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Paul J. Bracher
               
                                               
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  EDUCATION  
                                               
    California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
2010–2012
   
                                               
      Postdoctoral Scholar in Chemistry            
      Advisor: Professor Harry B. Gray                    
                                               
    Harvard University Cambridge, MA
2002–2010
   
                                               
      Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry            
      Advisor: Professor George M. Whitesides            
      Thesis Title: "I. Delivery Templates of Patterned Paper for the Fabrication of Planar Materials  
            II. Thiol–Thioester Exchange as a Reversible, Covalent Binding Interaction"  
                                               
    New York University New York, NY
1998–2002
   
                                               
      Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Departmental Honors, Summa Cum Laude            
      Unweighted Cumulative GPA: 3.966/4.000; GPA in Major: 4.000/4.000            
      Advisor: Professor David I. Schuster            
      Thesis Title: "The Synthesis and Photophysics of Porphyrin–Fullerene Dyads"  
                                               
    Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Alexandria, VA
1994–1998
   
                                               
      Fairfax County Advanced Studies Diploma            
      Unweighted Cumulative GPA: 4.000/4.000            
      Advisor: Dr. John Liebermann, Jr. – Chemical Analysis Laboratory            
      Senior Project: "The Effect of Counteranion Structure on the Critical Micelle Concentration of TTA"  
                                               
                                               
  AWARDS AND RECOGNITION  
                                               
    National Science Foundation American Competitiveness in Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow
2010–2012
   
    Fieser Student Lecture Prize at Harvard
2009
   
    Harvard Origins-of-Life Initiative Fellow
2006–2009
   
    Dudley R. Herschbach Teaching Award at Harvard
2005
   
    Harvard Committee on Undergraduate Education Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
2003
   
    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
2002–2005
   
    Albert Borgman/Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Best Thesis in the Sciences at NYU
2002
   
    NYU College of Arts and Science Class Commencement Representative
2002
   
    NYU Distinguished Chemist / Departmental Scholar Award 2002    
    New York University Honors Scholar 2002    
    Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of New York Chapter 2001    
    Barry M. Goldwater Scholar 2001    
    Harold Seidenstein Memorial Award in Chemistry at NYU 2001    
    Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Research Scholar 2000    
    Phi Lambda Upsilon, Alpha Lambda Chapter, Honorary Chemistry Society 2000    
    Hema Sakhrani Memorial Award in Chemistry at NYU 1999    
    Samuel F.B. Morse Scholar at NYU 1998–2002    
    United States Office of Naval Research Scholar 1998    
    NYU College of Arts and Science Dean's List 1998–2002    
    United States National Chemistry Olympiad Team
1998
   
    USA Today All-USA High School Academic Team
1998
   
    Virginia Science Talent Search Grand Prize
1998
   
    Westinghouse/Intel Science Talent Search Finalist
1998
   
           
                                               
  TEACHING EXPERIENCE  
                                               
    Research Mentor for Amherst Undergraduate Claire Drolen 2012    
    California Institute of Technology, Advisor: Prof. Harry B. Gray      
                                               
    Research Mentor for Caltech Undergraduate Christine Chang 2011–2012    
    California Institute of Technology, Advisor: Prof. Harry B. Gray      
                                               
    Co-Mentor for Solar Army Summer Research Program 2010    
    California Institute of Technology, Advisor: Prof. Harry B. Gray      
                                               
    Research Mentor for Harvard Undergraduate Shawn Liu 2005–2006    
    Harvard University, Advisor: Prof. George M. Whitesides      
                                               
    Teaching Fellow for Chem 30: "Organic Chemistry" 2004    
    Harvard University, Fall 2004, Instructor: Prof. David A. Evans      
                                               
    Teaching Fellow for Chem 30: "Organic Chemistry" 2003    
    Harvard University, Fall 2003, Instructor: Prof. M. Christina White      
                                               
    Teaching Fellow for Chem 27: "The Organic Chemistry of Life" 2003    
    Harvard University, Spring 2003, Instructor: Prof. Gavin MacBeath      
                                               
    Research Mentor for High School Student Shah R. Ali 2001–2002    
    New York University, Advisor: Prof. David I. Schuster      
                                               
    Teaching Assistant for "Organic Chemistry Laboratory II" 2000    
    New York University, Spring 2000, Instructor: Prof. Morris L. Fishman      
                                               
