Sarah Maurer

Associate Professor

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Contact Information

Nicolaus Copernicus Hall 440-03

Phone: 860-832-2575


Office Hours

Mon: 10:00 am - 11:40 am

Tues: 10:00 am - 11:40 am

Thur: 10:00 am - 11:40 am

Generally on campus from 9:30 to 5


Maurer, S. E.; Tølbøl Sørensen, K.; Iqbal, Z.; Nicholas, J.; Quirion, K.; Gioia, M.; Monnard, P.-A.; Hanczyc, M. M. Vesicle Self-Assembly of Monoalkyl Amphiphiles under the Effects of High Ionic Strength, Extreme pH, and High Temperature Environments. Langmuir 2018, 34 (50), 15560–15568.

Maurer, S.E. “The Impact of Salts on Single Chain Amphiphile Membranes and Implications for the Location of the Origin of Life”. Life 2017, 7.

Wamberg, M. C.; Pedersen, P. L.; Löffler, P. M. G.; Albertsen, A. N.; Maurer, S. E.; Nielsen, K. A.; Monnard, P.-A. “Synthesis of Lipophilic Guanine N-9 Derivatives: Membrane Anchoring of Nucleobases Tailored to Fatty Acid Vesicles.” Bioconjug. Chem. 2017, 28, 1893–1905, doi:10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00228.

Maurer, S.E.  “Time to roll the Dice” The Analytical Scientist 2016, 42, 46-49.

Maurer, S.E. & Nguyen, G*. Prebiotic Vesicle Formation and the Necessity of Salts. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. 2016, 46, 215-222.

Andersen AA, Maurer, S.E., Monnard P-A. “Transmission of photo-catalytic function in a self-replicating chemical system: in situ amphiphile production over two protocell generations.” Chemical Communications 2014, 50, 8989.

Cape JL, Edson JB, Spencer LP, DeClue MS, Ziock HJ, Maurer, S.E., Rasmussen S, Monnard P-A, Boncella JM, “Phototriggered DNA phosphoramidate ligation in a tandem 5′-amine deprotection/3′-imidazole activated phosphate coupling reaction” Bioconjugate Chemistry 2012, 23(10), 2014-2019.

Maurer, S.E. and Monnard, P-A “Primitive membrane formation and function and its role in emergent properties” Entropy 2011, 13(2), 466-484.

Maurer, S.E., Declue M, Albertsen A, Dörr M, Ziock H-J, Rasmussen S, Boncella J, Monnard P-A. “Interactions between catalyst and structures and their implications for a protocell model” ChemPhysChem 2011, 12(4), 828-835.

Maurer, S.E.and Monnard, P-A “Integration of primitive metabolic information and structural protocell components under simulated early Earth conditions” Astrobiology: Physical Origin, Biological Evolution, and Spatial Distribution Ed. Hegedus and Csorrka, Nova, 2010.

Maurer, S.E., Deamer DW, Boncella JM, Monnard P-A. “Chemical evolution of amphiphiles: glycerol monoacyl derivatives stabilize plausible prebiotic membranes” Astrobiology 2009, 9(10), 979-987.

DeClue MS, Monnard P-A, Bailey JA, Maurer, S.E., Collis GE, Ziock H-J, Rasmussen S, Boncella JM. “Nucleobase Mediated, Photocatalytic Vesicle Formation from Ester Precursor Molecules” JACS 2009, 131(3), 931-933.