Faculty and Student Accomplishments

Research in the Chemistry Department is a collaborative activity between faculty and students. UST chemistry students have one of the highest percentages of participation in research in the country, resulting in a strong presence at major research meetings like the Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.  All of this is made possible by vibrant activity of our faculty and strong support from administration.  Here are some specific results of the work done by our faculty and students.

Active Funding:

  1. LaPara, T.M. And Donato, J.J. "Does Triclosan Create Super Bugs During Wastewater Treatment?"  Total award funded at $380,000. Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).
  2. Ojala, W. H.  "Solid-State Chemistry of the Nitrile Oxides" Funded at $65,000. American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund
  3. Wammer, K.H. ;D.R. Stoll T.M. LaPara  “Antibiotics in Minnesota Waters: Phase 2, Mississippi River.” Funded at $203,000. Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).
  4. Wammer, K. H. et al.  “Reversible photohydration in diene and triene steroids: A mechanism for unexpected persistence of unique, biologically active steroidal contaminants?” Funded at $394,746 National Science Foundation.
  5. Fort, E. H. “Investigating the mechanism of aryl-alkyne cyclization of azaborine containing aromatics.”  Funded at $50,000. American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund 
  6. Donato, J. J. “Shedding Light on the Mechanism of Action of an Enzyme that Confers Resistance to a Common Antimicrobial Agent” Funded at $48,120. Cottrell College Program of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  7. Prevette, L. E. Characterization of the Interaction Between Cell-Penetrating Compounds and Glycosaminoglycans”, Funded at $48,340. Cottrell College Program of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Publications in the last 2 years: (Undergraduate students underlined)

  1. G. A. Mabbott, “An Automated Titrator Based on a Microcontroller: an Interfacing Exercise for Advanced Analytical Chemistry Students,” The Chemical Educator, 2014, 19, 96-101.
  2. Ippoliti, J. Thomas; Joshua Speros; Schewe, Scott R.; Warner, Robert W.; Dan Everson, “Polymers having lipophilic hydrocarbon and biodegradable polymeric segments” U.S. Patent 8653155 (2014)
  3. Wadle, J. J.; McDermott, L. B.; Fort, E. H.  "Microwave assisted synthesis of 10b-aza-10c-borapyrene" Tetrahedron Letters 2014, 55, 445 - 447.
  4. Shade, A., Klimowicz, A.K., Spear, R.N., Linske, M., Donato, J.J., Hogan, C.S., McManus, P.S., Handelsman, J. (2013) Streptomycin application has no detectable effect on bacterial community structure in apple orchard soil. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013 Aug 23. [Epub ahead of print].
  5. Wammer, K.H., A.R. Korte, R.A. Lundeen, J.E. Sundberg, K. McNeill, W.A.Arnold. (2013). Direct photochemistry of three antibacterials:  norfloxacin, ofloxacin, and enrofloxacin. Water Research, 47, 439-448.
  6. Boswell, P., Stoll, D., Carr, P., Nagel, M., Vitha, M., Mabbott, G. (2013) hplcsimulator.org an Advanced, Interactive High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Simulator and Instructor Resources, J. Chem. Educ.90 (2), 198–202.
  7. Ippoliti, J. Thomas and Kassekert, Luke “Overcoming Problems Incorporating NMR into the Organic Chemistry Lab”, Chapter 6, pp 83–90, in the ACS Symposium Series book: NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum (2013).
  8. T.C. Marsh, Z.M. Henseler and M.A. Klimstra  “Morphological Heterogeneity of Supramolecular G-DNA Polymers Derived from Guanine Rich Oligonucleotides” pp. 48-62, in Guanine Quartets: Structure and Application, (2013), 
  9. Fort, E. H.; Jeffreys, M. S.; Scott, L. T. (2012) Diels-Alder Cycloaddition of Acetylene Gas to a Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Bay Region Chem. Commun.48, 8102-8104.
  10. Donato, J.J., Klimstra, M.A., Byrnes, J.R., White, R.J., and Marsh, T.C. (2012) The Introduction of Metagenomics into an Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory Course Yielded a Predicted Reductase that Decreases Triclosan Susceptibility in E. coli. DNA Cell Biol.  31(6), 968-73.
  11. Prevette, L.E.; Nikolova, E.N.; Al-Hashimi, H.M.; Banaszak Holl, M.M. (2012) Intrinsic Dynamics of Polymer-DNA Complexes: a Mechanism for DNA Release. Mol. Pharmaceutics9, 2743-2749.
  12. Gittins, P. J. and Twyman, L. J. (2012) Pyridine encapsulated hyperbranched polymers as mimetic models of haeme containing proteins, that also provide interesting and unusual porphyrin-ligand geometries, Chemical Communications 48, 154-156.
  13. William H. Ojala, Trina M. Arola, Ann M. Brigino, Jeremy D. Leavell, and Charles R. Ojala (2012) Competing Intermolecular Interactions in Some ‘Bridge-Flipped’ Isomeric Phenylhydrazones,; Acta Crystallographica, Section C:  Crystal Structure Communications 68,o270-o278. 
  14. Sloop, J.C., Shultz, D.A., Marcus, M.B., & Shepler, B. (2012), Linear Free Energy Relationships in Semiquinone Species and their Mn(II) and Cu(II) Complexes. J. Phys. Org. Chem., 25,  101- 109.
  15. Guino-o, M. A.; Torvisco, A.; Teng, W.; Ruhlandt-Senge, K. (2012) Alkaline earth metal di- and triphenylmethanides: Analysis of ion association modes.  Inorganica Chimica Acta, 389, 122-130.
  16. Guino-o, M. A.; Zureick, A. H.; Blank, N. F.; Anderson, B. J.; Chapp, T. W.; Kim, Y.; Glueck, D. S.; Rheingold, A. L. (2012) Synthesis and Structure of Platinum Bis(phospholane) Complexes Pt(diphos*)(R)(X), Catalyst Precursors for Asymmetric Phosphine Alkylation. Organometallics, 31, 6900-6910.
  17. Fort, E. H.; Scott, L. T. (2012) Facile Air-Oxidation of Large Aromatic Hydrocarbon Bay Regions to Bay Region Quinones. Predicted Oxygen-Sensitivity of Hydrogen-Terminated Carbon Nanotubes Org. Biomol. Chem.,  10, 5747-5749. 

