F. Chalyavi, A. J. Schmitz, J. M. Weiner, J. N. Monzy, E. E. Fenlon, S. H. Brewer, S. O. Odoh and M. J. Tucker, 2D-IR studies of NCN in Various Scaffolds as an Infrared Reporter of Dynamics in Biomolecules: Uncovering the Origin of Mysterious Peaks, in preparation.

Matthew G. Roberson,  Julia M. Duncan, Keveen J. Flieth, Laina M. Geary, Matthew J. Tucker, Photo-Controlled Interactions of Azobenzene Micelle Derivatives with Antimicrobial Peptides, in preparation.

J. H. S. K. Monteiro, N. R. Fetto, M. J. Tucker, F. A. Sigoli, A. de Bettencourt-Dias, Luminescent Carbazole-based EuIII Complexes with High Two-Photon Absorption Cross-Section and Their Use as Viscosity Probe, in revision.

A. J. Schmitz, H. D. Pandey, J. T. Shi, F. Chalyavi, E. E. Fenlon, S. H. Brewer, D. M. Leitner and M. J. Tucker, Tuning Molecular Vibrational Energy Flow within an Aromatic Scaffold via Anharmonic Coupling, in revision.

Z. Gompert, M. Brady, F. Chalyavi, T. Saley, C. S. Philbin, C. A. Buerkle, M. J. Tucker, M. L. Forister, and L. K. Lucas, Genomic evidence of genetic variation with pleiotropic e ffects on caterpillar fitness and plant traits in a model legume, Molecular Ecology, 2019, 28, 2967-2985.

M. Roberson, D. K. Smith, S. M. White, I. S. Wallace, M. J. Tucker, Bombolitin antimicrobial peptides exhibit structural diversity upon membrane binding, leading to cell specificity, Biophysical Journal, 2019, 116, 1064-1074.


D. G. Hogle, A. R. Cunningham, M. J. Tucker, Equilibrium versus Non-Equilibrium Dynamics: Insights into Transient 2D IR Spectroscopy, J. Phys Chem. B, invited mini-review, 2018, 122, 8783-8795.

F. Chalyavi, P. H. Gilmartin, A. J. Schmitz, M. W. Fennie, M. J. Tucker, Synthesis of 5-Cyano-Tryptophan as a 2D Infrared Spectroscopic Reporter of Structure, Angewandte Chemie International Ed., 2018, 57, 7528-7532.


N. R. Fetto, W. Cao, I. S. Wallace, M. J. Tucker, Selective Excitation of Cyanophenylalanine Fluorophores for Multi-Site Binding Studies, J. Phys. Chem B, 2017, 121, 9566–9571.

F. Chalyavi, D. G. Hogle, M. J. Tucker, Tyrosine as a Non-Perturbing Site-Specific Vibrational Reporter for Protein Dynamics, J. Phys. Chem B, 2017, 121, 6380-6389.


A. J. Schmitz, D. G. Hogle, X. S. Gai, E. E. Fenlon, S. H. Brewer, M. J. Tucker, 2D IR Study of Vibrational Coupling Between Nitrile and Azide Reporters in a RNA Nucleoside, J. Phys. Chem B, 2016, 120, 9387-9394.

J. P. Martin, N. R. Fetto, M. J. Tucker, Comparison of Biological Chromophores: Photophysical Properties of Cyanophenylalanine Derivatives", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 20750-20757.

D. E. Levin, A. J. Schmitz, S. M. Hines, K. J. Hines; M. J. Tucker, S. H. Brewer, E. E. Fenlon, Synthesis and Evaluation of the Sensitivity and Vibrational Lifetimes of Thiocyanate and Selenocyanate Infrared Reporters", RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 36231-36237.


I.M. Pazos, A. Ghosh, M. J. Tucker, F. Gai, Ester Carbonyl Vibration as a Sensitive Probe of Protein Local Electric Field, Angewandte Chemie International Ed., 2014, 53, 6080-6084.

A. Ghosh, M. J. Tucker, F. Gai, 2D IR Spectroscopy of Histidine: Probing Side-Chain Structure and Dynamics via Backbone Amide Vibrations, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2014, 115, 9731-9738.

