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39th Annual Chemistry and Biochemistry Spring Symposium


(Abstract Book)

Thursday April 3, 2014

Oral Session I: 2:30 – 4:00 pm (ISAT 259)
Poster Session: 4:15 – 5:15 pm (Phys/Chem lobby)

Oral Session I:  Thursday, April 3rd (ISAT 259)

2:30 - 2:45

Kathleen Krist, Dr. Chris Hughes, Dr. Harry Hu and Dr. Brian Augustine

Utilizing Chloroform Post-treatment to Improve the Adhesion of Au Thin Films onto PMMA

2:45 - 3:00

Austin T. Muetterties and Dr. Barbara A. Reisner

Synthesis and Characterization of Sodium Hydrotris(triazolyl)borate·Solvent

3:00 - 3:15

Nicholas D. Cooper and Dr. Thomas DeVore

The Kinetic and Mechanistic Decomposition of Zinc Oxalate

3:15 - 3:30

Kelly E. Du Pont, Aidan M. McKenzie and Dr. Christopher E. Berndsen

Structural Analysis of the Anti-viral Protein, BST-2

3:30 - 3:45

Matthew R. Dent, Alexa M. Vinci and Dr. Barbara A. Reisner

Exploring the Influence of Covalent Modification on Framework Assembly Through the Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrotris(3,5-dimethyl-1,2,4-triazolyl)borates

3:45 - 4:00

Taylor P. Light, Karen M. Corbett, Michael A. Metrick and Dr. Gina MacDonald

Influence of Hofmeister Salts on the Structure, Aggregation, and Backbone Solvation of RecA


Poster Session:  Thursday, April 3rd 4:15-5:15pm (Phys/Chem lobby) 

Diana Al Husseini, Natalie Trinh and Dr. Yanjie Zhang

Effects of the Hofmeister Anions on Interfacial Tension at the Hydrophobic/Aqueous Interface

Nathan D. Crossland, Dr. Donna S. Amenta and Dr. John W. Gilje

The Study of Supporting Ligands for Ruthenium Complexes

Santina Cruz, Dr. Donna S. Amenta, Dr. John W. Gilje and Dr. Glenn P.A. Yap

Do Donor Ligands Displace N-Pyrazolylpropanamide (N-ppa) from RuCl2(PPh3)2(N-ppa)? Solution Behavior of RuCl2(PPh3)2(N-ppa) & RuCl2(PPh3)3 with Nitriles and Dimethylformamide

Louis Damiano, John Marafino, Brenden Wimbish, Irfan (Simon) Ali, Brenna Walsh, Kirstie Thompson, Kristin McKenna, Tara M. Gallagher, Dr. Kyle Seifert, and Dr. Kevin L. Caran

Triscationic Amphiphiles with One or Two Tails

David D'Amico, Dr. John W. Gilje and Dr. Donna S. Amenta

Coordination of Metal Ions with N-Pyrazolylpropanamide Ligands

Andy Heindel and Dr. Nathan Wright

Structural Elucidation of Open Reading Frame 60, ORF-60, in Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli

Jacob Roodman and Dr. Daniel Downey

Limestone Analysis for Archeology

Jessica Simpson and Dr. Debra Mohler

Synthesis of Chlororhenium Tricarbonyl Complexes of Substituted Bipyridine Ligands for Interfacial Electron Transfer Studies

Emily Todd, D. Reid Putney, Dr. Christopher Berndsen and Dr. Nathan Wright


Understanding E2 Mechanism using NMR


Colin J. Wallace and Dr. Yanjie Zhang

Phase Behaviors of PEO-PPO-PEO Triblock Copolymer in the Presence of Salts and Alcohols       

Brigitte Wendel, Perrin Godbold, Kiara Pontious and Dr. Kyle G. Gipson

The Influence of Synthesis Environments on Fluorescent Nanoparticles



Friday April 4, 2014

Oral Session II: 1:30 – 3:15 pm (ISAT 259)

Keynote Address: 3:30 – 4:30 pm (ISAT 259)

Oral Session II:  Friday April 4th (ISAT 259)

