Katherine Lloyd Awarded Prestigious DOE Fellowship

Katherine Lloyd DOE fellow
As a Department of Energy (DOE) Graduate Student Research Fellow, one of the 87 new awardees of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program (2022 Solicitation 2), Katherine Lloyd from the Galoppini research group will join the team of Dr. Justin Johnson, a Senior Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado, to study applications of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) developed at Rutgers for use in high efficiency solar cells. Congratulations, Katherine, and much success in your research at NREL!
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Friedman Lecture Delivered by Professor Zhenan Bao

Zhenan Bao Friedman Lecturer
On April 28th, Dr. Bao from Stanford University delivered the annual Friedman lecture, discussing her groups skin-inspired approaches to advanced organic electronics and sensors.

Undergraduate researchers win poster awards

Undergraduate researchers win poster awards
Lola Frey, Jenny Gavazi and Kyle Juchenwich from the Galoppini group and Ashvini Patel from the Jaekle group presented their research at the WPU 16th undergraduate research symposium. Jenny (left) and Lola (right) supervised by graduate student Marzieh Heidari were awarded 2nd price in the Materials & Polymers Division. Congratulations!

Virtual lecture series: Synthetic Design of Chromophore/Semiconductor Interfaces for Solar Energy Applications

Elena Galoppini virtual series seminar
Exciting news! 🔬🌞 Join us on March 24th at 6:00 pm IST for the next ACS Science Talks session featuring Prof. Elena Galoppini, Rutgers University - Newark, and Deputy Editor of ACS.

Graduate Student Tongliang Zhou Wins Prestigious 2023 Metalor Award from IPMI

Tongliang Zhou photo
Tongliang Zhou from the Szostak group has won the 2023 IPMI Metalor Student Award, a prestigious recognition by the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) bestowed annually on a graduate researcher working on catalysis with precious metals. He is recognized for his work on the catalytic activation of amide bonds and design of new N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-metal complexes. The award involves a $5,000 stipend along with an invitation to the annual conference in Scottsdale. The award recognizes excellence in precious metals research.

The First Issue of ACS Applied Optical Materials is live!!

Galoppini first ACS
Elena Galoppini,  Deputy Editor of ACS Applied Optical Materials, invites  you to explore the First Issue which is live today. The Editorial introduces the Associate Editors team and the journal scope. The first cover is an artistic view of the polarization dependence of the nonlinear photoluminescence emitted by a thin ITO layer patterned by a Ga-focused ion beam. View the article by Bouhelier et al. at https://lnkd.in/eSxhiNDa

Kelvin Urbina wins highly competitive NSERC scholarship!

Kelvin Urbina earns NSERC Doc fellowship
Congratulations to Kelvin Urbina for earning a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Doctoral Postgraduate Scholarship!  This scholarship is awarded to the highest caliber scholars in or from Canada.  Kelvin is a third-year Ph.D. student in Prof. Brenner-Moyer’s group, who is researching the development of new organocatalytic asymmetric transformations.


Near-IR Absorbing Anthracenes Applied in Photothermal Cancer Therapy

In an article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (see also JACS Spotlight), Kanglei Liu from the  Jaekle research group reports a new class of B-N Lewis pair functionalized anthracenes that strongly absorb in the near-IR region and show good photothermal conversion efficiency. Potential applications in photothermal cancer therapy were explored in collaboration with scientists at Beijing Institute of Technology.


2022 Rutgers Newark Chemistry Graduate Students Awards

2022 ta awards
Md Mahbubur Rahman and Lirong Lin are selected as winners of the 2022 Taylor-Torre Awards. Fernanda Liu, Xu Chang, and Kelvin Urbina win 2022 Teaching Awards. Congratulations on these outstanding accomplishments!


Amide bond activation book

Amide-book - Szostak
A new book edited by Prof. Szostak, "Amide Bond Activation: Concepts and Reactions", has been published by Wiley. The book covers the latest developments on amide bonds.  

