Group Members

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Graduate Students

Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 4th year PhD candidate; DAR Graduate Chemistry Scholar, Alexander Foundation Graduate Scholar, Gary Maciel Fellow, C. Michael Elliot Fellow

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

University of Colorado - Boulder

What was your undergraduate major?

Undergrad: Chemistry and Secondary Science education.
Masters (CU-Denver): Chemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to be outside in the mountains. Hiking, climbing, snowboarding, camping, or reading in the hammock.

Current research project:

Liquid-phase separations of small molecules with metal-organic frameworks; simultaneous analyses of cannabinoids and pesticides using HPLC-QQQ.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Thai, J. E.; Tuttle, R.R.; DeRoo, J.; Cuchiaro J.; Reynolds M.M. Cu-Based Metal-Organic Framework Nanosheets Synthesized via a Three-Layer Bottom-Up Method for the Catalytic Conversion of S-Nitrosoglutathione to Nitric Oxide. ACS Appl. Nano Materials. 2021, 5, 1, 486-496. DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c03313
  2. Cuchiaro, J.; DeRoo, J.; Thai, J.; Reynolds, M.M. Evaluation of the Adsorption-Accessible Surface Area of MIL-53(Al) using Cannabinoids in a Closed System. ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. 2022, 14, 10, 12836-12844. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c24391
  3. Zang, Y.; Vlcek, J. R.; Kipper, M.; Cuchiaro, J. H.; Popat, K. C.; Olver, C. S.; Kipper, M. J.; Reynolds, M. M. Ex Vivo Evaluation of Blood Coagulation of Endothelial Glycocalyx-Inspired Surfaces Using Thromboelastography. In Vitro Models. 2021 1, 59-71. DOI: 10.1007/s44164-021-00001-w
  4. Cuchiaro, J.; DeRoo, J.; Reynolds, M. M. Evaluating the Suitability of a Metal-Organic Framework for Adsorptive Separations of Cannabinoids. Poster Presentation. 2021 Virtual Cannabis Research Conference. Pueblo, CO. August 3, 2021.
  5. Cuchiaro, J.; Buttorff, L.; Reynolds, M. M. Development and Validation of an HPLC-QQQ Method for Simultaneous Detection of Low-Concentration Cannabinoids, Carbaryl, Boscalid, Spinosad, and Permethrin. Poster Presentation. 2021 Virtual Cannabis Research Conference. Pueblo, CO. August 3, 2021.
  6. Thai, J.; Tuttle, R.; Cuchiaro, J.; Reynolds, M. M. Three-Layer, Bottom-Up Synthesis of Catalytically Active Cu-MOF Nanosheets. ACS Applied Nanomaterials. Manuscript submitted for review.
  7. Zang, Y.; Vlsek, J.; Cuchiaro, J.; Oliver, C.; Popat, K.; Kipper, M.; Reynolds, M. M. Ex Vivo Evaluation of Blood Coagulation on Endothelial Glycocalyx-Inspired Surfaces Using Thromboelastography. In Vitro Models accepted August 23, 2021.
  8. Cuchiaro, H.; Thai, J.; Schaffner, N.; Tuttle, R.; Reynolds, M. M. Exploring the Parameter Space of p-Cresyl Sulfate Adsorption in Metal-Organic Frameworks. ACS Appl. Mater. 2020, 12, 22572-22580. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c04203
  9. Cuchiaro, H.; Reynolds, M. M. Differences in p-Cresyl Sulfate Adsorption by Metal-Organic Frameworks as Dialysis Materials. Oral Presentation. Pittsburgh Conference (PITTCON) 2020. Chicago, IL. March 2, 2020.
  10. Cuchiaro, H.; Reynolds, M. M. Using Metal-Organic Frameworks for Adsorptive Applications. Oral Presentation. ACS Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting. El Paso, TX. November 15, 2019.
  11. Cuchiaro, H.; Reynolds, M. M. Next Generation Dialysis: Using a Metal-Organic Framework to Filter Uremic Toxin. Poster Presentation. CSU Graduate Student Showcase. Fort Collins, CO. November 12, 2019. **CSU Ventures Drivers of Innovation Silver Award**
  12. Cuchiaro, H.; Laurens, L. Total Protein Analysis in Algae via Bulk Amino Acid Detection: Optimization of Amino Acid Derivatization after Hydrolysis with O-Phthalaldehyde 3-Mercaptopropionic Acid (OPA-3MPA). J. Agr. Food Chem. 2019, 67 (19), 5672-5679. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b00884
  13. Cuchiaro, H.; Laurens, L. A New Method for Protein Analysis in Algae: Optimization of Amino Acid O-Phthalaldehyde 3- Mercaptopropionic Acid (OPA-3MPA) Derivatization. Oral presentation. Algal Biomass Summit. Woodlands, TX. October 16, 2018.
  14. Cuchiaro, H.; Laurens, L. A New Method for Protein Analysis in Algae Using Amino Acid O-Phthalaldehyde 3- Mercaptopropionic Acid (OPA-3MPA) Derivatization. Poster presentation. 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioproducts. Seattle, WA. June 11-13, 2018.
  15. Sriram, I.; Curtin, A. E.; Chiaramonti, A. N.; Cuchiaro, J. H.; Weidner, A. R.; Tingley, T. M.; Greenlee, L. F.; Jeerage, K. Stability and Phase Transfer of Catalytically Active Platinum Nanoparticle Suspensions. J. Nanopart. Res. 2015, 17. DOI: 10.1007/s11051-015-3034-1.
Who am I?

