Physical/Analytical Chemistry Journal Club (PACJC)

Faculty and students gather regularly to discuss physical and analytical chemistry. Recent publications are selected to guide discussion on the principles behind the work and the methods employed. The seminar was first held in the spring of 2005.
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Usually held on alternating Fridays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Pearson 106

Spring 2011


February 18         Dr. Nick Chaniotakis, University of CreteKounaves Group

"Novel Microbiosensors Prepared Utilizing Biomimetric Silicification Method", Biosens. Bioelectron. 25,  2408 (2010)


March 4              Tim LawtonSykes Group

March 18             Dr. Mael ManesseWalt Group

April 8                 Dr. Lynn Batchelder

April 22               Erin IskiSykes Group


Fall 2010


October 22        Glen O'NeilKounaves Group

"Simultaneous Noncontact Topography and Electrochemical Imaging by SECM/SICM Featuring Ion Current Feedback Regulation", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132,  10118 (2010)


November 5       Ashleigh BaberSykes Group

"Organic Structure Determination Using Atomic-Resolution Scanning Probe Microscopy", Nature Chem. 2,  821 (2010)

December 10        Dr. (Eli) ZhangWalt Group

"Microfluidic Contact Printing: A Versatile Printing Platform for Patterning Biomolecules on Hydrogel Substrates", Soft Matter 6,  2238 (2010)


Spring 2010


January 29        Kyle McElhoneyKounaves Group

"Femtoliter and Attoliter Electrochemical Cell on Chips", Anal. Chem. 82,  1521 (2010)


March 12          Kyle McElhoneyKounaves Group

"Stripping Analysis of Nanomolar Perchlorate in Drinking Water with a Voltammetric Ion-Selective Electrode Based on Thin-Layer Liquid Membrane", Anal. Chem. 80,  6056 (2008)


April 2              April JewellSykes Group

                            "Photocurrent Response from Vertically Aligned Single-Walled Carbon             

                            Nanotube Arrays", J. Phys. Chem. C 114, 6778 (2010)



Fall 2009


September 9    Glen O’Neal, Kounaves Group

“Ion Channel Mimetic Chronopotentiometric Polymeric Membrane Ion Sensor for Surface-Confined Protein Detection", Langmuir 25, 568 (2009)


October 2        Eric Peterson, Utz Group

"Development of a visible-light-responsive titania nanotube photocatalyst by site-selective modification with hetero metal ions", Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 92, 56 (2009)


October 30      Dr. Manuel Palacios, Walt Group

"Polymer nanofibre junctions of attolitre volume serve as zeptomole-scale chemical reactors", Nature Chem. 1, 80 (2009)


Spring 2009

February 20
Darin Bellisario, Sykes Group
“Reaction-Driven Restructuring of Rh-Pd and Pt-Pd Core-Shell Nanoparticles”, Science 322, 932 (2008)
March 6
Dr. Art Utz
"Single-molecule nanocatalysis reveals heterogeneous reaction pathways and catalytic dynamics" Nat. Mater. 7, 992 (2008)
March 20
Deno Del Sesto, Utz Group
"High-Rate Solar Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 and Water Vapor to Hydrocarbon Fuels" Nano Lett. 9, 731 (2009)
April 3
Pat Antle, Robbat Group
"Mass Spectrometric Detection of Ricin and its Activity in Food and Clinical Samples." Anal. Chem. 81, 2037 (2009)
April 17
Chris LaFratta, Walt Group
“Multiplexed Sandwich Immunoassays Using Electrochemiluminescence Imaging Resolved at the Single Bead Level” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 6088 (2009)

Fall 2008

October 10

Dr. Mahy El-Koedi
"Biosensing with Plasmonic Nanosensors", Nat. Mater. 7, 442 (2008)
November 7
Ashleigh Baber & Erin Iski, Sykes Group
“Scientific Policy of the President Elect”,
November 21
Dr. Lynne Batchelder
“Solid-state single-scan 2D NMR under magic-angle-spinning" Chem. Phys. Lett. 459, 188 (2008)
December 5
April Jewell, Sykes Group
“Playing Pinball with Atoms" Nano. Lett. 9, 1733 (2009)

