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Catalina Achim

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

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Born: 1900

Interests: Bioinorganic Chemistry, Magnetism, Supramolecular Chemistry

Research in the Achim group is in the field of inorganic chemistry. Our efforts are directed toward obtaining novel supramolecular structures containing transition metal ions. These structures offer the opportunity to employ the rich aspects of electronic structure and physico-chemical properties normally displayed by transition metal ions to achieve novel electric, magnetic, and chemical properties for the supramolecular assemblies. The design of our synthetic molecules is inspired from biological structures and potential applications of these molecules are in molecular electronics and nanotechnology.

Selected publications:
• Hilfiger, M. G., Chen, M., Brinzari, T. V., Nocera, T. M., Shatruk, M.; Petasis, D.; Musfeldt, J. L.; Achim, C., Dunbar, K. R. . Unprecedented Charge Transfer Induced Spin Transition in a Fe-Os Cluster. Angew. Chem. Int.. Ed. , 2010.
• Paul, A.; Bezer, S.; Venkatramani, R.; Kocsis, L.; Wierzbinski, E.; Balaeff, A.; Keinan, S.; Beratan, D. N. Achim, C.; Waldeck, D. H. . of Nucleobase Energetics in Single Stranded Peptide Nucleic Acid Charge Transfer. J. am. Chem. Soc. , 131, p. 6498, 2009.
• Paul, A.; Watson, R. M.; Wierzbinski, E.; Davis, K. L.; Sha, A.; Achim, C.; Waldeck, D. H., . Distance Dependence of the Charge Transfer Rate for Peptide Nucleic Acid Monolayers. J. Phys. Chem. B, p. ASAP, 2009.
• He, W.; Hatcher, E.; Balaeff, A.; Beratan, D.; Madrid, M.; Gil, R.; Achim, C. . Solution Structure of a Peptide Nucleic Acid from NMR Data: Features and Limitations. J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 130, p. 13264, 2008.
• Berlinguette, C. P.; Dragulescu-Andrasi, A.; Achim, C.; Dunbar, K. R. . The Unprecedented Charge-Transfer Based Spin Transition in the Cyanide-Bridged Trigonal Bipyramidal Cluster {[Co(tmphen)2]3[Fe(CN)6]2}. J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 126, pp. 6222-6223, 2004.
• Popescu, D. -L.; Parolin, T.; Achim, C. . Metal Ion Incorporation in Modified PNA Duplexes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 125, pp. 6534-6535, 2003.


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