We are organic chemists who apply the skills in organic chemistry to answer fundamental questions in our own field, and based on that to develop new tools to help advance other relevant areas such as chemical biology and materials science.


November 13, 2018

Miguel expanded the substrate scope of SNAP-tag, an important tool in bioconjugate chemistry. In addition to benzylguanine-type substrates, 5-pyridylmethylguanine (5PG) derivatives are also taken up by SNAP-tag with comparable efficiencies. 

November 13, 2018

This paper offers a structural design and describes the photophysical studies of an excited state proton transfer dye that is capable of emitting at three frequency regions close to three primary colors. 

August 03, 2018

Good luck to Brandon Nusser

After spending a scorching summer in Tallahassee on an REU project, Brandon is heading back to California to start his senior year. 

June 22, 2018

Quinton Meisner defended his PhD dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Meisner!

After champagnes were popped and funny costumes were donned, Quinton is heading to the Argonne National Laboratory for a postdoctoral fellowship. 

May 07, 2018

The syntheses of cyanoalkynes and 5-cyano-1,2,3-triazoles are described in this paper, as well as an interesting mechanistic model of the ruthenium-catalyzed 5-cyano-1,2,3-triazole formation. 

March 24, 2018

This paper describes the effect of intramolecular hydrogen bonds with triazole on the fluorescence properties of triazolyl-containing dyes. 

March 24, 2018

This paper is about the molecular design of zinc-sensitive fluorescent dyes containing an anilinyl-anchored electron transfer switch. 

July 18, 2017

Peiye Liu became a PhD Candidate

Peiye successfully defended his research proposal and became a PhD Candidate. Congratulations!

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