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Awards/Honors || Fellowships || Research Grants || Internships || Conference Presentations || Publications || Community Service/Outreach || Recent alumni employment/positions

Awards/Honors

2012 NSF CAREER Award, Leslie Sombers, 1998 MA, Chemistry

2012 Alfred Armstrong Teaching Assistant Award, Joy Russell, 2013 MA, Chemistry

2009 Society of Plastic Engineers Travel Award, June 2009, Alexander Zestos, 2008 MS, Chemistry

Fellowships

2013-2014 Virginia Space Grace Consortium Graduate Fellowship, Kylie Henline, MS candidate, Chemistry

Research Grants

 

Internships

 

Conference Presentations

“Bicyclo[2.2.2]diazaoctane and 2-Pyridones from 2,5-Diketopiperazines: Synthesis of (+)-Malbrancheamide B; Toward the Synthesis of (–)-Brevianamide B and Louisianin A, B” J. R. Scheerer, K. Margrey, A. Chinn, S. Laws, A. Hazzard, J. Woo, Gordon Research Conference in Natural Products; Andover, NH; July 2013; Stephan Laws, 2013 MS, Chemistry and Kaila Margrey, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Rhodamine-based Fluorescent Turn-on Probes for Mercury and pH” W. Czaplyski, B. Childress, G. Purnell, C. Roberts, D. Sherwood, C. LeGuyader, B. Allred, E. J. Harbron, Gordon Research Conference on Photochemistry; Easton, MS; July 2013; William Czaplyski, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Gas-Phase Acid Base Properties of Cysteine and Serine Homologs”, J. C. Poutsma, C. Muetterties, V. Yannello, A. Janiga, 2013 Gordon Conference on Gaseous Ions; Galveston, TX; February 2013; Ashley Janiga, 2010 MS, Chemistry.

“Synthesis and fluorescence studies of pH-responsive rhodamine B derivatives” W. L. Czaplyski, G. E. Purnell, and E. J. Harbron; Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Raleigh, NC; November, 2012; William Czaplyski, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Synthesis of loline alkaloids, a family of insecticidal and insect antifeedant 1-aminopyrrolizidine natural products” J. R. Scheerer, M. T. Hovey, A. J. Wright, and E. J. Eklund, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Raleigh, NC; November, 2012; M. Todd Hovey, 2011 MS, Chemistry.

“Synthesis of (+)-malbrancheamide B utilizing a stereoselective Diels-Alder cycloaddition to establish the [2.2.2]-diazaoctane bicyclic core” S. W. Laws and J. R. Scheerer, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Raleigh, NC; November, 2012; Stephen Laws, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Synthesis of 2-pyridones from 2,5-diketopiperazines” K. A. Margrey, A. D. Hazzard, and J. R. Scheerer, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Raleigh, NC; November, 2012; Kaila Margrey, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Cyclization-addition reactions toward trisubstituted tetrahydropyrans: Effects of sterics and electronics on cyclization” R. J. Hinkle, A. A. Rahman, R. F. Lambert, S. E. Ammann, E. G. Willard, and C. P. Merryman; Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Raleigh, NC; November, 2012; Ajara Rahman, 2012 MS, Chemistry.

“Steric effects of additions to cyclic six-membered oxocarbenium ions” J. M. Salvant, A. A. Rahman, R. F. Lambert, S. E. Ammannn, and R. J. Hinkle, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Raleigh, NC; November, 2012; Ajara Rahman, 2012 MS, Chemistry. 

“Synthesis of fluorine-containing precursors to cyclic six-membered oxocarbenium ions, and the effects of fluorine on cyclization-addition reactions” E. G. Willard, A. A. Rahman, C. P. Nofi, B. M. Yeager, and R. J. Hinkle, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Raleigh, NC; November, 2012; Ajara Rahman, 2012 MS, Chemistry. 

“Gas-Phase Acid Base Properties of Cysteine and Serine Homologs”, J. C. Poutsma, C. Muetterties, V. Yannello, A. Janiga, 19th International Mass Spectrometry Conference; Kyoto, Japan; September 2012; Ashley Janiga, 2010 MS, Chemistry.

