Yinghong Sheng, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry & Mathematics

College of Arts and Sciences

Florida Gulf Coast University

 

Tel: 239-590-7636

E-mail: ysheng@fgcu.edu

 

An exciting and challenging aspect of computational chemistry is to develop inter-disciplinary projects that integrate state-of-the-art computational chemistry methods with biological, environmental, and material sciences. 

 

My research experience includes study of (1) the structure-property relationships of nonlinear optical (NLO) materials and aromatic systems; (2) the reaction mechanisms of organic chemical reactions, homogeneous catalytic polymerization, cycloisomerization, dihydroxylation of olefins; (3) the molecular structures and the nature of interactions in weakly interacting systems; (4) photochromism; (5) Stimuli-Responsive Materials; (6) Chemical Sensors.

 

Computational Chemistry is a versatile and economical tool for different applications. It provides valuable data regarding the structure and interaction of molecules in different systems. The facility requirement for conducting computational studies is less demanding than setting up an experimental lab.

 

You can do your experiments on a PC cluster, or even on a single personal computer. It provides undergraduate or graduate students a platform to learn the fundamental computational methods and skills.

 

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RESEARCH

 

Organic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry

§  Mechanisms of organic reactions

§  Design of new catalysts for stereoselective organic synthesis

§  Early-transition-metal alkyl and alkylidene complexes; Design of new catalysts for olefin metathesis and acetylene polymerization

§  Dihydroxylation of olefins by osmium tetraoxide

§  Catalytic, endo-selective alkynol cycloisomerization, an important reaction type of the invention of new chemical transformations

Molecular Structures and Properties

§  Molecular structures, properties, nature of chemical bonds in weakly interacting systems

§  Molecular potential energy surfaces and vibrational spectra

Material Chemistry and Photochemistry

§  Nonlinear optical (NLO) property of conjugated organic molecules

§  Photochromic materials

§  Spectroscopic and theoretical determination on the structures of polymer films

Biochemistry

§  The formation of glycosidic bonds between ribose and free pyrimidines – Prebiotic synthesis of pyrimidine nucleosides

§  Mechanisms of reactions in biosystems

§  Structural basis for regulation of electron transfer in Nitric-oxide Synthase (NOS)

§  QSAR study on light-induced cytotoxicity of 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the US EPA priority pollutant list in human skin HaCaT keratinocytes

Environmental Chemistry

§  Computational predictions and validation of properties, interactions and mechanisms of sorption of hydrophobic compounds

§  Hydrogen sulfide and other contaminants sensing mechanisms

 

TEACHING

§  CHM1046:    General Chemistry II Lecture

§  CHM1046C: General Chemistry II w/Laboratory

§  CHM1046L: General Chemistry II Laboratory

§  CHM1045:    General Chemistry I Lecture

§  CHM1045C: General Chemistry I Lecture w/Laboratory

§  CHM3005C: Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences w/Laboratory

§  CHM3410:    Physical Chemistry I Lecture

§  CHM3411:    Physical Chemistry II Lecture

§  CHM3410L: Physical Chemistry Laboratory

§  ISC1002C:    Systems of Physical Science w/laboratory

§  BSC4905:      Direct Independent Study/Research in Biotechnology

§  BSC4910:      Senior Project Research in Biology

§  CHM4905:    Direct Independent Study/Research in Chemistry

§  CHM4140:    Senior Project Research in Chemistry

§  CHM4141:    Senior Project Presentation in Chemistry

 

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY

§  Membership of the American Chemical Society

§  Membership of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

§  Membership of the Mississippi Academy of Science

 

SOCIAL/PROFESSIONAL/SERVICE ACTIVITIES

§  Member, Editorial Board of E-Journal of Chemistry, 2012-present.

§  Member, Academic Standing Committee, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2008 - present.

§  Chemistry Program Leader, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2009-2010.