Chemistry Graduate Open House & Poster Session on Friday, November 11, 2022

Open house 2022


ACS Applied Optical Materials is live!

ACS Applied Optical Materials is live!
Hot off the presses! Please check the first ASAP articles just published in ACS Applied Optical Materials https://lnkd.in/ebB2NkEH and the Editorial by Professor Elena Galoppini introducing the new journal and the Editorial Team https://lnkd.in/e4Ee9Y-Z !


Jessica Martinez wins Chateaubriand Fellowship

Jessica Martinez Chateaubriand fellow
A graduate student in the Pavanello Research Group, Jessica was awarded a prestigious Chateaubriand fellowship from the French government to carry out Theoretical Chemistry research for 8 months at the Université de Lille located in northern France. She will join the group of Prof Andre Gomes to work on nonstandard quantum embedding workflows involving wavefunction-in-DFT embedding and their time-dependent propagations for describing out of equilibrium electronic systems of molecules and materials. Congratulations, Jessica!


"Heterocyclic Chemistry" Graduate Course Leads to Publications

Yang Zhang and Prof. Szostak publish a review on C-H activation of heterocycles in natural product synthesis http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.202104278 (Chem. Eur. J. 2022, in press). This is one of four reviews published by graduate students in the course taught by Prof. Szostak in Fall 2020 when the class went virtual due to covid-19 (Haseeb Mughal, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2021, 19, 3274-3286; Kelvin Urbina, David Tresp, Karli Sips, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2021, 363, 2723-2739; Carolina Durand, Organics 2021, 2, 337-347).

Highly Active Pd-NHC Aniline Complexes for Cross-coupling

Highly active Pd-NHC catalysts discovered by the Szostak group
The Szostak Research Group  group has developed a new class of Pd-NHC-aniline complexes for cross-coupling reactions as described in a recent article in the Journal of Organic Chemistry.  These complexes are commercially available from Sigma Millipore. No. 916161 [(IPr)PdCl2(AN)]. They serve as highly reactive alternatives to Pd-PEPPSI systems.

National GEM Fellowship Awarded to Katherine Lloyd

Katherine lloyd
Graduate student Katherine Lloyd is the recipient of a highly competitive  fellowship by the National GEM Consortium. Besides receiving a graduate stipend and tuition support, Katherine will have an opportunity to join the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) for a summer internship in 2022. Congratulations, Katherine!


Electrochromic Boronium Macrocycles

Electrochromic Boronium Macrocycles
Graduate student Nurcan Baser-Kirazli and postdoctoral scholar Daisuke Shimoyama from the Jaekle group develop a new class of redox-active boronium macrocycles. Reported in Angewandte Chemie, they show through electrochemical studies that the macrocycles undergo reversible multi-step redox processes with transfer of up to 10 electrons. Both oxidation and reduction processes result in a distinct color change.

Professor Sobers Discusses ‘Ungrading’

Professor Sobers Discusses ‘Ungrading’
‘Ungrading’ approaches for the General Chemistry Laboratory are featured in a new episode of the “Chart a Course” series by the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark (SASN). Together with teaching assistant Beijia Chen and student Stephanie Seda, Assistant Teaching Professor Sobers delves into how ungrading and gamifying STEM education could benefit student learning.

Rutgers Newark Chemistry Graduate Students Win Awards

Rutgers Newark Chemistry Graduate Students Win Awards
Chengwei Liu is awarded the 2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Rutgers Newark Graduate School. Alina Umerbekova wins the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award of the Rutgers Newark Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis competition. Lauren Hanna and Tongliang Zhou are selected as winners of the first Taylor-Torres Awards. Bhumika Goel, Marzieh Heidari, and David Tresp win 2021 Teaching Awards. Congratulations on these outstanding accomplishments!

Szostak Group Commercializes New NHC Ligands

Szostak Group Commercializes New NHC Ligands
IPr# NHC ligands developed by the Szostak Research Group are now commercially available at Sigma Millipore. Make sure to check out IPr#, Np# and BIAN-IPr# for transition-metal-catalysis and stabilization of main group metals. The underlying chemistry has recently been published in an Edge Article in Chemical Science.

