Faculty Scholarship: Chemistry

Dr. Harris



Marc Harris

Associate Professor & Dept. Chair Chemistry

B.A. University of Arizona
Ph.D. U
niversity of Nevada
at Reno

 

Dr. Harris is the fifth chair of the nationally recognized Chemistry Department and ACS accredited program since 1951. He is known for his student-faculty research success and student-faculty publications. Dr. Harris has mentored and guided his student researchers to conference presentations, many achieving first place honors, at national and regional conferences in Boston, New Orleans, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle, among others. His research groups have also been selected twice to present their undergraduate research projects to the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill. With his students as co-authors, Dr. Harris’ work has been published in several journals including the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry.

Dr. Marsh

Anderson L. Marsh
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Director of the Chemistry Track for Engineering

B.S., Hampden-Sydney College
Ph.D., University of Michigan
ACS-PRF Alternative Energy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley-05

Dr. Marsh specializes in experimental physical chemistry and surface science. His research is aimed at understanding kinetics of environmentally significant reactions on model catalyst surfaces.

Dr. Moe




Dr. Owen A. Moe
Vernon and Doris Bishop
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

B.A. St. Olaf College
Ph.D.
Perdue University
NIH
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University


Dr. Moe’s research, in the area of biochemistry, uses kinetic methods to study catalysis at enzyme active sites. He also develops upper-level laboratory experiments involving mass spectral, chromatographic, and spectroscopic instrumentation. 

Dr. Patton



Walter A. Patton

Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.S. Susquehanna University
Ph.D.
Lehigh University
Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institutes of Health

 

Dr. Patton is interested in the structure-function relationships in proteins. Most recently his work focuses on the features of E. coli GMP synthetase that facilitates ammonia transfer from a domain where it is synthesized to the domain in which it is utilized. His work integrates chemical, biochemical and molecular biological methods (e.g. polymerase chain reaction) to make "designer" proteins at the DNA level. Once expressed in bacteria, these proteins are purified in order to study their function.

Dr. Peelen

Timothy J. Peelen
Associate Professor of Chemistry


B.S., Calvin College
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Peelen's research focuses on the development of asymmetric reactions catalyzed by simple organic molecules (organocatalysts). The reaction mechanisms of organocatalyzed reactions are studied by using kinetics and by structural analysis of reaction intermediates.

Dr. Rasmussen

 

Michelle Rasmussen
Assistant Professor Chemistry

B.A., Lawrence University

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Rasmussen’s research is focused on bioelectrochemistry, using biological catalysts for electrochemical sensing and renewable energy production. Current projects are focused on development of biosensors for detecting biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Harris' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2017 Celebration

Harris, M. A. & McBride, M. (2016, August 24). Synthesis of amide pendant ruthenium host systems. Poster presented at the 252nd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Harris, M. A. & McBride, M. (2016, October 22). Synthesis of amide pendant ruthenium host systems. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, Baltimore, MD.

Harris, M. A. & Mendenhall, C. (2016, August 24). Synthesis of ruthenium macrocycles and ruthenium pendant host systems. Poster presented at the 252nd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Harris, M. A. & Mendenhall, C. (2016, October 22). Synthesis of ruthenium macrocycles. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, Baltimore, MD.

Harris, M. A. & Smale, A. (2016, August 24). Ruthenium tris-bipyridine cage complexes as host systems for alkali and alkaline earth guests. Poster presented at the 252nd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Harris, M. A., Smale, A. & Thomas, A. (2016, October 22). Ruthenium tris-bipyridine cage complexes as host systems for alkali and alkaline earth guests. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Harris' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2016 Celebration

Carpenter, B., & Harris, M. (2015, March). Complexation studies of bipyridine aza-crown macrocycles. Poster presented at

the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Denver, Colo.

Carroll, T., & Harris, M. (2015, March). Synthesis, characterization, and ion-binding studies of Ru(bpy)32+ macrocycle host

complexes. Poster presented at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Denver,

Colo.

Harris, M. (2015, March). Multireceptor host-guest complexation studies of novel ruthenium(II) ethylene-oxide oligomers,

poylamine macrocycles, and tripodal cage complexes. Poster Presented at the 249th American Chemical Society

National Meeting & Exposition, Denver, Colo.

McBride, M., & Harris, M. (2015, October). Synthesis of amide pendant ruthenium host systems. Poster presented at the

18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of

Maryland, Baltimore, Md.

