Mallory Theis is a Reaxys PhD Prize Finalist

Congratulations to Mallory Theis (Heaven Lab) for being selected as a finalist for the Reaxys PhD Prize 2019 for her publication “Dative Bonding between Closed-Shell Atoms: The BeF– Anion“.  The prize, given by Elsevier, recognizes accomplished young chemists for innovative and rigorous research. It is considered the world’s most prestigious award for PhD students in the chemical sciences.

As a finalist, Mallory is invited to this year’s Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium, which will take place in Amsterdam on October 3 and 4. At the symposium, attendees get the opportunity to meet with other finalists as well as members of the Reaxys Advisory Board. In addition, students will have the chance to showcase their research during a poster presentation session.

Gábor Czakó Receives Momentum Research Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Gábor Czakó, who recently received the Momentum Grant of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Czakó was a postdoctoral fellow in the Bowman group and is currently an Associate Professor and the head of the Computational Reaction Dynamics Research Group at the University of Szeged (Szeged, Hungary).

The Momentum Program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was designed to motivate young Hungarian researchers to continue their research efforts in Hungary. The program provides the most prestigious and competitive grant in the country, awarded to only one or two chemist(s) annually.


Nick Stair Receives MolSSI Seed Software Fellowship

Congratulations to Nick Stair (Evangelista Lab) for receiving a Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) Seed Software Fellowship! MolSSI serves to bring together science, education, and cooperation by providing software tools, educational materials, community-led workshops, and fellowships to computational molecular scientists.

Nick will use his fellowship to write open-source quantum computing software and to test new quantum algorithms for strongly correlated electrons.

June Research Round-Up

Congratulations to our amazing research teams here in the Department of Chemistry for their publications this month!

Bowman Group

Stancil, Phillip C., et al. “Rovibrational excitational of diatomic molecules due to H2 collisions: Waiting for Webb.” American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 234. 2019.

Davies Group

Garlets, Zachary J., et al. “Regio-and Stereoselective Rhodium (II)-Catalyzed C–H Functionalization of Organosilanes by Donor/Acceptor Carbenes Derived from Aryldiazoacetates.” Organic letters(2019).

Heemstra Group

Heemstra, Jennifer. “Self‐care is not the enemy of performance.” ChemBioChem(2019).

Hill Group

Stancil, Phillip C., et al. “Rovibrational excitational of diatomic molecules due to H2 collisions: Waiting for Webb.” American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 234. 2019.

Lian Group

Huang, Zhiyuan, et al. “Enhanced near-infrared-to-visible upconversion by synthetic control of PbS nanocrystal triplet photosensitizers.” Journal of the American Chemical Society(2019).

Salaita Group

Salaita, Khalid, Jessica Petree, and Kevin Yehl. “Particles Coated With Catalysts Useful for Splicing Nucleic Acids.” U.S. Patent Application No. 16/180,786.

Wuest Group

Wuest, William M. “Novel Promysalin Analogues and Methods of Use Thereof.” U.S. Patent Application No. 16/091,685.



Emory News: New Emory Initiatives Drive Innovation in the Basic Sciences

The Emory News Center recently published an article outlining a series of initiatives through which Emory University hopes to foster scholarly and research eminence. As part of its mission, titled “One Emory: Engaged for Impact”, Emory aims to inspire “Innovation through Scholarship and Creative Expression”. To achieve this goal, a Task Force on the Future of Basic Science Research was organized to identify how to maximize the success and impact of our research efforts.

This task force was co-chaired by Guida Silvestri and the Department of Chemistry’s own Dr. Huw Davies. Two priority research initiatives were decided upon as a result of this effort: “Biological Discovery through Chemical Innovation” and “From Molecular Pathogenesis to Global Pandemics”. Dr. Davies, along with Dr. Haian Fu, leads the “Biological Discovery through Chemical Innovation” initiative with the aim of accelerating the development of the next generation of research tools, effective and safe drugs, and diagnostic agents.

“The idea is to enhance molecular science at Emory broadly,” says Davies. “The focus is not just on the potential for developing drugs, but on achieving more impactful basic science by deepening knowledge of biology and novel chemistry.”

To read the entire article, click [here].

Congratulations, 2018-2019 Graduates!

On Monday, May 13th, the Department of Chemistry celebrated the graduation of 104 undergraduate chemistry majors and 21 new PhDs. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Afoma Deborah Afobunor
Feven Tadessa Alemu
Otgonjargal Altangerel
Fabliha A. Anam
Netra Anand

Up Next: Graduate School, Public Health

Nicholas W. Arehart

Up Next: Marketing Operations Analyst, Integral Ad Science in New York City

Greti Barokas

Up Next: Medical School, Emory University Class of 2023

Caroline Grace Bauchiero

Up Next: Job Offer, Teaching at Stuffield Academy in Suffield, CT

Anna Lena Bell

Up Next: Job Offer, “Box” Implementation Analyst

Kelsey Lauren Berman
Andrew Tuo Bi
Laura Briggs
Chenxi Cai, Ms
Siying Cen, MS
Zachary Yixin Chen
Shuo Cheng
Sanim Alam Choudhury
Frances Nicole Connor
Paul Frank D’Cunha
Yitao Dai

