Welcome to the
DWJ Lab


News and Upcoming Events

April 2017: 
Hazel Fargher, Ruth Maust, and Jordan Levine join the group as Spring rotation students. Welcome Hazel, Ruth, and Jordan!

Brylee Collins joins the group as an undergraduate researcher on the supramolecular anion sensing project. Welcome Brylee! 

March 2017: 
Blake's paper is accepted to J. Am. Chem. Soc. Check it out here: DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b00612

February 2017:
The DWJ lab hosted the 2017 Oregon Symposia on Organometallic Chemistry at Sunriver. Keynote speaker: Jonathan Sessler.

Lisa and Annie's paper is accepted to Chem E. J. Check it out here: DOI: 10.1002/chem.201605452

January 2017:
Sam Underwood and Ngoc-Minh Phan join the group as a Winter rotation students. Welcome Sam and Ngoc-Minh!  

Dr. Sean Fontenot formally re-joins the group as a research associate. Welcome back Sean!  

September 2016: 
Undergrad Annie Gilbert begins her tenure as a 2016-2017 Presidential Undergraduate Research Scholar (PURS). Annie is working on the supramolecular anion sensing project. Congratulations Annie! 

Jeremy Bard joins the group as a Fall rotation student. Welcome Jeremy! 

Dr. Blake Tresca accepted a post-doc position at The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. 

Dr. Kara Nell accepted a post-doc position at The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. 

Our Projects

Supramolecular Main Group Chemistry
Inorganic Clusters
Anion Binding

About the Lab

Research in the group explores problems in coordination chemistry and organic synthesis using the relatively new field of supramolecular chemistry as a tool. Research projects include developing specific metal chelators for a variety of toxic and environmentally hazardous metals; using organic reactions to mediate inorganic cluster formation; designing efficient syntheses of nanoscale organic cage structures through supramolecular intermediates; and using multiple weak interactions within small molecule receptors to target environmentally and biologically relevant substrates. The research in the group spans a diverse range of disciplines: organic synthesis of ligands and receptors; inorganic chemistry of supramolecular coordination complexes and inorganic clusters; computer modeling and ligand design; analytical chemistry of metal extractants; solution thermodynamics of host-guest and metal-ligand complexes; and materials science of supramolecular assemblies. The characterization of these nanoscale molecules requires investigation by X-ray crystallography, calorimetry, multidimensional NMR techniques and other spectroscopic methods.

Applications of DWJ-Lab Research

While fundamental science is the basis of and fuels our research program, the DWJ-Lab also actively pursues applications stemming from our research. Most students in the lab perform internships at national labs, startup companies, and/or industry to pursue applied science. In addition, we work with both the CSMC and UO's Materials Science Institute to participate in a "Lens of the Market (LoM)" professional development program. LoM is administered by ecosVC and provides professional development in innovation and entrepreneurship to graduate students to translate research into commercial innovations. As one specific example, former DWJ and Haley Lab graduate student Calden Carrol launched SupraSensor Technologies out of the NSF Innovation Corps program. This was highlighted in the Science Nation video below.
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