Biomedical Engineering graduate student – 4th year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Colorado State University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemical & Biological Engineering

What do you like to do for fun?

Hiking, cooking, rock climbing, camping.

Current research project:

Mapping surface concentrations of nitric oxide using electrochemical methods.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. DeRoo, J.; Snow, C.; Reynolds, M. M. Poster presentation. Computational Incorporation of Proteinaceous Materials Into Metal Organic Frameworks. Graduate Student Showcase, Fort Collins, CO. November 12, 2019.
  2. DeRoo, J.; Akgul, S.; Ablutz, M.; Popat, K.; Kipper, M. Demineralized Bone Matrix Fibers Support Adipose Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Mineralization in Vitro. Poster Presentation. BMES Nationals 2016.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student – 3rd year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

What was your undergraduate major?

B.A. Psychology

What do you like to do for fun?

Climbing, games, reading, making things.

Current research project:

Mechanistic studies of CuBTTri-mediated NO release.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Patel,C., Mohnike, M., Hilton, M.C., McNally, A. A Strategy to Aminate Pyridines, Diazines, and Pharmaceuticals via Heterocyclic Phosphonium Salts. Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 2607. DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.8b00813.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student – 2nd year (co-advised by Prof. Eugene Chen)

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Polymer Chemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

Rock climbing, SCUBA diving, reading fantasy, jiu jitsu, multi-day hiking/camping, snowboarding, soccer.

Current research project:

Circular and biodegradable polymers: chemically recyclable polymers; biodegradable polymers in biomedical applications.

Who am I?

Biomedical Engineering graduate student – 1st year

Where did you do your previous work?

Colorado State University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering

What do you like to do for fun?

Playing video games, reading, listening to music, and watching Netflix shows.

Current research project:

Developing alternative cancer therapeutics and antimicrobial surfaces through nitric oxide delivery.

Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student – 2nd year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

University of Northern Iowa

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

Playing video games, Dungeons & Dragons, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with my cat.

Current research project:

Method development and analysis using LC/MS-MS methods for fungal degradant and cannabinoid systems.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Sebree, J. A., Roach, M. C., Shipley, E. R., Hörst, S. M., He, C. The Astrophysical Journal. 2018, 865, 133. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aadba1
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student – 1st year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Austin College

What was your undergraduate major?

B.A. Biochemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy walking my dog, lifting, climbing, hiking, playing basketball and tennis, and hanging out with my friends.

Current research project:

My current research focuses on the synthesis of diazeniumdiolate derivatives that have the potential to selectively release nitric oxide in the presence of target enzymes, acting as a prodrug antibiotic.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Selkow, A. R.; Reynolds, M. M. Synthesis of an Enzyme-Activated MRSA Speific Antibiotic Prodrug. Poster presentation. CSU Ventures Demo Day, Fort Collins, CO. April 18, 2022.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 5th year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Western New England University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemistry, Minor in Biology

What do you like to do for fun?

Archery, cooking, reading, listening to/playing music, escape rooms, video games, hanging out with my dog.