§  Referee for papers submitted to Chemical Physics Letter; International Journal of Quantum Chemistry; Journal of Molecular Structure; Journal of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry; Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling; Structural Chemistry.

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

 

§  Member, Center for Chemical Evolution, co-funded by National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

§  Faculty Travel Award, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, FGCU, July, 2009.

§  Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2008-2009.

§  Professional Development Fund, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2008.

§  Office of Academic Affairs, Funds for purchasing equipment and software, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2008.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

I.                   Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles since 2001

 

(1)         Yinghong Sheng, Yi Ren, “Computational Study on a HS Sensing Reaction Utilizing a Pyrylium Derivative”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2012, 116, 5420–5427.

(2)         Zhe Quan, Christine Purser, Rodney C. Baker, Terry Dwyer, Rajesh BhagatYinghong Sheng, Jerzy R. Leszczynski, “Determination of Derivatized Urea in Exhaled Breath Condensate by LC-MS”, Journal of Chromatographic Science, 2010, 48, 140.

(3)         Yinghong Sheng, Heather D. Bean, Irena Mamajanov, Nicholas V. Hud and Jerzy Leszczynski, “A Comprehensive Investigation of the Energetics of Pyrimidine Nucleoside Formation in a Model Prebiotic Reaction”,  J. Am. Chem. Soc.  2009, 131, 16088.

(4)         Chao Deng, Xiao-Peng Wu, Xiao-Ming Sun, Yi Ren*, Ying-Hong Sheng* “Neutral hydrolyses of carbon disulfide: An ab initio study of water catalysis” J. Comput. Chem. 2009, 30, 285.

(5)         Min Yu, Marek W. Urban, Yinghong Sheng, and Jerzy Leszczynski “Molecular Recognition at Methyl Methacrylate/n-Butyl Acrylate(MMA/nBA) Monomer Unit Boundaries of Phospholipids at p-MMA/nBA Copolymer Surfaces” Langmuir 2008, 24, 10382.

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(6)         Heather D. Bean, Yinghong Sheng, James P. Collins, Jerzy Leszczynski, and Nicholas V. HudFormation of a β-Pyrimidine Nucleoside by a Free Pyrimidine Base and Ribose in a Plausible Prebiotic Reaction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. Communications. 2007, 129, 9556.

(7)         Yinghong Sheng, Jerzy Leszczynski, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Anu Bamgbelu “Theoretical Study on the Structure and Property Relationship of the Cationic Conjugated Polyelectrolytes”, Structural Chemistry, 2007, 18, 827.

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(8)         Shuguang Wang, Yinghong Sheng, Manliang Feng, Lei Wang, Jerzy Leszczynski, Hiroyasu Tachikawa, and Hongtao Yu “Light-Induced Cytotoxicity of 16 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on the US EPA Priority Pollutant List in Human Skin HaCaT Keratinocytes: Relationship between Phototoxicity and Excited State Properties”, Environmental Toxicology, 2007, 22(3), 318-327.

(9)         Yinghong Sheng, Jerzy Leszczynski “Theoretical Study of the Regioselectivity of the Cycloaddition Reaction between Cyclopentadiene and Methyleneketene”, Tetrahedron, 2006, 62(29), 7014.

(10)     Yinghong Sheng, Szczepan Roszak, and Jerzy Leszczynski, “The Molecular Structures and Nature of Interactions in N2H+-Hen (n = 1 - 12) Complexes”, Mol. Phys. 2005, 103, 1091.

(11)     Zhe Quan; Yaru Song; Andrea Saulsberry; Yinghong Sheng; Yi-Ming Liu.  Capillary Electrophoresis for Diastereomers of (R,S)-Tetrahydroisoquinoline-3-Carboxylic Acid Derivatized with (R)-4-Nitro-7-(3-Aminopyrrolidin-1-yl)-2,1,3-Benzoxadiazole: Effect of Molecular Geometries.” Journal of Chromatographic Science, 2005, 43(3), 121-125.

