Michael Lewis, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
M, W, F 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Saint Mary's University, B.Sc. in Chemistry, 1996
University of Missouri-Columbia, Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2001
Michael Lewis, Ph.D.'s group investigates non-covalent interactions of aromatics using
computational and experimental techniques. The group is interested in predicting
the strength of the non-covalent interactions and in their applications in biology
and chemistry. Current efforts involve: (i) using a combination of computational
modeling and ion-exchange chromatography approaches as a means for predicting the
strength of cation-arene and anion-arene interactions; (ii) using computational modeling
to predict the strength of arene-arene interactions, including arene-carbon nanotube
interactions; (iii) synthesizing aromatic DNA intercalator molecules, investigating
their DNA binding properties through collaborations with biochemistry colleagues,
and using computational modeling to predict the strength of the DNA-intercalator interactions.
Graduate students in the Lewis research group are exposed to a wide range of techniques
in organic synthesis, the characterization of organic molecules, ion-exchange chromatography,
and computational modeling.
More information is available at the Lewis Group website.