Jim Prell


Jim Prell attended college at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he obtained a B.A. in 2005 in chemistry, mathematics, and German, with minors in music and religious studies. He attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley (research adviser: Evan R. Williams) and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2011. His research focused on the structure and reactivity of non-covalently bound ions, including ion-biomolecule complexes and extensively hydrated ions. From January 2011 through July 2014, he worked as a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (research adviser: Stephen R. Leone), studying attosecond-resolved photoelectron imaging of plasmons. He joined the University of Oregon Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in August 2014, and he is a member of the Materials Science Institute and an associate member of the Center for Optical, Molecular, and Quantum Science. Jim is the faculty sponsor for UO’s chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. Outside of physical and bioanalytical chemistry, Jim’s interests include classical music performance and composition, running, biking, coffee, cooking, and foreign languages.

Publications from work prior to 2014

  1. Zürch, M.; Chang, H.-T.; Kraus, P. M.; Cushing, S. K.; Borja, L. J.; Gandman, A.; Kaplan, C. J.; Oh, M. H.; Prell, J. S.; Prendergast, D.; Pemmaraju, C. D.; Neumark, D. M.; Leone, S. R. Carrier Trapping and Thermalization in Silicon-Germanium Alloy Probed by Attosecond XUV Transient Absorption Spectroscopy. Structural Dynamics 2017, 4, 044029 DOI: 10.1063/1.4985056
  2. Zürch, M.; Chang, H.-T.; Borja, L.J.; Kraus, P.M.; Cushing, S.K.; Gandman, A.; Kaplan, C.J.; Oh, M.H.; Prell, J.S.; Prendergast, D.; Pemmaraju, C.D.; Neumark, D.M.; Leone, S.R. Direct and Simultaneous Observation of Ultrafast Electron and Hole Dynamics in Germanium. Nature Comm. 2017, in press.
  3. Schultze, M.; Ramasesha, K.; Pemmaraju, C.D.; Sato, S.A.; Whitmore, D.; Gandman, A.; Prell, J.S.; Borja, L.; Prendergast, D.; Yabana, K.; Neumark, D.M.; Leone, S.R. Attosecond Band Gap Dynamics in Silicon. Science 2014, 346, 1348-1352. DOI: 10.1126/science.1260311
  4. Gomez, L.F.; Ferguson, K.R.; Cryan, J.P.; Bacellar, C.; Tanyag, R.M.P.; Jones, C.; Schorb, S.; Anielski, D.; Belkacem, A.; Bernando, C.; Boll, R.; Bozek, J.; Carron, S.; Chen, G.; Delmas, T.; Englert, L.; Epp, S.W.; Erk, B.; Foucar, L.; Hartmann, R.; Hexemer, A.; Huth, M.; Kwok, J.; Leone, S.R.; Ma, J.H.S.; Maia, F.R.N.C.; Malmerberg, E.; Marchesini, S.; Neumark, D.M.; Poon, B.; Prell, J.; Rolles, D.; Rudek, B.; Rudenko, A.; Seifrid, M.; Siefermann, K.R.; Sturm, F.P.; Swiggers, M.; Ulrich, J.; Weise, F.; Zwart, P.; Bostedt, C.; Gessner, O.; Vilesov, A.F. Shapes and Vorticities of Superfluid Helium Droplets. Science2014, 345, 906-909. DOI: 10.1126/science.1252395
  5. Prell, J.S.; Borja, L.J.; Neumark, D.M.; Leone, S.R. Simulation of Attosecond-Resolved Imaging of the Plasmon Electric Field in Metallic Nanoparticles. Ann. Phys.—Berlin 2013, 525, 151-161. DOI: 10.1002/andp.201200201
  6. Nagel, P.M.; Robinson, J.S.; Harteneck, B.; Pfeifer, T.; Abel, M.J.; Prell, J.S.; Neumark, D.M.; Kaindl, R.A.; Leone, S.R. Surface Plasmon Assisted Electron Acceleration in Photoemission from Gold Nanopillars. Chem. Phys. 2013, 414, 106-111. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2012.03.013
  7. Chang, T.M.; Prell, J.S.; Warrick, E.R.; Williams, E.R. Where’s the Charge? Protonation Sites in Gaseous Ions Change with Hydration. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 15805-15813. DOI: 10.1021/ja304929h
  8. Sterling, H.J; Prell, J.S.; Cassou, C.A.; Williams, E.R. Protein Conformation and Supercharging with DMSO from Aqueous Solution. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 2011, 22, 1178–1186. DOI: 10.1007/s13361-011-0116-x
  9. Prell, J.S.; Chang, T.M.; Biles, J.A.; Berden, G.; Oomens, J.; Williams, E.R. Isomer Population Analysis of Gaseous Ions from Infrared Multiple Photon Dissociation Spectroscopy. J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 115, 2745–2751. DOI: 10.1021/jp2004166
  10. Prell, J.S.; O’Brien, J.T.; Williams, E.R. Structural and Electric Field Effects of Ions in Aqueous Nanodrops. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 4810–4818. DOI: 10.1021/ja108341t
  11. Prell, J.S.; Correra, T.C.; Chang, T.M.; Biles, J.A.; Williams, E.R. Entropy Drives a Water Molecule from the C- to N-Terminus on Protonated Proline. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14733–14735. DOI: 10.1021/ja106167d