Current research project:

My research spans multiple areas in organic, inorganic, and materials with a focus on synthesis. I am developing a new catalytic system to create a high-throughput continuous flow catalytic reactor using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Furthermore, I am also designing and synthesizing 1D and 2D MOFs to optimize the number of active sites to try and maximize catalytic activity. I am also developing new catalysts by exploring ligand design on MOFs, synthesizing molecules for the development of pediatric cancer therapeutics that employ the combination of gene inhibition with nitric oxide delivery, and synthesizing new nitric oxide-releasing materials.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Cuchiaro, J.; DeRoo, J.; Thai, J.; Reynolds, M.M. Evaluation of the Adsorption-Accessible Surface Area of MIL-53(Al) using Cannabinoids in a Closed System. ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. 2022, 14, 10, 12836-12844. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c24391
  2. Thai, J. E.; Reynolds, M. M. Reshaping the Future of MOF Catalysis: Modifying the Morphology of MOF particles for Enhanced Catalytic Activity. Oral presentation. Spring 2022 ACS National Meeting & Expo. San Diegos, CA. March 23, 2022.
  3. Thai, J. E.; Tuttle, R.R.; DeRoo, J.; Cuchiaro J.; Reynolds M.M. Cu-Based Metal-Organic Framework Nanosheets Synthesized via a Three-Layer Bottom-Up Method for the Catalytic Conversion of S-Nitrosoglutathione to Nitric Oxide. ACS Appl. Nano Materials. 2021, 5, 1, 486-496. DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c03313
  4. Thai, J. E.; Reynolds, M. M. Going with the Flow: A Modern Solution for a Manufacturing Revolution. Online poster presentation. Graduate Student Showcase. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. November 9, 2021. Received Honorable Mention Award for “Greatest Minds in Research” and invitation to present at Vice President of Research 3-Minute Challenge.
  5. Thai, J. E.; Reynolds, M. M. Going with the Flow: A Modern Solution for a Manufacturing Revolution. Oral Presentation. Presentation to Hach Distinguished Lecturer, Isaiah Warner. Fort Collins, CO. April 7, 2021.
  6. Cuchiaro H., Thai J., Schaffner N., Tuttle R.R., Reynolds M. Exploring the Parameter Space of p-Cresyl Sulfate Adsorption in Metal-Organic Frameworks. ACS Appl. Mater. Inter. 2020, 12, 20, 22572-22580. DOI:10.1021/acsami.0c04203
  7. Wellman, M; Thai, J, Reynolds, M. “Green Chemistry Approaches for Cosmetological Applications.” Online Poster Presentation. Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. April 23, 2020
  8. Thai, J. E.; Reynolds, M. M. Going with the Flow: A Modern Solution for a Manufacturing Revolution. Oral Presentation. CSU VPR 3 Minute Challenge. Fort Collins, CO. February 10, 2020.
  9. Thai, J. E.; Reynolds, M. M. Using Metal-Organic Frameworks to Create a Continuous Flow Catalytic System. Poster presentation. Graduate Student Showcase. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. November 12, 2019. Received Honorable Mention Award for “Greatest Minds in Research” and invitation to present at Vice President of Research 3-Minute Challenge.
  10. Thai, J. E., Reynolds, M. M. Using Cu3(BTC)2 Metal-Organic Framework to Create a High-Throughput, Continuous Flow Catalytic System. Poster Presentation. 258th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Diego, CA. August 27, 2019.
Who am I?

Biomedical Engineering graduate student – 1st year

Where did you do your previous work?

Colorado State University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy hiking, skiing, climbing, traveling and playing soccer.

Current research project:

My research involves developing coating methodologies for gas exchange fibers and medical device tubing using polymer composites with metal organic frameworks.

Awards:
  • Outstanding Walter Scott College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Researcher Award. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. May 2021.
Publications and Presentations:
  1. Wick, T.; Zang, Y.; Reynolds, M. M. Combined Influence of Polydopamine and Copper-Based Metal-Organic Framework on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenators. 2020 Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. April 21, 2020. **Best in Show**
  2. Wick, T. Investigation of a Metal-Organic Framework Coating onto Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Tubing. Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentation. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. April 27, 2021.
  3. Gowdar, S.; Hoffmann, E.; Perez, G.; Roach, D.; Wick, T. Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) Device. Engineering Days Presentation. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. April 23, 2021.

Undergraduate Students

Who am I?

Chemistry undergraduate student.

What do you like to do for fun?

Jazz dance, modern dance, ballet, partner dancing, classical singing, and reading.

Current research project:

Development of a continuous flow reactor to perform catalysis on organic reactions.

Who am I?

Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduate student.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to read, weightlift, longboard, and play video games.

Current research project:

Currently I am analyzing MOF Nanosheets via AFM.