Andy I Nguyen

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Chemistry
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 4246 Phone: 9494336367
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Finding solutions to renewable energy storage, sustainablilty, and smarter health treatment has never been more urgent. Metal-containing proteins in found in Nature hold the secret to solving these pressing challenges, and they inspire the way our group thinks about making new molecules.

    These metalloproteins are highly complex in structure and dynamics, so our goal is to use synthetic chemistry to create simplified models that both mimics the protein and teaches us how it works. Thus, our research combines inorganic, organic, and chemical biology.

    We are working to develop molecules for:
    (1) Renewable energy storage and CO2 reduction (artificial photosynthesis)
    (2) Fuel cells
    (3) Molecular machines

    The tools we use are:
    (1) Organic synthesis
    (2) Peptide synthesis
    (3) Inorganic synthesis

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 12

    Qualifications of a Student:
    We are searching for aspiring chemists who are curious and enjoy solving puzzles.

    Preference for sophomores with:
    >3.6 min GPA
    Chemistry or biochemistry major
    Aspirations for chemistry graduate school

    For those interested, please send a CV and transcript

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students who apply should appreciate that research is very challenging. Those who look forward to growing in the face of these challenges to contribute to the scientific field are highly encouraged to apply.

    Students should have at least 2 consecutive days available in their schedule for research. Additionally, students are expected to attend and present in group meetings once a week.

    Students must independently learn organic and inorganic synthesis, spectroscopy, and basic biochemistry.

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