J. D. Tovar

J. D. Tovar


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J. D. Tovar joined the JHU faculty in 2005 and established a research group that is broadly interested in the synthesis and investigation of organic materials with extended pi-electron conjugation. These types of materials are currently receiving significant attention due to their useful properties akin to those of traditional semiconductors or metals such as luminescence, electrochromism and light harvesting. We use molecular design as a tool to predict, control and seek a better understanding of energy transport processes through these organic electronic materials to enable their employment in emerging applications ranging from inexpensive flexible circuitry and devices to active biomedical materials. Research projects in our group provide students with extensive experience in organic synthesis (aromatic, polymer and peptide chemistries) along with optical and electrochemical characterization techniques. You can learn more specifics about these projects on our group webpage linked above.

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RE Messersmith, S Yadav, MA Siegler, H Ottosson, JD Tovar
Benzo [b] thiophene Fusion Enhances Local Borepin Aromaticity in Polycyclic Heteroaromatic Compounds
The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2017

JD Tovar
Photon management in supramolecular peptide nanomaterials
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 2017

Y Zhou, B Li, S Li, HAM Ardoña, WL Wilson, JD Tovar, CM Schroeder
Concentration-Driven Assembly and Sol–Gel Transition of π-Conjugated Oligopeptides
ACS central science 3 (9), 986-994, 2017

HAM Ardoña, TS Kale, A Ertel, JD Tovar
Nonresonant and Local Field Effects in Peptidic Nanostructures Bearing Oligo (p-phenylenevinylene) Units
Langmuir 33 (30), 7435-7445, 2017

TS Kale, JE Marine, JD Tovar
Self-Assembly and Associated Photophysics of Dendron-Appended Peptide-π-Peptide Triblock Macromolecules
Macromolecules 50 (14), 5315-5322, 2017

B Su, R Kinjo
Construction of Boron-Containing Aromatic Heterocycles
Synthesis 49 (14), 2985-3034, 2017

HAM Ardoña, ER Draper, F Citossi, M Wallace, LC Serpell, DJ Adams, ...
Kinetically-Controlled Coassembly of Multichromophoric Peptide Hydrogelators and the Impacts on Energy Transport
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2017

AM Sanders, TS Kale, HE Katz, JD Tovar
Solid-phase synthesis of self-assembling multivalent π-conjugated peptides
ACS Omega 2 (2), 409-419, 2017

B Li, S Li, Y Zhou, HAM Ardoña, LR Valverde, WL Wilson, JD Tovar, ...
Nonequilibrium Self-Assembly of π-Conjugated Oligopeptides in Solution
ACS applied materials & interfaces 9 (4), 3977-3984, 2017

TS Kale, JD Tovar
Corrigendum to “Regulation of peptide-π-peptide nanostructure bundling: The impact of ‘cruciform’π-electron segments”[Tetrahedron 72 (2016) 6084–6090]
Tetrahedron 9 (73), 1293-1294, 2017

W Liyanage, HAM Ardoña, HQ Mao, JD Tovar
Cross-Linking Approaches to Tuning the Mechanical Properties of Peptide π-Electron Hydrogels
Bioconjugate Chemistry 28 (3), 751-759, 2016

DR Levine, RE Messersmith, MA Siegler, JD Tovar
Ring fusion isomers of dithienoborepins: perturbations of electronic structure, aromaticity, and reactivity in boron-containing polycyclic heteroaromatics
Canadian Journal of Chemistry 95 (4), 381-389, 2016

TS Kale, JD Tovar
Regulation of peptide-π-peptide nanostructure bundling: the impact of ‘cruciform’π-electron segments
Tetrahedron 72 (40), 6084-6090, 2016

BA Thurston, JD Tovar, AL Ferguson
Thermodynamics, morphology, and kinetics of early-stage self-assembly of π-conjugated oligopeptides
Molecular Simulation 42 (12), 955-975, 2016

BC Streifel, JL Zafra, GL Espejo, CJ Gómez‐García, J Casado, JD Tovar
Berichtigung: An Unusually Small Singlet–Triplet Gap in a Quinoidal 1, 6‐Methano [10] annulene Resulting from Baird's 4n π‐Electron Triplet Stabilization
Angewandte Chemie 128 (32), 9268-9268, 2016

BC Streifel, JL Zafra, GL Espejo, CJ Gómez‐García, J Casado, JD Tovar
Corrigendum: An Unusually Small Singlet–Triplet Gap in a Quinoidal 1, 6‐Methano [10] annulene Resulting from Baird's 4n π‐Electron Triplet Stabilization
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55 (32), 9122-9122, 2016

RE Messersmith, MA Siegler, JD Tovar
Aromaticity Competition in Differentially Fused Borepin-Containing Polycyclic Aromatics
The Journal of organic chemistry 81 (13), 5595-5605, 2016

JD Tovar, SR Diegelmann, BD Wall, GS Vadehra
Self-assembling peptides bearing organic electronic functionality and applications employing the same
US Patent 9,334,304, 2016

AM Sanders, TJ Magnanelli, AE Bragg, JD Tovar
Photoinduced electron transfer within supramolecular donor–acceptor peptide nanostructures under aqueous conditions
Journal of the American Chemical Society 138 (10), 3362-3370, 2016

AM Fraind, LR Ryzhkov, JD Tovar
Chain Dynamics, Relaxation Times, and Conductivities of Bithiophene–Acene Copolymers Measured Using High Frequency Saturation Transfer EPR
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 120 (5), 1033-1039, 2016