Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Joseph R. Gord, Daniel M. Hewett, Alicia O. Hernandez-Castillo, Karl N. Blodgett, Matthew C. Rotondaro,*, Adalgisa Varuolo,*, Matthew A. Kubasik and Timothy S. Zwier, "Conformation-specific spectroscopy of capped, gas-phase Aib oligomers: tests of the Aib residue as a 310-helix former" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, 25512-25527 (2016).

Journal of Physical Chemistry B

T. Zeko*, S.F. Hannigan*, T. Jacisin*, M.J. Guberman-Pfeffer*, E.R. Falcone*, M.J. Guildford*, C.Szabo*, K.E. Cole*, J. Placido*, E. Daly*, and M.A. Kubasik, "FT-IR Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory Calculations of 13C Isotopologues of the Helical Peptide Z-Aib6-OtBu", J. Phys. Chem. B, 118, 58 (2014).

Journal of Chemical Education

Matthew A. Kubasik, Aaron R. Van Dyke, Amanda S. Harper-Leatherman, John R. Miecznikowski, L. Kraig Steffen and Jillian Smith-Carpenter, "A Cloud-Based Scavenger Hunt: Orienting Undergraduates to ACS National Meetings" J. Chem. Educ., 93 1957–1960 (2016)


The structure of Professor Kubasik's favorite peptide is shown above. the "sticks" are covalent bonds between atoms. The "dotted lines" are hydrogen bonds that help support 310 helical secondary structure. The synthetic effort in the lab is focussed on the preparation of analogues of this molecule and variants isotopically-enriched with 13C and 15N. A visualization of the left-to-right interconversion is here.

“Everything that is living can be understood in terms of the jiggling and wiggling of atoms.” --Richard Feynman