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Department honors June 2012-May 2013 graduate students

Twenty-seven graduate students earned their doctorates between June 2012 and May 2013. Honorees include

Susan Brown
Professor Thomas Hoye, adviser
Biosynthetic Studies of Ottelione A and the Structural Re-Analysis of the Jones Isomers; the Structural Reassignment of Phomopsichalasin to that of Diaporthichalasin
Nathan Burrows
Professor Lee Penn, adviser
The Study of Oriented Aggregation: A Nonclassical Nanocrystal Growth Mechanism

Eric Rigoberto Castro
Professor Michael Bowser, adviser
Development of a Microfluidic, Segmented-Flow, Single Molecule, Enzyme Activity Assay and Improvement of Separation Efficiency of Basic Proteins by Application of a Water-Proofing Agent as a Coating in Capillary Electrophoresis

Andrew Fielding
Professor Lawrence Que Jr, adviser
Kinetic and Spectroscopic Studies of Cobalt- and Manganese-Substituted Extradiol-Cleaving Homoprotocatechuate 2,3-Dioxygenases

Ashley Garr
Professor Christopher Cramer, adviser
Computational Modeling of Organic Structure, Spectra, and Reactivity

Susanna Emond
Professor Thomas Hoye, adviser
A Synthesis of the Octalin Core of Integramycin, Isolation of Alkaloids from Amazonian Plants, and Polyols From Renewable Resources

Mehmed Zahid Ertem
Professor Christopher Cramer, adviser
Oxidation of Water to Molecular Oxygen by Transition-Metal Compounds: Quantum Chemical Characterization

Lindsay Hinkle
Professor Kent Mann, adviser
Crystalline Transition Metal-Based Sensors for the Optical Detection of Oxygen

Truong Giang Hoang
Professor Christopher Douglas, adviser
Development of New Reaction Methodologies via Transition Metal Catalyzed Bond Activation Processes

Enver Cagri Izgu
Professor Thomas Hoye, adviser
Studies Toward the Total Synthesis of Rac-Leuconolam, Modified Julia Olefination Approach to Access Functionalized Steroidal Side Chains, Proton NMR Studies of Mosher-Like Esters, and Exploring a Non-Enzymatic Diels Alder Reaction to Account for the Methyl Sarcopytoate Core

Matthew Jansma
Professor Thomas Hoye, adviser
A Unified Strategy for Penostatin (Bio)Synthesis and Forays in Computational Chemistry

Meng Jing
Professor Michael Bowser, adviser
Microfluidic Selection of DNA Aptamers Using Capillary Electrophoresis and Micro Free Flow Electrophoresis Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment

Secil Koseoglu
Professors Christy Haynes and Philippe Buhlmann, advisers
Exploring the Fundamentals of Platelet Granular Storage and Secretion at the Single Cell Level

Yu Lei
Professor Timothy Lodge, adviser
Supramolecular Polymeric Networks via Hydrogen Bonding in Ionic Liquids

Hannah Leverentz
Chemical Physics Doctorate
Professor Donald Truhlar, adviser
The Electrostatically Embedded Many-Body Method for the Efficient Computation of Properties of Atmospherically Relevant Nanoparticles

Melissa Maurer-Jones
Professor Christy Haynes, adviser
Immunogenicity and Ecotoxicity of Engineered Nanoparticles

Joshua Ochocki
Professor Mark Distefano, adviser
Studies of Protein Prenylation in Living Systems: Implications toward the Better Understanding of Diseases

Eric Olson
Professor Philippe Buhlmann, adviser
Development of an Electrochemical Sensor for Detection of 2,4-Dinitrotoluene

Sarah Page
Professor Kristopher McNeill and Bill Arnold, advisers
Hydroxyl Radical Formation from Dissolved Organic Matter under Photochemical and Non-Photochemical Conditions

Ewa Papajak
Chemical Physics Doctorate
Professor Donald Truhlar, adviser
Electronic Structure Theory and Multi-Structural Statistical Thermodynamics for Computational Chemical Kinetics.

Mohammad Rashidian
Professor Mark Distefano, adviser

Eric Smolensky
Professor Valerie Pierre, adviser
Responsive, Multimodal Imaging Agents for MRI: Advancing the Detection of Metals and Oxidized Species Implicated in Neurodegenerative Disorders

Kyle Schwartz
Professor Kent Mann, adviser
Optical Properties of Irdium(III) Cyclometalates: Excited State Interaction with Small Molecules and Dynamics of Light-Harvesting Materials

Anh Ding Vu
Professor Andreas Stein, adviser
Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials for Energy Storage and Sensor Applications

Adam Wohl
Professor Thomas Hoye, adviser
Synthesis and Characterization of Silicate Ester Prodrugs and Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) Block Copolymers for Formulation into Prodrug-Loaded Nanoparticles

Ligeng Yin
Professor Marc Hillmyer, adviser
Amphiphilic Polymers: Crystallization-assisted Self-assembly and Applications in Pharmaceutical Formulation

Tao Yu
Professor Donald Truhlar, adviser
Multi-Structural and Multi-Path Variational Transtition Sate Thoery. Application to Kinetics Studies of Hydrogen Transfer Reaction in Gas Phase