 Allen Taylor and Frank Torre Awards Established 

Taylor Awards
With generous support of Professors Allen Taylor and Frank Torre, who are alumni of the Chemistry Department at Rutgers University-Newark, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Taylor-Torre Graduate Student Awards. The awards recognize excellence in research and coursework, as well as efforts to mentor and train junior students. Separately, the Department also recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching through our TA awards.
For more information and details on the nomination process, please see the Graduate Student Awards Website

Fei Zhang Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award! 

Fei Zhang
Congratulations to Professor Fei Zhang on winning an NSF CAREER award! Her new project "CAREER: Nucleic Acid-Peptide-Mineral Hybrid Assemblies and Nano-Devices" will be supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR). Pushing the frontiers of DNA and RNA “origami” constructs, her research will focus on novel hybrid materials that take advantage of inorganic components to address some of the current challenges in the field of DNA/RNA nanotechnology.
Professor Zhang Research Group

Chemistry Department Mourns the Passing of Professor Kluiber 

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Professor Rudolph Kluiber in December of 2020. Throughout his more than 50-year career at Rutgers University, Professor Kluiber played a pivotal role in shaping and overseeing our General Chemistry laboratories. A native of Berwyn, IL, Professor Kluiber was a highly dedicated teacher whose efforts had a major impact on thousands of students at Rutgers University-Newark. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. An obituary with further details can be found at the following link.

Ryan Harmer Secures Industrial Fellowship

ryan harmer
A senior graduate student from the Galoppini Research Group in the Department of Chemistry and Dissertation Fellow of the Graduate School-Newark, Ryan Harmer has been awarded a 1-year fellowship to work as an intern with an industrial partner in New Jersey. This invaluable opportunity will provide Ryan with direct insights into an industrial research environment and prepare him for a career in industry. Congratulations to Ryan!

Dr. Rabideaux co-authors publication in Science Advances

Dr. Rabideaux co-authors publication in Science Advances
Dr. Rabideaux contributed to field interpretations of the geology of the South Kenya Rift published in Science Advances. The paper examines how shifts in landscape-scale ecological resources could have influenced hominin adaptation during an interval of fundamental archeological and paleontological change. A research analyst in the Chemistry Department with expertise in X-ray diffraction (XRD), Dr. Rabideaux carried out mineralogical phase identification via XRD and interpreted the paleo-lake/environmental conditions that would have resulted in the various mineral compositions identified in the sediment cores from the Koora Graben in southern Kenya.

Chemistry Graduate Open House on Friday, October 23, 2020

Life Science Center building
The Department of Chemistry is pleased to invite you to the 2020 virtual open house on Friday, October 23 at 12:00pm. to meet our faculty and graduate students. Learn about our cutting-edge research, and find out more about applying to our Ph.D. program. For additional details, please see this flyer, please email syb26@newark.rutgers.edu for the meeting link.

 Colin Kinz-Thompson Joins the Department of Chemistry in September 2020

Professor Kinz Thompson
His research aims to understand how underlying molecular fluctuations yield emergent biological function by studying the dynamics at the single-molecule level. Read More

An In-Depth Look at Charge Separation in Fe-doped Ti-MOFs

An In-Depth Look at Charge Separation in Fe-doped Ti-MOFs
Efficient photocatalysis for solar energy applications requires materials that exhibit long lived charge separation and reversible electron transfer behavior of the catalytic sites. Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are attractive because different active metal centers are readily incorporated in well-defined positions. As discussed in their Chemical Communications paper (link), the Lockard group has gained important new insights on the specific role of Fe3+ sites in Fe-doped Ti-based MOF materials. Fe K-edge XAS analysis confirmed the coordination site geometry while time-resolved optical and X-ray transient absorption (XTA) studies revealed the role of Fe as an electron trap site, promoting long-lived photo-induced charge separation in the framework.

