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Recent Accomplishments


  • Peter Buseck
    The Origin of Earth's Water was ranked #3 on the list of 10 top geochemical papers of 2018 (ref: December 25, 2018 issue of Geochemical News, the newsletter of the Geochemical Society). “Headline Article” in the December 20, 2018 issue of Planetary Science Research Discoveries, where it was described in a 9-page article titled “The Complicated Origin of Earth's Water” 
  • Ian Gould, Lynda B. Williams, Hilairy E. Hartnett and Everett L. Shock
    The Production of Carboxylic Acids from Aldehydes under Hydrothermal Conditions: A Kinetics Study of Benzaldehyde
  • Petr Sulc:
    Article in ACS Nano. We used computational modeling to rationalize experiments of self-assembled DNA wireframe nanostructures (joint work with Schmidt's group in TU Dresden): "Triangulated Wireframe Structures Assembled Using Single-Stranded DNA Tiles." ACS nano (2019)


  • Xu Wang, Wade Van Horne
    awarded NIH supplemental funds for their respective NIH R01 Grants
  • Marcia Levitus and Rebekka M. Wachter
    "Assembly–disassembly is coupled to the ATPase cycle of tobacco Rubisco activase"
    J. Biol. Chem. (2018) 293(50) 19451–19465, October 23, 2018, DOI 10.1074/jbc.RA118.005047
  • Xu Wang and Wade Van Horn each received NIH supplemental funds for their respective NIH R01 grants.
  • Vladimiro Mujica:
    ACS Nano, research on a pioneering RMN-based technique to distinguish optical isomers

  • Abhishek Singharoy:
    Scialog team proposal What does “self” look like?  Has been recommended for funding by the Scialog Review Committee. We are excited by the potential high impact of your project. Of the 24 team proposals, seven teams are recommended for funding.
  • Jeff Yarger
    ASU team unravels key mysteries of spider silk
  • Hilairy Hartnett and Kevin Redding won a NASA Exobiology grant.

  • Ron Briggs
    submitted a proposal on "Continuing Assessment of the Discussion Session (DS) Program Offered for General Chemistry Courses in the School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) and Funding Proposal”
     for Spring 2019. Efforts to continue support students while providing small supplemental pay and curriculum development experience to our Instructors.

  • Chad Borges is receiving a seed grant from the ASU-Mayo collaboration,  “Impact of the extracellular vesicle glycome on brain metastasis,”

  • Pierre Herckes is getting funding for a proposal to Semiconductor Research Corporation

  • Abhishek Singharoy
    • Received 2019 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) award. Duration: Two years (with renewal eligibility), Allocation: 300,000 Summit node hours, and Site/System: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Chad Borges
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) "Validation and Advanced Development of Albumin Oxidizability as a Marker of Plasma/Serum Integrity"

  • Giovanna Ghirlanda and Matthias Heyden
    NSF EAGER:  "Membraneless organelles by design: a biomimetic approach"

  • Pierre Herkes and Hilairy Hartnett
    PIs on the recent NSF CAP LTER renewal which is a major ongoing grant at ASU

  • Rebekka Wachter
    NSF: "Dissecting photoconversion in fluorescent proteins frame by frame"

  • Rebekka Wachter and Po-lin Chiu
    DOE: "Structure and Function of Rubisco Activase"

  • Ron Briggs
    CLAS Grant to enhance our general chemistry program: “Discussion Sessions in General Chemistry”

  • Chad Borges
    ASU-BGU seed grant

  • Ryan Trovitch
    Dignity Health and Arizona State University 2018 Collaborative Strategic Initiatives Program (co-PI): "One Shot Morphologic, Hemodynamic and Metabolic MR Imaging of Brain Tumo"

  • Hao Yan (PI), Don Seo, Neal Woodbury, Su Lin
    MURI extension from the Army: "Translating Biochemical Pathways to Non-Cellular Environments"

  • Alex Green
    NIH R21 (co-PI): "Programmable electrochemical gene circuit sensors for infectious disease detection"
    CSSP (co-PI): "Development of a rapid synthetic biology platform as countermeasures to synthetic biology threats: Fighting fire with fire"

  • Mark Hayes
    NIH: "Biophysical Isolation and Concentration of Individual Salmonella Serotypes"
    NIH: "Differentiation of Mutant Virus Particles"

  • Tim Steimle
    NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences: "Laboratory measurement of electrostatic and magnetostatic properties of stellar and circumstellar molecules”
    DOE: “Characterization of Gas-phase Uranium and Thorium Containing Molecules via Optical Stark, Zeeman, and Microwave Spectroscopy”
    The Heising-Simons Foundation: “Identification and Characterization of Ephemeral Molecules Relevant to Fundamental Physics”.