Braslau Group News
The Braslau Lab at UC Santa Cruz is a synthetic organic chemistry group, developing new methodologies, often with free radical intermediates. Our specialization is the synthesis of novel nitroxides for a variety of uses, including nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization, as profluoresent sensors, and nitrones as spin traps. In the realm of materials science, we prepare architecturally intersting polymers for applications in nanotechnology and biomedicine. We are developing non-migratory plasticizers to replace phthalates, a pervasive class of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds. We are involved in a number of collaborations with colleagues here at UCSC, and around the world.
The Braslau Laboratory
is in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
at the beautiful University of California, Santa Cruz
Nov. 2018 Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry features our work as the
Cover Art (frogs are traditional, migratory phthalates, tadpoles are our new tethered
triazoles bearing a long-chained PEG ester).
Sept. 2018 Congratulations to Chad on our collaborative paper with Rudy Wojtecki and Andy Tek at IBM Almaden on
"Non-Migratory Internal Plasticization of Poly(Vinyl Chloride) via Pendant Triazoles Bearing Alkyl or
Polyether Esters" doi: 10.1002/pola.29205 published in the Journal of Polymer Science Part A!
July 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Chad Higa on his graduation, and the acceptance of his paper in the Journal of
Polymer Science A!
June 2018 Welcome to Summer Undergraduates researcher Jirapon Sae-Jew from Prince of Songkla University
May 2018 Radio Interview with Rebecca on KZSC on plastics and reducing toxicity of PVC by replacing
endocrine-distrupting phthalates with our new internal plasticizers.
April 2018 The UCSC Magazine published a focus article on our work to replace toxic phthalates in PVC with
"internal" (covalently linked) plasticizers: "Preventing Plastic's Perils"
early 2017 Congratulations to Wiley on his collaborative publication with the Mascharak group
using Wiley's BODIPY-dye to track the delivery of silver to bacterial targets:
published in Chemical Communications!
Dec. 2016 Congratulations to Aruna and Longbo on their collaborative paper with Prof. Phil Costanzo at Cal Poly
Azide-Alkyne Cycloadditions published in Polymer!
Sept. 2016 Welcome to new grad student Patrick Skelly!
June 2016 Congratulations to Dr. Aruna Earla on completion of her Ph.D.!
Sept. 2015 Welcome to new grad students Jerin Tasnim and Longbo Li!
August 2015 Congratulations to Dr. "Joy" Chittreeya Tansakul on her wedding to Ken!
June 2015 Welcome to Summer Undergraduates researchers Kindness Nwakudu and Alicia Arias!
Jan. 2015 Congratulations to Joy and Natalie: their collaborative paper with the Singaram group on
Reduction of Weinreb Amides with Magnesium Borohydride reaagents published in Tetrahedron Letters!
Summer 2014 Congratulations to group alumnus Greg, and wife Hilary on the birth of their third child, Ben!
June 2014 Congratulations to Aruna, Jen and Chad: their collaborative paper with the Aldabbagh group on
Nitroxide-mediated Polymerization in Supercritical CO2 published in Polymer Chemistry!
June 2014 Congratulations to Aruna Earla on receiving the Departmental TA award for 2013-14!
June 2014 Congratulations to former undergrad Nic Matsumoto on completing his PhD with Heather Maynard
May 2014 NSF Grant Award! SusChEM: Covalent Phthalate Mimics: an Alternative to Phthalate Plasticizers
May 2014 Prof. Rebecca Braslau receives Excellence in Teaching Award from UCSC!
Jan. 2014 Congratulations to Aruna: her paper on Covalently Linked Plasticer Triazole Mimics is out in
Macromolecular Rapid Communications!
Oct. 2013 Group Kayak tour of Elkhorn Slough (see Group Photos!)
Aug. 2013 Welcome to visiting grad student Anselmo Del Prado Abellan from our collaborator
Dr. Carlos Elvira’s lab in Madrid!
May 2013 Congratulations to Prof. Marc Anderson (Ph.D. 2001) on obtaining tenure at San Francisco State
May 2013 Congratulations to 1st year grad students Elliot, Jen and Chad on finishing their
March 2013 Welcome to new grad students Elliot Smith and Chad Higa!
March 2013 Congratulations to undergraduate Jessica Golden on winning the Bunnett Award for her research!
Feb. 2013 Congratulations to group alumnus Jean, and husband Chris on the birth of their daughter, Sierra!
Jan. 2013 Urushiol Detection paper on cover of JOC:
Oct. 2012 Prof. Rebecca Braslau on NPR “Morning Edition” discussing Urushiol Detection:
July 2012 Congratulations to Joy on her Ph.D.!
July 2012 Welcome to new grad student Jen Petraitis!
June 2012 Welcome to new undergrad Wiley Schultz-Simonton!
Jan. 2012 Welcome to new undergrad Jessica Golden!
Dec. 2011 Good-bye to postdoc Dr. Friederike Schäffner, as she completes her work here at UCSC, and returns to
Oct. 2011 Prof. Rebecca Braslau is off to the National University of Ireland Galway to collaborate
with the group of Dr. Fawaz Aldabbagh on NMRP in super critical CO2
Aug. 2011 Congratulations to recently graduated undergrad John Buell on his new job at Plexxikon in Berkeley!
May 2011 Congratulations to Dr. Frank Rivera III on the completion of his Ph.D.!
May 2011 Congratulations to Elizabeth Flynn on the completion of her Masters!
May 2011 Congratulations to John Buell on the completion of his undergraduate thesis!
March 2011 Welcome to new group member Aruna Earla!
Jan. 2011 Congratulations to former Braslau Group undergrad Dr. Jeff Henise, on completion of his
Ph.D. at UCSF with Jack Taunton!
Nov. 2010 Congratulations to former postdoc Jon and his wife Alison on the birth of their son Evan!
(TIPNO initiator, TIPNO nitroxide, TIPNO initiator benzyl chloride)
Oct. 2010 Congratulations to group alumnus Aaron, and wife Elena on the birth of their second child, James!
Oct. 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Heck, Negishi & Suzuki for Pd catalyzed cross coupling reactions!
Aug. 2010 Congratulations to group alumnus Greg, and wife Hilary on the birth of their second child, Oliver!
Aug. 2010 IUPAC collaborative grant funded on designed polymers with F. Aldabbaugh (Ireland) and
C. Elvira (Spain)!
July 2010 Congratulations to Dr. Friederike Schäffner on a DFG fellowship to do postdoctoral work in the Braslau
Labs! And, congrats on her new baby boy Johannes!
May 2010 CRCC Grant funded for developing polymeric phthalates!
May 2010 COR Award to study trapping of Urushiol!
April 2010 Congratulations to group alumnus Anna, and husband Mark, on the birth of their second child, Leo!