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Faculty members of the chemistry department at TCNJ are active teacher-scholars who work collaboratively with undergraduate students to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals.

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Ruff, A.; Kirby, C; Chan, B.C.; O’Connor, A.R. Base-Free Transfer Hydrogenation of Ketones Using Cp*Ir(pyridinesulfonamide)Cl Precatalysts. Organometallics 2016, Ahead of Print.


McGarry, K.R.; McDaniel, M.; Chan, Benny C.; O’Connor, Abby R. Synthesis and characterization of (π-allyl)palladium(II) complexes containing dialkylbiaryl phosphine ligands. Polyhedron, 2015, Ahead of Print.

Baker, J.L.; Furbish, J.; Lindberg, G.E. Influence of the ionic liquid [C4mpy][Tf2N] on the structure of the miniprotein Trp-cage. J. Mol. Graph. Model. 2015, 62, 202-212.

Guarracino, D.A. Wheel of Fortune – Cyclic Peptides Hit the Mimetic Jackpot: Current Syntheses, Uses and Roles for Cyclic Peptide Mimetics. Curr. Chem. Biol. 2015, 9(1), 36-52.

Farrokh, J.; Campos, C.; Hunt, D.A.  A Parham cyclization approach to diaryl-fused seven-membered ring heterocyclic ketones. Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56(37), 5245-5247.

Sen, S.E.; Wood, L.; Jacob, R.; Xhambazi, A.; Pease, B.; Jones, A.; Horsfield, T.; Lin, A.; Cusson, M. Disruption of insect isoprenoid biosynthesis with pyridinium bisphosphonates. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 2015, 63, 113-123.

Guarracino, D.A.; Alabanza, A.M.; Robertson, C.T.; Sanghvi, S.S. The Role of Primary Sequence in Helical Control Compared Across Short α- and β3-Peptides.  J. Biomol. Struct. Dynam. 2015, 33(3), 597-605.

Abourahma, H.; Shah, D.D.; Melendez, J.; Johnson, E.J.; Holman, K.T. A Tale of Two Stoichiometrically Diverse Cocrystals. Cryst. Growth Des. 2015, 15(7), 3101-3104.

Baker J.L.; Courtemanche N.; Parton D.L.; McCullagh M.; Pollard, T.D.; Voth G.A. Electrostatic Interactions Between the Bni1p Formin FH2 Domain and Actin Influence Actin Filament Nucleation. Structure 2015, 23, 68-79.


Abourahma, H.; Bradley, L.; Lareau, N. M.; Reesbeck, M.  A Modified Birch Reduction for the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory. J. Chem. Ed. 2014, 91(3),443-445.

Guarracino, D. A.; Alabanza, A. M.; Robertson, C. T.; Sanghvi, S. S.  The role of primary sequence in helical control compared across short α and β-peptides. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2014, 23(4), 989-994.

Nayak, S; Fiaschi, M.; King, D.; Tabakin, E.R.; Wood, L.; Hunt, D.A. Development of small molecular proteasome inhibitors using a Caenorhabditis elegans screen. Int. J. Med. Chem. 2014, 237286/1-237286/15.

Tucci, V.K.; O’Connor, A.R.; Bradley, L.M.  A Three-Year Chemistry Seminar Program Focusing on Career Development Skills.  J. Chem. Ed. 2014, 91(12), 2071-2077.

Rai, K.; Wu, V.; Gupta, P.; Laviska, D.A.; Chan, B.C.  N-Methyl-N-nitroso-p-toluenesulfonamide.  Acta Cryst., Sect E, 2014, 70(7), o782.

Cherney, E.; Macor, J.; Papanagapolous, C.; Hunt, D.A.  Tandem cyclization reactions of electron rich arylethylamino acid amides. An entry to the dihydroimidazoisoquinolin-3(2H)-one ring system.  Tetrahedron Lett. 2014, 55(34), 4837-4839.


Bendrihem, S. A.; Pyle, R.; Allison, J.  The Analysis of Gun-Cleaning Oil as Long-Distance Gunshot Residue and Its Implications for Chemical Tags on Bullets.  J. Forensic Sci. 2013, 58, 142-145.

