Our latest paper is out in J. Chem. Educ.! A collaboration with the Bretz group, it describes a sophomore organic lab activity that uses cholesteric liquid crystals to macroscopically distinguish enantiomers. It’s a lot of fun and doesn’t need any specialized equipment.
New graduate student Lasith Kariyawasam has joined the group. Welcome Lasith!
Sam Hudson (junior Chemical Engineering major) has joined the group. Welcome!
Paul and Scott will be at the ACS meeting in Boston (8/15–8/20). Paul’s giving a poster Sunday evening on board-like liquid crystals and Scott is talking on Monday afternoon on o-phenylene folding.
We’re both presenting posters, and are friendly. Say hi!
Congrats to grad student Zach Kinney on having passed his Original Research Proposal!
Connor Henry has joined the group as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome Connor!
Rachel was an NSF REU student in the group in the summer of 2013, and is now a graduate student at Ohio State. She was also one of the co-authors of our recent Chem. Commun. paper.
A new paper has appeared in Chem. Commun. on the suppression of rearrangements in polyphenylene planarization through the use of substrates with polycyclic aromatic subunits. This work is the culmination of a lot of effort from postdoc Jian He, grad student Sanyo Mathew, and former REU students Zach Kinney (now a grad student in the group), Rachel Warrell, and James Molina.
Dragging ourselves into the 21st century, the website has been revamped. It now features a responsive design and a customized WordPress backend (probably the subject of a future blog post).