Smale, A., Thomas, A., & Harris, M. (2015, October). Ruthenium tris-bipyridine cage complexes as host systems for alkali

and alkaline earth guests. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the

Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Harris' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2015 Celebration

Carpenter, B., & Harris, M. (2014, October 25). Complexation studies of Bipyridine aza-crown macrocycles. Presented at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Carroll, T., & Harris, M. (2014, July 17). Synthesis, characterization, and ion-binding studies of Ruthenium(ii) Bipyridine/Spermine macrocycle molecules. Presented at Disappearing Boundaries Summer Symposium. Elizabethtown College, PA.

Harris, M. (2014, March 7). Host-guest complexation studies of novel multi-receptor Ethylene-Oxide oligomers. Invited Speaker, Department of Chemistry Seminar Series, Lycoming College, PA.

McBride, M., & Harris, M. (2014, July 17). Synthesis of pendent poly-ether ruthenium host systems. Presented at the Disappearing Boundaries Summer Symposium, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.

Thomas, A., Smale, A., & Harris, M. (2014, July 17). Ruthenium Tris-Bipyridine cage complexes as host systems for alkali and alkaline earth guests. Presented at the Disappearing Boundaries Summer Symposium, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.

Dr. Harris' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2014 Celebration

Carpenter, B., & Harris, M. (October 26, 2013). Complexatin studies of bipyridine aza-crown macrocycles. 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences.  First Place Award in Division. University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Harris, M. (April 10, 2013). Guest ion complexation studies of novel bimetallic ruthenium(II) trisbipyridyl host oligomers by UV-visible absorbance spectrospcopy, emission spectroscopy, and ESI mass spectrometry. 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Harris, M., & Carpenter, B. (October 26, 2013). Complexation studies of bipyridine aza-crown macrocycles. Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  Received First Place in Division. University of Maryland, MD.

Harris, M., Sanders, A., Velardo, S., McMahon, L., Houser, K., & Scarino, J. (2012). Cu(II), ag(I) and pt(II) bipyridine oligomer metallomacrocycles that function as efficient host complexes for the encapulation of alkali ion guests. Inorganic Chimica Acta, 383, 332-340.

Harris, M., & Velardo, S. (October 20, 2012). Ruthenium tris-bypyridine oligomers as host systems for alkali and alkaline earth guests. 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences.  First Place Award in Division. University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Harris' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2013 Celebration

Putt, A. M., Harris, M. Complexation Studies of Ru(II) and Re(I) Pendant Polyamine Host Complexes, Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. San Diego, CA, March 2012.

Stephanie M. Velardo and Marc A. Harris, Ruthenium tris-bypyridine oligimers as host systems for alkali and alkaline earth guests. Presented at the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences.  University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, Oct 20, 2012.  Presentation was judged as a first place winner in chemistry division.

Dr. Harris' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2012 Celebration

Harris, M., Sanders, A., Velardo, S., McMahon, L., Houser, K., & Scarino, J. (2011). Cu(II), Ag(I) and Pt(II) bipyridine oligomer metallomacrocycles that function as efficient host complexes for the encapsulation of alkali ion guests. Inorganic Chimica Acta, doi:dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2011.11.050

Dr. Marsh's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2014 Celebration

Marsh, A. L. (2013). Using NMR spectroscopy to elucidate the effect of substituents on keto-enol equilibria. In D. Soulsby, L. J. Anna & A. S. Wallner (Eds.), NMR spectroscopy in the undergraduate curriculum (pp. 205-210). Washington, DC: American Chemical Society.

Marsh, A. L. (April 2013). Surface science at a liberal arts college. 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA.

Marsh, A. L. (September 2013). Guided inquiry experiment for the determination of the configuration of a polymer in water. 246th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Indianapolis, IN.

Marsh, A. L., Shay, J. M., Gross, K. M., Carey, M. C., Carl, L. M., Musselwhite, N. M., & Manbeck, K. A. (September 2013). Platinum and palladium nanocatalysts for aqueous phase hydrogenations. 246th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Indianapolis, IN.

Weilnau, J. N., Black, S. E., Chehata, V. J., Schmidt, M. P., Holt, K. L., Carl, L. M., . . . Marsh, A.L. (2013). ZnS nanocrystal cytotoxicity is influenced by capping agent chemical structure and duration of time in suspension. Journal of Applied Toxicology, 33, 227-237.