Sanders, M. B.; Leon D.; Ndiche, E. I.; Chan, B. C.  1,3-Bis(chloromethyl)benzene. Acta Cryst. 2013, E69, 1150.

Sanders, M. B.; Furkan, T.; Leonard E.; Chan, B. C.  1,6-Dibromonaphthalen-2-ol methanol monosolvate. Acta Cryst. 2013, E69, 1149.

Sanders, M. B.; Farrokh, J. C.; Hardie, J.; Chan, B. C.  (1H-Imidazol-4-yl)methanol. Acta Cryst. 2013, E69, 1151.

De Lill, D. T.; Chan, B. C.  Structure and luminescence of a one-dimensional uranium coordination polymer assembled through benzophenone-4,4’-dicarboxylate. Inorganic Chimica Acta. 2013, 404, 215.

Gramigna, K. M.; Oria, J. V.; Mandell, C. L.; Tiedemann, M. A.; Dougherty, W. G.; Piro, N. A.; Kassel, W. S.; Chan, B. C.; Diaconescu, P.L.; Nataro, C.  Palladium(II) and Platinum(II) Compounds of 1,1′- Bis(phosphino)metallocene (M = Fe, Ru) Ligands with Metal−Metal Interactions. Organometallics, 2013, 32, 5966.

Jacobs, D. L.; Chan, B. C.; O’Connor, A. R.  N-[2-(Pyridin-2-yl)ethyl]-derivatives of Methane-, Benzene- and Toulenesulfonamide: Prospective Ligands for Metal Coordination. Acta Cryst. 2013, C69, 1397-1401.

Laforge, A. D.; Pulido, S. H.; Cava, R. J.; Chan, B. C.; Ramirez, A. P.  Quasispin Glass in a Geometrically Frustrated Magnet. Phys Rev Lett. 2013, 110(1), 017203.

Ferrie, J. J.; Gruskos, J. J.; Goldwaser, A. L.; Decker, M. E.; Guarracino, D. A.  A comparative protease stability study of synthetic macrocyclic peptides that mimic two endocrine hormones. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2013, 989-995.

Hirsh, D. J.; McCracken, J. M.; Biczo, R.; Gesuelli, K. A.  Saturation Recovery EPR with Nitroxyl Radical – Dy(III) Spin Pairs: Distances and Orientations. J. Phys. Chem. B. 2013, 117, 11960–11977.

Geherty, M.; Melnyk, J.; Chomsky, K.; Hunt, D. A.  Halogen-metal exchange reactions of bromoaryl-substituted β-lactams. Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 4934-4936.

Simpkins, C.; Hunt, D. A.  The Michael addition of 1,2-cyclohexanedione to -nitro- styrenes (I). The synthesis of 3-aryl-5,6-dihydrobenzofuran-7(4H)-ones. Tetrahedron Lett. 2013, 54, 3373-3375.

Weinstein, J. D.; Gonzalez, E. R.; Egleton, R. D.; Hunt, D. A.  The 10-patient screening protocol: a paradigm shift for evaluating pharmacotherapy for Alzheimer’s disease. Consult Pharm. 2013, 28, 443-454.

O’Connor, A. R.; Chan, B. C.; Kaminsky, W.; Heinekey, D. M.; Goldberg, K. I.  Synthesis and Characterization of Iridium(I) and Iridium (III) Complexes Containing Dialkylbiphenyl Phosphines. Organometallics, 2013, 32, 4016-4019.

Barbar, A.; Couture, M.; Sen, S. E.; Beliveau, C.; Nisole, A.; Bipfubusa, M.; Cusson, M.  Cloning, expression, and characterization of an insect geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 2013, 43, 947-758.

Cusson, M.; Sen, S. E.; Shinoda, T.  (2013) Juvenile Hormone Biosynthetic Enzymes as Targets for Insecticide Discovery. In Ishaaya, I., Palli, S.R., Horowitz, A.R. (Eds.) Advanced Technologies for Managing Insect Pests (pp. 31-55). New York, NY: Springer


Abourahma, H.; Urban, J. M.; Morozowich, N. M., Chan, B. C.  How robust is a pharmaceutical cocrystal? CrystEngComm. 2012, 14(19), 6163-6169.

