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Publication Spotlights

This section provides a sampling of recent publications from our research groups. Visit chem.utk.edu to learn more about each faculty member, research group, paper, or specific project.

Xue Group 2019

Xue Group 2019

The Xue Group published their work “Inter-Kramers Transitions and Spin–Phonon Couplings in a Lanthanide-Based Single-Molecule Magnet” in Inorganic Chemistry, “Direct Observation of Magnetic Transitions in a Nickel(II) Complex with Large Anisotropy” in the Chinese Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, and “Sustained Release of Persulfate from Inert Inorganic Materials for Groundwater Remediation” in Chemosphere.

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Marea Blake, Graduate Student in Calhoun Lab

Marea Blake, Graduate Student in Calhoun Lab

Brandon Colon, Graduate Student in Calhoun Lab

Brandon Colon, Graduate Student in Calhoun Lab

The Calhoun Lab was published in theJournal of Physical Chemistry C for their research “Leaving the Limits of Linearity for Light Microscopy” and it is a perspective on the recent advances in the field of nonlinear microscopy. The Calhoun Lab also published their work “Total Internal Reflection Transient Absorption Microscopy: An Online Detection Method for Microfluidics” in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

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Catalysis Science & Technology published a collaborative piece from the Roy and Long groups titled “A mechanistic study of microstructure modulation in olefin polymerizations using a redox-active Ni(ii) alpha-diimine catalyst.”

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Alicia Doerr and Brian Long, 2020

Alicia Doerr and Brian Long, 2020

Members of the Long Research Group published an article titled “An η3‐Bound Allyl Ligand on Magnesium in a Mechanochemically Generated Mg/K Allyl Complex” in the German Chemical Society’s journal Angewandte Chemie.

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The Brantley Group and the Long Group published collaborative research “Vinyl-addition polymerizations of cycloallenes: synthetic access to congeners of cyclic-olefin polymers” in Polymer Chemistry. Co-first authors include Nick Galan with the Brantley Group and Justin Burroughs with the Long Group.

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Alan Fried, 2020

Alan Fried, 2020

The Brantley Group published their work “Controlled Polymerization of β-Pinadiene: Accessing Unusual Polymer Architectures with Biomass-Derived Monomers” in ACS Macro Letters. Alan Fried, graduate student in the Brantley Group, is the primary author of this work. The Brantley Group also published their work “Ion Specific Fluorescence Modulation of Polyvinyl Alcohol-Boronate Matrices” in Polymer Chemistry.

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The Do Lab published their research “Cytotoxicity of α-Helical, Staphylococcus aureus PSMα3 Investigated by Post-Ion-Mobility Dissociation Mass Spectrometry” in Analytical Chemistry. The group also published their work “Selective host–guest chemistry, self-assembly and conformational preferences of m-xylene macrocycles probed by ion-mobility spectrometry mass spectrometry” in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

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The Best Group’s article titled “Metabolic labeling of glycerophospholipids via clickable analogs derivatized at the lipid headgroup” was published in Chemistry and Physics of Lipids.

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Physics Today August 2020

Physics Today August 2020

The Musfeldt Group published “Piezochromism in the magnetic chalcogenide MnPS3” and “Nonreciprocal directional dichroism of a chiral magnet in the visible range” in npj Quantum Materials. Their research “Spin-Lattice Coupling Across the Magnetic Quantum-Phase Transition in Copper-Containing Coordination Polymers” was published in Inorganic Chemistry. The group also published a cover article in Physics Today titled “Nanotubes from layered transition metal dichalcogenides.”

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Schematic Illustration of mechanochemical-assisted route for the synthesis of serial catalysts

Schematic Illustration of mechanochemical-assisted route for the synthesis of serial catalysts

The Dai Lab’s research “Entropy-stabilized single-atom Pd catalysts via high-entropy fluorite oxide supports” was published in Nature Communications. First Author Haidi Xu conducted research in the Dai Lab as a visiting scholar from Sichuan University, China. The Dai group published the work “High-Entropy Perovskite Fluorides: A New Platform for Oxygen Evolution Catalysis” in the Journal of The American Chemical Society. “Mechanochemical synthesis of pillar[5]quinone derived multi-microporous organic polymers for radioactive organic iodide capture and storage” was also published in the Nature research journal Nature Communications.

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Kristina Vailonis, 2019

Kristina Vailonis, 2019

Research from the Jenkins Group was recently published in ACS Nano for their work “In Situ Monitoring of the Seeding and Growth of Silver MetalOrganic Nanotubes by Liquid-Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy”. Kristina Vailonis was one of the primary authors of this piece. Vailonis recently graduated with her PhD from the Department of Chemistry. The Jenkins Group also published their work “A Benchtop Method for Appending Protic Functional Groups to N‐Heterocyclic Carbene Protected Gold Nanoparticles” in the highly-profiled journal Angewandte Chemie.

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The Campagna Group has published a collaborative piece titled “Nitrogen flux into metabolites and microcystins changes in response to different nitrogen sources in Microcystis aeruginosa NIES-843” in Environmental Biology.

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Sharma Raman Lab

Sharma Raman Lab

The Sharma Raman lab is an interdisciplinary research group working in the areas of Analytical and Physical Chemistry, Biology, and Materials Science. The group focuses on probing and characterizing the underlying chemistry and physics of biological processes. The Sharma Lab published their work “Raman spectroscopy and neuroscience: from fundamental understanding to disease diagnostics and imaging” and “Surface-enhanced spatially-offset Raman spectroscopy (SESORS) for detection of neurochemicals through the skull at physiologically relevant concentrations” in Analyst.

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The Vogiatzis Lab seeks to address how a computational algorithm can efficiently “read” and “learn” patterns from molecular structures in their research “Representation of molecular structures with persistent homology for machine learning applications in chemistry recently published in Nature Communications.

Machine Learning

Machine Learning

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Journal of Chemical Physics 7 Mar. 2020

Journal of Chemical Physics 7 Mar. 2020

Macromolecules June 9, 2020

Macromolecules June 9, 2020

The Sokolov Group’s primary focus of research on dynamics of soft materials, including dynamics of biological macromolecules, and nano-composite materials. Their recent publication “Correlation between the temperature evolution of the interfacial region and the growing dynamic cooperativity length scale” was featured on the cover of The Journal of Chemical Physics. The group also published their work “Perspectives for Polymer Electrolytes: A View from Fundamentals of Ionic Conductivity” which was on the cover of Macromolecules.

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The Zhao Group is a polymer chemistry research group, focusing on responsive, functional soft and hybrid materials. The group recently published their work “Breaking translational symmetry via polymer chain overcrowding in molecular bottlebrush crystallization” in Nature Communication.
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Bailey Lab, 2020

Bailey Lab, 2020

The Bailey Lab published their first review article “Site directed mutagenesis as a precision tool to enable synthetic biology with engineered modular polyketide synthases” in Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology. This article is an overview on a way to target genetic changes to change as little as one amino acid to change the function of polyketide synthases. 

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The research in Dadmun Group utilizes a variety of techniques to examine methods by which the properties of polymer mixtures can be optimized by control of dispersion size or by the selective migration of a polymeric additive to the surface. The group was recently published in ACS Applied Nano Materials for their work “Impact of Substrate Rigidity on the Structure of Multilayer Nanoscale ITO Films: Implications for Flexible Electronic Devices.”