"The Effect of Pillar Array in Semi-packed Micro Gas Chromatography," B. Alfeeli, S. Narayanan, M. McMillan, D. Hirtenstein, G. Rice, M/ Agah, IEEE Sensors, Limerick, Ireland. 2011, 1097-1100, Daniel Hirtenstein, 2013 MS, Chemistry

"Luminescent Detection of Volatile Nitrogen and Sulfur Compounds on CuI Surfaces" L. E. Dunaway, C. Wang, J. P. Safko, and R. D. Pike,  Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Richmond, VA; October, 2011; Jason Safko, 2012 MS Candidate, Chemistry.

“Polymer-Based Shielding against Radiation in Space”, C. C. Schiavone, R. A. Owoll, and R.L. Kiefer, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Richmond, VA; October, 2011; Clint Schiavone, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Effects of nucleophilic strength on facial selectivity in BiBr3 catalyzed tandem cyclization/addition reactions” A. A. Rahman, R. J. Hinkle, R. F. Lambert, and S. E. Ammann, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Richmond, VA; October, 2011; Ajara Rahman, 2012 MS, Chemistry.

"Luminescent Nitrogen and Sulfur Adducts of CuI Disubstituted Piperazine Complexes" J. P. Safko, R. D. Pike, S. M. McCullough, and L. E. Dunaway, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Richmond, VA; October, 2011; Jason Safko, 2012 MS, Chemistry.

“Carbon dioxide fixation by (CdS)6 macrocycles” D. C. Bebout, W. Lai, A. Q. A. Tran, W. P. Kaplan, S. M. Berry, J. V. Arrington, R. N. Straus, J. C. Poutsma, R. D. Pike, and R. J. Butcher, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Richmond, VA; October, 2011; Wei Lai, 2005 MS, Chemistry; Justine Arrington, 2012 MS, Chemistry.

“ESI-MS study of ligand exchange between Zn2+ and Hg2+Madeline R. Nestor, Julie A. Viehweg, Pei Wang, Robert D. Pike, J. C. Poutsma, and Deborah C. Bebout, 2010 Joint SE/SW Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; New Orleans, LA; Dec 2010; Madeline Nestor, 2011 MS, Chemistry.

“Cyclohexane-containing Polyimides”, N. G. Bate, R. A. Orwoll, R. L. Kiefer, and R.D. Pike, 2010 Joint SE/SW Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; New Orleans, LA; Dec 2010; Norah Bate, 2011 MS, Chemistry.

"Gas Phase H/D Exchange of Non-Protein Amino Acids" J. V.Arrington, R. Straus, E. Marzluff and J. C. Poutsma,  58th American Societyfor Mass Spectrometry Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics; Salt Lake City, UT; May 2010; Justine Arrington, 2012 MS, Chemistry.

"Speciation of Hg2+ and Zn2+ in thepresence of tridentate N,N,S ligand: An electrospray ionization massspectrometry study" Madeline R. Nestor, and Deborah C. , 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Boston, MA; August 2010; Madeline Nestor, 2011 MS, Chemistry.

"Smoke Suppression of PVC by Metal-Exchanged Clay and Zeolite Additives", A. G. Zestos, C. L. Grinnell, L. J. Vinh, R. D. Pike, and W. H. Starnes, Jr., Proceedings, 67th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Chicago, Illinois, June 2009, pp. 955-960; Alexander Zestos, 2008 MS, Chemistry.

 

 

Publications

“Structure, Luminescence, and Vapochromism of Bridged Cationic Copper(I) Dimers and Polymers”, D. E. Royzman, A. M. Noviello, K. M. Henline, R. D. Pike, J. P. Killarney, H.H. Patterson, C. Crawford, Z. Assefa Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, Ahead of Print (2013) Kylie Henline, MS Candidate, Chemistry.

“Atom Economical, One-Pot, Three-Reaction Cascade to Novel Tricyclic 2,4-Dihydro-1H-benzo[f]isochromenes”, R. J. Hinkle, S. E. Lewis Organic Letters 15, 4070-4073 (2013). Shane Lewis, MS Candidate, Chemistry.

