Kirk D. Rector

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The influence of solvent viscosity on the surface and internal structural dynamics of the protein myoglobin is studied using ultrafast infrared vibrational echo measurements of the pure dephasing of the A1 CO stretching mode of myoglobin-CO (Mb-CO). The dephasing reflects protein structural fluctuations as sensed by the CO ligand bound at the protein’s(More)
Manganese acetate was found to catalyze the oxidative delignification of wood with hydrogen peroxide at room temperature. The delignification reaction was monitored by optical and Raman microscopy, and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. When exposed to H(2)O(2) and Mn(OAc)(3) in aqueous solution, poplar wood sections were converted into a fine(More)
Recently, the development of an IgE receptor (FcεRI)-targeted, pH-sensitive, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) nanosensor has been demonstrated by Nowak-Lovato and Rector (Appl Spectrosc 63:387-395, 2009). The targeted nanosensor enables spatial and temporal pH measurements as internalized receptors progress through endosomal compartments in live(More)
In this paper the ability to develop a gold-core, silver-shell surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanosensor that has both a targeting component as well as a sensing component is demonstrated. The nanosensor is capable of targeting through the FcepsilonRI receptor-mediated endocytic pathway due to the adsorption of 2,4-epsilon-dinitrophenol-L-lysine(More)
A series of fluorescent unnatural amino acids (UAAs) bearing stilbene andmeta-phenylenevinylene (m-PPV) backbone have been synthesized and their optical properties were studied. These novel UAAs were derived from protected diiodo-L-tyrosine using palladium-catalyzed Heck couplings with a series of styrene analogs. Unlike the other fluorescent UAAs, whose(More)
Lignocellulosic biomass offers economic and environmental advantages over corn starch for biofuels production. However, its fractionation currently requires energy-intensive pretreatments, due to the lignin chemical resistance and complex cell wall structure. Recently, ionic liquids have been used to dissolve biomass at high temperatures. In this study,(More)
Time-resolved autofluorescence, Raman microspectroscopy, and scanning microprobe X-ray diffraction were combined in order to characterize lignocellulosic biomass from poplar trees and how it changes during treatment with the ionic liquid 1-n-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate (EMIMAC) at room temperature. The EMIMAC penetrates the cell wall from the lumen,(More)
A unique approach to detect chemical speciation and distribution on nanometer-scale nuclear materials has been achieved by the combination of neutron reflectometry and shell-isolated surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Both surface and underlying layers of the uranium oxide materials were determined with angstrom-level resolution. Our results reveal that(More)
The pathogenic Yersinia species exhibit a primarily extracellular lifestyle through manipulation of host signaling pathways that regulate pro-inflammatory gene expression and cytokine release. To identify host genes that are targeted by Yersinia during the infection process, we performed an RNA interference (RNAi) screen based on recovery of host(More)
We report a new method, microfluidic flow-flash, for measuring protein reaction kinetics. The method couples a microscope imaging detection system with a microfluidic flow cell to reduce data acquisition times and sample consumption. This combination allows for the simultaneous collection of spectral and temporal information. The microfluidic flow cell(More)