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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
Doing Business As Name:University of Massachusetts Amherst
PD/PI:
  • Sankaran Thayumanavan
  • (413) 545-1313
  • thai@chem.umass.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Jeanne A Hardy
  • Mark A Johnson
  • Scott M Auerbach
  • Dhandapani Venkataraman
Award Date:08/08/2007
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ NaN
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 1,592,869
  • FY 2007=$750,000
  • FY 2009=$297,446
  • FY 2008=$545,423
Start Date:08/15/2007
End Date:07/31/2010
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.049
Primary Program Source:490100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:CBCI: Fueling the Future - Fabricating New Molecules and Materials for Renewable Energy
Federal Award ID Number:0739227
DUNS ID:153926712
Parent DUNS ID:079520631
Program:CHE CENTERS
Program Officer:
  • Katharine Covert
  • (703) 292-4950
  • kcovert@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:Research Administration Building
City:Hadley
State:MA
ZIP:01035-9450
County:Hadley
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Massachusetts Amherst
Street:Research Administration Building
City:Hadley
State:MA
ZIP:01035-9450
County:Hadley
Country:US
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

Sankaran Thayumanavan, Scott Auerbach, Jeanne Hardy and Dhandapani Venkataraman of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mark Johnson of Yale University are supported by an award from the Chemical Bonding Centers (CBC) Phase I program to carry out research addressing several fundamental aspects of proton transport, the molecular level process which underlies a number of important biological phenomena as well as the functioning of a central component in fuel cells. Proton transfer is a key aspect of a broad array of chemical problems, including acid-base reactions, energy storage and utilization, and catalysis. The center is focusing its investigation of the chemistry of proton conduction via site-to-site jumps and well-defined scaffolds. The main objectives are to (i) identify optimal functional groups and the underlying dynamics of facile proton transfer; and (ii) fabricate ideal scaffolds that produce stable and rapid proton conduction. An important application area of this research is the design of better membranes for fuel cells. In keeping with this goal, the CBC will create a web-based entity, the National Chemical Energy Research Network, NCERN, that will (i) act as a dynamic interface among energy researchers and research centers; and (ii) foster better communication between chemists working on energy-related research and the general public. NCERN will facilitate the creation of wiki pages and will moderate interactive chats on these subjects. The center is having a broad impact both through the activities of NCERN as well as through its function as an interdisciplinary training center for graduate students and postdoctorals.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Early, K. T.; Sudeep, P. K.; Emrick, T. and Barnes, M. D. "Polarization-driven Stark Shifts in Quantum Dot Luminescence from Single CdSe-oligoPPV Nanoparticles" Nano Letters ASAP, v., 2010, p..

Huber, K.L., Olsen, K.D. and Hardy, J.A. "Robust Production of a Peptide Library Using Methodological Synchronization" Protein Expression and Purification, v.67, 2009, p.139.

Gardenier, G. H.; Johnson, M. A.; McCoy, A. B. "Spectroscopic Study of the Ion-Radical H-Bond in H4O2+" J. Phys. Chem., A, v.113, 2009, p.4772.

Klaikherd, A.; Nagamani, C.; Thayumanavan, S. "Multi-Stimuli Sensitive Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Assemblies" J. Am. Chem. Soc., v.131, 2009, p.4830.

Kale, T.; Krishnamoorthy, K.; Thelakkat, M.; Thayumanavan, S. "Charge Mobility in Non-Conjugated Dendrons with Charge Transport Functionality in Every Layer" J. Phys. Chem. Lett., v.1, 2010, p.1116.

Savariar, EN; Krishnamoorthy, K; Thayumanavan, S "Molecular discrimination inside polymer nanotubules" NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, v.3, 2008, p.112. doi:10.1038/nnano.2008.  View record at Web of Science

Klaikherd, A; Ghosh, S; Thayumanavan, S "A facile method for the synthesis of cleavable block copolymers from ATRP-based homopolymers" MACROMOLECULES, v.40, 2007, p.8518. doi:10.1021/ma071852  View record at Web of Science

Gardenier, G., Roscioli, J., and Johnson, M. "Intermolecular Proton Binding in the Presence of a Large Electric Dipole: Ar-Tagged Vibrational Predissociation Spectroscopy of the CH3CN·H+·OH2 and CH3CN·D+·OD2 Complexes" J. Phys. Chem. A, v.112, 2008, p.12022.

Savariar, E. N.; Sochat, M. M.; Klaikherd, A.; Thayumanavan, S. "Functional Group Density and Recognition in Polymer Nanotubes" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., v.48, 2009, p.110.

Venkataraman, D.; Yurt, S.; Venkatraman, B. H.; Gavvalapalli, N. "Role of Molecular Architecture in Organic Photovoltaic Cells" J. Phys. Chem. Lett., v.1, 2010, p.947.

Viswanathan, U; Fermann, JT; Toy, LK; Auerbach, SM; Vreven, T; Frisch, MJ "Modeling proton jumps in HY zeolite: Effects of acid site heterogeneity" JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, v.111, 2007, p.18341. doi:10.1021/jp075967  View record at Web of Science

Nantalaksakul, A; Krishnamoorthy, K; Thayumanavan, S "Broadening Absorption in Conductive Polymers through Cross-linkable Side Chains in a Nonconjugated Polymer Backbone" MACROMOLECULES, v.43, 2010, p.37. doi:10.1021/ma901850  View record at Web of Science

Akbey, U., Granados-Focil, S., Coughlin, E. B., Graf, R., Spiess, H. "1H Solid-State NMR Investigation of Structure and Dynamics of Anhydrous Proton Conducting Triazole-Functionalized Siloxane Polymers" Journal of Physical Chemistry B, v.113, 2009, p.9151.

Chikkanagari, N.; Versek, C.; Thorn, M.; Tuominen, M. T.; Thayumanavan, S. "Proton Conduction in 1H-1,2,3-triazole Polymers: Imidazole-like or Pyrazole-like?" J. Poly. Sci. Part A. Poly Chem., v.48, 2010, p.1851.

Nantalaksakul, A.; Mueller, A.; Klaikherd, A.; Bardeen, C. J.; Thayumanavan, S. "Dendritic and Linear Macromolecular Architectures for Photovoltaicsâ??A Photoinduced Charge Transfer Investigation" J. Am. Chem. Soc., v.131, 2009, p.2727.

Nantalaksakul, A.; Mueller, A.; Klaikherd, A.; Bardeen, C. J.; Thayumanavan, S. "Dendritic and Linear Macromolecular Architectures for Photovoltaics: A Photoinduced Charge Transfer Investigation" J. Am. Chem. Soc., v.131, 2009, p.2727.

Martwiset, S. Yavuzcetin, O., Thorn, M., Versek, C., Tuominen, M., Coughlin, E. B. "Proton conducting polymers containing 1H-1,2,3-triazole moieties" J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem., v.47, 2009, p.188.

Martwiset, S. Yavuzcetin, O., Thorn, M., Versek, C., Tuominen, M., Coughlin, E. B. "Proton conducting polymers containing 1H-1,2,3-triazole moieties" J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem., v.47, 2009, p.188.

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