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Award Abstract #1229149

MRI: Acquisition of an NMR Spectrometer for Research and Training

Division Of Chemistry
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Initial Amendment Date: August 30, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: August 30, 2012
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Award Number: 1229149
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Carlos A. Murillo
CHE Division Of Chemistry
MPS Direct For Mathematical & Physical Scien
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Start Date: September 1, 2012
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End Date: August 31, 2016 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $273,118.00
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Investigator(s): Anindya Ghosh axghosh@ualr.edu (Principal Investigator)
Tito Viswanathan (Co-Principal Investigator)
Jeffrey Gaffney (Co-Principal Investigator)
Brian Berry (Co-Principal Investigator)
Darin Jones (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Arkansas Little Rock
2801 South University
Little Rock, AR 72204-1000 (501)569-8474
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Program Reference Code(s): 1108, 1189, 1401, 1948, 1982, 5560, 6884, 7237, 9150
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Program Element Code(s): 1189, 9150


With this award from the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, Professor Anindya Ghosh from University of Arkansas Little Rock and colleagues Tito Viswanathan, Jeffrey Gaffney, Brian Berry and Darin Jones will acquire a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer with broadband capabilities. The proposal is aimed at enhancing research training and education at all levels, especially in areas such as (a) synthesis of ligands and catalysts for green chemistry applications; (b) synthesis of molecules for medicinal purposes; (c) synthesis of conducting polymers for photovoltaics; (d) self-assembly of polymer tethered nanoparticles; (e) synthesis of new donor materials for organic photovoltaics; (f) plant metabolonics; (g) chemical characterization of carbonaceous aerosols and humic materials in precipitation; (h) synthesis of metal complexes as cytoprotectors; and (i) proteomics.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is one of the most powerful tools available to chemists for the elucidation of the structure of molecules. It is used to identify unknown substances, to characterize specific arrangements of atoms within molecules, and to study the dynamics of interactions between molecules in solution. Access to state-of-the-art NMR spectrometers is essential to chemists who are carrying out frontier research. The results from these NMR studies will have an impact in synthetic organic/inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry and biochemistry. This instrument will be an integral part of teaching as well as research at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and neighboring institutions such as the historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Philander Smith College.


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Ramidi, P.; Gerasimchuk, N.; Gartia Y.; Felton C. M.; Ghosh A.. "Activity of Cobalt(III) amidoamine complexes for the catalytic synthesis of cyclic carbonate from epoxide and carbon dioxide," Dalton. Transactions, 2013. 

Pulla, S.; Felton, C. M.; Ramidi, P.; Gartia, Y.; Ali, N.; Nasini, U. B.; Ghosh, A.. "Advancements in oxazolidinone synthesis utilizing carbon dioxide as a C1 source," J. CO2. Util., 2013. 

Gartia, Y.; Ramidi, P.; Jones, D. E.; Pulla, S.; Ghosh, A.. "Nickel Complex Catalyzed Efficient Activation of sp3 and sp2 C?H Bonds for Alkylation and Arylation of Oxygen Containing Heterocyclic Molecules," Catal. Lett., v.144, 2014, p. 507. 

Gartia, Y.; Ramidi, P.; Cheerla, S.; Jones, D. E.; Pulla, S.; Ghosh, A.. "Activation of sp3 and sp2 C-H bonds of oxygen containing heterocyclic molecules for alkylation and arylation reactions catalyzed by an iron complex.," J. Mol. Cat. A: Chem., v.144, 2014, p. 253. 

Moore, J. A.; Ali, S.; Berry, B. C.. "Stabilization of PCBM Domains in Bulk Heterojunctions using Polystyrene-Tethered Fullerene," Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, v.118, 2013, p. 96. 

P Ramidi, O Abdulrazzaq, CM Felton, Y Gartia, V Saini, AS Biris, A Ghosh. "Triplet ensitizer Modification of Poly (3?hexyl) thiophene (P3HT) for Increased Efficiency in BulkHeterojunction Photovoltaic Devices," Energy and Technology, v.2, 2014, p. 604.

Ramidi, P.; Felton, C.; Subedi, B.; Zhou, H.; Tian, Z.; Gartia, Y.; Pierce, B.; Ghosh, A.. "Synthesis and characterization of manganese(III) and high-valent manganese-oxo complexes and their roles in conversion of alkenes to cyclic carbonates.," Journal of CO2 Utilization, 2015, p. 48.

Parnell, C. M.; Watanabe, F.; Nasini, U.; Berry, B.; Mitchell, T.; Shaikh, U. A.; Ghosh, A.. "Electrochemical sensing of hydrogen peroxide using a cobalt(III) complex supported on carbonaceous nanomaterials.," Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, v.740, 2015, p. 37-44.

Gartia, Y.; Parnell, C. M.; Watanabe, F.; Szwedo, P.; Biris, A. S.; Peddi, N.; Nima, Z. A.; and Ghosh, A.. "Graphene-Enhanced Oxygen Reduction by MN4 Type Cobalt(III) Catalyst.," ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, v.3, 2015, p. 97.

Ramidi, P.; Abdulrazzaq, O; Felton, C. M.; Saini, V.; Gartia, Y.; Biris, A. S.; Ghosh A.. "Triplet Sensitizer Modification of Poly(3-hexyl)thiophene (P3HT) for Increased Efficiency in Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices.," Energy Technol., v.2, 2014, p. 604.

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