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Kyle A. Beran, Ph.D.

  • Kyle Beran
    Kyle Beran

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professor/Dept Chair
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2 - 3 PM 11 - noon 2 - 3 PM 11 - noon 2 - 3 PM

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, (1994) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

B.S. Chemistry, (1989) Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX

General Chemistry I&II - CHEM 1311/1111 & 1312/1112

Physical Chemistry I&II - CHEM 3461& 3462

Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - CHEM 3301

Energetic Stability of Fullerene Derivatives

My research group is currently investigating the energetic stability of TM@C2x and TM-C2x (X = 0 or 4, and TM = Group 11 & 12 metal ions) molecular species.  Due to a high degree of cage strain, the smallest fullerene (C20) is very unstable, has a very short life-time, and is incredibly difficulty to synthesize.  Previous research has shown that attaching electronegative atoms/moieties on the outside of the cage (exohedral derivative) or added to the inside of the cage (endohedral derivative) the stability of the complex increases significantly.  Additionally, a more exotic study into the role that metals and their ionic forms have on the stability of these small fullerenes is also underway.  In this area of research, my group is assessing the stability of C19X metallo-heterofullerenes, where X = transition metals.

  • Kyle A. Beran, Vidhyullatha Kancharla, Sajid Bashir, Jingbo L. Liu, Oscar M. Ramirez, and Peter J. Derrick, “Parameterizing matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI): Effect of metal surfaces on analyte peak intensities”, J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 2017, 16(4), 115-121.
  • Mariela Gonzelez, Samantha Lujan, and Kyle A. Beran, “Investigation into the molecular structure, electronic properties, and energetic stability of endohedral (TM@C20) and exohedral (TM-C20) metallofullerene derivatives of C20: TM = Group 11 and 12 transition metal atoms/ions”, submitted to Comput. Theor. Chem. 2017, 1119, 32-44.
  • Vidhyullatha Kancharla, Sajid Bashir, Jingbo L. Liu, Oscar M. Ramirez, Peter J. Derrick, and Kyle A. Beran, “Effect of metal surfaces on MALDI analyte peak intensities”, Eur. J. Mass Spectr. 2017, 23(5), 287-299.
  • Mihai Urichianu and Kyle A. Beran, “Identifying the [M+2]+ peak observed with nitrogen-based MALDI matrices: A theoretical investigation”, submitted to J. Undergrad. Chem. Res., 2016, 15(3), 88-94.
  • Vivian B. Gomez and Kyle A. Beran, “Energetic stability and electronic properties of exohedral derivatives of C20: C20Xn (X = H, F, Cl; n = 1-4)”, Int. J. Quantum. Chem., 2013, 113(7), 925 – 933.

Presentations

  • David A. Maldonado, Alec Loya, Milka O. Montes, and Kyle A. Beran, “Validating the presence and exploring the role of a silver hydroxide intermediate in the production of silver nanoparticles”, Presented (Abstract #CHED 1114) at the 255th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, March 2018.
  • Nickolas Hernandez and Kyle A. Beran, “Novel characterization of silver nanoparticles utilizing a laser system”, Presented (Abstract #CHED 1279) at the 255th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, March 2018.
  • Levi Ramirez and Kyle A. Beran, “Scattered photon intensity as a tool to calibrate the size of Au and TiO2 nanoparticles”, Presented (Abstract #CHED 1280) at the 255th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, March 2018.
  • Russel Maharaj, Anthony X. Martinez, Milka O. Montes, and Kyle A. Beran, “Novel characterization of silver & gold nanoparticles utilizing a laser system”, Oral & Poster presentation at the UTPB Undergraduate Research Program (URP), April 2017.
  • Jordan McDonald and Kyle A. Beran, “Energetic and structural analysis of metallo-heterofullerene derivatives of C20: C19M (M = 3d transition metals)”, Oral & Poster presentation at the UTPB Undergraduate Research Program (URP), April 2017.
  • Russel Maharaj, Milka O. Montes, and Kyle A. Beran, “Novel characterization of silver & gold nanoparticles utilizing a laser system”, Presented (Abstract #CHED 1261) at the 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA, March 2017.
  • Jordan McDonald and Kyle A. Beran, “Energetic and structural analysis of metallo-heterofullerene derivatives of C20: C19M (M = 3d transition metals)”, Presented (Abstract #CHED 875) at the 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA, March 2017.