Eman successfully defended her thesis today. She worked for 1.5 years and made great progress on the synthesis of a monomer and its assembled cage. Congrats Eman!
Another piece of the saga of lock-arm supramolecular ordering-based organic ferroelectric crystals from Dennis’ ongoing graduate and postdoctoral project has been published in JACS. This time, the observation of two dimensions of polarization is presented alongside strong evidence for non-centrosymmetry.
Once again this summer we have a busy group. This year we welcome four fresh faces as part of an HHMI-funded Young Researchers program. Stella, Fernando, Nhu, and Hiywot will be with us for 10 weeks, studying organic chemistry and synthesizing aromatic compounds. Welcome!
Penny successfully defended her thesis today! Her interdisciplinary Honors project relied on her chemistry skills to determine the content of secretions made by harvestmen, better known as daddy long-legs. Penny’s findings have provided significant insight into the evolution of mating behavior. Congrats Penny!
Kellie Stellmach is a first-year who is joining the lab. She will be investigating the co-crystallization of complementary hydrogen-bonding partners, welcome Kellie!
The Mindlin Foundation selected Eman for their 2017 Undergraduate Mentored Research Program. The award provides funds for Eman to continue her research into molecular cages all the way through the end of 2017. Congratulations Eman!
The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund has generously funded our proposal on the synthesis of novel aromatic imide compounds for the next few years!
It’ll be a busy 10 weeks of summer with 6 students in the lab. Andrew, Qifan, Eman, and Joe are rising junior chemistry majors, and Kofi is a rising sophomore who intends to be a major as well. They will all be synthesizing crazy molecules, characterizing their properties, and generally having a wild time. These opportunities were made possible through generous awards by the MacKnight Haan Ludwig Summer Research Fund (Andrew and Qifan), Violet Olson Beltmann Fund (Eman and Mohammed), and Science and Research Office Funds (Joe and Kofi). Welcome everyone!
Dan presented and successfully defended his Honors Project after an appropriate grilling by a friendly committee. We look forward to seeing his thesis on our shelves soon!
This year’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program applicant field had over 17000 applicants, many of whom are current graduate students. We’re proud that Dan was recognized among so many other qualified candidates. Congratulations Dan!
Our group continues to expand! Mohammed is a sophomore chemistry major who got into research by computationally evaluating his organic chemistry professor’s conformational analysis abilities. Mohammed will be attempting to synthesize some novel aromatic imides that he has been modeling over the last semester. Welcome Mohammed!
The group keeps on growing with the addition of Penny Kahn! Penny is a biology major and anthropology/chemistry minor in her junior year and she is excited to be enhancing her chemical skillset in preparation for a future career in research. Penny will be developing new reactions for the synthesis of aromatic imides. Welcome Penny!
A new Combiflash Rf+ is up running in the Cao lab! This automated chromatography instrument will hopefully lead to exponential increases in the productivity of the group.
The group is doubling in size with the arrival of Dan Lee! Dan is a senior undergraduate who is participating in the Macalester Honors Program for the 2015-2016 academic year. As part of the Honors Program, Dan will be synthesizing novel structures using alkyne metathesis. Dan comes to the group with previous summer research experiences at UIUC in Kami Hull’s lab as an REU Scholar, and at Caltech in Robert Grubbs’ lab as an Amgen Scholar.
Dennis begins his independent career at Macalester officially on August 1, 2015. In the meantime, he has excitedly spent some time creating this rudimentary website. Hopefully it will be filled with interesting news updates as the years go on.