Recent graduates from Professor Jay Rasaiah’s research group, Dr. Mohsen Farshad and Dr. Dylan Suvlu have taken postdoctoral positions. Mohsen has joined the research group of Professor Michael L. Klein at Temple University and Dylan is a postdoctoral fellow at MIT with Professor Adam Willard. Their recent publications are listed below.
- M.Farshad and J.C.Rasaiah, “Light-nucleotide versus Ion-nucleotide interactions for single nucleotide resolution”,Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2021, 125, 11, 2863–2870
- D. Suvlu, D. Thirumalai, and J. C. Rasaiah “Water-Mediated Interactions Determine Helix Formation of Peptides in Open Nanotubes”, J Physical Chemistry B.2021, 125, 3, 817–824.
- M. Farshad, J.C. Rasaiah, “Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Transverse and Longitudal Ionic Currents in Solid-State Nanopore DNA Sequencing“, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2020, 3, 2, 1438-1447.
- D. Suvlu, M. Farshad, and J.C. Rasaiah, “Nanocluster Growth and Coalescence Modulated by Ligands“, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2020, 124, 31, 17340-17346
- M. Farshad, and J. C. Rasaiah “Reverse Translocation of Nucleotides through a Carbon Nanotube” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2020, 21, 124(6):937-943.
- M. Farshad, D. Suvlu, J.C. Rasaiah, “Ligand-Mediated Nanocluster Formation with Autocatalytic and Classical Growth“, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2019, 123 (49), 29954-29963.
Ms. Charitha Perera, a graduate student in Professor Jay Rasaiah’s research group has recently published a paper. She has also been invited to speak on her research at Saint Amselm College in NH on Friday April 9th. The title of her talk will be “A Density Functional Study of Water Splitting Reaction Pathway on ZnO Nanoclusters.”
- D C. Perera, J. Hewage and J.C.Rasaiah, “AceticAcid and PropionicAcid decarboxylation on Mg(OH)2 clusters: a density functional theory study“, J.Mater Sci 2020, 55:16914-16927.
The Department of Chemistry wishes to extend sincere congratulations to Dr. Natalie Machamer for receiving the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Outstanding Lecturer Award for 2021. CLAS celebrated its faculty achievement awards at a virtual ceremony on May 6th.
Department Student Awards/Student Symposium 2021
Peng Cheng, a senior double major in CHY and Math, won the UMaine Student Symposium 2021 Undergraduate Award for the Physical and Mathematical Sciences category in a virtual ceremony on April 16th. Peng’s presentation was entitled, “Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanofibrils Using Water Soluble Monomers and Subsequent Surface Polymer Characterization.” Peng is advised by Dr. William Gramlich.
Chelsea Sainsbury, senior in the Gramlich group, was recognized as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Outstanding Senior Award for the Department of Chemistry in a virtual awards ceremony on April 19th.
Pradnya Rao, a Ph.D. in the Tripp research group, was the winner in the graduate division for Physical Sciences. Her presentation was entitled, “Colloidal Interactions to Generate Latex Coated Pigment for Paper Coating Applications.”
Faculty Mentor Award
The Grand Challenge – Remote Chemistry Labs for 1,000 UMaine students.
Chemistry is an experimental science, which is best taught by doing Chemical hazards and specialized equipment tether chemistry lab courses taught at the University of Maine to sophisticated teaching labs in highly supervised, well ventilated environments. When COVID-19 hit last spring, it prompted a grand challenge: could the introductory general and organic chemistry lab courses be shifted online, in a cost effective, safe manner, while preserving an active, hands-on experimental approach?
Department mourns long-time Professor, mentor, and friend.
Meet the Class of 2021