Hongtao Yu

 Professor and Chair 
 yu_sz 1400 J. R. Lynch Street, P.O. Box 17910
Jackson, MS 39217-0510

Physical location:
John A. Peoples Science Building
Office: 414; Lab: 515

E-mail: hongtao.yu@jsums.edu
Tel: (601)  979-2171; Fax: (601) 979-3674

Research Group Website


Organic Chemistry; General Chemistry; Special Topics in Biochemistry (Photochemistry and Photobiology); Introduction to Scientific Research; Physical Organic Chemistry

Research Interests: 

Biochemistry/Chemical Toxicology: Our research falls into an array of interdisciplinary areas: chemical toxicology, organic chemistry, photochemistry, environmental chemistry, and biochemistry.  The main interest is to study properties of nanomaterials and their biological effects, and the study of photochemical fate, DNA interaction and damage, and photo-induced toxicity of environmental chemicals, cosmetics and skin care products, nanomaterials, and industrial waste chemicals.

Selected publications
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  1. Shantelle I. Hughes, Samuel S. R. Dasary, Anant K. Singh, Zachary Glenn, Hakim Jamison, Paresh C. Ray, Hongtao Yu, “Sensitive and selective detection of trivalent chromium using Hyper Rayleigh Scattering with 5,5′-dithio-bis-(2-nitrobenzoic acid)-modified gold nanoparticles”, Sens. Actuat. B: Chem., 178, 514-519, 2013.
  2. Tracie Perkins-Fullove, Hongtao Yu, DNA damage and repair of human skin keratinocytes concurrently exposed to pyrene derivatives and UVA light, Toxicol. Res., 2(3) 193-199, 2013.
  3. Paresh C. Ray, Anant K. Singh, Dulal Senapati, Zhen Fan, Hongtao Yu, Toxicity and Environmental Risks of Nanomaterials: An Update”, in Bio-Nanotechnology: A Revolution in Food, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Bagchi, Bagchi, Moriyama, and Shahidi eds., Vol. 1, 731-746, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  4. Huey-Min Hwang, Paresh C. Ray, Hongtao Yu, Xiaojia He, “Toxicity of Designer/Engineered Metal Nanoparticles” in RSC Green Chemistry No. 19, Sustainable Preparation of Metal Nanoparticles: Methods and Application, Eds. R. Luque, R. S. Varma, pp 190-212, The Royal Society of Chemistry, ISBN: 978-1-84973-546-9, 2012.  
  5. Y. Zhao, Q. Xia, G. G. da Costa, H. Yu, L. Cai, and P. P. Fu, Full Structure Assignments of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid DNA Adducts and Mechanism of Tumor Initiation, Chem. Res. Toxicol. 25, 2985-1996, 2012.
  6. Li, W.; Lu, W.; Fan, Z.; Zhu, X.; Reed, A.; Newton, B.; Zhang, Y.; Courtney, S.; Tiyyagura, P.; Ratcliff, R.; Li, S.; Butler, E.; Yu, H.; Ray, P. C.; Gao, R., Enhanced photodynamic selectivity of nano-silica-attached porphyrins against breast cancer cells, J. Mat. Chem., 22(25), 12701-12709, 2012.
  7. Wang, S.; Lawson, R.; Ray, P. C.; Yu, H. “Toxic effects of gold nanoparticles on Salmonella typhimurium bacteria”, Toxicol. Ind. Health, 27(6), 547-554, 2011.
  8. S. R. Dasary, A. K. Singh, D. Senapati, H. Yu and P. C. Ray, Gold Nanoparticle Based Label-Free SERS Probe for Ultrasensitive and Selective Detection of Trinitrotoluene, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131(38), 13806-13812, 2009.
  9. Yan, J.; Wang, L.; Fu, P.; Yu, H. “Photomutagenicity of sixteen polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from the US EPA’s priority pollutant list”, Mutat. Res., 557(1), 99-108, 2004.
  10. Yu, H. “Environmental Carcinogenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Photochemistry and Phototoxicity”, J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part C-Environ. Carcinog. & Ecotoxic. Revs., 20(2), 149-183, 2002.