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Lawrence Bruce Alemany
Lecturer
Lecturer of Chemistry
 
e-mail:lalemany@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago (1980)
  • B.S. City College of New York (1975)
 
Primary Department
   Department of Chemistry
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
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    Research Areas
     NMR for structural characterization of liquids and solids
     
    Teaching Areas
     Non-biological use of nuclear magnetic resonance for studying solutions and solids. This involves teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom and, especially, in the NMR laboratory.
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Ayrat Dimiev, Dmitry V. Kosynkin, Lawrence B. Alemany, Pavel Chaguine, James M. Tour "Pristine Graphite Oxide." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134 (2012) : 2815-2822.

     
     

    Juan Peng, Wei Gao, Bipin Kumar Gupta, Zheng Liu, Rebeca Romero-Aburto, Liehui Ge, Li Song, Lawrence B. Alemany, Xiaobo Zhan, Guanhui Gao, Sajna Antony Vithayathil, Benny Abraham Kaipparettu, Angel A. Marti, Takuya Hayashi, Jun-Jie Zhu, Pulickel M. Ajayan "Graphene Quantum Dots Derived from Carbon Fibers." Nano Lett., 12 (2012) : 844-849.

     
     

    Juan Peng, Wei Gao, Bipin Kumar Gupta, Zheng Liu, Rebeca Romero-Aburto, Liehui Ge, Li Song, Lawrence B. Alemany, Xiaobo Zhan, Guanhui Gao, Sajna Antony Vithayathil, Benny Abraham Kaipparettu, Angel A. Marti, Takuya Hayashi, Jun-Jie Zhu, Pulickel M. Ajayan "Graphene Quantum Dots Derived from Carbon Fibers." Nano Lett., 12 (2012) : 844-849.

     
     

    Pinn-Tsong Chiang, Johannes Mielke, Jazmin Godoy, Jason M. Guerrero, Lawrence B. Alemany, Carlos J. Villagomez, Alex Saywell, Leonhard Grill, James M. Tour "Toward a Light-Driven Motorized Nanocar: Synthesis and Initial Imaging of Single Molecules." ACS Nano, 6 (2012) : 592-597.

     
     

    Chih-Chau Hwang, Zhong Jin, Wei Lu, Zhengzong Sun, Lawrence B. Alemany, Jay R. Lomeda, James M. Tour "In situ Synthesis of Polymer-Modified Mesoporous Carbon CMK-3 Composites for CO2 Sequestration." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3 (2011) : 4782-4786.

     
     

    Wei Gao, Mainak Majumder, Lawrence B. Alemany, Tharangattu N. Narayanan, Miguel A. Ibarra, Bhabendra K. Pradhan, Pulickel M. Ajayan "Engineered Graphite Oxide Materials for Application in Water Purification." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3 (2011) : 1821-1826.

     
     

    Yanqui Sun, Arnab Mukherjee, Oleksandr Kuznetsov, Ryan Thaner, Lawrence B. Alemany, W. E. Billups "Functionalization by Reductive Alkylation and Mapping of a Subbituminous Coal by Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy." Energy & Fuels, 25 (2011) : 1571-1577.

     
     

    Yanqui Sun, Lawrence B. Alemany, W. E. Billups, Jianxin Lu, Boris I. Yakobson "Structural Dislocations in Anthracite." Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2 (2011) : 2521-2524.

     
     

    Yanqui Sun, Oleksandr Kuznetsov, Lawrence B. Alemany, W. E. Billups "Reductive Alkylation of Anthracite: Edge Functionalization." Energy & Fuels, 25 (2011) : 3997-4005.

     
     

    Daniela C. Marcano, Dmitry V. Kosynkin, Jacob M. Berlin, Alexander Sinitskii, Zhengzong Sun, Alexander Slesarev, Lawrence B. Alemany, Wei Lu, James M. Tour "Improved Synthesis of Graphene Oxide." ACS Nano, 4 (2010) : 4806-4814.

     
     

    Lawrence B. Alemany, Thomas B. Malloy Jr., Megan M. Nunes "Simple organofluorine compounds giving field-dependent 13C and 19F NMR spectra with complex patterns: higher order effects and cross-correlated relaxation." Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 48 (2010) : 882-891.

     
     

    Arnab Mukherjee, Lawrence B. Alemany, Ryan Thaner, Wenh H. Guo, W. E. Billups "Soluble activated charcoal." Carbon, 47 (2009) : 3145-3150.

     
     

    Cristina Hofmann, John H. Thurston, Keith B. Hartman, Lawrence B. Alemany, Kenton H. Whitmire "New polyoxomolybdenum coordination compounds: Synthesis and characterization of mixed-valent Mo6O13(Hsal)2(sal)2(acac)2 and homovalent Mo4O10(acac)4 (Hsal- = 2-HO-C6H4CO2-, sal2- = 2-O-C6H4CO22-)." Inorganica Chimica Acta, 362 (2009) : 1665-1671.

