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May 21st, 2021

Congratulations to Anthony for our collaborative publication with departmental colleagues in the the Hammer, Fortenberry, and Delcamp Groups! This work in ChemSusChem explores a variety of iron-based redox shuttles for high-voltage dye-sensitized solar cells!

April 29th, 2021

The Jurss Lab had two PhDs to celebrate today at the doctoral hooding ceremony! Congratulations again to Dr. Kallol Talukdar and Dr. Sayontani Sinha Roy for this huge achievement! We are so proud of you!

March 9th, 2021

Congratulations to Sayontani for successfully defending her dissertation today! Well-done Dr. Sinha Roy! We are excited to see all of the great science you will do in Dr. Karen Mulfort’s group at Argonne National Lab!

December 7th, 2020

Congratulations to Sahil for our collaborative publication with the Farnum Group at Auburn University! This work in Dalton Transactions involves the synthesis, characterization, and electrocatalytic activity of bis(pyridylimino) isoindoline Cu(II) and Ni(II) complexes.

November 18th, 2020

Congratulations to Kallol for successfully defending his dissertation today! Well-done Dr. Talukdar! We wish you all the best at PPD, Inc!

November 13th, 2020

Congratulations to Sayontani for being awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School! Well done and much deserved!

October 27th, 2020

Congratulations to co-first authors Sayontani and Kallol for their publication in ChemSusChem involving electrochemical and light-driven catalytic CO2 reduction with a series of isomeric manganese catalysts featuring pendant aniline moieties! Check it out!

October 6th, 2020

We welcome undergraduate student Allen Chatelain to the Jurss Lab!

May 7th, 2020

Dr. Shrabanti Bhattacharya joins the Jurss Lab at a postdoc! Shrabanti completed her Ph.D. at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science under the direction of Prof. Tapan K. Paine. Welcome to the team!

April 20th, 2020

Congratulations to Jonah on being the recipient of the Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics!

April 1st, 2020

Congratulations to Kallol, Sayontani, Eva, and Natalie on their publication in Inorganic Chemistry involving enhanced electrocatalytic activity for CO2 reduction with a series of molecular rhenium complexes featuring pendant hydrogen-bond donors in the second-coordination sphere! Nice work!

December 2nd, 2019

Congratulations to Joey, Natalie, and Lizhu on their publication in Dalton Transactions, which involves the development of new copper-based redox shuttles supported by rigid tetradentate ligands for dye-sensitized solar cells! Congrats also to our collaborators in the Delcamp and Fortenberry groups!

November 8th, 2019

Congratulations to Kallol for being awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School! Well done and much deserved!

June 24th, 2019

Congratulations to Xiaojun and Lizhu on their publication in ACS Catalysis, which reports a series of molecular cobalt catalysts capable of selective CO2 reduction in aqueous solutions! Congrats also to our collaborators Prof. Julien Panetier and Katie McCardle!

May 11th, 2019

The Jurss Lab had a busy commencement this year! Congratulations to Lizhu Chen, Joseph Lee, Kayla Milano, and Weiwei Yang for earning their graduate degrees in Chemistry! Congratulations to undergraduates Eva Amatya, Nicole Bay, Dawson Buettner, Natalie Taylor, and Jay Vaughan for earning their Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry! We wish you all the best in graduate school, dental school, medical school, and beyond!

April 24th, 2019

Kallol and Asala’s paper is accepted to Frontiers in Chemistry! Congratulations! This work involves new first-row metal complexes supported by a redox-active NNP-type pincer ligand and their application to electrocatalytic CO2 reduction.

March 29th, 2019

Our latest paper, in collaboration with the Delcamp Group, is accepted to Journal of the American Chemical Society, and describes sensitized photocatalytic CO2 reduction to CH4 with our recently reported nickel bipyridyl-NHC complexes! Congratulations to Xiaojun and Kallol!

February 28th, 2019

The Jurss Lab receives an NSF CAREER Award to support our work on developing and understanding new molecular catalysts for carbon dioxide reduction! We greatly appreciate the funding from the National Science Foundation!

January 25th, 2019

Today was Xiaojun’s last day in the lab after an awesome and productive time over the last 2+ years! We are going to miss him and wish him all the best at his next stop at Baylor University in Prof. Caleb Martin’s research group!

