Dr. Bonizzoni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UA. Dr. Bonizzoni has had a long-standing interest in solving biologically and mediaclly relevant problems using chemical tools, particularly in mimicking Nature’s use of non-covalent interactions. Dr. Bonizzoni’s research (https://bonizzoni.ua.edu/) is supported by the National Science Foundation.
- Beta-lactam antibiotic discrimination using a macromolecular sensor in water at neutral pH. Y. Xu, M. Bonizzoni. Sensors 21 (19):6384, 2021.
- Pattern-based recognition systems: Overcoming the problem of mixtures. M.H. Ihde, C.F. Pridmore, M. Bonizzoni. Analytical Chemistry 92 (24):16213 – 16220, 2020.
- Disposable paper strips for carboxylate discrimination. Y. Xu, M. Bonizzoni. Analyst 145:3505 – 3516, 2020.
- Boronic acid-modified poly(amidoamine) dendrimers as sugar-sensing materials in water. X. Liang, M. Bonizzoni. J. Mater. Chem. B. 4:3094 – 3103, 2016.
- A supramolecular sensing array for qualitative and quantitative analysis of organophosphates in water. Y. Liu, M. Bonizzoni. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136 (40):14223-14229, 2014.
As supramolecular chemists, we are interested in reversible inter-molecular interactions in artificial systems. Research in this group has a particular focus on water-soluble systems. We study these processes at the fundamental level using physical-organic methods ranging from optical spectroscopy, to calorimetry, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry. As chemists, we also often take advantage of the opportunity to synthesize small-molecule models of larger interacting systems. We use what we learn to construct chemical systems with emergent functions, such as molecular-level chemical receptors and sensors, drug-delivery vehicles, and nanoscopic reaction vessels.