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Our efforts in research not only benefit students by offering hands-on learning experiences and impactful mentoring relationships with faculty, they also produce scholarly products and build student resumés. Below is a listing of research articles published by our students and faculty, as well as external funding for research obtained through grants and industrial collaborators. 

Recent Publications (2023-24)

* Indicates UWEC Student co-authors.

Hati, S. and Bhattacharyya, S. "Writing a Literature Review as a Class Project in an Upper-Level Undergraduate Biochemistry Course” Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ.2024, 1-6. DOI:

Lewis, D.E., “Jackson, C. M., Molecular World. Making Modern Chemistry (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2023)” Ambix2024, 71, in press [book review]. 

Hebert, J.*, Hratisch, R.*, Gomes, R., Kunkel, W., Marshall, D., Ghosh, A., Doss, I.*, Ma, Y., Stedman, D., Stinson, B., Varghese, A., Mohr, M.*, Rozario, P.* Bhattacharyya, S. “High-performance computing in undergraduate education at primarily undergraduate institutions in Wisconsin: progress, challenges, and opportunities” Educ. Inf. Technol. 2024.  DOI:

Brandt, M.*, Hau, N.*, Laatsch, B.F.*, Torti, A.*, Berthiaume, A.R.*, Kaat, G.M.*, Marcotte, E.M.*, Shepler, M.L.*, Smith, L.S.*, Snyder, K.L.*, Stepanek, J.M.*, Tichy, S.K.*, and Bailey-Hartsel, S.C. “Use of an Integrating Cavity Spectrometer to Easily Determine Beer SRM Color Without Filtration, Centrifugation or Numerical Correction”, Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists 2023. DOI: 10.1080/03610470.2023.2209224 

Lewis, D.E., “ 'The Chemical History of Color,’ but just two kinds of them.” Bull. Hist. Chem.2023, 48, 39-49. 

Brock, W. H.; Lewis, D. E., “A Dark Comedy of Errors: Nierenstein, Freudenberg and the Structure of catechin,” Bull. Hist. Chem.2023, 48, 170–1891. 

Lewis, D.E., “Early organic chemistry in Kyiv: Serhii Mykolayovych Reformatskyi (1860–1934) and his name reaction,” ChemPlusChem2023, 88 (10), e202300224 (13 pp.) 

Fossum, C. J.*, Johnson, B.O.V.*, Golde, S.T.*, Kielman, A.J.*, Finke, B.*, Lowater, H. R.*, Laatsch, B.*, Bhattacharyya, S. and Hati, S. “Insight into the Mechanism of Tryptophan Fluorescence Quenching due to Synthetic Crowding Agents: A Combined Experimental and Computational Study”, ACS Omega 2023, 8, 144820-44830.  DOI: 

Parsons, S.W . *, Hucek, D.G. *, Mishra, P., Plusquellic, D.F., Zwier, T. S., & Drucker, S. “Jet-Cooled Phosphorescence Excitation Spectrum of the T1(n,π*) ← S0 Transition of 4H-Pyran-4-one.” J. Phys. Chem. A. 2023,127,3636-3647DOI: 

Laatsch, B.F. *, Brandt, M.*, Finke, B.*, Fossum, C.J. *, Wackett, M.J. *, Lowater, H.R. *, Narkiewicz-Jodko, A. *, Le, C. N.*, Yang, T., Glogowski, E.M., Bailey-Hartsel, S.C., Bhattacharyya, S., & Hati, S. “Polyethylene Glycol 20k. Does It Fluoresce?” ACS Omega 2023, 8, 14208–14218.

Vermeuel, M.P., Novak, G.A., Kilgour, D.B., Clafin, M.S., Lerner, B.M., Thom, J., Cleary, P.A., Desai, A.R., Bertram, T.H. “Leaf senescence alters Ambient BVOC over a mixed temperate forest” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 2023, 23, 4123–4148

Tirado, J. *, Torti, A.*, Butterworth B.*, Wangen, K.*, Voon, A. *, Kies, B. *, Hupy, J. de Boer, G., Pierce, R.B., Wagner, T. J., Cleary, P.A. “Observations of Coastal Dynamics During Lake Breeze at a Shoreline Impacted by High Ozone” Env. Sci. Atmos. 2023, 3, 494-505.
DOI: 10.1039/D2EA00101B 

Benning, T.*, Lowater, H.* and Bailey-Hartsel, S.C. “Does Beer Obey Beer’s Law?” 
MBAA Technical Quarterly 2023, 60:3, 63-65. DOI:

External Grants and Collaborations (2021-2024)

Exploring the Dynamics of Prolyl-tRNA Synthetases: Towards Developing a Screening Method for Species-Specific Inhibitors.” 
National Institute of Health-Academic “Administrative Supplements for Equipment for Select NIGMS-Funded Awards.” (NIH-AREA), $99,900.
PIs: Sudeep Bhattacharyay and Sanchita Hati. 

“RUI: Condensed-Phase Effects on the Structural and Energetic Properties of Nitrogen Donor – SOx Complexes.”
National Science Foundation (NSF-CSDM-A), $313,276.
PI: Jim Phillips   

“Isolation, Characterization, and Propagation of Fungal Root Pathogens in Horseradish.”
Silver Springs Food Inc. (collaboration), $56,277.
PI: Scott Bailey-Hartsel 

REU Site: Advancing High-Performance Computing Opportunities in Undergraduate Research at UW-Eau Claire to Meet Challenges of Multidisciplinary Computational Science.
National Science Foundation (NSF-REU), $385,762.
Co-PI: Sudeep Bhattacharyay (with Rahul Gomes of Computer Science) 

“Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Human Saliva as a Non-invasive Tool for Cancer Diagnostics.”
Research Innovation Council, UWEC & Mayo Clinic Health System, $29,228.
PI: Sanchita Hati; Co-PI: Dr. Laurel McEllistrem and Dr. Sandeep Basu  

Exploring the Dynamics of Prolyl-tRNA Synthetases: Towards Developing a Screening Method for Species-Specific Inhibitors.
National Institute of Health-Academic Research Enhancement Awards (NIH-AREA), $397,331.
PIs: Sudeep Bhattacharyay and Sanchita Hati

Exploring Policies to Promote High-Performance Computing in Post-Pandemic Undergraduate Education in Wisconsin."
Tommy Thompson Center of Public Leadership, $94,368.
PIs: Sudeep Bhattacharyay (with Ying Ma (MSBME), Rahul Gomes (CS), Abhimanyu Ghosh (ME, UW-Stout), and Tony Varghese (CS, UW-River Falls)).  

Collaborative Research: RUI: Lake Breeze Influence on Ozone transport as Captured by an Unmanned Aerial System”.
National Science Foundation (Supplemental Request), $41,437.
PI: Patricia Cleary

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