Spring 2008

February 22
Erin Iski, Sykes Group
"Epitaxial Supramolecular Assembly of Fullerenes Formed by Using a Coronene Template on a Au(111) Surface in Solution", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129, 4366 (2007)
March 7
Ryan Hayman, Walt Group
"Label-Free, Single-Molecule Detection with Optical Microcavities", Science 317, 783 (2007)
March 21
Nkeng Asong, Shultz Group
“Commercial and natural dyes as photosensitizers for a water-based dye-sensitized solar cell loaded with gold nanoparticles", J. Photochem. Photobiol. A 195, 307 (2008)
April 4
Deno Del Sesto, Utz Group
"Dissociative Adsorption of Water at Vacancy Defects in Graphite" J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 18258 (2007)
April 18
Nan Chen, Utz Group
"The force needed to move an atom on a surface" Science 319, 1066 (2008)

April 27

Matt Aernecke, Walt Group, Deno Del Sesto & Chris Thomas, Utz Group
"The future of energy: Where does chemistry fit in?" Science 315, 796 (2007); Science 315, 798 (2007)

Fall 2007

October 5
Ashleigh Baber, Sykes Group
"Real-time STM observation of molecular dynamics on a metal surface", Y. Wakayama, J.P. Hill, K. Ariga, Surf. Sci. 601, 3984 (2007)
October 19
Deno Del Sesto, Utz Group
"Calcium Niobate Semiconductor Nanosheets as Catalysts for Photochemical Hydrogen Evolution from Water ", O.C. Compton, E.C. Carroll, J.Y. Kim, D.S. Larsen, F.E. Osterloh, J. Chem. Phys. C 111, 14589 (2007)
November 2
Matthew Aernecke, Walt Group
"Coaxial silicon nanowires as solar cells and nanoelectronic power sources", Nature 449, 885 (2007)
November 16
Faith Dukes, Shultz Group
"A Titanium Disilicide Derived Semiconducting Catalyst for Water Splitting under Solar Radiation—Reversible Storage of Oxygen and Hydrogen", Angew. Chem. Int. Edu. 46, 7770 (2007)
November 30
Dr. Charles Sykes
"Atoms & Molecules; Hopping, Sticking & Spinning"

Spring 2007

February 2
Dan Killelea, Utz Group
"Selective and reversible control of a chemical reaction with narrow-band infrared radiation: HXeCC radical in solid xenon", L. Khriachtchev, H. Tanskanen, M. Rasanen, J. Chem. Phys. 124, 181101 (2006)
February 16
Hao Chen, Kenny Group
"Transfer of Electronic Excitation Energy between Randomly Mixed Dye Molecules in the Channels of Zeolite L", K. Lutkouskaya, G. Calzaferri, J. Chem. Phys. B 110, 5633 (2006)
March 2
Deno Del Sesto, Utz Group
"Dynamic Stark Control of Photochemical Processes", B.J. Sussman, D. Townsend, M.Y. Ivanov, A. Stolow, Science 314, 278 (2006)
March 30
Dr. Art Utz
"Coherent Slowing of a Supersonic Beam with an Atomic Paddle", E. Narevicius, A. Libson, M.F. Riedel, C.G. Parthey, I. Chavez, U. Even, M.G. Raizen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 103201 (2007)
April 13
Ashleigh Baber, Sykes Group
"Sulfur-induced mobilization of Au surface atoms on Au(111) studied by real-time STM", M.M. Biener, J. Biener, C.M. Friend, Surf. Sci. 601, 1659 (2007)

April 27

Erin Iski, Sykes Group
"Supramolecular Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Nanopatterns at Electrified Interfaces", A.S. Klymchenko, S. Furukawa, K. Mullen, M. Van der Auweraer, S. De Feyter, Nano. Lett. 7, 791 (2007)

Fall 2006

September 29
Victoria Campbell, Utz Group
"Quantum-state resolved reaction dynamics at the gas-liquid interface:  Direct absorption detection of HF(v,J) product from F(2P)+squalaneorming of Oxygenates for H2 Production: Correlating Reactivity of Ethylene Glycol", A.M. Zolot, W.W. Harper, B.G. Perkins, P.J. Dagdigian, D.J. Nesbitt, J. Chem. Phys. 125, 021101 (2006)
October 13
Irene Li, Shultz Group
"Phase Transitions in Mixed Gas Hydrates: Experimental Observations versus Calculated Data", J.M. Schicks, R. Naumann, J. Erzinger, K.C. Hester, C.A. Koh, E.D. Sloan, Jr., J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 11468-11474 (2006)
October 27
Dr. Mary Shultz
"Evidence for an Enhanced Hydronium Concentration at the Liquid Water Surface" P.B. Petersen, R.J. Saykally, Surf. Sci. 574, 1 (2005)
November 10, 24 Holiday, no Journal Club