(12)     Zhe Quan, Yaru Song, Gladys Peters, Ming Shengwu, Yinghong Sheng, Huey-Min Hwang, and Yi-Ming Liu, “Chiral CE Separation of Dopamine Derived Neurotoxins”, Analytical Sciences, 2005, 21(2), 115-9.

(13)     Yinghong Sheng, Szczepan Roszak, and Jerzy Leszczynski, “Microsolvation of N2H+: The nature of interactions in N2H+-(H2)n (n = 1 - 14) complexes”, J. Chem. Phys., 2004, 120, 4324.

 

(14)     Yinghong Sheng, Yun-Dong Wu, Jerzy Leszczynski, "A Theoretical Study of the Ring-Opening of Metallacyclobutene Derived from the Addition of Acetylene to Molybdenum Alkylidenes", Organomatallics, 2004, 23, 3189. 

(15)     Yinghong Sheng, Jerzy A. Leszczynski, Antonio A. Garcia, Rohit Rosario, Devens Gust, Joseph Springer, “Comprehensive Theoretical Study of the Conversion Reactions of Spiropyrans: Substituent and Solvent Effects”, J. Phys. Chem. B,  2004, 108, 16233.

 

 

(16)     Yinghong Sheng and Jerzy Leszczynski, “Theoretical Study of the Substituent and Solvent Effects on the Molecular Structures, Absorption and Emission Spectra of SpiropyransCollection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications, 2004, 69, 47.

(17)     Yinghong Sheng, Ramaiyer Venkatraman, Józef S. Kwiatkowski, Joanna Majewska and Jerzy Leszczynski,A DFT and MP2 Study on the Molecular Structure, Vibrational Raman and Infrared Spectra of Halogenosubstituted Phosphoryl and Thiophosphoryl Compounds”, Structural Chemistry, 2003, 20, 511.

(18)     Yinghong Sheng and Jerzy Leszczynski, “A Comprehensive Computational Study on OCH+-Rg (Rg = He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe ) Complexes”, Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications, 2003, 68, 489.

(19)      Yinghong Sheng, Djamaladdin G. Musaev, Frank, E. McDonald and Keiji Morokuma, Computational Studies of Tungsten-Catalyzed endo-Selective Cycloisomerization of 4-Pentyn-1-ol, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124, 4149.

 

(20)     Yinghong Sheng, Robert W. Gora, Malgorzata Kaczorowska, Szczepan Roszak,and Jerzy Leszczynski, “The molecular structures, energetics, and nature of interactions in Arn-N2H+ (n=1-12) complexe”, J. Phys. Chem., 2002, 106, 11162.

(21)   Yinghong Sheng and Jerzy Leszczynski, “Molecular Structures and Properties of N2H+-X (X=He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe and H2) Complexes”, J. Phys. Chem., 2002, 106, 12095.

(22)   Ying-Hong Sheng, Yun-Dong Wu, "Theoretical Studies on Acetylene Addition to Molybdenum Alkylidenes: The preference of a-and badditions", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123, 6662.

 

II. Conference Presentations

 

(1)         Yinghong Sheng “The Application of Computational Chemistry in Some Prebiotic Reactions” Third Annual Meeting of Center for Chemical Evolution, Atlanta, GA, June 23-25, 2010.

(2)         Yinghong Sheng “Introduction to Computational Chemistry and its Applications”, the 2010 Interdisciplinary Nanotoxicity Center Summer Institute, Jackson State University, July 21, 2010.

(3)         Yinghong Sheng “Comprehensive Investigation of the Energetics of Pyrimidine Nucleoside Formation in a Model Prebiotic Reaction”, the 9th Southern School on Computational Chemistry and Material Science, Jackson, MS, July 28-29, 2009.

(4)         Yinghong Sheng “Theoretical Study on the Photochemistry of Spiropyrans”, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, February 5-6, 2007.

