The group is looking for new graduate students! Applicants should have a solid background in organic chemistry and an interest in supramolecular chemistry. Please contact Prof. Masson for more information. Instructions on how to apply to our graduate program are available here.
The group is also welcoming letters of interest from MS or undergraduate students at US and international universities for research internships! Please contact Prof. Masson by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
March 2020. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its associated COVID-19 disease dramatically impact our regular on-site work, we are working hard at home, and we are enjoying fun online group meetings like this one. We won't allow any pandemic to prevent us from enjoying chemistry and publishing our results! We might also engage in multiplayer online video games between manuscript writing and DFT calculation sessions!
August 2019. We are pleased to announce that Mersad Raeisi successfully defended his PhD dissertation. The title of his work is "Harnessing the recognition properties of Cucurbit[n]urils in dynamic supramolecular polymers". He is now a post-doctoral associate at the University of Iowa, under the supervision of Prof. Dave Martin. Congrats, Dr. Raeisi!!
The Masson group is awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation!
April 2019. The group has been awarded a new, 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to quantify non-covalent interactions in aqueous medium and in hydrophobic cavities using Cucurbituril macrocycles.
Prof. Masson co-organizes the 2nd Ohio-Leipzig Transatlantic Student Summit
May 8-15, 2019. Together with Prof. Matthew LeRiche (Global Leadership Center), Prof. Kevin Smith (Scripps School of Journalism), Tobias Schlobach and Friedrich Opitz (Institute for American Studies, University of Leipzig), Prof. Masson co-organized the 2nd Ohio-Leipzig Transatlantic Student Summit. The theme of this summit was environmental remediation after coal mining operations, as those affect both Ohio and the German state of Saxony. Natalie Kruse (Environmental Studies Program at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs) also gave a remote lecture on acid mine drainage.
Ohio and Leipzig University students were introduced to the scientific method and to professional ethics. They were then provided with key concepts to understand the chemistry of coal, coal burning, as well as pollution and remediation linked to mining operations. They also learnt how to write professional press releases linked to the theme, and to draft policies to address environmental and societal issues linked to coal mining.
April 2020. The American Chemical Society partnered with Morresier to provide a virtual meeting so we could all share our communications in lieu of the actual conference.
Ramin, Nazim, Nathan and Hector shared their presentations to the Division of Organic Chemistry [ORGN] in the Molecular Recognition and Self-Assembly session.
Check out their communications!
- Utilizing CB to enhance activity of Pt photocatalyst in water reduction
- Hydrocarbon sensing with cucurbituril and an auxiliary probe
- Templating conformations with cucurbiturils
- Self-sorting of ditopic Pt(II) terpyridyl thiolate complexes with cucurbiturils
March 2020. The BRIGHT SIDE YouTube channel has highlighted our Ohio Bobcat Nanowagon as the tiniest truck ever constructed by humankind.
Take a look (min 08:16)!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU4ehHS-NR0
October 2019. Our colleague Kondalarao Kotturi was recently awarded his PhD degree after defending his dissertation entitled "Self-sorting of metal-ligand complexes with Cucurbiturils". Congratulations, Dr. Kotturi, and good luck with your new position as senior scientist at Liquid Ion Solutions in Pittsburgh!
Prof. Masson and Prof. Adam Urbach (Trinity University) co-organize the 6th International Conference on Cucurbiturils on the Ohio University campus (July 21 - 24, 2019).
Check https://www.ohio.edu/cas/chemistry/iccb2019/index.cfm to register!
August 2020: top-notch research labs in our new chemistry building!
Ever heard of the Nanocar Race? Check the video below!