ROMP-Boranes as New Polymeric Catalysts

ROMP- boranes photo
Organoboranes serve as powerful Lewis acid catalysts in diverse organic and organometallic transformations. However, high loadings and multistep syntheses have limited broader implementation of tailor-made organoborane derivatives. In their communication in JACS (link), postdoc Fernando Vidal and graduate student James McQuade from the Jäkle group offer a new approach to polymer-supported Lewis acids via ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP). Examining the reductive amination of aldehydes, they demonstrate high activity at very low loadings and facile catalyst recovery.

Advances in Thiamine Enzymes Reviewed

Advances in Thiamine Enzymes Reviewed
An article in Comprehensive Natural Products III: Chemistry and Biology summarize advances made in the Jordan lab over the past decade. Both former and current group members involved in the work over the past decade are co-authoring the article entitled “An Update on Developments in the Field of Thiamin Diphosphate-Dependent Enzymes.” (Jordan Frank, Nemeria Natalia S., Balakrishnan Anand, Chakraborty Joydeep, Guevara Elena, Nareddy Pradeep, Patel Hetal, Shim Da Jeong, Wang Junjie, Yang Luying, Zhang Xu and Zhou Jieyu). Link

Undergraduate Researchers Contribute to 3 Publications on X-ray Crystal Structure Analyses

Undergraduate Researchers Contribute to 3 Publications on X-ray Crystal Structure Analyses
Professor Lalancette has published 3 new papers with undergraduate co-authors on the crystallographic characterization of coordination complexes, including Mn(IV) and Mn(V) complexes (link) and an unusual Co(III) complex (link) which took oxygen from the air and reduced it to a bridging peroxo ligand (shown). Of note is also that the department has recently been awarded an NSF grant to upgrade the X-ray facility, offering new and enhanced capabilities for single crystal X-ray structure determination of a wide range of materials.

Highly active Pd-NHC catalysts discovered by the Szostak group

Szostak, Michal - Palladium-NHC-chloro-dimers-catalyst
The Szostak group in collaboration with the Nolan and Poater groups reported a new class of NHC-Pd(II)-chloro dimer catalysts (iScience 2020, 23, 101377, Cell Press). These catalysts are the most reactive Pd(II)-NHC catalysts developed to date. The exceptional performance of [Pd(NHC)(m-Cl)Cl]2 catalysts could accelerate applications in the synthesis of medicines, organic molecules, and polymers. These air- and bench-stable catalysts are commercially available from several suppliers. The manuscript is available open-access at this link.

Assistant Teaching Professor Sobers Shares Experiences in C&E News

Sobers Swindell
A recent article in the April 27 2020 issue of Chemical & Engineering News features comments by Courtney Sobers, offering insights into her experiences with the General Chemistry laboratories and Organic Chemistry classes at Rutgers University-Newark. Entitled “Testing an ‘ungrading’ approach” the article discusses methods to take away some of the grade pressures that students experience at the time of COVID-19. As Sobers points out an effective approach that also encourages student learning is to give students credit for working together in small groups to develop, discuss, and justify grading rubrics after an exam. Previously, in an article in the Science magazine, Sobers discussed the importance of seeking anonymous feedback from teaching assistants in large laboratory classes.

Graduate Student Chengwei Liu Wins Prestigious Awards

Graduate Student Chengwei Liu Wins Prestigious Awards
Chengwei Liu from the Szostak group has won the 2020 IPMI Student Award, a prestigious recognition by the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) bestowed annually on a graduate researcher working with previous metals. His is recognized for his work on the metal-catalyzed decarbonylative cross-coupling of amides and carboxylic acids. The award involves a $12,000 stipend along with an invitation to the annual conference in Las Vegas. Chengwei joins a select group of previous winners from some of the most prestigious Universities in the country and around the globe. His accomplishments, which are documented in 17 publications, have also recently been recognized with a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad by the Consulate General of China in New York. Among the 38 winners each year typically only one has a background in organic chemistry. Congratulations to Chengwei on these remarkable achievements!