                                               
  RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS  
                                               
    Publications                        
                                               
    13)    Bracher, P.J.; Snyder, P.W.; Bohall, B.R.; Whitesides, G.M. "The Relative Rates of Thiol–Thioester Exchange and Hydrolysis for Alkyl and Aryl Thioalkanoates in Water" Orig. Life Evol. Biosph., 2011, 41, 399–412. (DOI)    
         
                                               
    12)    Derda, R.; Bracher, P.J.  “YouTube or You Lose: Grand Challenges Canada Explores Whether Scientists are Ready for Web-Based Grant Competitions”, ACS Chem. Bio. 2011, 6, 771–774. (DOI)    
         
                                               
    11)    Bracher, P.J. "Safety for Beginners." (An invited review of Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students, by R.H. Hill, Jr. and D.C. Finster) Nat. Chem., 2011, 3, 91. (DOI)    
         
                                               
   
10)   
Bracher, P.J.; Gupta, M.; Whitesides, G.M. "Patterned Paper as a Template for the Delivery of Reactants in the Fabrication of Planar Materials." Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 4303–4309. (DOI)    
   
   
   
                                         
   
9)   
Bracher, P.J.; Gupta, M.; Whitesides, G.M. "Patterning Precipitates of Reactions in Paper." J. Mater. Chem., 2010,
20, 5117–5122. (DOI) (Highlight)
   
   
   
                                               
   
8)   
Bracher, P.J.; Gupta, M.; Mack, E.T.; Whitesides, G.M. "Heterogeneous Films of Ionotropic Hydrogels Fabricated from Delivery Templates of Patterned Paper." ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2009, 1, 1807–1812. (DOI)    
         
                                               
   
7)   
Bracher, P.J.; Gupta, M.; Whitesides, G.M. "Shaped Films of Ionotropic Hydrogels Fabricated Using Templates of Patterned Paper." Adv. Mater., 2009, 21, 445–450. (DOI)    
         
                                               
   
6)   
Dickey, M.D.; Lipomi, D.J.; Bracher, P.J.; Whitesides, G.M. "Electrically Addressable Parallel Nanowires with 30 nm Spacing from Micromolding and Nanoskiving." Nano Lett., 2009, 8, 4568–4573. (DOI)    
         
                                               
   
5)   
Winkleman, A.; Bracher, P.J.; Gitlin, I.; Whitesides, G.M. "Fabrication and Manipulation of Ionotropic Hydrogels Cross-Linked by Paramagnetic Ions." Chem. Mater., 2007, 19, 1362–1368. (DOI)    
   
   
   
                                         
   
4)   
Krishnamurthy, V.M.; Semetey, V.; Bracher, P.J.; Shen, N.; Whitesides, G.M. "Dependence of Effective Molarity on Linker Length for an Intramolecular Protein-Ligand System." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 1312–1320. (DOI)    
   
   
   
                                         
   
3)   
Li, K.; Bracher, P.J.; Guldi, D.M.; Herranz, M.Á.; Echegoyen, L.; Schuster, D.I. "[60]Fullerene-Stopped Porphyrinorotaxanes: Pronounced Elongationof Charge-Separated-State Lifetimes." J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 9156–9157. (DOI)    
   
   
   
                                         
   
2)   
Guldi, D.M.; Nuber, B.; Bracher, P.J.; Alabi, C.A.; MacMahon, S.; Kukol, J.W.; Wilson, S.R.; Schuster, D.I. "Synthesis and Photophysical Study of a Copper-Porphyrin-Styrene-C60 Hybrid." J. Phys. Chem. A, 2003, 107, 3215–3221. (DOI)    
   
   
   
                                         
   
1)   
Bracher, P.J.; Schuster, D.I. "Electron Transfer in Functionalized Fullerenes" in Fullerenes: From Synthesis to Optoelectronic Properties, D.M. Guldi and N. Martín (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2002. (Link)    
         
                                               
                                               
    Patent Applications                        
                                               
    2)    Bracher, P.J.; Ryan, D.; Bohall, B.R. “Permanent and Reversible Attachment of Molecules to Substrates Bearing Thioester Bonds,” PCT Int. Appl. WO 2012/051425A1. (Link)    
         
                                               
   
1)   
Whitesides, G.M.; Gupta, M.; Bracher, P.J.; Rozkiewicz, D.; Wong, A; Mack, E. "Shaped Films of Hydrogels Fabricated Using Templates of Patterned Paper." PCT Int. Appl. WO 2009/121038A2. (Link)    
         