  12. O’Brien, J.T.; Prell, J.S.; Berden, G.; Oomens, J.; Williams, E.R. Effects of Anions on the Zwitterion Stability of Glu, His, and Arg Investigated by IRMPD Spectroscopy and Theory. Int. J. Mass Spectrom. 2010, 297, 116–123. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijms.2010.07.003
  13. O’Brien, J.T.; Prell, J.S.; Williams, E.R. Sulfate Ion Patterns Water at Long Distance. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 8248–8249. DOI: 10.1021/ja1024113
  14. Prell, J.S.; Chang, T.M.; O’Brien, J.T.; Williams, E.R. Hydration Isomers of Protonated Phenylalanine and Derivatives: Relative Stabilities from Infrared Photodissociation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010132, 7811–7819. DOI: 10.1021/ja102765w
  15. Prell, J.S.; O’Brien, J.T.; Williams, E.R. IRPD Spectroscopy and Ensemble Measurements: Effects of Different Data Acquisition and Analysis Methods. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 2010, 21, 800–809. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasms.2010.01.010
  16. Prell, J.S.; Flick, T.G.; Oomens, J.; Berden, G.; Williams, E.R. Coordination of Trivalent Metal Cations to Peptides: Results from IRMPD Spectroscopy and Theory. J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114, 854–860. DOI: 10.1021/jp909366a
  17. Bush, M.F.; O’Brien, J.T.; Prell, J.S.; Wu, C.; Saykally, R.J.; Williams, E. R. Hydration of Alkaline Earth Metal Dications: Effects of Metal Ion Size Determined Using Infrared Action Spectroscopy. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 13270–13277. DOI: 10.1021/ja901011x
  18. Donald, W.A.; Leib, R.D.; Demireva, M.; O’Brien, J.T.; Prell, J.S.; Williams, E.R. Directly Relating Reduction Energies of Gaseous Eu(H2O)n3+, n = 55-140, to Aqueous Solutions: The Absolute SHE Potential and Real Proton Solvation Energy. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 13328–13337. DOI: 10.1021/ja902815v
  19. Prell, J.S.; O’Brien, J.T.; Steill, J.D.; Oomens, J.; Williams, E.R. Structures of Protonated Dipeptides: The Role of Arginine in Stabilizing Salt Bridges. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009131, 11442–11449. DOI: 10.1021/ja901870d
  20. Prell, J.S.; Williams, E.R. Structures of Thermal, Mass-Selected Water Clusters Probed with Hydrophobic Ion Tags and Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009131, 4110–4119. DOI: 10.1021/ja809414a
  21. O’Brien, J.T.; Prell, J.S.; Steill, J.D.; Oomens, J.; Williams, E.R. Changes in Binding Motif of Protonated Heterodimers Containing Valine Investigated Using IRMPD Spectroscopy between 800 and 3700 cm−1 and Theory. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009131, 3905-3912. DOI: 10.1021/ja809928h
  22. Prell, J.S.; Demireva, M.; Williams, E.R. Role of Sequence in Salt-Bridge Formation for Alkali Metal Cationized GlyArg and ArgGly Investigated with IRMPD Spectroscopy and Theory. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009131, 1232–1242. DOI: 10.1021/ja808177z
  23. O’Brien, J.T.; Prell, J.S.; Steill, J.D.; Oomens, J.; Williams, E.R. Interactions of Mono- and Divalent Metal Cations with Aspartic and Glutamic Acid Investigated with Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy and Theory. J. Phys. Chem. A 2008112, 10823–10830. DOI: 10.1021/jp805787e
  24. Prell, J.S.; O’Brien, J.T.; Holm, A.I.S.; Leib, R.D.; Donald, W.A.; Williams, E.R. Electron Capture Dissociation by a Hydrated Gaseous Peptide: Effects of Water on Fragmentation and Molecular Survival. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008130, 12680–12689. DOI: 10.1021/ja8022434
  25. O’Brien, J.T.; Prell, J.S.; Holm, A.I.S.; Williams, E.R. Effects of Electron Kinetic Energy and Ion-Electron Inelastic Collisions in Electron Capture Dissociation Measured Using Ion Nanocalorimetry. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 200819, 772–779. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasms.2008.02.010
  26. Bush, M.F.; Prell, J.S.; Saykally, R.J.; Williams, E.R. One Water Molecule Stabilizes the Cationized Arginine Zwitterion. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007129, 13544–13553. DOI: 10.1021/ja073796b
  27. Bush, M.F.; O’Brien, J.T.; Prell, J.S.; Saykally, R.J.; Williams, E.R. Infrared Spectroscopy of Cationized Arginine in the Gas Phase: Direct Evidence for the Transition from Nonzwitterionic to Zwitterionic Structure. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007129, 1612–1622. DOI: 10.1021/ja066335j
  28. Gaspar, P.P.; Liu, X.P.; Ivanova, D.; Read, D.; Prell, J.S.; Gross, M.L. Four Valence-Electron Reactive Intermediates and the Philicity of Charged Carbene Analogs. Modern Aspects of Main Group Chemistry 2006917, 52–65.