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|Research Interests: Bioanalytical Chemistry|
The Strein group is interested in both the fundamentals and the applications of analytical techniques and technologies. A good deal of our work falls within broad area of separation science but we are also dabbling in aqueous NMR, thermochemistry and electrochemistry. We work quite a bit with capillary electrophoresis (CE) and are interested in separation schemes for the analysis of clinical biofluids and commercial beverages, the fundamentals of stacking phenomena, and mechanisms for chiral separation by CE. We have also done some collaborative work on the separation of dendrimers and the determination of mobilities in biological tissues.
One current (2014) project focuses on understanding how to perform in-line chemical reactions between small molecules or ions on the nanoliter level inside a CE capillary tube. We are investigating techniques for electrophoretic mixing and for both field-enhanced and transient isotachophoretic stacking of reactants and/or products of in-line reactions. We have been using the Jaffe reaction between picrate and creatinine as a model system for most of these studies, but are also investigating other reactions including those involving anti-oxidant molecules.
A second current project involves CE-based chiral separations enabled by bile salt micellar chiral additives to CE background buffers. We are particularly interested in understanding how micelles, formed by bile salts such as sodium cholate, deoxycholate and chenodeoxycholate, act as chiral selectors. This interest has spurred a collaborative project with the Rovnyak group in which NMR and ITC are being used to understand the dynamics and energetics of chiral bile salt micelle formation and the interaction of bile salt micelles with model chiral analytes.
An important part of our research efforts is the collaborative nature of student/faculty research at Bucknell. Typically, between 3 and 6 very talented and energetic students make up the research group. Current students in the group include:
Chiral MEKC separtaions with bile salts, NMR taurodeoxycholate systems
|Electrophoretic Stacking with Jaffe and other systems|
EMMA and hydroxide-mediated stacking with the Jaffe system
|Struictural studies of bile salts|
Junior Chemistry Major
|Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) of fentanyl|
Senior Chemistry/German Major
|HPLC separation of chemicals in soft drinks|
For a list of former group members, and where they are now, click
here (continually under construction).
Bucknell-Geisinger Research Initiative Grant (with Dr. Li Zhang) "Rapid Quantitative Analysis for Fentanyl with Ion Mobility Spectrometry" $49,990, 2016.
NSF-RUI Grant #CHE-1153052 (with David Rovnyak) “Molecular Characterization of Aggregation and Guest-Host Solvation by Bile Acids” $159,814, 2012-2015.
NIH AREA Grant #1 R15 EB003854-02 "Bioanalytical CE: Mixing, Reacting, Separating, Stacking" 2007-2011, $218,899
ACS-PRF "Examining hydrodynamic and solubilization properties of micelles formed by chiral amphiphiles with NMR" with David Rovnyak, 2007-2011 $55,000
NIH AREA Grant #1 R15 EB003854-01 "Polarity Switching and Stacking in Bioanalytical CE" 2004-2007, $139,400.
NSF-MRI Grant # CHE-0521108 "Acquisition of a High-Resolution NMR Spectrometer to Advance Faculty and
Undergraduate Research," with David Rovnyak (principal author) and others, 2005-2008, $475,000.
Henry Dreyfus Teacher/Scholar Award TH-98-025, "Activation, characterization and application of carbon fiber microelectrodes," 1998-2203, $60,000.
Research Corporation Grant #CC4333, renewal of "Capillary electrophoresis of physiological fluids: Small molecules to proteins," 1997-1999, $27,000.
NSF-ILI grant DUE-9551135, "Enhancement of the Undergraduate Chemistry Experience with Bench-Top GC-MS," 1995-1998 $24,732.
Council on Undergraduate Research Academic-Industrial
Undergraduate Research Partnership (AIURP) Award, for summer research student
Research Corporation Grant # CC3788, "Capillary electrophoresis of physiological fluids: Small molecules to proteins," 1995-1997 $28,500.
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Supplemental Grant number SL-94-02, "Bioanalytical Chemistry at Bucknell" 1994, $10,000.