Honors for ACS SEED Summer High School Students

Honors for ACS SEED Summer High School Students - photo
A student from East Orange Campus High School, Maria Gutierrez won the Honorable Mention Award in the Chemistry Category at the North Jersey Regional Science Fair (NJRSF) competition. Top winners from the NJRSF move on to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is one of the most prestigious high school Science Fairs in the world. Maria was one of only three students in the Chemistry Category to win an award this year. The project Maria presented was related to her research in the Jaekle lab and was entitled “Polymerization of Boron-Modified Phenyl Norbornene Monomers.”

Frank Peprah, a senior at Irvington High School, won a coveted ACS Project SEED Scholarship. Among the 15 Universities he was admitted to Frank selected Amherst College to attend this coming Fall. Frank pursued a project on the “Microwave-enabled Rapid Fabrication of Enzyme-Inspired Single-Atom Electrocatalysts” in the He lab over the past summer.
Both Maria’s and Frank’s projects were part of the annual Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged (SEED) Program sponsored by the American Chemical Society. Congratulations to Maria and Frank on these wonderful achievements!

Chemistry Graduate Wins Highly Competitive Dissertation Award

Chemistry Graduate Wins Highly Competitive Dissertation Award
Guangrong Meng has won the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Rutgers Graduate School-Newark. While pursuing his PhD in the Szostak group, Dr. Meng discovered new amide N–C bond cross-coupling reactions (e.g., Suzuki, decarbonylative Heck, C-H arylation) that have received worldwide attention and greatly stimulated progress in the field. His PhD work is published in an impressive 29 research papers, 16 of them as a first author! At present, Dr. Meng is a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Yu’s group at Scripps Research Institute. Congratulations on an outstanding thesis and a well-deserved award!


Making Boron Macrocycles Even More Electron-Deficient

Making Boron Macrocycles Even More Electron-Deficient
π-Conjugated macrocycles are fascinating, not only because of their beautiful structures but also the unique properties that they display. When boron is embedding into the conjugated framework, extensive delocalization of the LUMO can be observed. In a recent publication in Angewandte Chemie, graduate student Nurcan Baser-Kirazli from the Jäkle group reports a new macrocycle that is unprecedented in terms of how closely spaced and electron-deficient the boron centers are. Strong electronic communication between the borons gives rise to a very low-lying LUMO, which is a prerequisite for acceptor materials in organic electronics. The macrocycle also binds to small anions, such as cyanide, and interacts with aromatic solvents to form emissive exciplexes.

Chemistry Masters Student and Her Employer’s Contributions to Fighting COVID-19

K Ageliki - Prokopchuk Group
Ageliki Karagiannis, a M.S. student at Rutgers-Newark, also works at Lanxess in Perth Amboy, NJ. As a Quality Control Lab Technician, she and her co-workers are responsible for monitoring and testing the production of polymers that are used in respirator and surgical masks (link). She is currently completing her final year M.S. research project in Professor Prokopchuk’s group, where she is developing new organic compounds for applications in chemical energy conversion.

Helical Peptides as Molecular Dipoles for Semiconductor Band Gap Tuning

Helical Peptides as Molecular Dipoles for Semiconductor Band Gap Tuning
In a collaboration with the Bartynski group in the Physics Department at Rutgers-New Brunswick, Professor Galoppini and her students demonstrate that helical hexapeptides act as efficient surface dipole layers that allow for highly effective semiconductor band gap engineering. Graduate student Yuan Chen anchored the hexapeptides to TiO2 with either a carboxylic or an isophthalic acid (ipa) group at the C-terminus. As discussed in their JACS publication, the presence of the peptide molecular dipole in a mixed monolayer shifts the HOMO levels of coadsorbed zinc porphyrin (ZnTPP) chromophores down by ∼300 meV, in accord with a parallel plate capacitor effect.

