Department of Chemistry

Recent News

July 1, 2014

Dr. Crespo Promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry with Tenure

Congratulations to Dr. Crespo for this achievement!


May 8, 2014

Graduate Student Marvin Pollum Receives the Prestigious American Society for Photobiology’s Frederick Urbach Memorial Student Travel Award

Marvin received the American Society for Photobiology’s Frederick Urbach Memorial Student Travel Award to present his research work at the 37th American Society for Photobiology’s conference in San Diego, California. Congratulations!


April 29, 2014

Undergraduate student Veronica Laos Receives the 2014 Hypercube Scholar Award

Veronica received the 2014 Hypercube Scholar Award for 'outstanding senior pursuing graduate work' at the Department of Chemistry, Academic Awards Luncheon. Congratulations!


April 29, 2014

Graduate student Marvin Pollum Receives the Case Research ShowCase First Place Poster Award

Marvin received the First Place Poster Award for his poster entitled "Unraveling the Potential of Sulfur-Substituted DNA and RNA Bases as Photosensitizers" at the Department of Chemistry, Academic Awards Luncheon. The poster was presented at the 2014 Case Research ShowCase on April 18th. Congratulations!


April 18, 2014

Graduate student Marvin Pollum Presents a Poster at Case Research ShowCase

Marvin's poster is entitled "Unraveling the Potential of Sulfur-Substituted DNA and RNA Bases as Photosensitizers".

Marvin Pollum


April 11, 2014

Undergraduate students Hannah Jenkins and Kelsie Leary Receive the SOURCE P-SURG Summer Research Fellowship

Hannah and Kelsie received a summer research award from the Provost-Summer Undergraduate Research Program (P-SURG). Congratulations!


April, 2014

Briana's Research Experience Featured in the Imagine Magazine.

Briana's Summer Research Experience in the ACS Project SEED Program was Recently Featured with an Article by The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in the Imagine Magazine.


March 29, 2014

Dr. Crespo Receives 2014 ACS Project SEED Summer I Award

The American Chemical Society Committee on Project SEED awarded Dr. Crespo with an institutional award to support the summer research experience of five high school students in science and engineering laboratories at CWRU. This is the fifth year in a road that Dr. Crespo has received funding from the ACS SEED Program to coordinate this program at CWRU.


March 29, 2014

Dr. Crespo Receives 2014 ACS Project SEED Summer II Award

The American Chemical Society Committee on Project SEED awarded Dr. Crespo with an institutional award to support the summer research experience of four high school students in science and engineering laboratories at CWRU. The Project SEED Summer II Program supports the research work of high school students that have participated previously in Project SEED Summer I Programs at CWRU. This is the third time that Dr. Crespo has received funding to coordinate the Summer II research program at CWRU.


December 12, 2013

Graduate Student Regina DiScipio joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Regina. We wish you every success in your graduate education.


June 24, 2013

Dr. Crespo in the daily news.

Here is the story about his NSF-funded investigation.


June 19, 2013

Dr. Crespo is invited to present a talk at the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Photochemistry

The title of Dr. Crespo presentation is "Excited-State Dynamics in Sulfur-Substituted DNA Base Analogues". The talk will be presented on Tuesday, July 14 at the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Photochemistry.


June 17, 2013

High School Student Raymond Santiago joins the Crespo Research Group as ACS Project SEED Fellow

Welcome to the group, Raymond. We wish you every success in your summer research experience.


April 19, 2013

Undergraduate student Veronica Laos Present Poster at Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster Sessions

The poster is entitle "Does Absorption of Ultraviolet-A Light by Folic Acid Lead to DNA Damage?".

Here is Veronica presenting her poster

Veronica Laos


April 12, 2013

Graduate student Marvin Pollum and undergraduate student Akash Adhia Present Poster at Research ShowCase

The poster is entitle "Enhancing Power Conversion Efficiency in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by Adding DNA to the Mix".