                                               
                                               
    Invited Talks                        
                                               
    5)    Beckman Scholars and Beckman Young Investigators Symposium, Irvine, California, 8/13/2011    
      "The Thiol–Thioester Exchange Reaction: Kinetics, Practical Applications, and Implications for the Origin of Life"    
                                               
   
4)   
Fieser Student Lecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 5/12/2009    
   
“Chemistry and the Origin of Life: Possible Roles for Sodium, Potassium, and Thioesters”    
   
                                         
   
3)   
Harvard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center Research Exchange Seminar, Cambridge, MA, 4/30/2008    
   
“The Chemical Landscape of the Prebiotic Earth and Two Specific Problems Regarding the Origin of Life”    
   
                                         
   
2)   
ACS Presidential Event Celebrating Ten Years of Beckman Scholars in Chemistry, New Orleans, 4/7/2008    
   
“Solutions of Deliquescent Potassium Salts as Protocellular Compartments”    
   
                                         
   
1)   
David I. Schuster’s 70th Birthday Symposium, New York University, New York City, 6/3/2005    
      “High Affinity Reversible Binders Compatible with Biology”    
                                               
                                               
    Meeting/Conference Presentations (Oral)                        
                                               
    6)    242th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Denver, Colorado, 9/1/2011    
      "Thioester-Functionalized Microspheres as Activated Surfaces for Attaching Molecules..."    
                                               
   
5)   
238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 8/19/2009    
   
“Films of Metal Cross-linked Ionotropic Hydrogels: Fabrication and Applications”    
   
                                         
   
4)   
Fourth Annual Beckman Scholars Research Symposium, Irvine, California, 8/25–28/2002    
   
“The Synthesis and Photophysics of Porphyrin–Fullerene Dyads”    
   
                                         
   
3)   
NYU College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, New York City, 4/26/2002    
   
"The Synthesis of Porphyrin–Fullerene Dyads"    
   
                                         
   
2)   
197th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, Toronto, Canada, 4/14–19/2000    
   
"The Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Alkene- and Stilbene-Linked Fullerene–Porphyrin Dyads"    
   
                                         
   
1)   
Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 5/1998    
      "The Effect of Counteranion Structure on the Critical Micelle Concentration of TTA+"    
                                               
                                               
    Meeting/Conference Presentations (Poster)                        
                                               
    10)    NSF Solar Center for Chemical Innovation Annual Retreat, Huntington Beach, California, 1/28/2012    
      “Solar Materials Discovery at San Marino High School: Using the SMD Scanning Kit to Investigate..."
   
                                               
    9)    242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Denver, Colorado, 8/29/2011    
      “Thiol–Thioester Exchange: Reaction Kinetics, Practical Applications, and Implications for the Origin of Life”    
                                               
    8)    241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Anaheim, California, 3/28/2011 and 3/29/2011    
      “Relative Rates of Thiol–Thioester Exchange and Hydrolysis for Thioalkanoates in Water”    
                                               
    7)    NSF Solar Center for Chemical Innovation Annual Retreat, Huntington Beach, California, 1/22/2011    
      “A System for the Conversion of Thermal Energy to Electrical Energy”    
                                               
    6)    238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 8/16/2009 and 8/17/2009    
      “Delivery Templates of Patterned Paper for the Fabrication of Flat and Curved Planar Materials”    
                                               
    5)    Radcliffe Institute Science Symposium: Origins of Life, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 3/7/2008    
      "Solutions of Deliquescent Salts as Protocellular Compartments"    
                                               
    4)    NYU College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, New York City, 4/27/2001    
      "The Synthesis of a Concatenated Fullerene–Porphyrin Dyad"    
                                               
    3)    NYU College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, New York City, 4/28/2000    
      "The Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Alkene- and Stilbene-Linked Fullerene–Porphyrin Dyads"    
                                               
    2)    49th Annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Fort Worth, Texas, 5/10–16/1998    
      "The Effect of Counterion Structure on Surfactant Micelle Formation"    
                                               
    1)    57th Annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search, Science Talent Institute, Washington, DC, 3/4–9/1998    
      "The Effect of Para-Benzoate Counterion Structure on the Critical Micelle Concentration of TTA+"    
                                               
                                               
                                               
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