Welcome to the
DWJ Lab


News and Upcoming Events

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! 

August 2017:
Kiana Kawamura and Marissa Chofel join the group as Fall rotation students. Welcome! 

Congratulations to Hazel and Jeremy for both being awarded a 2016-17 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching of Chemistry.

Lisa and UOWGS outreach co-chair Loni Kringle are featured on the local news for their work with the chemistry SAIL day camp for local high school students. Read the full news story here

July 2017: 
Brandon published in ACS Nano. Check it out here: DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b01053

Meredith, along with former lab members Dave, Rachel, and Mary, published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Check it out here: DOI: 10.1002/anie.201704073

June 2017: 
Dr. Jessica A. Lohrman will be joining us as a post-doctoral fellow on the anion sensing project. Jess graduates from the Bowman-James Lab at KU this month. Welcome Jess! 

Help us welcome Hazel Fargher, Ngoc-Minh Phan, and Jordan Levine as permanent members of the DWJ Lab! Congratulations on completing your first year of graduate school! 

Welcome REU student Julia Fehr for the summer! Julia joins us from the Lockett Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill for summer research. She will be working on the anion sensing project with Lisa, Annie, and Sean. 

Congratulations to Annie for defending her senior thesis for the Clark Honors College - passed with distinction! Congratulations Annie, Noah, and Alexia for graduating from UO with their Bachelor's degrees! 

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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