Chemistry Alumni Newsletter, Winter 2018

Message from the chair | Building the future of Chemistry

These are exciting times in the department. Construction for the new chemistry building is well under way, with the completion slated for August of 2020. This building will offer the department an exciting new home for discovery, innovation and education. The next generation of students will begin to build their future paths to success here in connection with the department’s faculty and alumni.

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President Nellis calls groundbreaking ‘exciting day for Ohio University’

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis called the groundbreaking for a new chemistry building “an exciting day for Ohio University” as construction gets under way on a major academic building on campus.

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Join us for chemistry alumni-student networking, Jan. 31

Join fellow Chemistry & Biochemistry students, faculty, and alumni at the College of Arts & Sciences’ third-annual Alumni and Student Networking Reception on Jan. 31, 2019.

Come back to Athens to help fellow Bobcats get a jump on their careers.
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There are many ways to be involved, including networking, one-on-one conversations, resume review, or employer tables. Learn more and RSVP. Or contact Lisa Cohen, director of external relations, at
Faculty & research news

McMills promoted to associate professor

Undergraduate Chair Dr. Lauren McMills was promoted to the rank of associate professor this year and received the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Advising Award.

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Chemistry conference brings nearly 200 chemists to OHIO

Assistant professors Jessica White and Travis White welcomed nearly 200 chemists from 20 universities and colleges in Ohio and surrounding states to the 2018 Ohio Inorganic Weekend in Athens.

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Chen fine-tunes nanoscale imaging procedure

Assistant professor Jixin Chen published in Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology a method to optimize the fluorescence imaging of DNA structures. Chen’s formulation will enhance the resolution of fine images at the nanoscale.

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Stender presents at SciX 2018 on silica-coated gold nanoparticles & on career panel

Assistant professor Anthony S. Stender attended SciX 2018 in Atlanta, where he presented two invited talks. One presentation was related to research he recently published, and the other presentation was on early career development.

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Cimatu group collaborates with Thai colleagues on surface reactions for modified magnetic nanoparticle attachment

Assistant professor Katherine Cimatu and researchers at Chiang Mai University in Thailand are continuing a collaboration that began last year when a Chiang Mai Ph.D. student came to Athens to conduct research.

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White gives invited presentation, chairs photocatalysis session at ACS National Meeting

Assistant professor Travis A. White presented an invited talk titled “Moving electrons and protons with visible light-absorbing heteroleptic Cu(I) photosensitizers” at the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans.

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Harrington gives plenary on potential use of restricted Boltzmann machines

Professor Peter Harrington delivered a plenary address on “Cascading and Enhanced Restricted Boltzmann Machines for Feature Expansion of Spectra” at the Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry meeting.

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Malinski’s study shows vitamin D3 could help heal, prevent cardiovascular damage

Professor, Marvin & Ann Dilley White Chair & Distinguished Professor Tadeusz Malinski published a research study which suggests that a little more sunlight might help restore damage to your cardiovascular system.
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Masson group shows pumpkin-shaped molecules catalyze classic reaction

Associate professor & Roenigk chair Eric Masson and collaborators published a study in Angewandte Chemie showing that Cucurbiturils, a family of molecules that have the shape of a hollow pumpkin, could be used as catalysts for a well-known reaction in organic chemistry.
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Hines uses Ohio supercomputer to research RNA drug discovery

Professor Jennifer Hines’ research on RNA-targeted drug discovery was highlighted by the Ohio Supercomputer Center.
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Efcavitch's company named among 10 start-ups to watch

Dr. J. William Efcavitch is co-founder and chief scientific officer of Molecular Assemblies, named in Chemical and Engineering News’ “2018 10 Start-Ups to Watch.”
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Denham passes, grew chemistry department at Hiram College

Joseph M. Denham, who earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1956 — the first Ph.D. to be granted at Ohio University after the doctoral programs were created in the mid-1950s — passed away in April at the age of 88.
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Lang starts forensic chemistry career at NSL Analytical Services

Chelsea Lang, BS ’16, and the beginning of her forensic chemistry career was recently featured in the College of Arts & Sciences Happy Beginnings series.
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Warner’s path leads to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Marcus Warner discusses the path leading to being a Senior Forensic Scientist with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
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Ordich uses background in forensics to excel in master's in law, justice & culture

After obtaining her forensic chemistry degree, as well as a minor in anthropology, Devin Ordich realized her time exploring law, justice and culture wasn’t quite over.
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Kittle back home at OHIO Innovation Center

Ohio Today writes about alumnus JD Kittle, BS '80, in a story headlined "Rooted in Place" explaining Kittle's journey from undergraduate Chemistry major at Ohio University back to Athens, first as a professor and now in an office at the Innovation Center.
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Moehring works on electric vehicle technology

Michael Moehring, BS '10, is a research chemist with Gotion, a fast-growing company that aims to innovate in the electric vehicle technology, including lithium batteries and related systems.
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Upcoming events

Sixth International Conference on Cucurbiturils

Registration opens on Jan. 7 for the sixth International Conference on Cucurbiturils (ICCB 2019) in Athens on the campus of Ohio University, July 21-24, 2019.
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Career corner

Fully online master’s — Designed for science teachers & professionals

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department offers the non-thesis option master's program online. The program has been optimized to allow students to earn a master's degree in a short amount of time (as little as three semesters), while acquiring skills and knowledge in a wide range of topics. Apply now and start in May!
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More than 200,000 employers just a Handshake away

Handshake is a career development, networking, and recruiting tool that will expand opportunities for OHIO students and alumni. More than 200,000 employers, including all of the Fortune 500 companies, are using Handshake.
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Student news

McCullough and White author group’s first publication

Chemistry graduate student Bradley J. McCullough and assistant professor Travis A. White recently published the group’s first publication in Inorganic Chemistry. McCullough is a graduate student in the Ohio University-Leipzig University dual master’s program.
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Kruse and Cimatu present at ACS Colloids and Surface Science Symposium

Adelaide “Addy” Kruse, BS ’19, an Honors Tutorial College undergraduate student, and assistant professor Katherine Cimatu, presented at the 92nd ACS Colloids and Surface Science Symposium at Penn State University in June.
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Chemistry doctoral student synthesizes peptide to understand Alzheimer’s progression

Graduate student Najah Al Qaeisoom, working with assistant professor Justin Holub, recently won third prize in the graduate student competition at Neuroscience Research Day, and her work was published in the International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics.
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Baral and Miandashti introduce new optical temperature and thermal imaging technique

Chemistry graduate students Susil Baral and Ali Rafiei Miandashti co-authored an article in the journal Nanoscale with their adviser, professor Hugh Richardson.
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Pickens’ ‘Ruthenium rubies’ featured at Chemical & Engineering News

Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate student Rachael Pickens’ photo of “Ruthenium rubies” was first featured on the department’s Instagram and later in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) for their “Chemistry in Pictures” feature.
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