1:30 - 1:45

Bradley Rogers and Dr. Yanjie Zhang

Specific Anion Effects on Partition Coefficient of Caffeine Between Aqueous and Cyclohexane Phases

1:45 - 2:00

Denise McKaig, Alexandra Iuga and Dr. Isaiah Sumner

Correcting Force-Field Bias in Pin1WW

2:00 - 2:15

Serban Zamfir and Dr. Isaiah Sumner

Molecular Dynamics Studies of the Ubiquitin Conjugation Mechanism

2:15 - 2:30

Dianté Ryals, Jon Clouston, Robbie Hurlbrink, Ziza Machado, James Wooten and Dr. Richard Foust

Water Chemistry Changes in the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and Smith Creek Following Downpours

2:30 - 2:45

Matthew Oehler, Tracy Caldwell, Logan Meyer, Kelly Du Pont and Dr. Nathan Wright

Structural Studies of Obscurin Ig58-59

2:45 - 3:00

Jessica L. Shott, Brian J. Reeves and Dr. Brycelyn M. Boardman

The Synthesis and Characterization of Thienyl Phosphine Derivatives for Polymerizable Metal Complexes

3:00 - 3:15

Irfan (Simon) Ali, John Marafino, Louis Damiano, Brenden Wimbish, Brenna Walsh, Kirstie Thompson, Kristin McKenna, Tara M. Gallagher, Dr. Kyle Seifert, and Dr. Kevin L. Caran

Detergent, the Antibiotic: The Story of Mesitylene-Based Compounds

3:15 - 3:30

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Keynote Address:  Friday April 4th (ISAT 259)

3:30 – 4:30

Dr. Dana McGraw Dattelbaum

“Shocking” insights into extreme condition chemistry

Keynote Speaker


Dana McGraw Dattelbaum (JMU Class of 1996), Ph. D.

Weapons Experimentation Division
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM


Dana Dattelbaum is an R&D Scientist, and team leader in the Shock and Detonation Physics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  She received a B.S. in Chemistry from James Madison University in 1996, and performed undergraduate research with Drs. Crowther, DeGraff and Warnaar.  She went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001 under the direction of Thomas J. Meyer.  In Dr. Dattelbaum’s graduate research, she developed and applied time resolved optical and vibrational spectroscopies toward the elucidation of excited state electronic structures and electron transfer reactions in transition metal complexes based on Ru, Re, and Os.  In 2001, Dr. Dattelbaum joined Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Director’s Funded Post-doctoral Fellow in the Materials Science and Technology division, researching the effects of high pressure (compression) on long-chain polymer structures. Dana was hired as a permanent staff member at Los Alamos in 2002, and transitioned to the Dynamic Experimentation Division in 2004.  She currently leads nearly 20 scientists, post-docs, students and technicians on the Detonation Physics team.  Dr. Dattelbaum’s expertise and research interests are in the areas of shock and detonation physics, the shock initiation of explosives, studying materials at high pressure/temperature conditions, and application of static to time-resolved spectroscopies toward understanding material structure and dynamics.  She has over 100 publications, and is Past-Chair of the American Physical Society’s Topical Group on Shock Compression. Recent awards and honors include 2010 and 2011 Los Alamos Achievement awards, 2004, 2005, and 2012 DOE/NNSA Defense Program Awards of Excellence, and a 2007 LANL Star award.  Dr. Dattelbaum is currently the DOE/NNSA Campaign 2 project leader for Polymers and Organic materials at Los Alamos, and a principal investigator on related DOE programs including Nuclear Counterterrorism, Enhanced Surveillance, Surety, Advanced Certification and the DOE/DoD Joint Munitions Program. She serves on several boards and committees within LANL setting strategic directions for the institution, including the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Strategy Team, and the MaRIE Multi-probe Diagnostic Hall Board of Director’s for LANL’s proposed future free-electron laser facility.  In addition to these LANL roles, she is also a steering committee member for the Carnegie DOE Alliance Center (CDAC), reviewer for the DOE/NNSA Stockpile Stewardship Academic Alliance, and is LANL’s elector for NSF’s COMPRES consortium.