Up Next: Graduate School, PhD in Pharmacognosy

Christopher Elias Dalloul
Giselle De La Torre

Up Next: Post Baccalaureate Program

Luke Alexander del Balzo
Dian Ding

Up Next: Graduate School, Harvard University, PhD in Chemistry

Corey Eisner
Elizabeth Anne Ejzak
Matthew Paul Epplin, PhD

Up Next: Postdoc, Stanford University

Birk Kenney Evavold
Maxine Dora Faass

Up Next: Graduate School, Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering

Qiyuan Fan
Benjamin MacEwen Fontaine, PhD
Helen Catherine Garby
Julia Lane Gensheimer

Up Next: Medical Scientist Training Program to earn MD/PhD

Ian Allen George

Up Next: Medical School, Duke University School of Medicine

Angel Gonzalez-Valero

Up Next: Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley, PhD in Chemistry

Alexander Ben Grayson
Paul David Greenstein
Ziwei Guo, PhD

Up Next: Pursuing a career in industry

Jennifer Sussette Gutierrez
Garrett Halstein
Talin Handa
Benjamin Heifetz
Caroline Grace Henry
Christopher Hernandez
Lana Lee Herrmann

Up Next: Teaching English in Thailand, Princeton in Asia

Cole Alexander Holan

Up Next: Medical School

Derek Xin Hu
Hyun Hwang
Sabrina Kate Ibabao

Up Next: Dental School

Shivam B Jariwala
Ban-Seok “Samuel” Jeong, PhD

Up Next: Post-doc, Emory University, Dyer Lab

Brittany Symone Jones
Kelly Marie Jones

Up Next: Dental School, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Malichai E Jordan
Samika Shashank Joshi
Amelia Jane Joyce
Augustine Kang
Colleen Elizabeth Keohane, PhD

Up Next: Scientist, Janssen US

Ryann Khalil
Justin Leal
Eunice Katherine Lee
Noel Xiang’ An Li, PhD

Up Next: Pursuing a Career in Industry

Qiuyang Li, PhD

Up Next: Postdoc

Patricia Chi Lin

Up Next: Graduate School, UC Irvine, PhD in Chemistry

Zhiyin Lu
Shirley Ma
Haleigh Rene Machost
Pranay Reddy Manda
Sheena Mathai
Carmen Metzler

Up Next: Graduate School, University of Puerto Rico, PhD in Chemistry

Jaecheol Min
Taiki Larry Mochizuki
Alexandra Frances Nazzari

Up Next: Job Offer, NIH Post-Bac Position in Vaccinology Lab

Mathew Sebastian Padanilam

Up Next: Medical School, Indiana University

Hyunmin Park, PhD

Up Next: Working for LG Chem, South Korea

Lara Anne Patel, PhD

Up Next: Writing

Jessica Renee Petree, PhD

Up Next: Staff scientist jointly between Khalid Salaita and Cherry Wongtrakool’s labs

Tyler Tri-Thanh Pham
Akshay Krishna Raghuram
Rachel Aryn Reese
Jonathan Thomas Regenold
Alexa Patricia Rendon
Jin Hyeong Rim
Shannon Rivera, PhD

Up Next: Pursuing a Career in Industry

Claire Roesler
Sean Edward Rossiter, MS
Pratik Kumar Rout

Up Next: Clinical Volunteer, Applying to Medical School for 2020

Brian Douglas Savino
Jeffrey Blair Schriber, PhD
Albert Seoh
Faraz Sewani
Emily Ann Silverman

Up Next: Clinical Research Assistant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Infectious Disease

Rachel Marie Slaugenhaupt
Nandar Soe
Sreesh Sridhar
Kevin Paul Sullivan, PhD
Cory Sylber

Up Next: Research Assistant, Veterans Affairs Hospital

Shannon Thomas
Christina Tian
Gavin Touponse
Niyati Upadhyay
Robert Alexander VanGundy, PhD
Morgan Bair Vaughn, PhD

Up Next: Pursuing Career in Science Communication

Ken Wakabayashi
Dazhi Wang
Jingxi Wang
Minglun Wang
Yijun Wang
Marshall Julian Weber
Emily Elizabeth Weeden
Brett Stephen Weingart
Yuming Wen
Daniel Joon Won

Up Next: Job Offer, ORISE CDC Fellowship, Applying to Dental School

Jung Hyun Won
Yixin Xu

Up Next: Graduate School, University of Kentucky, PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Eric Boyang Yu

Up Next: Medical School, After Gap Year

Ashley Zachmann

Up Next: Graduate School, UNC Chapel Hill, PhD in Chemistry

Avery Michelle Zearfoss
Alexander De-Xiang Zhang
Tianyuan “Sam” Zhang, PhD
Zhechen Zhang
Bethany Marie Ziemer
Samuel Zinga


May Research Round-Up

Congratulations to our amazing research teams here in the Department of Chemistry for their publications this month!

