Research & Scholarship

The research and scholarly efforts of our faculty ensure that our students are educated in a vibrant and engaged environment. Recent research and scholarship projects are listed below.

Contracts

Fratini, A. V. (Principal). “Acquisition of Compound Trinocular Microscope, Model mn0038002a.” Sponsored by AT&T Government Solutions, $1,700. (October 2, 2008 - September 1, 2014).

Morrow, G. W. (Principal). “Biosynthetic Organic Chemistry: An Introductory Course.” Sponsored by Oxford University Press. (October 2011 - December 2013).

Grants

Benin, V. A. (Co-Principal), Morgan, A. B. (Principal). “Research and Development on New Flame Retardant Chemistries for Polyurethane.” Sponsored by National Institute for Standards and Technology, $300,000. (September 1, 2009-August 31, 2012).

Crosson, G. (Principal). “The Environmental Fate and Transport of Denatonium Benzoate.” Sponsored by United States Geological Survey, $25,430. (March 1, 2010-February 28, 2011).

Gardner, P. (Supporting), Olson, J. S. (Principal). “GM035649-33; Functional Properties of Hemoglobins and Myoglobins.” Sponsored by National Institutes of Health, (December 1, 1976-August 31, 2011).

Johnson, D. W. (Principal), Crosson, G. (Co-Principal), Trick, K. A. (Co-Principal), Keil, R. G. (Co-Principal), Masthay, M. B. (Co-Principal). “Implementation of SENCER Ideas to a General Chemistry Course.” Sponsored by Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities, $3,000. (November 1, 2009-December 31, 2011).

Lopper, M. E. (Principal). “Development of novel antibacterial compounds to target bacterial DNA replication restart pathways.” Sponsored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement-Cottrell College Science Award, $45,000. (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2012).

Journal Articles

Benin, V. A., Durganala, S., Morgan, A. B. (2012). "Synthesis and Flame Retardant Testing of New Boronated and Phosphonated Aromatic Compounds." Journal of Materials Chemistry, RSC Publishing, 22(1180-1190).
 
Berg, L., Lopper, M. E. (2011). "The priB Gene of Klebsiella pneumoniae Encodes a 104-Amino Acid Protein that is Similar in Structure and Function to Escherichia Coli PriB." PLoS ONE, 6(9), 4.
 
Feng, C., Sunchu, B., Greenwood, M. E., Lopper, M. E. (2011). "A bacterial PriB with weak single-stranded DNA binding activity can stimulate the DNA unwinding activity of its cognate PriA helicase." BMC Microbiology, 11(1), 11.

Hedian, H., Benin, V. A. (2011). "The Tetra-fluoroborate Salt of 4-Methoxybenzyl N-2-(dimethylamino)ethyl-N-nitrosocarbamate: Synthesis, Crystal Structure and DFT Calculations." Journal of Chemical Crystallography, Springer, 41, 1976-1980.

Horwath, M., Benin, V. A. (2011). "Theoretical Investigation of a Reported Antibiotic from the 'Miracle Tree' Moringa Oleifera." Computational and Theoretical Chemistry/Elsevier, 965, 196-201.

Johnson, D. W. (2011). "Application of Raman Spectroscopy to Lubricants, Lubricated Surfaces and Lubrication Phenomena." Spectroscopy, 26(7), 46-51.

Johnson, D. W., Hils, J. E., Folster, N. (2011). "Interaction of Polyolesters and Phosphate Esters with Metal Carbibes." Tribology Letters, 42(2), 222-232.

Kumar, B., Kichambare, P., Rodrigues, S., Kumar, J., Keil, R. G. (2011). "Lisicon glass-ceramic mediated catalysis of oxygen reduction." Electrochemical and Solid State Letters, 14(6), A97-A99.

Mammana, A., Carroll, G. T., Areephong, J., Feringa, B. L. (2011). "A photoswitchable chiroptical DNA complex." Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115(40), 11581-11587.

Simmons, S., Fratini, A. V., Benin, V. A. (2011). "A Sodium Salt of the Dimer of Boronoterephthalic Acid Anhydride." Acta Crystallographica, Section C, Wiley-Blackwell, C67, m123-m125.

Swavey, S. M. (2011). "Transition Metal Porphyrins as Photosensitizers in Photodynamic Therapy." Global Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 3, 1-14.

Swavey, S. M., Xu, Z. "Light induced photocleavage of plasmid DNA by Cu/Ru and Cu/Ru/Pt multi-metallic porphyrins." Dalton Transactions, 40, 7319-7326.

Swavey, S. M., Xu, Z. "Photoinduced DNA binding of a multi-metallic (Cu(II)/Ru(II)/Pt(II)) porphyrin complex." Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 14, 882-883.

Other

Johnson, D. W. (Principal). “Analytical Methods for the Determination of Contaminants in Microencapsulated Products.” Sponsored by Lipo Technologies, $5,000. (January 1, 2011-December 31, 2011).

Johnson, D. W. (Principal). “Infrared Analysis of Substituted Graphenes.” Sponsored by Angstron Materials, $1,000. (January 1, 2010-December 31, 2011).

Posters

Durganala, S., Simmons, S., Fratini, A., Benin, V. A., Morgan, A. B. “Aromatic Boronic Acids as Flame Retardants for Polyurethane Foams: Design and Synthesis.” Annual Poster Session, Dayton ACS, Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society, Dayton, OH. (March 1, 2011).

