Date: April 1, 2013

Through the generosity of donor Thomas Duff, the Duff Travel Award helps aspiring graduate researchers travel to conferences in order to present their research to a wider audience. These awards are available to Chemistry and Chemical Biology graduate students in good standing who will be the primary presenter of research at an upcoming national or international conference. Each recipient will be given up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses for their forthcoming presentations.

2013 Duff Travel Award Winners

The 2013 Duff Travel Award has been awarded to the following students (from left to right): Fuguo Jiang, Wenchun Feng, Lisa Hurd, Maria Panteva, Gina Moriarty, Kathleen Field, Mu Chen, Shreyas Shah, Voshadhi Amarasinghe, and Boning Wu. Not pictured: Lu Yang



Title of Presentation


Conference Dates

Type of Presentation

 Kathleen Field

Alan Goldman

"Determination of Metal-Ligand Bond Energies for Pincer Iridium Catalysts"


245th American Chemical Society National Meeting

New Orleans, LA

April 7th-11th, 2013


 Shreyas Shah

KiBum Lee

"Manipulating the Cellular Microenvironment to Enhance the Neuronal Differentiation of Neural Stem Cells"

International Society for Stem Cell Research

Boston, MA

June 12th-15th, 2013


 Boning Wu

Edward Castner

"Aspects of using ionic liquids anions as electron donors"

Gordon Research Conference

Chemistry & Physics of Liquids

Holderness, NH

August 4th-9th, 2013


 Wenchun Feng

Eric Garfunkel

"Interfacial Bonding and Morphological Control of Electrodeposited Polythiophene and ZnO"

Gordon Research Conference

Thin Film & Crystal Growth Mechanisms

Biddeford, ME

July 7th-12th, 2013


 Lu Yang

Sagar Khare

"Computational de novo design of biocatalysts for non-biological C-C bond forming reactions"

Protein Society

27th Annual Symposium

Boston, MA

July 20th-23rd, 2013


 Maria Panteva

Darrin York

"Origin of mutational effects in the catalytic mechanism of glmS ribozyme"

245th American Chemical Society National Meeting

New Orleans, LA

April 7th-11th, 2013


 Fuguo Jiang

Joseph Marcotrigiano

"Biochemical and Structural Basis for RNA Recognition and Activation by human Innate Immune Receptor RIG-I"

Keystone Symposia

Positive Strand RNA Viruses

Boston, MA

April 28th-May 3rd, 2013


 Voshadhi Amarasinghe

Jing Li

"Ion beam assisted SiC layer exfoliation and transfer to new substrates"

The International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials

Miyazaki, Japan

September 29th-October 4th, 2013


 Mu Chen

Jeehiun K. Lee

"Steric Effects in the Characterization of Proton Affinities of N,N'-Diamidocarbenes"

61st ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry

Minneapolis, MN

June 9th-13th, 2013

Oral and Poster

 Gina Moriarty

Jean Baum

"Altered Cu-binding profile of acetylated alpha-synuclein"

Science Research Conference: Molecular Mechanisms and Physiological Consequences of Protein Aggregation

Big Sky, MT

June 23rd-28th, 2013


 Lisa Hurd

Kai Hultzsch

"Lithium Diamidobinaphthyl Catalysts for Asymmetric Hydroamination"

Gordon Research Conference

Organometallic Chemistry

Newport, RI

July 7th-12th, 2013