New Insights into Werner’s Coordination Complexes Featured on the Cover of Acta Cryst. C

new insights into Werner's coordination
When reexamining some of the cobalt complexes that ultimately led to Werner’s Nobel prize winning theory of coordination compounds, Professors Lalancette and Bernal discovered an additional, different type of crystal not previously disclosed. The purple crystals harvested from the mixture correspond neither to the violet cis- nor the green trans-forms of [CoCl2(en)2]Cl, but contain both isomers in one and the same unit cell!  Sharing the same elemental analysis, the proper assignment would have been exceedingly difficult back in 1893, when X-ray crystallography was yet to be developed as a tool for structure analyses, and even before X-rays were found by Roentgen in 1895. Link

New Review on C-H Activation

New Review on C-H Activation
The activation of C–H bonds is among the fundamentally most important chemical transformations. In the highly prestigious ACS journal Chemical Reviews Professor Szostak and coworkers, jointly with Professor Nolan at Ghent University in Belgium, provide a comprehensive overview of C–H activation methods promoted by N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)–transition metal complexes. They also discuss how newly developed NHC complexes play a crucial role in forging carbon–carbon and carbon–heteroatom bonds.

Chemistry Major Admitted to Prestigious Graduate Programs

Chemistry Major Admitted to Prestigious Graduate Programs
Chemistry major Daniel Pyle, a McNair, LSAMP and MBRS scholar and member of the Honors College, has been accepted to fully-funded Chemistry PhD programs at Yale University, University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and Johns Hopkins University. As an undergraduate researcher at Rutgers University-Newark, Daniel had explored new synthetic organic pathways in the labs of Professor Szostak and in the summer of 2019 investigated polymeric materials as a research fellow at Yale. Congratulations to Daniel!

Chemistry Graduate Open House on Friday, November 1, 2019

LSC - Olson Side
The Rutgers-Newark Graduate Chemistry Club will host its annual open house on Friday, November 1st at 5:00pm. Prospective M.S. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to attend. The program includes short presentations about specific research opportunities, a poster session, and a tour of the facilities used by the Department of Chemistry. For additional details, please see this flyer.

Professor Michal Szostak awarded prestigious Outstanding Investigator Grant

Professor Szostak, a recently tenured faculty member in the Chemistry Department at Rutgers-Newark, has secured a prestigious "Outstanding Investigator Grant" from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-GMS). Under this award his research group will develop new transition metal-catalyzed reactions of carboxylic acids to access important building blocks for pharmaceuticals. Over the project period of 5 years the grant is projected to total $ 1,888,682.

New Publication From The Jäkle Group

Jaekle, Frieder -TOC News
Professors Frieder Jäkle and Roger Lalancette teamed up with postdoc Fernando Vidal and LSAMP student John Gomezcoello to study Lewis pairs as dynamic crosslinks in polymer networks. Their results, recently published in JACS (link: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jacs.9b07452), demonstrate that the manipulation of the binding strength between arylborane Lewis acids and amine Lewis bases dramatically impacts the mechanical properties of the networks and offers opportunities for applications as self-healing materials and reprocessable elastomers.

New Book: Amide Bond Activation

Amide-book - Szostak
Michal Szostak has edited a new book in which experts in the field describe key advances in amide bond activation processes. These methods deliver valuable insights into functional group interconversion and the functionalization of amides on a fundamental level. The book is available free-of-charge at Amide Bond Activation Book.

Fei Zhang Joins the Department of Chemistry in September 2019

Fei Zhang
In September, Fei Zhang began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Her research is focused on understanding how biological molecular building blocks self-assemble into nanoarchitectures with structural complexity and functional diversity.

Mikhail Solovyev Wins a DOE Science Graduate Student Research Award

Mikhail Solovyev Wins a DOE Science Graduate Student Research Award
Ph.D. student Mikhail Solovyev, a senior member of the Lockard group, won a Department of Energy award to support his electrocatalysis studies at the Argonne National Lab. The aim of his project is to gain molecular-level insights into mechanisms of hydrogen evolution reactions and carbon dioxide reductions catalyzed by porous hybrid materials. Read more about the award and the research in this recent story.