Feng, C., Lopper, M. E. “Physical interactions between PriA and PriB drive DNA replica-tion restart in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.” American Chemical Society, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. (March 1, 2011).

Johnson, D. W., Benin, V. A., Hils, J. E. “Computational Investigations and Surface Characterization of Metal Carbide Surfaces and Their Reactions with Phosphate Esters.” Pittcon 2011, Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Atlanta Ga. (March 16, 2011).

Johnson, D. W., Hils, J. E., Benin, V. A. “Metal Carbide Reactions with Phosphate Esters: Computational Investigations and Surface Characterization.” Dayton Section Poster Session, Dayton Section, American Chemcal Society, Dayton, OH. (March 1, 2011).

Johnson, D. W., Zhao, Y., Masthay, M. B. “Photochemical Degradation of β-Carotene in Carbon Tetrachloride and Hexane: Kinetics and Identification of Reaction Products.” Pittcon 2011, Analytical Chemistry of Pittsburgh, Atlanta Ga. (March 14, 2011).

Lopper, M. E., Feng, C., Sunchu, B., Greenwood, M. E. “Stimulation of a PriA helicase by PriB reveals species-specific adaptations in DNA replication restart primosome proteins.” 42nd Meeting of the American Chemical Society Central Region, American Chemical Society, Indianapolis, IN. (June 10, 2011).

Manhart, M. W., Keil, R. G. “Conductivity of Amphiphile Solutions at Less Than Critical Micelle Concentrations.” ACS Dayton Section, Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society, Dayton, OH. (March 1, 2011).

Morrow, G. W., Fowler, K. J., Ellis, J. L. “Pterocarpenes and Coumestans via an Unusual 6-endo Heck Cyclization.” 41st Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, The American Chemical Society, Indianapolis, IN. (June 9, 2011).

Morrow, G. W., Fowler, K. J., Ellis, J. L. “Coumestan Synthesis Employing an Unusual 6-endo Heck Cyclization.” 29th American Chemical Society Dayton Local Section Poster Session, American Chemical Society Dayton Local Section, Dayton, Ohio. (March 1, 2011).

Narvaez, J. A., Black, W. L., Reid, T., Wilkins, R. J., Keil, R. G. “Changes in the Thermophysical Properties of Aqueous Solutions of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate.” ACS Dayton Section, Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society, Dayton, OH. (March 1, 2011).

Sack, T. C., Zhao, Y., Johnson, D. W., Masthay, M. B. “Spectroscopic, gravimetric, and EDAX characterization of the photoproducts of beta-carotene generated in CCl4 solvent.” 42nd Meeting of the ACS Central Region, American Chemical Society, Indianapolis, IN. (June 9, 2011).

Sack, T. C., Zhao, Y., Johnson, D. W., Masthay, M. B. “Spectroscopic and gravimetric characterization of the photoproducts of beta-carotene generated in carbon tetrachloride solvent.” Stander Symposium, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. (April 13, 2011).

Swavey, S. M., Xu, Z. “Light induced photoreactions with DNA by Cu/Ru and Cu/Ru/Pt multi-metallic porphyrins.” Local ACS meeting, University of Dayton, Dayton Ohio. (April 15, 2011).

Zhao, Y., Johnson, D. W., Masthay, M. B. “Kinetics and identification of reaction products of the photochemical degradation of beta-carotene in carbon tetrachloride and hexane.” 2011 Annual Poster Session, Dayton Section, American Chemical Society, Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society and Society for Applied Spectroscopy, Ohio Valley Section, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. (March 1, 2011).

Zhao, Y., Johnson, D. W., Masthay, M. B. “Kinetics and identification of reaction products of the photochemical degradation of beta-carotene in carbon tetrachloride and hexane.” Annual Poster Session, Dayton Section, American Chemical Society, Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society and Society for Applied Spectroscopy, Ohio Valley Section, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. (March 1, 2011).

Presentations

Durganala, S., Morgan, A. B., Benin, V. A.  “Reactive Flame Retardants for Polyurethanes: Current Technology and New Directions.” 12th International Conference on Fire and Materials, Interscience Communications, San Francisco, CA. (February 1, 2011).

Johnson, D. W. “Incorporation of Civic Engagement into the Chemistry Curriculum: Approaches, Problems, Successes and Failures.” Chemistry Department Seminar, Wright State University, Dayton. (April 29, 2011).

Masthay, M. B., Beach, A. E., Eckerle, R. M., Fouzia, B., Johnson, D. W., Jones, R. E., Kelleher, M. E., Limphong, P., McGregor, J. B., Provost, R. J., Sack, T. C., Shover, C. M., Wang, W., Zhao, Y., Helvenston, M. C. “The Photodegradation of Beta-Carotene: Photonicity, Mechanism, and Applications to Nonlinear Photodynamic Therapy.”, Chemistry Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. (September 13, 2011).

Swavey, S. M. “Porphyrins as Photosensitizers in the Treatment of Melanom.” STARS symposium, University of  Dayton, Dayton Ohio. (November 30, 2011).

Swavey, S. M. “Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy.” Otterbein College, Ohio. (October 25, 2011).

Swavey, S. M. “New Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy.” University of Wyoming Speaker Series, University of Wyoming, Laramy. (March 20, 2011).