Research Faculty Collaborations: Within Bryn Mawr College . . . And Beyond
Sharon J. Nieter Burgmayer, Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
The Burgmayer labs collaborates with several labs around the country. For the project on modeling the catalytic site of the molybdenum enzymes, we have a long-standing collaboration with the specroscopy lab of Martin L Kirk at the University fo New Mexico. We provide the Kirk lab with Mo model compounds that they probe with a variety of methods: resonance Raman, magnetic circular dichroism (MCD), multi-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The results of these experiments combine with theoretical calculations usingi densit functional theory allows the determination of the electronic structure of the molecules. The project involving the DNA-binding ruthenium complexes has recently involved collaborator Liliya Yatsunyk at Swarthmore College who is investigating the ability of these Ru complexes to bind to quadruplex DNA. Both the Mo and the Ru projects require structure determination by x-ray crystallography which is accomplished by collaboration with Dr. Pat Carroll at U. Pennsylvania or with Dr. Glenn Yap at the U. Delaware.
Michelle M. Francl, Computational and Theoretical Physical Chemistry
Jonas I. Goldsmith, Inorganic and Physical Chemistryhttp://www.lrsm.upenn.edu/~nanophys/). Professor Johnson’s research focuses on investigating energy and charge transport phenomena in nanoscale systems including graphene sheets and carbon nanotubes. Recently we have worked together to functionalize carbon nanotube-based transistors with large aromatic molecules, in order to examine the impact that changes in the structure of these molecules have on the transport properties of the nanoelectronic devices (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja306363v).
Yan Kung, Biological ChemistryNortheast Collaborative Access Team (NECAT) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. X-ray data collection is also carried out in collaboration with Christine M. Phillips-Piro (Franklin and Marshall College). Additional research projects on the structural investigation of biofuel-producing enzymes are performed in collaboration with the laboratory of Jay D. Keasling (University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
William Malachowski, Organic and Medicinal ChemistryGeorge Prendergast and Alexander Muller. The target, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase-1 (IDO-1) and its isoform, IDO-2, are involved in the immunosuppressive activity common to all forms of cancer. Together we have developed several classes of inhibitors that are quite potent and we continue to work on new structural classes with the goal of developing a potent, selective, and bioavailable inhibitor that can be used in cancer therapy. Our work has been awarded two grants from the National Institutes of Health and has yielded several publications and patents. In fact, a biotechnology company called NewLink Genetics has licensed the technology and is currently testing it in the clinic as a new cancer therapy.
More information about this project can be found at: http://malachowski.blogs.brynmawr.edu/ido/
Jason Schmink, Organic Chemistry
Professor Schmink actively collaborates with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Chemistry, including Dr. Simon Berritt, Professor Gary A. Molander , and Professor Marisa Kozlowski . The Schmink Group works most closely with Dr. Berritt at the “UPenn Parallel Reaction Screening Center”, a state-of-the-art facility whose purpose is to enable new reaction optimization in rapid fashion. Recent work (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja2064318) has involved designing a novel synthetic pathway for the synthesis of diaryl ketones via a palladium catalyzed cross-coupling reaction involving acyl silanes. Future avenues of exploration include screening catalytic conditions to optimize palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling of aryl bromides and chlorides with 2-aryl-1,3-dithianes.