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Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
CHAIR: Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey
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Education: BA, Montclair State College; MS, Northwestern University; Ph D, Northwestern University
Research Interests: Research in Progress 1) We have an ongoing research project underway with PhotoKinetics, Inc. (PKI) dealing with the development of products related to the effect of light on the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGC) of the eye. This work is involving the Hector Olvera of the College of Nursing at UTEP, and discussions have begun with Dr. Kristin Gosselink of the Department of Biology at UTEP. This work also involves entities outside of UTEP, which, for reasons of nondisclosure protection cannot be disclosed at this time. 2) We have a recent incipient research project involving the calculation of the photochemical and radical reaction stability of some small fluorocarbon molecules which may be contaminants in the atmosphere. This project is really the main interest of a student, Jaime Valencia, whom I am assisting by training him how to undertake and interpret the molecular orbital calculations. 3) Ongoing theoretical chemical project in singlet oxygen reactivity with organic molecules. This project involves our discovery of an apparently novel singlet oxygen C-H insertion reaction. We have tried to get funding to complete the project. It will probably be published within another year or two if we cannot get funding. 4) Ongoing theoretical chemistry project on the photochemistry of the laser dye Disperse Orange 11. This work has generate one publication in 2012 in the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry. We have an ongoing follow-up theoretical investigation. 5) Ongoing work with Dr. Katja Michael dealing with the photochemistry of N-acylated nitroindoles. This work generated one publication in 2013. 6) Starting a new project area in 2013 on modulated conjugation to achieve higher nonlinear optical susceptibilities. I have personally bought a $5000 workstation to launch this project. Hopefully, it will generate some successful research proposals in 2014. 7) Our Museum Lighting activity, for which we were nominated for a Chancellor?s award, is awaiting successful funding. Despite being wholly novel, and the only lighting project submitted to the NSF program on Cultural Heritage Science (CHS), it was not chosen for funding in any of the three years we submitted the proposal to NSF. The CHS program has now been suspended by NSF. We may still try to submit the project in the future, but are trying to gain some more preliminary results to undertake the project. The recently purchases workstation (vide supra) may assist in this project.
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Education: High School, Stephen F. Austin High School; BS, University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, New Mexico State University
Research Interests: Organic Synthesis, Asymmetric Synthesis, Enzymatic Reactions, Computer Programming, Education
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Education: Ph D, University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: Nanosensors, hydrogen energy, photochemical energy conversion, photocatalysts, water splitting, renewable energy, electron transfer kinetics, environmental chemistry, remediation, SPR-surface plasmon resonance, supercapacitors, 3-D ceramics, thin films, self-assembled monolayers, semiconductor photocatalysis, composites, materials chemistry, analytical chemistry
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Education: BS, University of Texas at El Paso; MS, University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, Texas A&M University; Postdoctoral fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Physical Inorganic Chemistry, Synthesis, x-ray crystallography, electrochemistry, multi-electron redox chemistry, water oxidation, small molecule activation.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Sai Krishna Katla
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Education: BS, SRI SATHYA SAI INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING; MS, SRI SATHYA SAI INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING; Ph D, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research
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Education: BS, National School of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry,; MS, Tropical Agricultural Research & Higher Education Center; Ph D, University of Chapingo, MX; Ph D, The University of Texas at El Paso
Research Interests: My research interests encompass the impacts of engineered nanomaterials in terrestrial plants, especially in food crops. Of major interest is the evaluation of the impact of nanomaterials in the food chain. Other research areas of interest include (1) the use of plant growth promoting bacteria for plant nutrition and phytoremediation purposes and (2) the bioproduction of nanoparticles using living plants and inactivated plant biomass. The long-term goals are to determine the toxicity of nanomaterials, the study of the biotransformation of nanomaterials in food crops, the possible transmission of the nanomaterials to the next generation of plants, and the possible biomagnification of NPs in the food chain. Instrumentation utilized in these types of studies includes inductively coupled plasma/optical emission spectroscopy (ICP/OES), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and infrared imaging microspectroscopy.