J. R. Courter, M. Abdo, S. P. Brown, M. J. Tucker, R. M. Hochstrasser, A. B. Smith III, The Design and Synthesis of Alanine-Rich alpha-Helical Peptides Constrained by an S,S-Tetrazine Photochemical Trigger: A Fragment Union Approach, J. of Organic Chemistry, 2014, 79, 759-768.


M. J. Tucker, M. Abdo, J. R. Courter, J. Chen, S. P. Brown, A. B. Smith III, R. M. Hochstrasser, Nonequilibrium Dynamics of Helix Reorganization Observed by Transient 2D IR Spectroscopy, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2013, 110, 17314-17319.


M. J. Tucker, M. Abdo, J. R. Courter, J. Chen, A. B. Smith III, R. M. Hochstrasser. Dicysteine S,S-tetrazine: A potential ultra-fast photochemical trigger to explore the early events of peptide/protein folding. J Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chemistry, 2012, 234, 156-163.

M. Abdo, S. P. Brown, J.R. Courter, M. J. Tucker, R. M. Hochstrasser, A. B. Smith III. Design, synthesis, and photochemical validation of peptide linchpins containing the S, S-tetrazine phototrigger. Organic Letters, 2012, 14, 3518-3521. 


A. Ghosh, M. J. Tucker, R. M. Hochstrasser. The identification of arginine residues in peptides by 2D-IR echo spectroscopy. J Phys. Chem. A, 2011, 115, 9731-9738.

M. J. Tucker, X. S. Gai, E. F. Fenlon, S. Brewer, and R. M. Hochstrasser. 2DIR Photon Echo of Azido- Probes for Nucleic Acids. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2011, 13, 2237-2241.

M. J. Tucker, A.L. Serrano, F. Gai. Direct Assessment of the alpha-Helix Nucleation Time. J Phys. Chem. B, 2011, 115, 7472-7478.


M. J. Tucker, J. R. Courter, J. Chen, O. Atasoylu, A. B. Smith III and R. M. Hochstrasser. Tetrazine Phototriggers: Probes of Protein Dynamics. Angewandte Chemie, 2010, 49, 3612-3616. Communication Cover Article (Highlighted in April 26, 2010 issue of Chemical and Engineering News)

A. L. Serrano, T. Troxler, M. J. Tucker, F. Gai. Photophysics of a fluorescent non-natrual amino acid: p-Cyanophenylalanine. Chemical Physics Letters, 2010, 13, 2237-2241


M. J. Tucker, Y. S. Kim, and R. M. Hochstrasser. 2D IR photon echo study of anharmonic coupling in the OCN region of phenyl cyanate. Chemical Physics Letters, 2009, 470, 80-84.

A. Ghosh, A. Remorino, M. J. Tucker, R. M. Hochstrasser. 2D IR photon echo spectroscopy reveals hydrogen bond dynamics in aromatic nitriles. Chemical Physics Letters, 2009, 469, 325-330.

M. M. Waegele, M. J. Tucker, and F. Gai. 5-Cyanotryptophan as infrared probe of local hydration status in proteins. Chemical Physics Letters, 2009, 478, 249-253.

J. Tang, H. Yin, J. D. Qiu, M. J. Tucker, W. F. DeGrado, and F. Gai, Using Two Fluorescent
Probes to Dissect the Binding, Insertion, and Dimerization Kinetics of a Model Membrane
Peptide. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (Communication) 
2009, 131, 3816-3817. 


M. J. Tucker, R. Oyola, and F.Gai. Exploring the feasibility of using p-cyano-phenylalanine as a sensitive fluorescent probe in binding and folding. Biopolymers, 2006, 83, 571-576.

M. J. Tucker, J. Tang, and F. Gai. A new method to probe the membrane-assisted helix folding dynamics. J. Phys. Chem B, 2006, 110, 8105-8109.

D. Du, M. J. Tucker, F. Gai. Understanding the mechanism of ß-hairpin folding via Phi-value analysis. Biochemistry, 2006, 45, 2668-2678.


M. J. Tucker, R. Oyola, and F. Gai. Conformational distribution of a 14-residue peptide in solution: A FRET study. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109, 4788–4785.


M. J. Tucker, Z. Getahun, V. Nanda, W.F. DeGrado, and F. Gai. A new method for determining the conformation and orientation of membrane-binding peptides. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 5078–5079.