     
     

    Ram P. Garg, Lawrence B. Alemany, Sean Moran, Ronald J. Parry "Identification, Characterization, and Bioconversion of a New Intermediate in Valanimycin Biosynthesis." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131 (2009) : 9608-9609.

     
     

    Wei Gao, Lawrence B. Alemany, Lijie Ci, Pulickel M. Ajayan "New insights into the structure and reduction of graphite oxide." Nature Chemistry, 1 (2009) : 403-408.

     
     

    Arnab Mukherjee, Lawrence B. Alemany, Jayanta Chattopadhyay, Soma Chakraborty, Wenhua Guo, Sandy M. Yates, W. E. Billups "Dodecylated Large Fullerenes: An Unusual Class of Solids." Chemistry of Materials, 20 (2008) : 5513-5521.

     
     

    Liling Zeng, Lawrence B. Alemany, Christopher L. Edwards, Andrew R. Barron "Demonstration of Covalent Sidewall Functionalization of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes by NMR Spectroscopy: Side Chain Length Dependence on the Observation of the Sidewall sp3 Carbons." Nano Research, 1 (2008) : 72-88.

     
     

    Ram P. Garg, Xuelei L. Qian, Lawrence B. Alemany, Sean Moran, Ronald J. Parry "Investigations of valanimycin biosynthesis: Elucidation of the role of seryl-tRNA." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105 (2008) : 6543-6547.

     
     

    Takashi Sasaki, Andrew J. Osgood, Lawrence B. Alemany, Kevin F. Kelly, James M. Tour "Synthesis of a Nanocar with an Angled Chassis. Toward Circling Movement." Organic Letters, 10 (2008) : 229-232.

     
     

    Christopher L. Edwards, Lawrence B. Alemany, and Andrew R. Barron "Solid-State 29Si NMR Analysis of Cements: Comparing Different Methods of Relaxation Analysis for Determining Spin-Lattice Relaxation Times to Enable Determination of the C3S/C2S Ratio ." Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 46 (2007) : 5122-5130.

     
     

    Jianzhong Yang, Lawrence B. Alemany, Jonathan Driver, Jeffrey D. Hartgerink, Andrew R. Barron "Fullerene-Derivatized Amino Acids: Synthesis, Characterization, Antioxidant Properties, and Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis." Chemistry: A European Journal, 13 (2007) : 2530-2545.

     
     

    Lawrence B. Alemany, Lei Zhang, Liling Zeng, Christopher L. Edwards, Andrew R. Barron "Solid-State NMR Analysis of Fluorinated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Assessing the Extent of Fluorination." Chemistry of Materials, 19 (2007) : 735-744.

     
     

    Clemens Anklin, Lawrence B. Alemany "Detailed analysis of coupling constants and isotope effects in NMR spectra of isotopomers of 12C6813C2." Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 44 (2006) : 230-240.

     
     

    Jared M. Ashcroft, Keith B. Hartman, Yuri Mackeyev, Cristina Hofmann, Sean Pheasant, Lawrence B. Alemany, Lon J. Wilson "Functionalization of individual ultra-short single-walled carbon nanotubes." Nanotechnology, 17 (2006) : 5033-5037.

     
     

    Yasuhiro Shirai, Andrew J. Osgood, Yuming Zhao, Yuxing Yao, Lionel Saudan, Hanbiao Yang, Chiu Yu-Hung, Lawrence B. Alemany, Takashi Sasaki, Jean-Francois Morin, Jason M. Guerrero, Kevin F. Kelly, James M. Tour "Surface-Rolling Molecules." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128 (2006) : 4854-4864.

     
     

    Feng Liang, Lawrence B. Alemany, Jonathan M. Beach, and W. Edward Billups, "Structure Analyses of Dodecylated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 127 (2005) : 13941-13948.

     
     

    J.D. Fortner, D. Y. Lyon, C. M. Sayes, A. M. Boyd, J. C. Falkner, E. M. Hotze, L. B. Alemany, Y. J. Tao, W. Guo, K. D. Ausman, V. L. Colvin, J. B. Hughes, "C60 in Water: Nanocrystal Formation and Microbial Response." Environmental Science & Technology, 39 (2005) : 4307-4316.

     
     

    Lei Zhang, Jianzhong Yang, Christopher L. Edwards, Lawrence B. Alemany, Valery N. Khabashesku, Andrew R. Barron, "Diels-Alder addition to fluorinated single walled carbon nanotubes." Chemical Communications (2005) : 3265-3267.

     
     

    Yuming Zhao, Yasuhiro Shirai, Aaron D. Slepkov, Long Cheng, Lawrence B. Alemany, Takashi Sasaki, Frank A. Hegmann, James M. Tour "Synthesis, Spectroscopic and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Multiple [60]Fullerene-Oligo(p-phenylene ethynylene) Hybrids." Chemistry: A European Journal, 11 (2005) : 3643-3658.

