Mary Taylor Presented summer research results at UC, San Diego on Thursday August 12, 2021

Presentation Title: Congeners Derived from MicrotubuleActive Phenylpyrimidines Produce a Potent and Long-Lasting Paralysis of Schistosoma mansoni In Vitro

Sullivan H, Wang B, Jiang L. Investigation of tropical plant-based natural dyes combination and adsorption optimization for natural dye-sensitized solar cell. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, 2022, DOI:

Jiang L, Sullivan H, Wang, B. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) Loading and Statistical Tests for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance(NMR) Metabolomics Involving Multiple Study Groups. Analytical Letters. 2022, DOI: 10.1080/00032719.2021.2019758.

Jiang, L, Seligman, C; Wang, B. NMR based metabolomics study on sea anemones Aiptasia Pallida under atrazine exposure. Molecular Omics, 2021, DOI: 10.1039/D1MO00223F

Mohammad N, Chukwudoro C, Bepari S, Basha O, Aravamudhan S, Kuila D. Scale-up of High-Pressure FT Synthesis in 3D Printed Stainless Steel Microchannel Microreactors: Experiments and Modeling. Catalysis Today. 2021 Sep 30.

Wang Y, Chen J, Zhu C, Zhu B, Jeong S, Yi Y, Liu Y, Fiadorwu J, He P, Ye X. Kinetically Controlled Self-Assembly of Binary Polymer-Grafted Nanocrystals into Ordered Superstructures via Solvent Vapor Annealing. Nano Letters. 2021 Jun 8.

Rhinehardt K, Dong M. Computational analysis of protein conformational heterogeneity. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. 2021 Aug 14:1-6.

Yin Z, Allado K, Sheardy AT, Ji Z, Arvapalli D, Liu M, He P, Zeng X, Wei J. Mingled MnO2 and Co3O4 Binary Nanostructures on Well-Aligned Electrospun Carbon Nanofibers for Nonenzymatic Glucose Oxidation and Sensing. Crystal Growth & Design. 2021 Feb 23;21(3):1527-39.

Djorgbenoo R, Mac Michael MR, Yin Z, Moore KJ, Jayapalan A, Fiadorwu J, Collins B, Velasco B, Allado K, Tsuruta JK, Gorman CB. Amphiphilic phospholipid-iodinated polymer conjugates for bioimaging. Biomaterials Science. 2021.

Bentley J, Desai S, Bastakoti BP. Porous Tungsten Oxide: Recent Advances in Design, Synthesis, and Applications. Chemistry–A European Journal. 2021 Jun 1.

Munkaila S, Bentley J, Schimmel K, Ahamad T, Alshehri SM, Bastakoti BP. Polymer directed synthesis of NiO nanoflowers to remove pollutant from wastewater. Journal of Molecular Liquids. 2021 Feb 15;324:114676.

Bastakoti BP, Kuila D, Salomon C, Konarova M, Eguchi M, Na J, Yamauchi Y. Metal-incorporated mesoporous oxides: Synthesis and applications. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2021 Jan 5;401:123348.

Olatidoye O, Thomas D, Bastakoti BP. Facile synthesis of a mesoporous TiO 2 film templated by a block copolymer for photocatalytic applications. New Journal of Chemistry. 2021;45(35):15761-6.

Srivastava R, Nouseen S, Chattopadhyay J, Woi PM, Son DN, Bastakoti BP. Recent Advances in Electrochemical Water Splitting and Reduction of CO2 into Green Fuels on 2D Phosphorene‐Based Catalyst. Energy Technology. 2021 Jan;9(1):2000741.

Bepari S, Abrokwah R, Deshmane V, Kuila D. Steam Reforming of Methanol, Ethanol and Glycerol over Catalysts with Mesoporous Supports: A Comparative Study. Catalysis for Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability: Biomass Conversion and Green Chemistry-Volume 1. 2021:591-612.

Bepari S, Abrokwah R, Deshmane V, Kuila D. Steam Reforming of Methanol, Ethanol and Glycerol over Catalysts with Mesoporous Supports: A Comparative Study. Catalysis for Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability: Biomass Conversion and Green Chemistry-Volume 1. 2021:591-612.

Wang B, Jiang L. Principal Component Analysis Applications in COVID-19 Genome Sequence Studies. Cognitive computation. 2021 Jan 13:1-2.

Dr. Aleksandrs Prokfjevs received a DOD grant as PI, Project Title 'Structurally Controlled Synthesis of BCN Materials, $450,000 Sep 2021

Dr. Bo Wang received an NSF grant as PI. Project Title: LEAPS-MPS: Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Automatic NMR Metabolomics Data Processing, $196,884 Sep 2021

Dr. Malloy received an NSF grant as Co-PI (PI: Dr. Angela White) Project Title: Broadening Participation Research Project: The Development of a Multidimensional STEM Identity Measure to Increase the Retention and Success of African American Students at an HBCU, $349,893. Sep 2021

Dr. Margaret I. Kanipes received the grant from NIH for $1,059,360 for the project titled "NC A&T ESTEEMED Program" This grant will establish a new Biomedical Sciences/Bioengineering program that will prepare outstanding freshman and sophomore STEM majors for Ph.D.level careers. Aug 2021

Dr. Kuila and Dr. Wang received a DoD grant as Co-PI (Leading PI Vinayak Kabadi) $7,500,000.00. Department of Defense (DoD) Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Center for Detection and Monitoring of Chemical and Biological Threat Agents through Deployment of an Integrated Microengineered Organ Equivalent System, Aug 2021

Dr. Dong (PI) received a grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center entitled “A peptide-based biochemically engineered device for environmental recycle of GenX, June, 2021

Dr. Bastakoti (PI) for his new NSF award of $435,000 for Excellent in Research (EIR), June 2021

Dr. Ming Dong (PI) for receiving another grant this time from NSF for $299,429 for her project titled "Research Initiation Award: Redox Regulated Phosphorylation of BCAT by PKC", May, 2021

Dr. Ming Dong (PI) for receiving an NIH grant of $419,600 for three years for her project titled "Studying the ERK phosphorylation of the BCAT protein". April, 2021

The Department of Chemistry is looking for graduate students in both Ph.D and Master levels. Various fundings are available to support graduate students. Please refer to the funding news section to contact the research advisors or check the following parts for more information. 

1, We are looking for Ph.D. students with a strong background in Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline to work on an interdisciplinary research project focused on the development of a multimodal detection platform using an integrated micro-engineered organ equivalent system. A background in metabolism, metabolomics, metabolic biochemistry, cell signaling, and pathway analysis is preferred but not required. Previous experience handling cell culture and wet chemistry lab experiences will be considered as a plus. Experience in programming, data science, and/or computer modeling would be also important but is not required. Strong communication skills, social skills, fluency in spoken and written English, and strong motivation for scientific research are expected. Please contact Dr. Bo Wang (email:; phone: 336-285-2256), Dr. Robert Newman (email:; phone: 336-285-2189) or Dr. Debasish Kuila (email:; phone: 336-285-2239 or 336-285-2243) for more information