Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, and Organic Chemistry: Design, synthesis, and (bio)chemical characterization of chemical tools as: (1) fluorescent probes for enzymatic activity and (2) moieties to direct small molecules to specific subcellular regions.
Inorganic Chemistry: Organic and inorganic materials for photovoltaics; near-infrared emitting materials for biosensing; ordered inorganic nanostructures; density functional theory calculation; crystallography; photocatalysts for water splitting, porphyrin chemistry.
Physical Chemistry: Computational screening for the discovery of materials exhibiting enhanced catalytic activity and selectivity; Predicting reaction kinetics and thermodynamics of molecular transformations; Modeling adsorption behavior of water containments.
Biochemistry: Bacterial polysaccharide metabolism; Bacterial membrane transport and nanodisc-based membrane biology; Role of Zn-metalloproteases in cancer and stroke.
Inorganic Chemistry: Supramolecular self-assembly: synthesis and characterization of mechanically interlocked molecules; Bioinorganic chemistry: synthesis and characterization of bio-inspired metal complexes as models for the active sites of metalloproteins.
Chemical Education: Synthesis of lignin model compounds; optimizing transition metal catalyzed cleavage reactions of the model compounds. Applying this chemistry to depolymerize lignin into high value aromatic compounds.
Organic Chemistry: Synthesis of simple photochromic organic materials; Design of experiments for undergraduate organic labs; New methodology for organic synthesis via phosphonates; Natural products isolation and chemistry.
Organic Chemistry: Organic synthesis of Basket shaped molecular containers based on Resorcinarene and calixarene; Synthesis of Tweezers shaped organic molecules. Molecular recognition studies upon the synthesized molecular hosts.
Analytical Chemistry: Experimental studies of materials useful for adsorption of various compounds. Experimental and computational modelling of adsorption and surface modification reactions.
Environmental Chemistry: Trace level analysis and the study of reactions and processes relevant to chemical contaminant migration and site remediation.
Physical Chemistry: Use of NMR spectroscopy to study biological systems: protein structure in spider silks and phosphorus metabolites in freeze-tolerant animals.
Inorganic Chemistry: The design and use of biomimetic catalysts (molecules that mimic enzyme behavior) to carry out "green" oxidation reactions using atmospheric oxygen.
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