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Start-up Grant number SU-94-011, "Development and use of capillary electrophoretic and microvoltammetric methods of analysis, and their application to biologically interesting samples," 1994, $12,500.
Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh Starter Grant, "Laser Activation at Carbon Fibers," 1994, $10,000.
NSF-ILI grant number DUE-9352607, "Capillary
Electrophoresis in the Undergraduate Curriculum," T. G. Strein (principal
author) with H. Veening, J. Swan, and C. Clapp, 1993-1996, $19,020.
Eckenroad, K., Manley, G., Yehl, J., Pirnie, R., Strein, T., Rovnyak, D. “An edge selection mechanism for chirally selective solubilization of binaphthyl atropisomeric guests by cholate and deoxycholate micelles” Chirality, 2016, 28, in press (accepted April 2016).
Anderson, S.A., Rovnyak, D., Strein T.G. “Direct Measurement of the Thermodynamics of Chiral Recognition in Bile Salt Micelles” Chirality, 2016, 28, 290-298 (DOI: 10.1002/chir.22580)
Guy, Y.; Faraji, A.H.; Gavigan, C., Strein, T.G. and Weber, S.G. “Iontophoresis From a Micropipette into a Porous Medium Depends on the Zeta-Potential of the Medium”, Analytical Chemistry, 2012, 84, 2179-2187 (DOI: 10.1021/ac202434c).
Faraji, A.H.; Cui, J.J.; Guy, Y.; Li, L.; Gavigan, C.A. Strein, T.G. and Weber,S.G. “Synthesis and Characterization of a Hydrogel with Controllable Electroosmosis: A Potential Brain Tissue Surrogate for Electrokinetic Transport” Langmuir, 2011, 27 (22), pp 13635-13642 (DOI: 10.1021/la202198k).
Alcala, M.A.; Shade, C.M.; Uh, H.; Kwan, S.Y.; Bishof, M.; Thampson, Z.P.; Golick, K.A.; Meier, A.R.; Strein, T.G.; Bartlett, D.L.; Modzelewski, R.R.; Lee, Y.J.; Petoud, S.; Brown, C.K. “Preferential accumulation within tumors and in vivo imaging by functionalized luminescent dendrimer lanthanide complexes” Biomaterials, 2011, 32, 9343-9352. (DOI:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.07.076)
Stahl, J. W.; Catherman, A.D.; Ranasinghe S.K.; Strein, T.G. "Investigating the Effects of Conductivity of Zone Overlap with EMMA: Computer Simulation and Experiment" Electrophoresis2011, 32, 1492-1499. (DOI: 10.1002/elps.201000451)
Merola, E.T.; Catherman, A.D., Yehl, J.B.;
Strein, T.G. "Determination of Total Antioxidant Capacity of Commercial Beverage Samples by
Capillary Electrophoresis using 2,6-Dichloroindophenol" J. Ag and Food Chem., 2009, 57(15), 6518-6523. (DOI: 10.1021/jf901214r)
Mason, P.; Strein T.G. “ In-capillary determination of creatinine with electrophoretically mediated microanalysis: characterization of the effects of reagent zone and buffer conditions ” Journal of Chromatography A, 2009, 1216,154-158. (DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2008.11.033)
Hebling, C.M.; Eckenroad, K.W.; Rovnyak, D.; and Strein, T.G. “Sodium Cholate Aggregation Observed by Nuclear magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of the Probe Molecule (R,S) 1,1'-bunapthyl-2,2'- dihydrogenphophate (BNDHP)” Langmuir, 2008, 24,13866-13874. (DOI:10.1021/la802000x)
Eckenroad, K.W.; Thompson, L.E.; Strein, T.G.; Rovnyak, D. "Proton NMR assignments for R,S-1,1-binapthyl (BN) and R,S-1,1-binaphthyl-2,2-diyl hydrogen phosphate (BNDHP) interacting with bile salt micelles" Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry,2006, 45, 72-75. (DOI: 10.1002/mrc.1916).
Teaching Area: Anlaytical Chemistry
CHEM231 Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis course
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CHEM340 Lab Biophysical Chemistry lab for junior/senior BS biochemistry majors and BA chemsitry majors
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