Lucy Kiruri

Position: Lecturer
Department: Chemistry
Contact Address: P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Area of Specialization: Physical/Computational Chemistry
Research Interests: General area of Computational Chemistry. Structures, energetics, and reactivity of environmentally important compounds. Catalysis and electron transfer on metal oxide clusters.
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  • Daniel M. Shadrack, Geradius Deogratias, Lucy W. Kiruri, Hulda S. Swai, John-Mary Vianney, Stephen S. Nyandoro. Ensemble-based screening of natural products and FDA-approved drugs identified potent inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 that work with two distinct mechanisms, 2021. Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling. 107871, ISSN 1093-3263. doi:10.1016/j.jmgm.2021.107871
  • Noureen Siraj, Susmita Das, Farhana Hasan, Chengfei Lu, Lucy W Kiruri, Karen E Steege Gall, Isiah M Warner. Enhanced S 2 emission in carbazole-based ionic liquids, 2015. RSC Advances, 5(13): 9939–9945 doi:10.1098/rspb.2019.2950
  • James R. Reed, George F. Cawley, Taylor G. Ardoin, Barry Dellinger, Slawomir M. Lomnicki, Farhana Hasan, Lucy W. Kiruri, Wayne L. Backes.Environmentally persistent free radicals inhibit cytochrome P450 activity in rat liver microsomes, 2014. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 277(2):200–209. doi:10.1016/j.taap.2014.03.021
  • Lucy W. Kiruri, Lavrent Khachatryan, Barry Dellinger, and Slawo Lomnicki. Effect of Copper Oxide Concentration on the Formation and Persistency of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) in Particulates, 2013. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(2):2212–2217. doi:10.1021/es404013g
  • Noureen Siraj, Farhana Hasan, Susmita Das, Lucy W. Kiruri, Karen E. Steege Gall, Gary A. Baker, and Isiah M. Warner. Carbazole-Derived Group of Uniform Materials Based on Organic Salts: Solid State Fluorescent Analogues of Ionic Liquids for Potential Applications in Organic-Based Blue Light-Emitting Diodes, 2014. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118(5):2312–2320. doi:10.1021/jp410784v
  • Matthew C. Patterson, Nathan D. Keilbart, Lucy W. Kiruri, Chad A. Thibodeaux, Slawo Lomnicki, Richard L. Kurtz, E.D. Poliakoff, Barry Dellinger, Phillip T. Sprunger. EPFR formation from phenol adsorption on Al2O3 and TiO2: EPR and EELS studies, 2013.
    Journal of Chemical Physics, 422:277-282, doi:10.1016/j.chemphys.2012.12.003
  • Lucy W. Kiruri, Barry Dellinger, and Slawo Lomnicki. Tar Balls from Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill: Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFR) Formation During Crude Weathering, 2013. Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, 47(9):4220–
    4226, doi:10.1115/1.4028353
  • Sarah Mahne, Gin C Chuang, Edward Pankey, Lucy Kiruri, Philip J Kadowitz, Barry Dellinger, Kurt J Varner. Environmentally persistent free radicals decrease cardiac function and increase pulmonary artery pressure, 2012. American Journal of PhysiologyHeart and Circulatory Physiology, 303(9):H1135–H1142, doi:10.1152/ajpheart.00545.2012
  • Lucy W. Kiruri, Gyun-Tack Bae, Barry Dellinger, and Randall Hall. A DFT Study of the Reaction of Chlorinated Phenols with Copper Oxide Clusters. In: Proceedings of Louisiana EPSCoR RII LA-SiGMA Symposium, 1-5, 2012.

Conference Presentations

  1. Lucy W. Kiruri. Reviving the African Physical Society; A tribute to Professor Francis Allotey & Formal Inauguration of the ICTP-East African Institute for Fundamental Research (EAIFR) 17 – 19, October 2018. East Africa Institute of Fundamental Research (EAIFR) University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda.
  2. Lucy W. Kiruri. Revisiting the KWK peptide dynamics using Four selected Force-fields.
    Conference on Atomistic Simulations of Biomolecules: towards a Quantitative Understanding of Life Machinery (smr 2828). 6 – 10 March, 2017. ICTP Leonardo de Vinci Building, Euler Lecture Hall, Trieste, Italy.
  3. Lucy W. Kiruri, Slawo Lomnicki, and Barry Dellinger,(October 15–17; 2013). Effects of
    Metal Concentration on EPFRs Yield, Persistency, and OH Radical Generation. Superfund Research Program 2013 Annual Meeting in Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Baton Rouge, LA (USA).
  4. Lucy W. Kiruri, Barry Dellinger, and Randall Hall (June 14th, 2013). The Extent of
    Copper Reduction during Formation of EPFRs: A DFT study. Invited talk at Louisiana
    State University, Baton Rouge, LA (USA).
  5. Lucy W. Kiruri, Barry Dellinger, and Randall Hall (June 12–13; 2013). A density functional study of the reactions of 2-Chlorophenol, 1; 2-Dichlorobenzene, Chlorobenzene with CuO - Cu8O8 clusters. 2nd Annual Annual High Performance Computing User Symposium, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, LA (USA).