Award Competition: Herbert C. Cheung Scholarships, Anna and Bernard Senkowski Scholarships

Rutgers logo
Each spring, the Chemistry Department runs an award competition open to all chemistry majors currently enrolled at Rutgers-Newark. To be eligible, a student must be a declared chemistry major by April 25 of this year. Award winners are selected based upon the evaluation of grade-point average, financial need, and two letters of recommendation. To be considered, students should go to the SASN Scholarship portal and submit an application by April 26, 2019.

Demyan Prokopchuk Joins the Department of Chemistry in January 2019

Demyan Prokopchuk - Photo
In January, Demyan Prokopchuk began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. His research interest involve inorganic and organometallic chemistry, focusing on catalysis and renewable energy using abundant transition metals. Specific projects feature synthesis, ligand design, catalysis, bond activation, mechanistic studies, and structural analysis.

Chemistry Graduate Open House on November 2, 2018

Chemistry Graduate Open House on November 2, 2018
The Rutgers-Newark Graduate Chemistry Club will host its annual open house on Friday, November 2 (5:00pm - 7:30pm). Prospective M.S. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to attend. The program includes short presentations about specific research opportunities, a poster session, and a tour of the facilities used by the Department of Chemistry. For additional details, please see this flyer.

New Environment-Friendly Routes to Amides from the Szostak Group

New Environment-Friendly Routes to Amides from the Szostak Group
Guanchen Lin and Michal Szostak have developed new methods for the direct conversion of esters to amides and for transamidation reactions of amides. These new protocols for amide synthesis are highly selective, remarkably mild, and require no transition-metal catalysts. Their Nature Communications article includes more than 75 demonstrated reactions spanning a broad range of substrates, along with mechanistic studies.

Student Report to Published Review: Conversion of Carboxylic Acids to High-Value Olefins

Student Report to Published Review Conversion of Carboxylic Acids to High-Value Olefins
Graduate Student Xu Zhang's extensive report for Dr. Szostak's Topics in Organometallic Chemistry course served as the essential basis for a review article published in Organic Chemistry Frontiers. The work recounts and analyzes the recent surge in transition-metal catalyzed decarbonylation reactions to produce linear α-olefins with high yields and good selectivity from bio-renewable carboxylic acids.

Diferrocenyl-Hg-Bridged Diphosphine: A Chiral, Ambiphilic, and Redox-Active Bidentate Ligand

Diferrocenyl-Hg-Bridged Diphosphine A Chiral Ambiphilic and Redox-Active Bidentate Ligand
Alain C. Tagne Kuate, Roger Lalancette, Thomas Bannenberg (University of Braunschweig), and Frieder Jäkle teamed up to prepare a new transition metal ligand with unprecedented bonding features, leading to a variety of useful properties. The announcement of their communication closely coincides with a milestone in Prof. Jäkle's Angewandte Chemie publication record, captured in a revealing author profile.

N-Acyl-Glutaramides: New, Versatile Cross-Coupling Agents

European Journal Orgo Chem
Guangrong Meng and Michal Szostak have published a fascinating account of the recent surge in interest surrounding the use of N-acyl-glutaramides in a broad range of cross-coupling reaction types. Their comprehensive review, featured on the cover of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry, describes the mechanistic rationale, synthetic utility, and computational aspects of this N-acyl-glutaramide reactivity.

2018 Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor-Accepter Interactions

2018 Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor-Accepter Interactions
Elena Galoppini (Rutgers-Newark) and David Beratan (Duke) are co-chairing the next GRC Electron Donor-Acceptor Conference. Running from August 5-10, the meeting will be held at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. This year, the conference topic is Electron Flow: From the Molecular to the Global Scale. Applications to attend the meeting should be submitted well before the posted July 8 deadline.