to study excited states dynamics in large nanoscale and periodic systems with thousands of atoms such as silicon quantum dots and 2D graphitic carbon nitride.

  • “October 2022: Devin Angevine”

    My research centers around the utilization of crystal engineering to transform the notorious active pharmaceutical ingredient nicotine into a safer, more stable and tunable solid-state material through the use of US FDA generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substances. By crystallizing liquid nicotine with GRAS listed components and engineering these materials to safely degrade, we are able to eliminate the current pitfalls associated with nicotine products and deliver a safer and tunable material to the end user.