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I am currently an Associate Professor at St. John's University, in the Department of Chemistry.

I was inspired to do science and look at the world with a mixture of wonder and rationality by great teachers. My first teacher was my father - he was an analytical research chemist at ICI and Stork in the North West of England.
Whether my love of chemistry and dry humor was genetic or environmental in origin, there's no doubt he's the source of much of it.

At King David High School, Liverpool, I had a wonderful, acerbic, mischevious chemistry teacher, Tony Burrows. At Leicester University Chemistry, Bob Atkinson, Martin Harger and John Malpass inducted me into the joys of science research and organic chemistry. I went on an exchange year at Colorado State University Chemistry, where Louis Hegedus, Mike Elliott and Oren Anderson all made it very difficult for me to play hooky to go skiing - their passion and enthusiasm for science kept me in class and in the lab.

I went to Cambridge Unversity for my graduate work, where Jeremy Sanders provided a fantastic environnment to learn about molecular recognition and the joys of self-organization. For my postdoctoral work I went to NYU, working in the lab of Ned Seeman who taught me about nucleic acids, nanochemistry and naughty words.

I had my first 4 years of faculty fun, as an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly Pomona Chemistry.

To all of these teachers and many more unmentioned friends and colleagues, thankyou.

Before Enlightenment Tenure..........fell forest, bring beer.
After Enlightenment Tenure........fell forest, bring beer.

Outside of science, I savour skiing, scrabble, self-deprecation and scouting singular scenery.
Apparently, I also appreciate alliterations.

Here is a four-page technical CV PDF .

Selected publications.

St. John's University

Morcos Hanna, Moorsalin Munshi, Nancy A. Kedzierski, Paul N. Chung, Terry Huang, Allen K. Mok and Philip S. Lukeman
'Photocleavage control of nucleated DNA nanosystems – the influence of surface strand sterics', Nanoscale, 2014, Advance Article PDF

Lukeman P, 'How to mentor Undergraduates in the Lab' , Nature nanotechnology, 2013, 8, 784-786 PDF

Lukeman P, 'Hetero-oligonucleotide nanoscale tiles capable of two-dimensional lattice formation as testbeds for a rapid, affordable purification methodology', Nanoscale, 2013, 5 (12), 5266 - 5268, PDF

Lukeman P, in V.A. Erdmann and J. Barciszewski (eds.), DNA and RNA Nanobiotechnologies in Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases, 2013, Springer, 'Nucleic Acid Nanotechnology: Modified Backbones and Topological Polymer Templates', PDF

Cal Poly Pomona

Mok AK, Kedzierski NA, Chung PN, Lukeman, PS, 'Positional photocleavage control of DNA-based nanoswitches' Chemical Communications, 2011, (47), 4905-4907 PDF ,


Zheng J, Lukeman PS, Sherman WB, Micheel C, Alivasatos AP, Constantinou PE, Seeman NC, ‘Metallic Nanoparticles Used to Estimate the Structural Integrity of DNA Motifs’, Biophysical Journal, 95:3340-3348 (2008) PDF

Liu Y, Wang RS, Ding L, Sha RJ, Lukeman, PS, Canary JW, Seeman NC, ‘Thermodynamic analysis of nylon nucleic acids’, ChemBioChem, 2008, 9 (10), 1641-1648 PDF

Lukeman PS, Stevenson ML*, Seeman NC, ‘Morphology Change of Calcium Carbonate in the Presence of two-dimensional DNA Lattices’, Crystal Growth & Design, 2008, 8 (4), 1200-1202 PDF

Lukeman PS, Seeman NC, ‘Nucleic Acid Nanostructures’, Reports on Progress in Physics, 2005, 68, 237-270 PDF

Lukeman PS, Mittal AC, Seeman NC, ‘Two dimensional PNA/DNA arrays’, Chemical Communications, 2004, 15, 1694-1695 PDF

Zhu L, Lukeman PS, Canary JW, Seeman NC, ‘Nylon/DNA: Single-stranded DNA with a covalently stitched nylon lining’, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2003, 125, 10178-10179 PDF


Lukeman PS, Sanders JKM, ‘Macrolactone-based dynamic combinatorial libraries of cholate monomers bearing recognition functionality’, Tetrahedron Letters, 2000, 41, 10171-10174 PDF

Rowan SJ, Lukeman PS, Reynolds D, Sanders JKM, 'Engineering diversity into dynamic combinatorial libraries by use of a flexible building block', New Journal of Chemistry, 1998, 22, 1015-1018 PDF