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    September 28, 2006
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Chemistry department leaves its mark in San Francisco


The 232nd annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, Sept. 10–14, in San Francisco, once again offered Temple’s chemistry department the opportunity to showcase its outstanding faculty and students, as well as the diverse scope of research being conducting in all fields of chemistry at the University.


From award presentations to invited lectures to presentations and poster sessions, Temple faculty and students were an intricate part of the proceedings during the five-day meeting.


“The Temple community can take pride in the contributions of the chemistry department to our national scientific enterprise,” said chemistry chair Robert Levis, who is also director of the Center for Advanced Photonics Research. “The outstanding showing of our faculty and students at the 2006 ACS meeting is a vibrant indicator of the health and vitality of Temple's chemistry research.”


Among the highlights:


Professor Franklin A Davis, who is a 2006 recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from ACS (read the Temple Times story at www.temple.edu/temple_times/10-27-05/davis.html), received his award and gave the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards address: “Adventures is sulfur-nitrogen chemistry.”  The award recognizes excellence in organic chemistry and is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the field of chemistry.


Professor Daniel Strongin gave two presentations:  “Surface reactivity of ferrihydrite nanoparticles toward gaseous SO2” and “Effect of absorbed lipid on pyrite oxidation under abiotic and biotic conditions.”


Professor Scott Sieburth also made two presentations: “Silanediols as neural, stable hydrated carbonyl mimics for protease inhibitor design” and “Rearrangments and reactivities of 2-pyridone [4+4] photoadducts.”  In addition, one of Sieburth’s students, Sushmita Sen, also presented at a session on Proteins, Peptides, Amino Acids and Enzyme Inhibitors.


Professor Robert Stanley also participated at a poster session, presenting his work on “Electronic properties of 2-aminopurine as measured by Stark spectroscopy.”


Assistant professor Spiridoula Matsika gave a presentation, “Two- and three-state conical intersections involved in the photophysical properties of pyrimidine bases,” during a session on Frontiers in Molecular Biophysical Dynamics: Experiment and Theory.


He Xu, a graduate student in Davis’ research group, presented two posters:  “Asymmetric Synthesis of cis-2,5-Disubstituted Pyrrolidines from Sulfinimine-Derived Pyrrolidine 2-Phosphonates and Its Application to the Synthesis of Pyrrolidine 225C” and “Asymmetric Synthesis of trans-2,6-Disubstituted Piperidines from N-Sulfinyl δ-Amino β-Ketophosphonates.  Total Synthesis of (-)-Myrtine.”


Alexander Augustine, an undergraduate chemistry student who worked with Davis, also presented a poster, “Asymmetric Synthesis of Pseudodistomin E from N-Sulfinyl δ-Amino  β-Ketoester Enaminones.”


Perhaps the busiest Temple person at the ACS meeting was graduate student Sunil Kulkarni, who gave four presentations including “Investigation of Tg crosslinked methacrylate resins using DSC and fluorescence spectroscopy” and “Mechanical properties of silica colloidal crystals/methacrylate nanocomposites.”  Kulkarni is part of professor Stephanie Wunder’s research group.


Another student who collaborated with Wunder, Jianyue Zhang, presented a poster, “Investigation of supported lipid layers on OTS modified spherical silica surfaces.”


Others from Temple who participated at ACS were Quan Wan, a post-doctoral student in mechanical engineering who gave two poster presentations, and Muralidhar Mallireddigari, a research associate in the Fels Institute for Cancer Research at the School of Medicine.

Preston M. Moretz




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