Department of Chemistry

Xavier University of Louisiana

Candace M. Lawrence, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ph. D., University of Texas at Austin, 2010
B.S., Louisiana State University, 2004

Telephone Number: 504-520-5718
Room Number: NCF 318
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Organic Chemistry Lecture
Organic Chemistry Drill
Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Short Professional Biography

Dr. Lawrence was born in Baton Rouge and graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet High School in 2000.  She received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2004 from Louisiana State University, where she worked on colorimetric detection of amino acids under the direction of Professor Robert M. Strongin.  She then graduated with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Professor Jonathan L. Sessler in 2010.  Her graduate dissertation research focused on the utilization of nucleobase pairing to develop supramolecular polymers, electron transfer systems, and interactions with biological molecules.

Before joining the faculty at Xavier, Dr. Lawrence held a Teaching Post-doctoral Associate position at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX from 2010-2012.  Dr. Lawrence is the co-advisor for the Xavier's award winning ACS Chemistry Club, working with the undergraduate students in conducting science outreach and chemistry demonstrations. In her spare time, Dr. Lawrence enjoys volunteering for Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre.

Research Interest

Dr. Lawrence's research focuses on three main projects:

  1. Development and functionalization of polymer electrolyte materials compatible with lithium metal; part of the NASA MIRO research program.
  2. Studying the role of hydrogen-bonding, utilizing nucleic acid base (nucleobases) pairing, in electron and energy transfer systems.
  3. Design and synthesis of modified nucleobases as potential hydrogel drug delivery systems and more elaborate nucleobase-appended, biologically relevant covalent polymers.

Current Grant Support


Recent Publications

Lin, Zhiwei; Lawrence, Candace M.; Xiao, Dequan; Kireev, Victor V.; Skourtis, Spiros S.; Sessler, Jonathan L.; Beratan, David N.; Rubtsov, Igor V. "Modulation of charge transfer efficiency via excitation of high-frequency modes." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 18060-18062.

Fathalla, Maher; Lawrence, Candace M.; Zhang, Nan; Sessler, Jonathan L.; Jayawickramarajah, Janarthanan. "Base-pairing mediated non-covalent polymers." Chemical Society Reviews, 2009, 38(6), 1608-1620.

Pierce, Sarah E.; Sherman, Courtney L.; Jayawickramarajah, Janarthanan; Lawrence, Candace M.; Sessler, Jonathan L.; Brodbelt, Jennifer S. "ESI-MS characterization of a novel pyrrole inosine nucleoside that interacts with guanine bases." Analytica Chimica Acta, 2008, 627(1), 129-135.

Sessler, Jonathan L.; Lawrence, Candace M.; Jayawickramarajah, Janarthanan. "Molecular recognition via base-pairing." Chemical Society Reviews, 2007, 36(2), 314-325.

Wang, Weihua; Rusin, Oleksandr; Xu, Xiangyang; Kim, Kyu Kwang; Escobedo, Jorge O.; Fakayode, Sayo O.; Fletcher, Kristin A.; Lowry, Mark; Schowalter, Corin M.; Lawrence, Candace M.; Fronczek, Frank R.; Warner, Isiah M.; Strongin, Robert M. "Detection of homocysteine and cysteine." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2005, 127(45), 15949-15958.

Wang, Weihua; Escobedo, Jorge O.; Lawrence, Candace M.; Strongin, Robert M. "Direct detection of homocysteine." Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2004, 126(11), 3400-3401.

Department of Chemistry