December 8

Noelani Kamelamela , Shultz Group
"Reactivity of hydroxyl species from coadsorption of oxygen and water on Ni(110)" H. Guo, F. Zaera, Catal. Lett. 88, 3–4, (2003)

Spring 2006

3 February           Deno Del Sesto, Utz Group
                                "Reforming of Oxygenates for H2 Production: Correlating Reactivity of Ethylene
                                 Glycol and Ethanol on Pt(111) and Ni/Pt(111) with a Surface d-Band Center"
                                 O. Skoplyak, M. Barteau, J. Chen, J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 1686 (2006)

17 February         Henning Grönzin, Shultz Group
                               "Absolute Orientation of Molecules at Surfaces" Y. Rao, M. Comstock,
                               K. Eisenthal, J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 1727 (2006)

3 March              Victoria Campbell, Utz Group
                                "Observation of excited electrons from nonadiabatic molecular reactions of
                                 NO and O2 on polycrystalline Ag" B. Gergen, et al., Surf. Sci.
                                         488, 123 (2001)

17 March            Noe Kamelamela, Shultz Group
                               "Electrohydrodynamic Atomization: An approach to growing continuous
                               self-supporting polymeric fibers" S.N. Jayasinghe, A.C. Sullivan,
                               J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 2522 (2006)

31 March            Open, Your Group

14 April              Nkeng Asong, Shultz Group
                               "Structural and spectroscopic studies of iron (III) doped titania powders
                                 prepared by sol-gel synthesis and hydrothermal processing"
                                 R. Janes, L.J. Knightley, C.J. Harding, Dyes and Pigments, 62, 199 (2004)
28 April                Dan Killelea*, Utz Group
                               The case for intelligent design
                               * Uberjournalclub w/ Tufts Chemistry Journal Club


Fall 2005

Spetember 30       Margaret Kuo, Shultz Group
                                "Bioinspired surfaces with special wettability" T.Sun, L. Feng, X. Gao, L. Jianh,
                                  Acc. Chem. Res., 38, 644 (2005)

October 14           Nkeng Asong, Shultz Group
                                "Sequence-specific molecular lithography on single DNA molecules" K. Keren,
                                  et al., Science, 297, 72 (2002)

October 28           Deno Del Sesto, Utz Group
                                "Single-molecule optoelectronics", T. Lee, J. Gonzalez, J. Zheng, R. Dickson,
                                  Acc. Chem. Res., 38, 534 (2005)

November 18         Prof. Charlie Sykes*
                                * Uberjournalclub w/ Tufts Chemistry Journal Club

December 9           Prof. Art Utz
                                "Nonexponential decay of reactive intermediates: new challenges for
                                spectroscopic observation, kinetic modeling and mechanistic interpretation",
                                B. Carpenter, J. Phys. Org. Chem., 16, 858 (2003)

Summer 2005

June 3                 Hao Chen, Kenny Group
                            "Time-resolved polarization imaging by pump-probe (stimulated emission)
                            fluorescence microscopy" C. Buehler, C. Dong, P. So, T. French, E. Gratton,
                            Biophys. J., 79, 536 (2000)

Spring 2005

March 18
Dan Killelea, Utz Group
"Effect of bending and torsional mode excitation on the reaction Cl + CH4 --> HCl + CH3", Z.H. Kim, H.A. Bechtel, J.P. Camden, R.N. Zare, J. Chem. Phys., 122, 084303 (2005)
April 8
Irene Li, Shultz Group
"New information on water interfacial structure revealed by phase-sensitive surface spectroscopy", V.O. Ostroverkov, G.A. Waychunas, Y.R. Shen, Phys. Rev. Lett., 94, 046102 (2005)
April 22
Deno Del Sesto, Utz Group
"Adsorption of CO on PtBi2 and PtBi Surfaces" M. Oana, R. Hoffmann, H.D. Abruna, F.J. DiSalvo, Surf. Sci., 574, 1 (2005)
May 6
Victoria Campbell, Utz Group
"Controlled multiple quantum coherences of nuclear spins in a nanometer-scale device"
           Nature, 434, 1001 (2005)