April 12, 2013

Graduate student Huijuan Huang and undergraduate student Veronica Laos Present Poster at Research ShowCase

The poster is entitle "Excited-State Dynamics of Folic Acid and 6-Carboxypterin upon UVA Excitation".


April 12, 2013

The Crespo Group Presentation at Research ShowCase

Here are some photos of graduate students Huijuan Huang and Marvin Pollum and undergraduate student Akash Adhia presenting their work at Research Showcase

1. Huijuan modeling with her poster

Huijuan Huang

2. Marvin and Akash modeling with their poster

Marvin Pollum and Akash Adhia

3. Huijuan (back) and Marvin (front) explaining their work

Marvin (front) and Huijuan (back)

4. Marvin explaining his work

Marvin Pollum


April 11, 2013

Dr. Crespo Receives 2013 ACS Project SEED Summer I Award

The American Chemical Society Committee on Project SEED awarded Dr. Crespo with an institutional award to support the summer research experience of four high school students in science and engineering laboratories at CWRU. This is the fourth year in a road that Dr. Crespo has received funding from the ACS SEED Program to coordinate this program at CWRU.


April 11, 2013

Dr. Crespo Receives 2013 ACS Project SEED Summer II Award

The American Chemical Society Committee on Project SEED awarded Dr. Crespo with an institutional award to support the summer research experience of one high school student in science and engineering laboratories at CWRU. The Project SEED Summer II Program supports the research work of high school students that have participated previously in Project SEED Summer I Programs at CWRU. This is the second time that Dr. Crespo has received funding to coordinate the Summer II research program at CWRU.


April 2, 2013

Dr. Crespo receives a Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship to Present in the 2013 Photochemistry GRC

Congratulations to Dr. Crespo for receiving a Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship to participate in the 2013 Photochemistry Gordon Research Conference.


March 14, 2013

Dr. Crespo receives a NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Dr. Crespo for winning a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.


February 22, 2013

Dr. Crespo becomes Member of the Editorial Board of Modern Chemistry & Applications

Dr. Crespo joins the Editorial Board of the journal Modern Chemistry & Applications.


February 4, 2013

Visiting Graduate Student Lara Martínez-Fernández Joins the Crespo Group

The Crespo Group welcomes Lara and wishes her a productive and joyful stay. Lara is a visiting graduate student from the research group of Prof. Inés Corral in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.


January 7, 2013

The Crespo Group is now on Facebook and on Twitter

Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at @CrespoGroup.


December 17, 2012

Graduate Student Matthew Brister joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Matt. We wish you every success in your graduate education.


November 28, 2012

Graduate Student Nicholas Dunn Completed Successfully the Oral Qualifying Examination Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree

Congratulations Nick and best wishes for continued sucess in your graduate studies.


November 14, 2012

Graduate Student Aaron Vogt Completed Successfully the Dissertation for Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Congratulations to Aaron, or should we say Dr. Vogt, for this superb accomplishment in his professional career. We thank you for all the contributions that you have made to the Crespo Group and for laying the foundation for future graduate students to come. We wish you great success in your future endeavors.

1. Aaron opening the champagne!

Dr. Vogt and Dr. Crespo

2. Aaron Signing the Bottle

Dr. Vogt and Dr. Crespo

3. Dr. Vogt and Dr. Crespo

Dr. Vogt and Dr. Crespo

4. Group Celebration: Cheers!

Dr. Vogt and Dr. Crespo


November 13, 2012

Graduate Student Marvin Pollum Completed Successfully the Oral Qualifying Examination Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree

Congratulations Marvin and best wishes for continued sucess in your graduate studies.


September 5, 2012

Collaborative Research on Gold(I) Organometallic Complexes Featured in the Department’s News & Highlights Site

The femtosecond transient absorption study on the nonequilibrium excited-state dynamics in mono- and di(organophosphine)gold(I) naphthalene derivatives performed by graduate student Aaron Vogt was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and featured in the Department's News & Highlights site. Congratulations Aaron.