Dr. Marsh's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2013 Celebration

Marsh, A. L. Development of a Nanoscience Research Program at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution, Presented at the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012. Invited talk as part of the Nanomaterials in Undergraduate Education and Research Symposium.

Beall, E. J. and Marsh, A. L., Comparison of Pt and Pd Foil Surfaces for the Deep Oxidation of Nitromethane, Presented at the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012. Part of the Division of Physical Chemistry Undergraduate Workshop.

Gross, K. M.. and Marsh, A. L., Effect of Capping Agent Molecular Weight on Catalytic Activity and Selectivity of Nanoscale Palladium Catalysts for Aqueous Phase Hydrogenations, Presented at the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012.

Carey, M. C.; Manbeck, K. A.; Musselwhite, N. E.; Carl, L. M.; Gross, K. M.; and Marsh, A. L., Quantification of Active Surface Sites on Platinum Nanocatalysts Dispersed in Aqueous Solution by Attenuated Total Reflectance Infrared Spectroscopy, Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, March 2012.

Carl, L. M.; Carey, M. C.; Kalnoski, C. E.; and Marsh, A. L. Factors Affecting Catalytic Activity for Nitrophenol Hydrogenation on Colloidal Platinum Nanocatalysts , Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, March 2012.

Wagner, S. B.; Carl, L. M.; Straka, C. J.; Schmidt, M. P.; Berg, C. M.; and Marsh, A. L. Singlet Oxygen Production using Zinc Sulfide Semiconductor Nanocrystals , Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, March 2012.

Marsh, A.L., Kulp, A. K.; Jenkins, A. L.; Carl, L. M.; Straka, C. J., and Urban, R. A. Effect of Capping Agent on Interactions of Zinc Sulfide Nanocrystals with an Aquatic Plant Species, Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, March 2012.

Weilnau, J.N., Black, S.E., Chehata, V.J., Schmidt, M.P., Holt, K.L., Carl, L.M., Straka, C.J., Marsh, A.L., Patton, W.A., Lappas, C.M. "ZnS Nanocrystal Cytotoxicity is Influenced by Capping Agent Chemical Structure and Duration of Time in Suspension," Journal of Applied Toxicology, 2012, doi: 10.1012/jat.2811.

Dr. Moe's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2012 Celebration

Yeagley, A., Weigand-Heller, A. J., Hinds, D., Gerrish, A. K., Weaver, C. D., & Moe, O. A. (2011). Substituent and solvent dependence of the one-electron reduction of 5-substituted-N-methylisatins in aprotic solvents. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 651, 228-232. doi:10.1016/j.jelechem.2010.11.013

Dr. Patton's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2016 Celebration

Dissinger, K. N., & Patton, W. A. Limited-proteolysis of the E. coli GMP synthetase ATPP domain reveals a compact dimer

core. Poster Presented at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological

Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Md.

Dissinger, K. N., Van Nederveen, V. A., Meyer, M. O., Abbott, J. S., & Patton, W. A. E. coli  GMPS dimerization domain: 

Structural requirements and protease stability. Poster Presented at the Disappearing Boundaries Summer Research

Meeting, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa.

Meyer, M. O., & Patton, W. A. Cross-linking studies to investigate stable dimer formation in E. coli GMPS. Poster Presented

at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of

Maryland, Baltimore, Md.

Misiewicz, L., Weidman, J., & Patton, W. A. [Ru(bpy)3]2+ as a luminescent sensor. Poster Presented at Inquiry 2015,

Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa.

Patton, W. A. (2015, March 24). Investigating enzyme assays. Paper Presented at the 249th National Meeting of the

American Chemical Society, Denver, Colo.

Pugh, R. J., Slee, J. B., Farwell, S. L. N., Li, Y., Barthol, T., Patton, W. A., & Lowe-Krentz, L. J. (2016, January 14).

Transmembrane protein 184A is a receptor required for vascular smooth muscle cell responses to heparin.  Journal of

Biological Chemistry. Advance online publication. doi:10.1074/jbc.M115.681122

Snyder, J. W., Marshall, C. M., Nye, D. A., Basehore, L., & Patton, W. A. (2015, July 17). GMPS stability and fibril/crystal

formation. Poster Presented at the Disappearing Boundaries Summer Research Meeting, Lebanon Valley College,

Annville, Pa.