(5)         Yinghong Sheng “Comprehensive Investigation of the Energetics of Pyrimidine Nucleoside Formation in a Model Prebiotic Reaction”, the 238th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington DC, August 14-21, 2009.

(6)         Marielys Figueroasierra, Yinghong Sheng, Jose Barreto “A Computational study on a HS- Sensing  Reaction which Utilizes a Pyrylium Derivative”, The 85th Annual American Chemical Society, Florida Section, Kissimmee, FL, United States, May 14-16, 2009.

(7)         Marielys Figueroasierra, Yinghong sheng, “Theoretical Study on a New Chromo-chemodosimeter Selective for Sulfide Anion”, Research Day, Florida Gulf Coast University, April 24, 2009.

(8)         Yinghong Sheng, Heather D. Bean, James P. Collins, Nicholas V. Hud and Jerzy Leszczynski  “A Comprehensive Investigation of Reaction Between Ribose and the Free Pyrimidine Bases: Verification of Possibility of the Formation of Pyrimidine Nucleosides under Plausible Prebiotic Reaction Conditions” International Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials, pp26, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, October 28-29, 2008.

(9)         Min Yu, Marek W. Urban , Yinghong Sheng, Jerzy LeszczynskiMolecular Recognition at Methyl Methacrylate/n-Butyl Acrylate(MMA/nBA) Monomer Unit Boundaries of Phospholipids at p-MMA/nBA Copolymer SurfacesInternational Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials, pp29, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, October 28-29, 2008.

(10)     Min Yu, Marek W. Urban, Yinghong Sheng, and Jerzy Leszczynski “Phospholipid Molecular Recognition at the Monomer Boundaries of CopolymerSurfaces; Spectroscopic and Ab Initio Studies” 17th International Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, pp176, Jackson, Mississippi, October 31-November 1, 2008.

(11)     Yinghong Sheng, Jerzy Leszczynski, “Theoretical Study of the Photochemistry of Spiropyrans6th Southern School on Computational Chemistry, pp99, Jackson, Mississippi, April 7-8, 2006.

(12)     Floyd A. Fayton Jr., Yinghong Sheng, Jerzy Leszczynski, “Computational study on the mechanism of the cycloadition reaction between methyleneketene and cyclopetadiene” The Computational Center for Molecular Structure and Interactions (CCMSI) Summer Institute, Jackson, MS, June 5 – July 30, 2005. ( Floyd A. Fayton Jr. won the Third Place Prize of the Student Presentation.)

(13)     Jason Ford-Green, Ayourinde Hassan, Yinghong Sheng, “DFT Study on the Reaction Mechanism of the 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition between Ethane and Nitrile Oxide”, 13th International Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, pp53, Jackson, Mississippi, November 12-13, 2004. ( Jason Ford-Green won the First Place Prize of the Best Student Poster.)

(14)     Jason Ford-Green, Ayourinde Hassan, Yinghong Sheng, “DFT Study on 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition between Ethane and Nitrile Oxide”, 2004 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), G35, Dallas, Texas, November 10 - 13, 2004.

(15)     Jason Ford-Green, Ayourinde Hassan, Yinghong Sheng, “DFT Study on 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition between Ethane and Nitrile Oxide”, Computational Center for Molecular Structure and Interactions 2004 Summer Institute, pp6, Biloxi, Mississippi, July 29, 2004.

(16)     Yinghong Sheng, Ray Butcher, Haijun Jiao, Bakhtiyor Rasulev, Jiande Gu, Jerome Karle, and Jerzy Leszczynski, “Novel Aromatic 7,8-Diazapentalenes” 4th Southern School on Computational Chemistry, pp105, Orange Beach, Alabama, March 26-27, 2004.

(17)     Yinghong Sheng, Szczepan Roszak, and Jerzy Leszczynski, “The Molecular Structures and Nature of Interactions in N2H+-Xn (X = He, Ne, n=1-17) Complexes” 3rd Southern School on Computational Chemistry, pp68, Orange Beach, Alabama, March 28-29, 2003.