     
     

    A. A. Peera, L. B. Alemany, W. E. Billups "Hydrogen storage in hydrofullerides." Applied Physics A - Materials Science & Processing, 78 (2004) : 995-1000.

     
     

    Dmitri Tsyboulski, Dieter Heymann, Sergei M. Bachilo, Lawrence B. Alemany, R. Bruce Weisman "Reversible Dimerization of [5,6]-C60O." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 126 (2004) : 7350-7358.

     
     

    Asghar Peera, Rajesh K. Saini, Lawrence B. Alemany, W. Edward Billups, Martin Saunders, Anthony Khong, M. S. Syamala, R. J. Cross "Formation, Isolation, and Spectroscopic Properties of Some Isomers of C60H38, C60H40, C60H42, and C60H44 - Analysis of the Effect of the Different Shapes of Various Helium-Containing Hydrogenated Fullerenes on Their 3He Chemical Shifts." European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2003) : 4140-4145.

     
     

    Haiqing Peng, Lawrence B. Alemany, John L. Margrave, Valery N. Khabashesku "Sidewall Carboxylic Acid Functionalization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 125 (2003) : 15174-15182.

     
     

    Tao Tao, Lawrence B. Alemany, Ronald J. Parry "Valanimycin Biosynthesis: Investigations of the Mechanism of Isobutylhydroxylamine Incorporation." Organic Letters, 5 (2003) : 1213-1215.

     
     

    Lawrence B. Alemany "Using simple 13C NMR linewidth and relaxation measurements to make detailed chemical shift assignments in triacylglycerols and related compounds." Chemistry and Physics of Lipids, 120 (2002) : 33-44.

     
     

    W. E. Billups, Rajesh K. Saini, Vladislav A. Litosh, Lawrence B. Alemany, William K. Wilson, Kenneth B. Wiberg "Thermal Rearrangements of Spiro[2.4]hepta-1,4,6-trienes." Journal of Organic Chemistry, 67 (2002) : 4436-4440.

     
     

    Jamie Nossal, Rajesh K. Saini, Anil K. Sadana, Holger F. Bettinger, Lawrence B. Alemany, Gustavo E. Scuseria, W. E. Billups, Martin Saunders, Anthony Khong, and Ruediger Weisemann "Formation, Isolation, Spectroscopic Properties, and Calculated Properties of Some Isomers of C60H36." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 123 (2001) : 8482-8495.

     
     

    Jamie Nossal, Rajesh K. Saini, Lawrence B. Alemany, Mark Meier, W. E. Billups "The Synthesis and Characterization of Fullerene Hydrides." European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2001) : 4167-4180.

     
     

    Cullen T. Vogelson, Yoshihiro Koide, Lawrence B. Alemany, Andrew R. Barron "Inorganic-Organic Hybrid and Composite Resin Materials Using Carboxylate-Alumoxanes as Functionalized Cross-Linking Agents." Chemistry of Materials, 12 (2000) : 795-804.

     
     

    Lawrence B. Alemany, Rhonda L. Callender, Andrew R. Barron, Stefan Steuernagel, Dinu Iuga, and Arno P. M. Kentgens "Single-Pulse MAS, Selective Hahn Echo MAS, and 3QMAS NMR Studies of the Mineral Zoisite at 400, 500, 600, and 800 MHz. Exploring the Limits of Al NMR Detectability." Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 104 (2000) : 11612-11616.

     
     

    Paul S. Engel, Li Pan, Yunming Ying, Lawrence B. Alemany "Thermolysis of Free-Radical Initiators: tert-Butylazocumene and Its 1,3- and 1,4-Bisazo and 1,3,5-Trisazo Analogues." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 123 (2001) : 3706-3715.

     
     Conference papers
     

    Dmitri Tsyboulski, Dieter Heymann, Sergei M. Bachilo, Lawrence B. Alemany, and R. Bruce Weisman "Photochemistry and Photophysics of the New C120O2 Isomer Formed by Dimerization of [5,6]-C60O." Proc.-Electrochem. Soc. 2002-12, 2002-12 (2002) : 148-156.

     
    Presentations
     Other
     

    "Recent Developments on Satellite Transition Magic-Angle Spinning (STMAS) Experiment." 42nd Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, Orlando, FL. (March 11-16, 2001) With Zhehong Gan, Dominique Massiot, Francis Taulelle, Stefan Steuernagel, and Frank Engelke

     
     

    "Solid State Al-27 NMR from A(ndalusite) to Z(oisite)." 41st Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, Pacific Grove, CA. (April 9-14, 2000) With Stefan Steuernagel, Rhonda Callender, and Andrew Barron

     
    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Rice University Distinguished Service Award, (1999)