Blakey Group

Burman, J., Harris, R., Farr, C., Bacsa, J., & Blakey, S. B. (2019). Rh (III) and Ir (III) Cp* Complexes Provide Complementary Regioselectivity Profiles in Intermolecular Allylic CH Amidation ReactionsACS Catalysis.

Davies Group

Davies, H. M., & Liao, K. (2019). Dirhodium tetracarboxylates as catalysts for selective intermolecular C–H functionalizationNature Reviews Chemistry, 1.

Heaven Group

Schmitz, J. R., Kaledin, L. A., & Heaven, M. C. (2019). Laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy of jet-cooled ThOJournal of Molecular Spectroscopy.

Hill Group

Wang, X., Tao, M., Li, Y., Zhang, X., Li, Z., & Hill, C. L. (2019). A Polyoxometalate‐Based Microfluidic Device for Liquid Phase Oxidation of GlycerolChemSusChem.

Ke Group

Zhang, Y., Pan, V., Li, X., Yang, X., Li, H., Wang, P., & Ke, Y. (2019). Dynamic DNA StructuresSmall, 1900228.

Zhang, Y., Peng, R., Xu, F., & Ke, Y. (2019). Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Cholesterol-DNA NanorodsBioconjugate chemistry.

Lian Group

Ge, A., Rudshteyn, B., Videla, P. E., Miller, C. J., Kubiak, C. P., Batista, V. S., & Lian, T. (2019). Heterogenized Molecular Catalysts: Vibrational Sum-Frequency Spectroscopic, Electrochemical, and Theoretical InvestigationsAccounts of chemical research.

Salaita Group

Ma, V. P. Y., & Salaita, K. (2019). DNA Nanotechnology as an Emerging Tool to Study Mechanotransduction in Living SystemsSmall, 1900961.

Dr. Joel Bowman Takes Sabbatical in Germany with Alexander von Humboldt Research Award

Dr. Joel Bowman, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry here at Emory University, is no stranger to the international scientific arena. While he is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, his academic success spans far beyond our national borders. Dr. Bowman also serves as a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences and, most recently, received the international Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements and potential future discoveries. This award, given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, seeks to foster international scientific collaborations by inviting award recipients to carry out research projects alongside their German colleagues.

This Spring, Dr. Bowman used his award to work at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in collaboration with professor Alec Wodtke of the University of Goettingen. Before arriving in Goettingen, Dr. Bowman also took the opportunity to travel to Cambridge University where he caught up with colleagues and further strengthened his international collaborations. His research interests involve theoretical and computational techniques to explore chemical reactions and molecular vibrational dynamics. Specifically, Dr. Bowman is interested in understanding the intricacies of the hydrated proton, a seemingly simple player in acid/base chemistry whose true nature is still widely misunderstood.

During his travels, he visited several labs in Germany that share this interest, working on chemical reaction dynamics. In addition, while there was certainly plenty to learn during his trip, Dr. Bowman didn’t miss the opportunity to teach as well. He helped to organize a workshop titled “Developing High-Dimensional Potential Energy Surfaces- From the Gas Phase to Materials”. The workshop was centered around machine learning, a topic which has recently gained attention across several scientific disciplines. By using computer simulations to understand complex mechanisms and quantitatively make predictions, machine learning provides scientists with a powerful tool for addressing otherwise inaccessible inquiries.

The far-reaching scope of machine learning mirrors the breadth of Dr. Bowman’s travels and collaborations. Although he has returned from his sabbatical, Dr. Bowman already plans to revisit Germany in the near future. He says that Germany has “tremendous scientific energy” and is excited to continue collaborating with colleagues across the globe. Of course, during his travels, he will continue to take advantage of the high density of science in Europe. With planes, trains, (and bikes!), he can reach out to colleagues across the entire continent in a very unique and powerful way.

Finally, Dr. Bowman wants to encourage other scientists to reach out for collaborations across the world. He emphasized the value of international collaborations, noting how they can completely transform ideas and enhance the quality of science. “If machine learning is able to take lots of data across boundaries,” says Dr. Bowman, “well then so is science.”

Chemistry Major Sam Zinga Receives Prestigious McMullen Award

Chemistry major Sam Zinga has been named the 2019 McMullen Award Winner. The McMullen Award is one of the most prestigious awards given by Emory College to graduating seniors. Sam joined the Widicus Weaver Group as a high school intern from the Gwinnett School of Mathematics and Technology in the summer of 2014. In addition to continuing undergraduate research with the Widicus Weaver Group, Sam served as a peer leader with Dr. Antonio Brathwaite in physical chemistry courses during his time at Emory. He is headed to Yale University School of Medicine to pursue a year-long research position next fall. In future, he plans to pursue an MD/PhD.

Read more about Sam’s Emory journey and future plans in this Emory News Center profile.