August 7, 2012

Graduate Student Huijuan Huang has completed the Oral Qualifying Examination requirements for the Ph.D. degree

Congratulations Huijuan and best wishes for continued sucess in her graduate studies.


July 1, 2012

Dr. Crespo Appointed to the Frank Hovorka Assistant Professorship in Chemistry

June 26, 2012

High School Student Briana Sealey returns to the Crespo Research Group as ACS Project SEED Fellow

Welcome back to the group, Briana. We wish you all the best in your second summer research experience.


June 26, 2012

High School Student Omar Mahmoud joins the Crespo Research Group as ACS Project SEED Fellow

Welcome to the group, Omar. We wish you every success in your summer research experience.


April 10, 2012

Dr. Crespo Receives 2012 ACS Project SEED Summer I Award

The American Chemical Society Committee on Project SEED awarded Dr. Crespo with an institutional award to support the summer research experience of three high school students in science and engineering laboratories at CWRU. This is the third year in a road that Dr. Crespo has received funding from the ACS SEED Program to coordinate this program at CWRU.


April 10, 2012

Dr. Crespo Receives 2012 ACS Project SEED Summer II Award

The American Chemical Society Committee on Project SEED awarded Dr. Crespo with an institutional award to support the summer research experience of two high school students in science and engineering laboratories at CWRU. The Project SEED Summer II Program supports the research work of high school students that have participated previously in Project SEED Summer I Programs at CWRU. This is the first time that Dr. Crespo has received funding to coordinate the Summer II research program at CWRU.


April 5, 2012

Undergraduate Student Veronica Laos Receives a P-SURG Summer Research Fellowship

Veronica received a summer research award from the Provost-Summer Undergraduate Research Program (P-SURG). Veronica is among the first group of students selected to participate in the 1st Annual P-SURG summer program at CWRU. Congratulations!


December 1, 2011

Undergraduate Student Veronica Laos joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Veronica. We wish you every success in your undergraduate research experience.


December 1, 2011

Undergraduate Student Hannah Jenkins joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Hannah. We wish you every success in your undergraduate research experience.


November 30, 2011

Graduate Student Marvin Pollum joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Marivin. We wish you every success in your graduate education.


November 30, 2011

Graduate Student Nicholas Dunn joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Nick. We wish you every success in your graduate education.


November 9, 2011

Dr. Crespo becomes Member of the Editorial Board of ISRN Spectroscopy

Dr. Crespo joins the Editorial Board of the journal ISRN Spectroscopy.


June 1, 2011

High School Student Briana Sealey joins the Crespo Research Group as ACS Project SEED Fellow

Welcome to the group, Briana. We wish you every success in your summer research experience.


May 31, 2011

Qing Wang, Chengwei Wen, and Cao Guo Completed Their Master Degree in Chemistry

Congratulations to Qing Wang, Chengwei Wen, and Cao Guo for completing successfully their MS degree in Chemistry. The Crespo group wish them all the very best in their future endeavors.


March 5, 2011

Dr. Crespo becomes Committee Member for the American Society for Photobiology

Dr. Crespo joins the committee of Grants and Awards of the American Society for Photobiology.


January 1, 2011

Funding from the Department of Defense is Renewed

The Department of Defense renews contract to investigate nitrogen-rich compounds and their interaction with DNA.


December 15, 2010

Graduate Student Huijuan Huang joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Huijuan. We wish you every success in your graduate education.


December 01, 2010

Dr. Crespo is Selected in the 40-40 Club

The 40-40 Club recognizes young Hispanic leaders in the greater Cleveland community. Read the news at The Kaleidoscope Magazine.


June 1, 2010

High School Student Matthew Beard joins the Crespo Research Group as ACS Project SEED Fellow

Welcome to the group, Matthew. We wish you every success in your summer research experience.


