Brasch Group News

December 2017: Ruth Cink is awarded a Dodd-Walls Centre travel award of $1,500 to allow her to travel to Hong Kong to carry out experiments in the lab of Professor David Lee Phillips. Congratulations, Ruth!

Ruth at MacDiarmidNovember 2017: Ruth attends a Future Leaders Program hosted by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Ruth also presents a poster at the Institute’s annual symposium held in Wellington.

Lynn PosterNovember 2017: Nicola, Ruth, Lynn and Yue attend the 24th International Society of Pure and Applied Coordination Chemistry Symposium (SPACC 24) at the University of Auckland. Ruth and Lynn present posters and Nicola gives a Keynote lecture. Ruth receives a prize for her poster presentation!

November 2017: Ruth is involved in Science Wananga, a three-day science experience for Maori secondary school students, in Dunedin.

Ruth PosterSeptember 2017: Ruth presents a poster at the School of Chemical Science’s Research Showcase, University of Auckland, and receives an Honourable Mention for her poster presentation.

August 2017: Yue Shen joins our group. Yue comes to us from Shanghai Institute of Technology, and will complete the last year of her AUT-SIT BSc degree at AUT. Welcome, Yue!

Yang Zhou GraduationAugust 2017: Joe graduates with his PhD! Joe has accepted a postdoc position with Professor Mark Meyerhoff, University of Michigan. Congratulations, Joe!

July 2017: Joe and Ruth attend the Gordon Research conference on Photochemistry, in Maine, USA. Both Joe and Ruth present posters, and Joe is also selected to give an oral presentation on his research!

July 2017: Joe successfully defends his PhD thesis! Congratulations, Joe!

April 2017: Vinay successfully defends his PhD PGR9 proposal!

April 2017: Joe is awarded the Jay and Carol Taylor Graduate Student Research Award for Excellence in Research from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University. Congratulations, Joe!

February 2017: Lynn begins her Honors project in the lab. Great to have you with us for another year, Lynn!

February 2017: Ruth is awarded a Dodd-Walls Centre Travel Award of $1,500 to attend the Gordon Research conference on Photochemistry in Lewiston, Maine, USA in July. Congratulations, Ruth!

January 2017: Ruth gives an invited talk on her research at the Dodd-Walls Symposium in Dunedin.

January 2017: Nicola is invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the journal Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis.

January 2017: Dr Alex Brito visits us from the lab of Professor Lindsay Allen at UC Davis, USA, and gives a talk on a new approach to detect functional vitamin B12 deficiency.

Ruth-VinayDecember 2016: Nicola, Ruth and Vinay attend the Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry conference (AsBIC-8), where Nicola gives an invited talk and Ruth and Vinay present posters.

Lynn GraduationDecember 2016: Lynn graduates with a BSc and is awarded the NZ Institute of Chemistry Prize for the most outstanding BSc graduate in Chemistry. Congratulations, Lynn!

December 2016: Nicola receives an award for Excellence in Research from the School of Science, AUT.

October 2016: MSc student Marwa Omar joins the group. Welcome, Marwa!

September 2016: Former Brasch group member Edward Suarez Moreira Bahnson is appointed to a tenure track position in the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Check out his research group website.

September 2016: Our first paper on photoactivated HNO donor molecules, co-authored by Joe, Ruth and Rohan, is published in Angewandte Chemie!

August 2016: Rohan’s paper on the reactions of cobalamins with hyperchlorous acid is published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry.

July 2016: Nicola is invited to give an oral presentation at the International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICCP-9) in Nanjing, China.

June 2016: Nicola is invited to give a keynote lecture at the European Colloquium on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms, in Krakow, Poland.

June 2016: Joe presents a poster at the Polymer Initiative of Northeast Ohio (PiNO) Conference at Case Western Reserve University.

June 2016: Ruth presents a poster at the University of Auckland School of Chemical Sciences Research Showcase.

May 2016: Sonya graduates with her PhD! In June Sonya will begin a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral fellowship at the Chemistry Research Center, United States Air Force Academy, working with Dr. Gary J. Balaich.

May 2016: Vinay Bharadwaj, who has been awarded an AUT Doctoral scholarship, joins the group. Welcome, Vinay!

April 2016: Nicola visits the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University, Palmerston North, to meet with staff and present a research seminar.