Presentations in the last 12 months: (Undergraduate students underlined)

  1. Mabbott, G. A. "Microcontrollers in the Analytical Chemistry Teaching Lab" Abstracts of Papers, 2014 Pittcon Conference, Chicago, IL March 2014.
  2. Malone-Povolny, M. and Mabbott, G. "Development of a SERS Technique for the Quantitative Analysis of Bidentate Compounds" Abstracts of Papers, 2014 Pittcon Conference, Chicago, IL March 2014.
  3. Wammer, K. H.; Moffatt, M. E.; Beck, E. W.; Burch, T. R.; LaPara, T. M. "Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in a river impacted by agricultural and municipal inputs" Abstracts of Papers, 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN September 2013.
  4. Johnson, Cole M. and Brom, Joseph M. “Quantum Interference - How to Measure the Wavelength of a Particle” Abstracts of Papers, 245rd ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013.
  5. Rozeske, Christina M. and Fort, Eric H. “Hydroboration as a route to cyclic boranes” Abstracts of Papers, 245rd ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  6. Rozeske, C. M.; McDermott, L. B.; Fort, E. H. “Improving routes to azaborine containing molecules” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  7. Fort, E. H.; Heighway, T. N.; McDermot, L. M.; Yocum, T. A. "Developing Synthetic Methods Toward Azaborine Containing Molecules" Program and Abstracts, 34th Reaction Mechanisms Conference, Coloumbia, MO June 2012
  8. Ryan, K., Guino-o, M.A.(2013) “Towards Group Two Metal Alkoxides and Aryloxides using Hydrothermal Synthesis”. Abstracts of Papers, 245rd ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  9. Haugen, B., Guino-o, M.A. (2013) “Routes Toward the Synthesis of Symmetrical Triazole N-Heterocyclic Carbenes.” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  10. Ippoliti, J. Thomas “Utilizing Undergraduate Research Results in Organic Spectroscopy” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, April, 2013
  11. Tommy Gentle and J. Thomas Ippoliti, “Synthesis of a novel polymerizable isoluminol derivative” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  12. Sarah Larson and J Thomas Ippoliti, “Novel route to N-alkylated benzimidazoles” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  13. Rebecca Kummer ahd J. Thomas Ippoliti, “Synthesis of a novel antibacterial compound” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  14. Suzanne Mages and J. Thomas Ippoliti, “Tunable radiopaque polymers” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  15. Mark Frommelt  and J. Thomas Ippoliti “Synthesis of a near infrared absorbing photochrome” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  16. Sam Fish and J. Thomas Ippoliti, “Kinetics of hindered amine and isocyanates reactions” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  17. Olga Zamulko and J. Thomas Ippoliti, “Synthesis of a topologically designed novel antibiotic” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  18. Mark Schwerkoske and J. Thomas Ippoliti, “Novel antimalarial compounds” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  19. Henseler, Zachariah; Marsh, Thomas; Prevette, Lisa “Characterization of cationic DNA transfection agents binding to supramolecular G-DNA” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  20. Johnson, Jenna; Ojala, William “Intermolecular Contacts Involving Halogen Atoms in the Solid-State Structures of Some bis-Benzylidene- anilines” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  21. W. H. Ojala, J. M. Smieja, M. K. Kuspa, K. M. Lystad, and C. R. Ojala;“Isostructuralism in 2,2’-Disubstituted Benzylideneanilines,” 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, Boston, MA July 2012
  22. Amber Schoenecker and Lisa Prevette, Characterization ofglycosaminoglycans and their interactions with TAT peptide to increase drug specificity,” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  23. Kristin Braden and Lisa Prevette, “Charge Density and Stereochemistry Affect the Interaction of G5 PAMAM Dendrimer and Glycosaminoglycans,” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  24. Danielle Francen and Lisa Prevette, “Tat Peptide-Mediated Gene Delivery: Complex Formation and Interaction with Cell-surface Glycosaminoglycans,” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  25. Kyle Chamberlain and Lisa Prevette, “Quantitative Determination of DNA Affinity for PEGylated PAMAM Dendrimer Gene Delivery Vehicles,” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  26. Prevette, L.E., Schoenecker, A., Braden, K., Francen, D. “Structure Affects Glycosaminoglycan Interaction with TAT Peptide and G5 PAMAM Dendrimer,” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  27. Jensen, S.C.; Wammer, K.H.; Martinovic-Weigelt, D. “Assessing estrogenic and androgenic activity of octyl methoxycinnamate photoproducts” Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting, November 2012, Long Beach, CA
  28. Consoer, W.J.; Kellen, D.J.; Byrnes, J.R.; Wammer, K.H. “Characterization of ozonation products for the macrolide antibiotic roxithromycin.” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  29. Moffatt, M.E.; Beck, E.W.; Burch, T.R.; LaPara, T.M.; Wammer, K.H. “Bacterial resistance to four classes of antibiotics in the Minnesota River.” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013
  30. Jensen, S.C.; Wammer, K.H.; MacManus-Spencer, L.A.; Martinovic-Weigelt, D. “Assessing estrogenic and androgenic activity of UV filter photoproducts.” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA April 2013