November 30th, 2018

Weiwei and Sayontani’s paper is accepted to Chemical Communications! Congrats! This work with Jared Delcamp (UM), Russ Schmehl (Tulane), and coworkers involves anthracene-functionalized dinuclear rhenium compounds for photocatalytic CO2 reduction, where, for homogeneous Re systems, a record setting 40,000 turnovers for CO production was achieved!

November 12th, 2018

Lizhu and Xiaojun’s paper is accepted to Organometallics! A robust polypyridyl ligand was employed in iron-oxo catalyzed C-H bond functionalization and was found to have high selectivity, including high alcohol-to-ketone ratios in cyclohexane oxidation and a strong preference for the tertiary C-H bonds of adamantane.

October 19th, 2018

Lizhu, Hunter, and Sarah’s paper is published in New Journal of Chemistry! A novel tetradentate ligand was found to enforce high-spin electronic states and provide access to Fe(bpy)2 cores with cis-labile coordination sites!

October 4th, 2018

We are excited that first-year graduate student Zane Turner has joined the Jurss Lab! Welcome!

July 24th, 2018

Weiwei, Sayontani, Winston, and Rebekah’s paper is published in Inorganic Chemistry! This work explores the reactivity and divergent behavior of two well-defined dinuclear rhenium catalysts for CO2 reduction!

June 1st, 2018

We welcome undergraduate REU student Hannah Kline from Western Carolina University to the Jurss Lab! Hannah will be working with us for the next two months developing new catalysts for CO2 reduction!

April 18th, 2018

Congrats to Kallol for his contribution to our collaboration with the Delcamp Group involving a novel tungsten-based photocatalyst for H2 evolution, which appeared in ACS Catalysis!

February 26th, 2018

Xiaojun’s paper is published in Chemical Communications! This work, with our collaborator Julien Panetier at SUNY Binghamton, provides insight into the role of redox-active macrocycles in CO2 reduction through a series of well-defined nickel catalysts. Congrats!

January 22nd, 2018

We welcome new undergraduate researchers Nicole Bay, Dawson Buettner, Katrina Gateley, and Natalie Taylor to the Jurss Lab!

December 1st, 2017

First-year graduate students Anthony Devdass and Shatamanna Sahil join the Jurss Lab! Welcome!

October 31st, 2017

The Jurss Lab has been awarded a Doctoral New Investigator grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. Thanks!

August 9th, 2017

Lizhu, Amir, and Manpreet’s communication on cobalt-catalyzed H2 production with a first-of-its-kind pentapyrazine ligand is published in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers. Congrats!

June 8th, 2017

Jonah’s article on “Cornflakes and Bioethanol” appeared in our local newspaper The Oxford Eagle! Check it out!

May 30th, 2017

We welcome undergraduate REU student Colleen Chernowsky from Ohio Wesleyan University to the Jurss Lab! Colleen will be working with us for the next two months developing new catalysts for renewable energy applications.

May 13th, 2017

Congratulations to Emily Ables, Rebekah Nelson, and Winston Pitts on graduating today! All the best to you going forward!

January 1st, 2017

Jonah assumes responsibilities as Chair of the local section of the American Chemical Society!

November 4th, 2016

Joey placed second overall in the campus-wide Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition from over 80 graduate student entrants! Read more about the 3MT Competition here. Great job!

September 27th, 2016

The Jurss Lab is awarded a Seed Grant for catalytic water oxidation from the National Science Foundation OIA-1539035. Congrats!

August 25th, 2016

Dr. Xiaojun Su joins the group as our first postdoc! Welcome!


August 1st, 2016

One of Hunter’s many lasting contributions to the Jurss Lab! This is every magnet that Oakwood makes as of today.

July 27th, 2016

Congratulations to Hunter for successfully defending his Master’s Thesis! All the best to you in medical school!

July 26th, 2016

Congratulations to Lizhu for receiving a first place award on her oral presentation at the conference this week! Weiwei and Joey also had outstanding poster presentations!

July 21st, 2016

Jonah’s article on “Power and Progress in Photovoltaics” appeared in our local newspaper The Oxford Eagle! Check it out!