April 2016: Former undergraduate student in the KSU group, Mary Waddington, is awarded a Kent State University Distinguished Student Leadership Award. Mary has recently accepted a position in the PhD program at UCLA. Congratulations, Mary!

February 2016: Ruth is Chair of the Organising Committee for the inaugural annual AUT School of Applied Sciences Showcase (SASS). At this event postgraduate students showcase their research in the form of poster or oral presentations. Undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and staff from AUT and neighbouring universities attended the event. Click here for pictures of the research showcase.

February 2016: Our collaborator from Kent State University, Professor Paul Sampson, visits us at AUT. An extremely productive and enjoyable week – thanks, Paul!

Joe in AucklandJanuary 2016: Joe arrives in New Zealand to carry out laser flash photolysis and stopped flow spectroscopy experiments on HNO donors at AUT, thanks to a Supplemental US National Sciences Foundation grant!

December 2015: Harish’s paper on the reactions of reduced vitamin B12 derivatives with the HNO donor Piloty’s acid is published.

December 2015: Nicola is invited to give an oral presentation at the Australasian and Japanese Joint Meeting of the Societies for Free Radical Research (SFRR A+J) in Christchurch.

November 2015: Ruth attends the International Optical Society Network of Students’ Conference on Optics, Atoms and Laser Applications (IONS KOALA) at the University of Auckland.

November 2015: Nicola visits everyone at Kent State University! Overall a productive and very enjoyable trip!

Ohio Inorganic Weekend 2015November 2015: Joe, Saif and Anthony present posters on their research at the Ohio Inorganic Weekend, Bowling Green University.

November 2015: Nicola gives an invited seminar at Florida International University, Miami.

October 2015: Lynn Lisboa is awarded an AUT Summer Research Award from the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences to work with Nicola and Ruth on vitamin B12/HNO chemistry this summer.

October 2015: Anthony is awarded a KSU Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Research Award of $1,000.

New AUT Chem LabSeptember 2015: The newly renovated Chemistry lab is officially opened in the School of Applied Sciences at AUT. We’re finally in business! (Photo by Ruth Cink)

August 2015: Ruth is appointed as one of two co-organizers for AUT Applied Science’s Brown Bag Seminars.

August 2015: Our state-of-the-art laser flash photolysis LKS80 instrument is installed in the lab at AUT. This instrument is capable of collecting kinetic data of photoactive reactions in the nanosecond to second timescale.

July 2015: Professor Paul Sampson’s NSF Supplemental Funding Request is funded! This will allow both Paul and Joe to visit NZ in 2016 as part of our ongoing collaboration on photoactivated HNO donor molecules.

July 2015: Harishchandra’s paper entitled “Studies on the Reaction of Reduced Vitamin B12 Derivatives with the Nitrosyl Hydride (HNO) Donor Angeli’s Salt: HNO Oxidizes the Transition-Metal Center of Cob(I)alamin“ is published (Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2015, 3825).

July 2015: Joe is awarded a Schroer Travel Award from Kent State University to attend the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on Photochemistry at Stonehill College, MA.

July 2015: Harish accepts a position as Assistant Professor at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska! We wish you all the best, Harish!

June 2015: Ruth successfully defended her PhD research proposal (PGR9).

May 2015 Nicola gives a Colloquium at the University of Auckland.

April 2015: Sonya is awarded a Student Service Award from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University in recognition of her mentorship of undergraduate student leaders of the KSU Student Affiliates of the ACS Chapter.

April 2015: Anthony receives an Honorable Mention for the KSU Departmental Bush Teaching Award.

April 2015: Nicola gives an oral presentation at the Auckland Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry Symposium.

April 2015: Nicola visits and gives a seminar at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

April 2015: Anthony and Joe present posters at the KSU Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (ACS) poster session.

April 2015: Joe and Sonya give oral presentations at the Graduate Research Symposium at Kent State University. Sonya is awarded the Best Oral Presentation Award for the Physical Sciences Section at the 2015 Kent State Graduate Student Senate Research Symposium.

inside-cover-page.jpgMarch 2015: Rohan’s article on the reactions of reduced vitamin B12 complexes with the carbonate radical is selected for the inside journal cover of Chemistry – A European Journal, and classified as a “Hot Paper”! (Chem – Eur. J. 2015, 21, 6409)

March 2015: Sonya is awarded a KSU Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Research Award of $1,250 and a KSU Graduate Student Senate (GSS) travel grant to attend the ACS National conference.