"Inter-channel Mixing Minimization in Semi-packed Micro Gas Chromatography Columns", B. Alfeeli, S. Narayanan, D. Moodie, P. Zellner, M. McMillan, D. Hirtenstein, G. Rice, and M. Agah, IEEE Sensors 13, 4312-4319 (2013). Daniel Hirtenstein, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Carbonate templated self-assembly of an alkylthiolate-bridged cadmium macrocycle”, W. Lai, S. M. Berry, W. P. Kaplan, M. S. Hain, J. C. Poutsma, R. J. Butcher, R. D. Pike, D. C. Bebout; Inorganic Chemistry 52, 2286-2288 (2013). Wei Lai, 2005 MS, Chemistry.

“Enantioselective synthesis of (+)-malbrancheamide B”, S. W. Laws and J. R. Scheerer, Journal Organic Chemistry, 78, 2422-2429 (2013). Stephen Laws, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Gas-Phase Hydrogen Deuterium Exchange Behavior of Lysine and its Homologs”, J. V. Arrington, R. Straus, P. F. Reynolds, J. L. Poutsma, E. M. Marzluff, J. C. Poutsma International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 330-332, 200-206 (2012). Justine Arrington, 2012 MS, Chemistry.

“Synthesis and Crystal Structures of N,N'-Disubstituted Piperazines”, J. P. Safko and R. D. Pike Journal of Chemical Crystallography 42, 981−987 (2012). Jason Safko, 2012 MS, Chemistry.

“Network Formation and Photoluminescence in Copper(I) Halide Complexes with Substituted Piperazine Ligands”, J. P. Safko, J. E. Kuperstock, S. M. McCullough, A. M. Noviello, X. Li, J. P. Killarney, C. Murphy, H. H. Patterson, C. A. Bayse, R. D. Pike,  Dalton Transactions 41, 11663−11674 (2012). Jason Safko, 2012 MS, Chemistry.

"Discovery of Small Molecule Modifiers of microRNAs for the Treatment of HCV Infection", V. T. Tripp and D. D. Young, Methods in Molecular Biology, 2012, Humana Press, in press (2012). Valerie Tripp, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

"Approaches to the Modulation of miRNA Maturation", V. T. Tripp, J. R. McKenna, D. D. Young,  miRNA Maturation,  Springer Science Press, in press (2012). Valerie Tripp, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Efficient Entry to the [2.2.2]-Diazabicyclic Ring System via Diastereoselective Domino Reaction Sequence”, K. A. Margrey, A. J. Chinn, S. W. Laws, R. D. Pike, and J. R. Scheerer, Organic Letters 43, 2458–2461 (2012). Stephen Laws, 2013 MS, Chemistry and Kaila Margrey, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Inhibition of tubulin polymerization by hypochlorous acid and chloramines”, L. M. Landino, T. D. Hagedorn, S. B. Kim, and K. M. Hogan Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 50, 1000-1008 (2011). Tara Hagadorn, 2011 MS, Chemistry.

“Synthesis of (±)-Acetylnorloline via Stereoselective Tethered Aminohydroxylation”, M. T. Hovey, E. J. Eklund, R. D. Pike, A. A. Mainkar, and J. R. Scheerer,  Organic Letters 13, 1246–1249 (2011). M. Todd Hovey, 2011 MS, Chemistry.

“Purification of pharmaceutical preparations using thin-layer chromatography to obtain mass spectra with Direct Analysis in Real Time and accurate mass spectrometry”, J. L. Wood, (maiden name) and R. R. Steiner Drug Testing and Analysis 3, 345-351 (2011). Jessica Belton, 2013 MS, Chemistry.

“Molecular Imprinting by 4-Hydroxybenzoic Acid: A Two-Site Model”, L. Y. Hu and R. A. Orwoll Separation Science and Technology 45, 2237-44 (2010). Lucy Yue Hu, 2002 MA, Chemistry.

“A Synthetic Model of Hg(II) Sequestration”, J. A. Viehweg, S. M. Stamps, S. M., J. J. Dertinger, R. L. Green, K. E. Harris, R. J. Butcher, E. J. Andriole, J. C. Poutsma, S. M. Berry, D. C. Bebout Dalton Transactions 39, 3174-3176 (2010). Erica Andriole, 2004 MA, Chemistry.

"Metal-Exchanged Clay and Zeolite Additives as Smoke Suppressants and Fire Retardants for Poly(vinyl chloride)", A. G. Zestos, C. L. Grinnell, L. J. Vinh, R. D. Pike, and W. H. Starnes, Jr. Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology 15, 87-91 (2009). Alexander Zestos, 2008 MS, Chemistry.