Snyder, J. W., & Patton, W. A. Crystallization of E. coli GMP synthetase and insight from the structures formed. Poster

Presented at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences,

University of Maryland, Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Patton's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2014 Celebration

McCardle, K., & Patton, W. (October 26, 2013). Limited proteolysis of E.coli GMP synthetase. 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Shultz, A., & Patton, W. (October 26, 2013). The effects of zinc sulfide nanoparticles on protein stability. 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

Weilnau, J. N., Black, S. E., Chehata, V. J., Schmidt, M. P., Holt, K. L., Carl, L. M., . . . Patton, W.A. (2013). ZnS nanocrystal cytotoxicity is influenced by capping agent chemical structure and duration of time in suspension. Journal of Applied Toxicology, 33, 227-237.

Dr. Patton's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2013 Celebration

Hornberger A., Terry B. and Patton W.A. (2012) An assay for releasable fats from biosources: a simple and effective method for biofuel source material evaluation. Presented at the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society, Annual Student Poster Session. Temple University, Phildephia, PA. February 23, 2012. Awarded first place in HS student division.

Bicher, T. S, Patton, W.A. Production and characterization of the dimerization domain of E. coli GMP synthetase. Presented at the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, Oct 20, 2012. Presentation was judged as a first place winner in biochemistry division.

Weilnau, J.N., Black, S.E., Chehata, V.J., Schmidt, M.P., Holt, K.L., Carl, L.M., Straka, C.J., Marsh, A.L., Patton, W.A., Lappas, C.M. "ZnS Nanocrystal Cytotoxicity is Influenced by Capping Agent Chemical Structure and Duration of Time in Suspension," Journal of Applied Toxicology, 2012, doi: 10.1012/jat.2811.

Dr. Patton's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2012 Celebration

Funk, K. R., Irvin, L. N., Patton, W. A., & Irvin, L. N. (2011). Investigations into the stability of the ATPP domain of E coli GMPS. 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, Baltimore, MD.

Funk, K. R., & Patton, W. A. (2011). Investigations into the stability of the ATPP domain of E coli GMPS. Eastern Regional Meeting of the Biophysical Society, Hershey, PA.

Holt, K. L., & Patton, W. A. (2011). Synthesis and characterization of peptide-capped ZnS nanoparticles. 46th Midwest, 39th Great Lakes, Joint Regional ACS Meeting, Saint Louis, MO.

Holt, K. L., & Patton, W. A. (2011). Synthesis and chracterization of peptide-capped ZnS nanoparticles. 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, Baltimore, MD. Awarded second place in biochemistry division.

Patton, W. A., Delaney, C. L., & Carr, R. (2011). Pancreatic lipase: Enzyme biochemistry from the health food store. ASBMB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Washburn, H. R., Delaney, C. L., & Patton, W. A. (2011). Approaches to the MALDI-TOF mass spectral analysis of a membrane-bound protein. 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Peelen's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2015 Celebration

Nelson, S. G., Dura, R. D., & Peelen, T. J. (2013). Catalytic asymmetric ketene [2 +2] and [4 + 2] cycloadditions. In S. Denmark (Ed.), Organic reactions (pp. 471-621). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/0471264180.or082.02

Dr. Peelen's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2013 Celebration

Kontra, J.M., Boaz, N.C., Bowen, S.J., Peelen, T.J. Organocatalyzed reactions for the asymmetric synthesis of Fmoc-protected Beta2-amino acids, Presented at the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Philadelphia, PA, August 2012.

Dr. Rasmussen's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2017 Celebration

Rutherford, J. L., VandeZande, G. L., Olvany, J. L. & Rasmussen, M. (2016, August 22). Self-powered enzymatic biosensor for simultaneous detection of two biomarkers of Parkinson’s Disease. Poster presented at the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

VandeZande, G. R., Olvany, J. M., Rutherford, J. L. & Rasmussen, M. (2016). Enzyme immobilization and mediation with osmium redox polymers. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1504, 165-179.

Dr. Rasmussen's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2016 Celebration

VandeZande, G., Olvany, J., Rutherford, J., & Rasmussen, M. Self-powered enzymatic biosensor for simultaneous detection of  two biomarkers of Parkinson's Disease. Poster Presented at the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Md.