Dr. Andrzej Wierzbicki,                     

                                                 Professor & Dean

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Professional Preparation:

A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, Chemistry, Ph.D., 1982

A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, Physics, M. S., 1979

Dalhousie University, University of Alberta, Georgia State University, Emory University,University

of Florida, Chemistry & Physics, Postdoc, 1985-1992

                                

Contact Information:

Office location: HUMB 118

Phone: (251) 460-6280

Email: awierzbicki@southalabama.edu

Research:

Our primary scientific interests are focused on various aspects of structural chemistry. These in

particular involve development of new quantum chemistry models to analyze infrared and microwave                       Curriculum Vitae

spectra of molecules performing large amplitude motions and theoretical and experimental studies

in atomic and molecular spectroscopy. We utilize ab initio and Density Functional Theory approaches for determination of electronic, structural, and vibrational characteristics of organic, inorganic and organometallic compounds. Our scientific interests also include the application of quantum chemistry and molecular mechanics/dynamics to large macromolecular systems. In particular we are interested in structural aspects of enzyme inhibition.

Independently we are pursuing research in the area of surface science chemistry. Using both theoretical and experimental approaches, we are investigating structural and energetic aspects of adsorbate/surface interactions. On the theoretical side of this project, we are developing and applying new quantum chemistry models for the description of adsorption/desorption of atoms, small molecules, and macromolecules on crystal surfaces. We are using various experimental techniques, including crystal growth, polarized light microscopy and cryomicroscopy,

scanning electron microscopy, single crystal x-ray crystallography and atomic force microscopy, to elucidate the adsorbate-crystal interactions

that lead to control over crystal growth. These adsorbate-crystal interaction investigations involve, in particular, interactions between antifreeze

proteins and ice crystals, polypeptide interactions with inorganic surfaces, design of inhibitors of kidney stones and inhibitors of arthritic

degenerative calcification of joints in humans. Our interest in materials science also involves biomimetics and properties of magnetic materials with the emphasis on magnetic thin films.

Recent Publications & Collaborations:

Salter, E. A., Forbes, D. C., Wierzbicki, A. (2011). Relative stabilities of transition states determine diastereocontrol in sulfur ylide additions onto chiral N-sulfinyl imines. International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 111: n/a. doi: 10.1002/qua.23020.

Madura, J. D., Wierzbicki, A., Cui, J., Battle, K. (2010). Antifreeze Proteins: Computational Perspective from the Past 10 Years. Steffen P. Graether (Ed) Biochemistry and Function of Antifreeze Proteins. Chapter 7 (pp.191-212). Nova Science Publishers.

Friddle, R. W., Weaver, M. L., Qiu, S. R., Wierzbicki, A., Casey, W. H., De Yoreo, J. J. (2010). Subnanometer Atomic Force Microscopy of

Peptide–Mineral Interactions Links Clustering and Competition to Acceleration and Catastrophe. PNAS. 107, 11–15.

Battle, K., Salter, E. A., Edmunds, R. W., Wierzbicki, A. (2010). Potential of Mean Force Calculation of the Free Energy of Adsorption of Type I

Winter Flounder Antifreeze Protein on Ice. Journal of Crystal Growth. 312, 1257–1261.

Ruether, T., Huynh, T. D., Huang, J., Hollenkamp, A. F., Salter, E. A., Wierzbicki, A., Mattson, K., Lewis, A., Davis, J. H., Jr. (2010). Stable Cycling of Lithium Batteries using Novel Boronium Cation Based Ionic Liquids. Chem. Mater. 22, 1038–1045.

Dick, T. J., Wierzbicki, A., Madura, J. D. (2010). CO2(aq) Parameterization through Free Energy Perturbation/Monte Carlo Simulations for use

in CO2 Sequestration. Practical Aspects of Computational Chemistry Methods: Concepts and Applications. (Jerzy Leszczynski and Manoj

K. Shukla, eds.) Springer 337-357.

 

 

 

 

 

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