April 15, 2010

Crespo Group Members Present at Research ShowCase 2010

Aaron and Leah both presented posters at the CWRU annual Research ShowCase. Aaron's poster was entitled "Exciting Environmental Pollutants" and Leah's was entitled "On the Interaction of the Pharmaceutical Salbutamol with Light in Water Solutions." Abstracts may be viewed here

Aaron and Leah at Research ShowCase


April 2, 2010

Leah Dodson is accepted in the Ph.D. Chemistry Graduate Program at Caltech

Congratulations to Leah for this remarkable achievement. The Crespo group wishes you great success in this new and exciting adventure.


March 19, 2010

Graduate Student Aaron Vogt Receives the ACS Award in Physical Chemistry

Aaron received a Graduate Student Award in Physical Chemistry for his oral presentation at the ACS Cleveland Meeting-in-Miniature, Cleveland State University. The title of his presentation was "Ultrafast Branching Dynamics in Nitronaphthalene Derivatives upon Light Absorption".


December 2, 2009

Graduate Student Cao Guo joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Cao. We wish you every success in your graduate education.


December 2, 2009

Graduate Student Qing Wang joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Qing. We wish you every success in your graduate education.


April 5, 2009

Undergraduate Student Leah Dodson Receives a SOURCE Summer Research Fellowship Again

Leah received a summer research award from the SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) Summer Program. This is the second year that Leah received this summer research award (see News from April 30, 2008 below). She presented her work at recent poster sessions, including the 2009 CERMACS Undergraduate Poster session and Intersections, a Case undergraduate poster session.


April 2, 2009

Do-Yong Kim is accepted in a Ph.D. Graduate Program in Chemistry

Congratulations to Kim for his admittance to the Ph.D. graduate program in Chemistry at Texas A&M University. The Crespo Group wishes you all the best in your professional career.


January 30, 2009

The Crespo Group Receives Funding from the Department of Defense

In response to the U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center BAA, Dr. Crespo is awarded with a contract to study the interaction of nitrogen-rich compounds with DNA and amino acids components. Congratulations to the students involved in this research project.


January 1, 2009

The Crespo Group is awarded with the ACS PRF New Investigator Research Grant

The Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society has approved the recommendation of The ACS Petroleum Research Fund Advisory Board that Dr. Crespo receive a Petroleum Research Fund for the period 1/1/2009 through 8/31/2011 to support the group research efforts in the "Photochemistry of Environmentally Relevant Nitro-Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons". Congratulations to those directly involved in this research project.


December 22, 2008

Graduate Student Chengwei Wen joins the Crespo Research Group

Welcome to the group, Chengwei. We wish you every success in your graduate education.


October 31, 2008

Graduate Student Aaron R. Vogt successfully completed the Oral Qualifying Examination requirements for the Ph.D. degree

Congratulations Aaron and best wishes for continued sucess in your graduate studies.


April 30, 2008

Graduate Student Aaron Vogt Wins Award

Aaron received the Graduate Teaching Award at the 2008 Chemistry Department awards ceremony.

Undergraduate Student Leah Dodson Wins Award and Summer Research Fellowship

Leah received the Analytical Chemistry Award at the 2008 Chemistry Department awards ceremony. To finish out the year, Leah was also accepted into the SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) Summer Scholars program. This program provides the funds necessary for undergraduate students to complete research during the summer under faculty advisors.
Visit the SOURCE website

Leah receiving award


April 17, 2008

Aaron Vogt Presents Poster at 2008 Research ShowCase

Aaron represented the Crespo Group on April 17, 2008 at CWRU's Research ShowCase. His poster "Light-Induced Degradation of Nitro-Aromatic Pollutants in the Environment" represented his first year here at Case.

Aaron with poster


November 2007

Dr. Crespo Featured in CienciaPR

Dr. Crespo was spotlighted by CienciaPR a Puerto Rican scientific newsletter this November. Learn more by clicking on the CienciaPR link located in the Related Sites section.


October 2007

Dr. Crespo Awarded Funding

Dr. Crespo was awarded financial support from the National Science Foundation, Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (NSF ACES) Program. Check out the NSF ACES website here.