With over seventy total researchers during the summer, the Furman University Chemistry Department boasts one of the largest undergraduate research programs in the nation. The summer of 2014 marked the 50th consecutive program in which undergraduates, masters students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty mentors, and visiting faculty from area schools work together over a ten-week period in a wide variety of scientific research projects. The undergraduate students, who receive stipends for the summer, carry out independent investigations in the areas of analytical, inorganic, physical, organic and bio-organic chemistry. This program would not be possible without the support of wide variety of public and private sources.

These student/faculty collaborations produced the following research papers that were published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Submissions from 2013

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TREPR spectra of micelle-confined spin correlated radical pairs: II. Spectral decomposition and asymmetric line shapes, Valery F. Tarasov, Lauren E. Jarocha, and Malcolm D. E. Forbes

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Structure and Thermodynamics of H3O+(H2O)8 Clusters: A Combined Molecular Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics Approach, Berhane Temelso, Thorsten Köddermann, Karl N. Kirschner, Katurah Klein, and George C. Shields

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From formamide to adenine: a self-catalytic mechanism for an abiotic approach, Jing Wang, Jiande Gu, Minh Tho Nguyen, Greg Springsteen, and Jerzy Leszczynski

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From formamide to purine: an energetically viable mechanistic reaction pathway, Jing Wang, Jiande Gu, Minh Tho Nguyen, Greg Springsteen, and Jerzy Leszczynski

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From formamide to purine: a self-catalyzed reaction pathway provides a feasible mechanism for the entire process, Jing Wang, Jiande Gu, Minh Tho Nguyen, Greg Springsteen, and Jerzy Leszczynski

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Efficient Production of Fluorescent Polydiacetylene-Containing Liposomes for Pathogen Detection and Identification, Cassandra Wright-Walker, Caroline E. Hansen, Michael A. Evans, Emily S. Nyers, and Timothy W. Hanks

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Novel inhibitors of bacterial virulence: Development of 5,6-dihydrobenzo[h]quinazolin-4(3H)-ones for the inhibition of group A streptococcal streptokinase expression, Bryan D. Yestrepsky, Yuanxi Xu, Meghan E. Breen, Xiaoqin Li, Walajapet G. Rajeswaran, Jenny G. Ryu, Roderick J. Sorenson, Yasuhiro Tsume, Michael W. Wilson, Wenpeng Zhang, Duxin Sun, Hongmin Sun, and Scott D. Larsen

Submissions from 2012

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Quantum dot photoluminescence quenching by Cr(III) complexes. Photosensitized reactions and evidence for a FRET mechanism, Peter T. Burks, Alexis D. Ostrowski, Alexander A. Mikhailovsky, Emory M. Chan, Paul S. Wagenknecht, and Peter C. Ford

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Electron spin resonance investigation of H2+, HD+, and D2+ isolated in neon matrices at 2 K, Matthew D. Correnti, Kyle P. Dickert, Mark A. Pittman, John W. Felmly, John J. Banisaukas, and Lon B. Knight

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A Multistep Synthesis Featuring Classic Carbonyl Chemistry for the Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory, David B. Duff, Tyler G. Abbe, and Brian C. Goess

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Photoactive Chromium(III)-Cyclam Complexes with Axially Bound geminal-Diethynylethenes, William P. Forrest, Zhi Cao, H. R. Hambrick, Boone M. Prentice, Phillip E. Fanwick, Paul S. Wagenknecht, and Tong Ren

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Introduction: The Concept of Biomimicry and Bioinspiration in Chemistry, Timothy W. Hanks and Gerhard F. Swiegers

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A unified mechanism for abiotic adenine and purine synthesis in formamide, Jeremy S. Hudson, Joseph F. Eberle, Raj H. Vachhani, Luther C. Rogers, James H. Wade, Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, and Greg Springsteen

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Hydration of the Bisulfate Ion: Atmospheric Implications, Devon E. Husar, Berhane Temelso, Alexa L. Ashworth, and George C. Shields

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Hydrophobic conducting polymer films from post deposition thiol exposure, Paul J. Molino, Gordon G. Wallace, and Timothy W. Hanks

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Suppression of viral RNA binding and the assembly of infectious hepatitis C virus particles in vitro by cyclophilin inhibitors, Anita Nag, Jason M. Robotham, and Hengli Tang

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Tri-snRNP-associated proteins interact with subunits of the TRAMP and nuclear exosome complexes, linking RNA decay and pre-mRNA splicing, Anita Nag and Joan A. Steitz

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Isotopic Ratios in Titan's Methane: Measurements and Modeling, C. A. Nixon, Berhane Temelso, C. David Sherrill, and et al.

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Structures of Cage, Prism, and Book Isomers of Water Hexamer from Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy, Cristóbal Pérez, Matt T. Muckle, Daniel P. Zaleski, Nathan A. Seifert, Berhane Temelso, George C. Shields, Zbigniew Kisiel, and Brooks H. Pate

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Optical sensing by transforming chromophoric silver clusters in DNA nanoreactors, Jeffrey T. Petty, Sandra P. Story, Selina Juarez, Samuel S. Votto, Austin G. Herbst, Natalya N. Degtyareva, and Bidisha Sengupta

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Stereochemically Versatile Synthesis of the C1-C12 Fragment of Tedanolide C, Thomas E. Smith, Sarah J. Fink, Zebulon G. Levine, Kerani A. McClelland, Adrian A. Zackheim, and Mary Beth Daub

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Trifluoropropynyl as a surrogate for the cyano ligand and intense, room-temperature, metal-centered emission from its Rh(III) complex, Chivin Sun, Parth U. Thakker, Levan Khulordava, Daniel J. Tobben, Seth M. Greenstein, David L. Grisenti, Andrew G. Kantor, and Paul S. Wagenknecht

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Quantum Mechanical Study of Sulfuric Acid Hydration: Atmospheric Implications, Berhane Temelso, Thomas E. Morrell, Robert M. Shields, Marco A. Allodi, Elena K. Wood, Karl N. Kirschner, Thomas C. Castonguay, Kaye A. Archer, and George C. Shields

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Computational Study of the Hydration of Sulfuric Acid Dimers: Implications for Acid Dissociation and Aerosol Formation, Berhane Temelso, Thuong Ngoc Phan, and George C. Shields

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Prolonged α-amanitin treatment of cells for studying mutated polymerases causes degradation of DSIF160 and other proteins, David C. Tsao, Noh Jin Park, Anita Nag, and Harold G. Martinson