"Mechanism of Action and Effectiveness of Ester Thiols as Thermal Stabilizers for Poly(vinyl chloride)", X. Ge, E. K. Culyba, C. L. Grinnell, A. G. Zestos, and W. H. Starnes, Jr. Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology, 13, 170-175 (2007); republished by invitation in Progress in Chemistry and Biochemistry 1, 91-100 (2009). Alexander Zestos, 2008 MS, Chemistry.

“Bis-tridentate Chelates of an Asymmetric Ligand: Characterization of Divalent Zinc Triad Metal Ion Complexes of N-(2-pyridylmethyl)-N-(2-(methylthio)ethyl)amine in the Solid- and Solution-State” D. C. Bebout, W. Lai, S. M. Stamps, S. M. Berry, R. J. Butcher Polyhedron 27, 1591-1600 (2008). Wei Lai, 2005 MS, Chemistry.

“Zinc triad metal ion complexes of NN'S ligand N-(2-pyridylmethyl)-N-(2-(methylthio)ethyl)amine in the Solid- and Solution-State”, D. C. Bebout, W. Lai, S. M. Stamps, S. M. Berry, R. J. Butcher Main Group Chemistry 6, 155-168 (2008). Wei Lai, 2005 MS, Chemistry.

 

Community Service/Outreach

Chemistry Magic Show, March 2012, Valerie Tripp, MS candidate, Chemistry

Chemistry Magic Show, March 2012, Joy Russell,  MA candidate, Chemistry

Hands-on activities with one class of Matoaka Elementary School first graders, “Starch in the Food Pyramid” January 2010, Madeline Nestor, 2011 MS, Chemistry

Hands-on activities and demonstrations with one class of Matoaka Elementary third graders. “The Water Cycle” March 2010, Madeline Nestor, 2011 MS, Chemistry

Presentation to eight classes of Berkeley Middle School sixth graders, "Solids, Liquids & Gases: Density Diversions", October 2009, Madeline Nestor, 2011 MS, Chemistry

 

Recent alumni employment/positions

Joseph Auslander, 2013 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Biophysical Chemistry at New York University.

William Czaplyski, 2013 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Stephen Laws, 2013 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Chemistry at the University of California – Davis.

Kaila Margrey, 2013 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Valerie Tripp, 2013 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Chemical Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Jessica Belton, 2013 MS, Chemistry, is employed as a Mass Spec Lab Technologist at Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.

Joy Russell, 2013 MS, Chemistry, is employed as a Project Manager, Trainer and Consultant at Classic Seminars.

Jason Safko, 2013 MS, Chemistry, is employed as a Research Chemist at Carpenter Co.

Brooklynd Saar, 2012 MS, Chemistry, has become the Operations Manager at LifeScience Alley.

Ajara Rahman, August 2012 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at University of Utah.

John-Andrew Hocker, August 2012 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the Applied Science Ph.D. program at The College of William & Mary.

Justine Arrington, January 2012 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at Purdue University.

Tara Hagedorn, 2011 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of California at San Diego.

Michael Todd Hovey, 2011 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at Northwestern University.

Madeline Nestor, 2011 MS, Chemistry, has taken a position as an analytical chemist with Microbac  Laboratories.

Katie Peth, 2011 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sara Kampfe, 2010 MS, Chemistry, is a chemist with Applied Process Technology International, Williamsburg, VA.

Omar Hamdy, 2010 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside.

Emily Harbert, 2010 MS, Chemistry, is currently working as a Research Chemist at UOP, a subsidiary of Honeywell in Chicago.

Joshua Abelard, 2010 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech.

Mara Jacobs, 2009 MS, Chemistry, has taken a position as an analytical chemist with Microbac  Laboratories.

Jordan Walk, 2009 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in the Organic Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jia Liu, 2009 MS, Chemistry, is pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemistry at North Carolina State University.

A. Jeaton Glover, 2009 MS, Chemistry, is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Applied Science, College of William & Mary.

Matt Jones, 2008 MS, Chemistry, is currently enrolled in medical school at the University of Virginia.

Alexander Zestos, 2008 MS, Chemistry, entered the Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in Fall 2009.

Michael Gaylor, 1997 MS, Chemistry, is now in his first year as an assistant professor with joint  appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV.