Welcome to the
DWJ Lab


News and Upcoming Events

January 2018: 
Winter rotation student Thais De Faria joins the lab! Welcome! 

December 2017: 
Happy Holidays from the DWJ Lab! Here's to a fruitful 2018! 

October 2017: 
Shout-out to Lizzie for her paper about combustion in metal-oxide thin films being accepted to Chemistry of Materials! Check it out: DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b03618

Peter Huynh joins the group as an undergraduate working on the clusters project with Lizzie. Welcome Peter!   

September 2017: 
Trevor Shear joins the lab on the cyclophane project as a Master's Internship Transitional Fellow. Welcome Trevor! 

Doug Banning joins the lab on the anion sensing project as a Master's student. Welcome Doug! 

Turner Newton joins the group as a Fall rotation student. Welcome! 

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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