Denver ACS 2015March 2015: Joe and Sonya travel to the 249th National ACS Meeting in Denver, CO. Joe presents a poster entitled “Synthesis and Photolysis of a Novel Family of Photoactivatable HNO Donors Using the (3-Hydroxy-2-naphthalenyl)methyl Photolabile Protecting Group,” and Sonya presents a poster titled “N-Hydroxysulfonamides RSO2NHOH as nitroxyl (HNO) donors.”

February 2015: Rohan accepts a postdoctoral position in the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, Department of Plant and Soil Science, at Texas Tech University. Congratulations, Rohan!

January 2015: Sonya is awarded a Younger Chemist Committee Leadership Development Workshop Award to attend the ACS Leadership Institute in Dallas, TX.

Denver ACS 2015December 2014: Sonya is awarded an ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Award (sponsored by Eli Lilly & Co.) to attend and present a poster at the 249th National ACS Meeting in Denver, CO.

November 2014: Rohan successfully defends his PhD thesis! Congratulations, Rohan!

November 2014: Undergraduate student Lynn Lisboa joins the group at AUT. Welcome, Lynn!

September 2014: Nicola officially starts in her new position as Professor at Auckland University of Technology.

Ohio Inorganic Weekend 2014September 2014: Joe and Sonya present posters on their research at the Ohio Inorganic Weekend, University of Michigan.

October 2014: Ruth Cink joins the group in NZ. Ruth will be co-supervised by Associate Professor Cather Simpson at the University of Auckland and Professor Allan Blackman at AUT, and has been awarded an AUT Doctoral Scholarship. Welcome, Ruth!

Pittsburgh ACS 2014October 2014: Rohan, Joe, and Sonya attend the 45th ACS Central Regional Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Joe is an invited speaker as part of the “Fresh Faces in Bioinorganic Chemistry” initiative, and Rohan and Sonya present posters. Rohan’s poster is also selected for SCI-MIX poster session and Rohan is awarded a travel award from the Graduate Student Senate to attend this conference.

October 2014: Rohan’s paper entitled “Pulse Radiolysis Studies of the Reaction of Nitrogen Dioxide with the Vitamin B12 Complexes Cob(II)alamin and Nitrocobalamin” is published. (J. Inorg. Biochem. 2015, 142, 54)

August 2014: Nicola is invited to give an oral presentation at the FASEB Summer Research conference on Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and One Carbon Metabolism in Colorado Springs.

July 2014: Harishchandra accepts a one-year Assistant Professor position at in the Department of Chemistry at Kent State University’s Tuscarawas campus.

Harish.jpgJune 2014: Harish successfully defends his PhD thesis. Congratulations Harish! Click here for photos of the Brasch Group celebrating the event.

May 2014: Dr Brasch announces her new appointment as Professor at Auckland University of Technology starting later in 2014.

April 2014: Rohan is awarded the Jay and Carol Taylor Graduate Student Research Award for Excellence in Research from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University. Congratulations, Rohan!

April 2014: Joe, Rohan and Matt present posters at the KSU/Stark State College Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (ACS) poster session, and both received an Honorable Mention for Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation.

April 2014: Rohan and Harish give oral presentations at the KSU GSS Graduate Research Symposium at Kent State University.

Rohan-Taylor-Award.jpgApril 2014: Rohan wins the Taylor Scholarship for excellence in graduate research. Great job, Rohan! Photo courtesy of Erin Michael.

April 2014: Dr Brasch is presented an Advisor Excellence Award for her work with the Kent State Chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. The award is given by the Center for Student Involvement to an advisor of a registered student organization who has been recognized by his or her organization as having done an outstanding job.

April 2014: Rohan and Matt receive an Honorable Mention for their poster presentations at the KSU/Stark State College Student Affiliates of the ACS Poster session. Well done, guys!

mary-2.jpgMarch 2014: Mary is one of two students from the KSU NSF-REU summer 2013 program selected to attend the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Mary presented a poster on fluorescent vitamin B12 conjugates co-authored by herself, Matt and Anthony.

fig.gifJanuary 2014: Harishchandra’s article on the reaction of Angeli’s salt with aquacobalamin is published in Inorganic Chemistry.

January 2014: Anthony successfully defends his PhD candidacy proposal!

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