(18)     Demarcio Reed, Yinghong Sheng, and Jerzy Leszczynski, “Theoretical Study on Thermal Conversion of Benzopyran: Subsituent and Solvent Effects” 12th International Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, pp149, Jackson, Mississippi, October 31- November 1, 2003.

(19)     Yinghong Sheng, Ray Butcher, Bakhtiyor Rasulev, Jerome Karle, and Jerzy Leszczynski, 12th International Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, pp160, Jackson, Mississippi, October 31- November 1, 2003. 

(20)     Latasha Salter, Yinghong Sheng and Jerzy Leszczynski, “A CASSCF Study on the Mechanism of C-O Cleacage in Pyran Computational Center for Molecular Structure and Interactions 2002 Summer Institute, Orange Beach, Alabama, July 31, 2002.

(21)     Yinghong Sheng and Jerzy Leszczynski, “Molecular Structures and Properties of N2H+-X (X=He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe and H2) Complexes”, Second Southern School on Computational Chemistry, pp63, Orange Beach, Alabama, March 22-23, 2002.

(22)     Yinghong Sheng, Szczepan Roszak, and Jerzy Leszczynski, “The Molecular Structures and Nature of Interactions in N2H+-Nen (n = 1 - 12) Complexes”, 11th International Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry,pp138, Jackson, Mississippi, November 1-2, 2002.

(23)     Yinghong Sheng, Ramaiyer Venkatraman, Józef S. Kwiatkowski, Joanna Majewska and Jerzy Leszczynski, “Theoretical Study on the Molecular Structures and Vibrational Spectra of Halogenosubstituted Phosphoryl and Their Thio-analogs”, 11th International Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry,pp139, Jackson, Mississippi, November 1-2, 2002.

(24)     Yinghong Sheng and Jerzy Leszczynski, “A Comprehensive Theoretical Study on the Reaction Mechanisms of the Inversion Reaction Between Spiropyrans and Merocyanines and the Racemization of Spiropyrans”, 11th International Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, pp140, Jackson, Mississippi, November 1-2, 2002.

(25)     Yinghong Sheng; Djamaladdin G. Musaev,; Subba K. Reddy; Frank E. McDonald; Keiji Morokuma,  “Theoretical studies of tungsten catalytized endo- and exo-selective cyclization of 1-alkyn-5-ol”.  Abstracts of Papers, 222nd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States, August 26-30, 2001.

(26)     Yinghong Sheng, Robert W. Gora, Malgorzata Kaczorowska, Szczepan Roszak,and Jerzy Leszczynski, “The Molecular Structures and Nature of Interactions in N2H+-Arn (n = 1 - 12) Complexes”, 10th International Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, pp210, Jackson, Mississippi, November 1-3, 2001.

(27)     Yinghong Sheng, Szczepan Roszak, and Jerzy Leszczynski, “The Molecular Structures and Nature of Interactions inN2H+-(H2)n (n = 1 - 12) Complexes”, 10th International Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, pp211, Jackson, Mississippi, November 1-3, 2001.

(28)     Ying-Hong Sheng, and Yun-Dong Wu, “Theoretical Studies on Acetylene Addition to Molybdenum alkylidenes: The Preference of alpha- and beta-Additions”, Workshop on Computational Chemistry, Hong Kong, Feb 21-23, 2000.

(29)     Yun-Dong Wu and Ying-Hong Sheng, “Theoretical Studies on Ring-Opening of Metallacyclobutenes Derived from Acetylene Addition to Molybdenum Alkylidenes”, Workshop on Computational Chemistry, Hong Kong, Feb 21-23, 2000.

(30)      Yun-Dong Wu and Ying-Hong Sheng, “Is a diradical Mechanism Possible for Amine Accelerated Dihydroxylation by Oxmium Tetraoxide? A theoretical Study”, Workshop on Computational Chemistry, Hong Kong, Feb 21-23, 2000.