Allred J. M.; Jia, S.; Breholm, M.; Chan, B. C.; Cava, R. J.  Ordered CoSn-type ternary phases in Co3Sn3-xGe x. J. Alloys Comp. 2012, 539, 137.

Ramirez A. L.; Chan, B. C.; de Lill D. T.  Benzol[1, 2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophene-4,8-dione. Acta Crystallographica, 2012, e68, 1428.

Sen, S. E.; Tomasello, A.; Grasso, M.; Denton, R.; Macor, J.; Beliveau, C.; Cusson, M.; Crowell, D. N.  Cloning, expression, and characterization of lepidopteran isopentenyl diphosphate isomerase. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 2012, 42, 739-750.


Abourahma, H.; Cocuzza, D. S.; Melendez, J.; Urban, J. M.  Pyrazinamide Cocrystals and the Search for Polymorphs. CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 6442-6450.

Culik, R. M.; Serrano, A. L.; Bunagan, M. R.; Gai Angew, F.  Achieving Secondary Structural Resolution in Kinetic Measurements of Protein Folding: A Case Study of the Folding Mechanism of Trp-cage. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 1-5.

Huang, J. L.; Noss, M. E.; Schmidt, K. M.; Murray, L.; Bunagan, M. R.  The Effect of Neat Ionic Liquid on the Folding of Short Peptides. Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 8007-8009.

Ni, N.; Allred, J. M.; Chan, B. C.; Cava, R. J.  High Tc electron doped Ca10(Pt3As8)(Fe 2As2)5 and Ca10((Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5: High TSuperconductors with Skutterudite Intermediary Layers. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 2011, 108, 1019.

Guarracino, D. A.; Bullock, B. N.; Arora, P. S.  Mini-Review: Protein-Protein Interactions in Transcription: A Fertile Ground for Helix Mimetics. Biopolymers, 2011, 1-7.

O’Connor, A. R.; Kaminsky, W.; Heinekey, D. M.; Goldberg, K. I.  Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of Arene-Stabilized Rhodium Complexes. Organometallics, 2011, 30, 2105-211.


Allison, J. The Front Row: A Small Group Feel in a Large Class. The Teaching Professor, 2010, 24 (2).

Donnelly, S.; Marrero, J. E.; Cornell, T.; Fowler, K.; Allison, J. Analysis of Pigmented Inkjet Printer Inks and Printed Documents by Laser Desorption/Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2010, 55(1), 135.

Bradley, L. M.; Collins, C. G.; Tabakin, E. R.; Hunt, D. A. Expedient preparations of 4,6-Dihalo-3-arylisobenzofuran-1(3H)-ones from 3,5-dihalo-N-ethylbenzamides. Org. Prep. Proced. Int. 2010, 42, 187-190.

Bradley, L. M.; Nardone, M. J.; Hunt, D. A. An expedient in situ preparation of symmetrical 1,4-dibenzylpiperazines from benzyl bromides and 2-bromoethylamine hydrobromide. Tetrahedron Lett. 2010, 51, 5613-5614.

Deifel, N. P.; Cherney, E.; Hunt, D. A.; Chan, B. C. 1-methyl-4H-3, 1-benzoxazine-2, 4(1H)dion. Acta Cryst. 2010, E66, 665.

Krizan, J.; Pulido, S.; Wehrhan, S.; Chan, B. C.  Cs6Nb4Se22 and K12Nb6Se 35+x, two compounds containing the M4Q22 building block. Acta Cryst. 2010, C66, 75.

Brinton, C. G.; Hirsh, D. J.  Note: Sensitivity Enhancement in Continuous-Wave Electron Paramagnetic Resonance: Adaptive Signal Averaging versus a Moving Average. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2010, 81, 3.

Cotter, H. V. C.; Hunt, D. A.; Kuhn, D. G.  Method for Controlling Harmful Fungi, (assigned to BASF) US2010099774 (A1) (2010-04-22).

O’Connor, A. R.; White, P. S.; Brookhart, M.  Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity Studies of Cyclohexenyl)Ni(II) Complexes. Organometallics, 2010, 29, 5382-5389.