July 4th, 2016

We welcome Mayukh Datta and Quriston Wilson to the Jurss Lab as part of our Artificial Photosynthesis Research Experience for High School Students summer program!


June 9th, 2016

Congratulations to Hunter on our collaborative paper with the Delcamp Group, “Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to CO with Re-Pyridyl-NHCs: Proton Source Influence on Rates and Product Selectivities” that was published in Inorganic Chemistry!

June 6th, 2016

Graduate student Joseph Lee joins the Jurss Lab! Welcome, Joey!

May 27th, 2016

We welcome undergraduate REU student Jordan Spell from Western Carolina University to the Jurss Lab! Jordan will be working with us for the next two months developing new catalysts for renewable energy applications.

May 14th, 2016

A hearty congrats to Sarah, Michael, and Manpreet for graduating this weekend!

May 9th, 2016

Hunter, Sarah, and Amir have all been accepted to medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center! Congratulations!

April 29th, 2016

Congratulations and job well done to Manpreet for successfully defending his Honors Thesis!

April 26th, 2016

Weiwei receives the department’s Inorganic Chemistry Graduate Student Award, recognizing her outstanding academic work and research progress at our annual ACS local section banquet!

April 5th, 2016

Jonah serves as a judge at the State Science Fair, held on campus in the Tad Smith Coliseum, where ~600 students in grades 7 – 12 shared their creativity through science!

December 1st, 2015

Jonah is voted Chair-Elect of our local section of the American Chemical Society!

November 16th, 2015

The Jurss Lab is awarded a Seed Grant for catalytic water oxidation from the National Science Foundation OIA-1539035, and Rebekah Nelson joins our team as an undergraduate researcher!


November 4th, 2015

Lizhu, Hunter, Ryan, Amir, and Manpreet present posters at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) held in Memphis, Tennessee!

August 31st, 2015

We welcome new graduate students Kayla Milano, Sayontani Sinha Roy, Kallol Talukdar, and Weiwei Yang, as well as undergraduates Michael Holland and Winston Pitts, to the Jurss Lab!

June 28th, 2015

Ting Li and Robert Simmons have joined the Jurss Lab as part of our Artificial Photosynthesis Research Experience for High School Students program in partnership with Ole Miss Summer College. Welcome!


May 27th, 2015

We welcome undergraduate Sarah Farmer to the lab!

May 19th, 2015

Lab bowling night! Lizhu had never bowled before and in her first game, she breaks 100 and gets a turkey!

May 17th, 2015

Ankita Purohit joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher! Welcome!

May 9th, 2015

Congratulations to lab alumni and new graduates of the University of Mississippi: Logan Bell, Allie Funderbunk, and Jackie Gledhill!

May 7th, 2015

Jackie presents a fantastic poster on her research at the Undergraduate Research Forum!

April 28th, 2015

Hunter and Lizhu present posters on their research at the GSC Research Forum! Great job!

April 10th, 2015

Jonah serves as a judge at the 2015 Mississippi Region VII Science Fair that was attended by some 300 middle school students presenting posters on research projects from a 13-county region in northern Mississippi. Inspiring!

January 5th, 2015

We welcome our newest member to the lab, graduate student Lizhu Chen!

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December 20th, 2014

The new research wing is looking sharp! Projected opening: April 2015

November 20th, 2014

Graduate student Hunter Dulaney joins the group! Welcome aboard!

November 19th – 21st, 2014

Jonah attends the Southwestern Regional ACS Meeting in Fort Worth!

November 7th, 2014

CaPPS academic panelJonah serves as an academic panelist at the Career Paths in the Physical Sciences conference at Southeastern Louisiana University!

September 18th, 2014

Amir Khadivi, a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, joins the lab! Welcome!

September 4th, 2014

We welcome Jackie Gledhill, Logan Bell, Ryan Harvey, and Ryan Higgins to the lab!

August 26th, 2014

Manpreet Singh joins the Jurss Lab as an undergraduate researcher and the first group member! Welcome!

July 31st – August 2nd, 2014

Jonah attends the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop in Washington, DC!


July 22nd, 2014

Check out the progress on our new building addition (the Jurss Lab will be on the 3rd floor featuring 1800 ft2 of lab space and 8 fume hoods)!

July 1st, 2014

Jonah begins his appointment as an Assistant Professor!