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October 27, 2014

Fluorinated bromodomains for small molecule inhibitor discovery
Researchers working with Professor Will Pomerantz publish information on their method for studying bromodomains. Read More

October 27, 2014

Article features Truhlar's work on improving chemical computation
Professor Truhlar is featured in an Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory article, “Fast company. High performance computing accelerates scientific advances.” Read More

October 27, 2014

Haynes and Stoll on list of Top 40 Under 40
Professors Christy Haynes and Dwight Stoll (former graduate student) on Analytical Scientist's 2014 Top 40 Under 40 list of researchers. Read More

October 23, 2014

Register Now: ACS on Campus, Nov. 4-5
ACS on Campus will be here in November with two days of special events and free seminars for students interested in the sciences. Register now. Read More

October 6, 2014

Alumna Jeannette Brown keynote speaker at Project SEED event
Alumna Jeannette Brown is the keynote speaker at the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society Project SEED event, Tuesday, Oct. 7. Read More

September 29, 2014

Truhlar and Stein on list of world’s most influential scientific minds
Regents Professor Donald Truhlar and Professor Andreas Stein are included on Thomson Reuters’ list of the “best and brightest scientific minds of our time.” Read More

September 26, 2014

Beyond QM/MM: Fragment Quantum Mechanical Methods
A special issue in Accounts of Chemical Research, which was co-edited by Professor Jiali Gao, highlights new directions of macromolecular simulations. Read More

September 19, 2014

National Historic Chemical Landmark celebration draws hundreds
More than 400 people attended the National Historic Chemical Landmark dedication ceremony and research symposium, Sept. 12-13, 2014, honoring the legacy of Professor Izaak M. Kolthoff. Read More

September 19, 2014

Chemistry WISE honored for fostering growth of women in sciences
Chemistry WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) will be honored at the 2014 Celebrating University Women Awards and Recognition Program, Friday, Oct. 17, for its fostering growth of women in sciences initiative. Read More

September 16, 2014

Excellence in Graduate Studies fellowships announced
This year's Excellence in Graduate Studies fellowship recipients are Jacob Brutman, Ryan Cammarota, Samuel Egger, Evgenii Fetisov, Chad Hoyer, Jinbo Hu, Shaohong Li, Mohammadreza Nasiri, and Yi Zhang. Read More

September 16, 2014

Outstanding teaching assistants receive honors
This year’s outstanding teaching assistant honorees are Grant Frost, Victoria Szlag, Jeanette Tensfeldt, and Megan Weisenberger. Read More

September 16, 2014

Graduate students honored for 4.0 grade point averages
Second-year graduate students Siyao He and Junyi Wang were honored for earning 4.0 grade point averages in their first year of graduate student academic work. Read More

September 16, 2014

Thirteen teaching assistants receive honorable mentions
Thirteen 2013-2014 teaching assistants received honorable mentions for their teaching. Read More

September 4, 2014

Dedication ceremony and research symposium, Sept. 12 & Sept. 13
A public dedication ceremony, Friday, Sept. 12, and research symposium, Saturday, Sept. 13, are planned to celebrate a prestigious national honor for the Department of Chemistry—the American Chemical Society National Historic Chemical Landmark, honoring legendary chemist Izaak Kolthoff. Read More

August 28, 2014

Symposium to honor Donald Truhlar at ACS 2015 meeting
A symposium honoring Professor Donald Truhlar is being planned for the American Chemical Society's national meeting in the spring of 2015. Read More

August 26, 2014

Cover story: systematic analysis of enzyme substrate sequences
Featured on the cover of ACS Chemical Biology is development of a method for synthesizing and screening libraries of hundreds of peptide sequences as potential substrates for protein farnesyltransferase (PFTase). Read More

August 12, 2014

Professor Hoye honored with ACS Ernest Guenther Award
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has honored Professor Thomas Hoye with the Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products. Read More

August 7, 2014

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates $261,180 grant
Department of Chemistry receives three-year, $261,180 grant from the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates, which will augment the Lando/Chemistry Summer Research Program. Read More

August 7, 2014

Truhlar's new research paper chosen as ACS Editors' Choice
"Bulk Properties of Transition Metals: A Challenge for the Design of Universal Density Functionals,” to be published in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, has also been selected as an ACS Editors’ Choice. Read More

August 1, 2014

CSP receives $20 million grant to pioneer next generation plastics
The Center for Sustainable Polymers has been awarded a $20 million grant over five years from the National Science Foundation focused on discoveries of the next generation of biobased plastics. Read More

July 30, 2014

Synthetic mononuclear nonheme iron-superoxo complex
Collaborative research leads to the first example of a synthetic mononuclear nonheme iron-superoxo complex characterized. Read More

July 29, 2014

Harnessing redox activity for the formation of uranium compounds
Researchers make progress in using redox-active ligands to engage multielectron reactivity in uranium in analogy to transition metal. Read More

July 25, 2014

August 1 symposium honors Regents Professor Larry Que
An upcoming symposium titled, Bioinorganic Headwaters at the University of Minnesota: A Retrospective and Prospective in Honor of Regents Professor Larry Que, will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 1, in 220 Science Teaching & Student Services (STSS). Read More

July 18, 2014

ACS National Meeting Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast
If you're attending the American Chemical Society National Meeting, you're invited to the Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, which is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12. Read More

July 18, 2014

Recent graduate Dawen Niu receives doctorate prize
Dawen Niu, Ph.D., has received a 2014 Reaxys PhD Prize. He was selected for his work on "the aromatic ene reaction." Read More

July 14, 2014

Chemical Biology Interface Training Grant renewed
The National Institutes of Health has renewed the Chemical Biology Interface Training Grant for the next five years, which provides $1.2 million to fund graduate students working at the interface of chemistry and biology. Read More

July 14, 2014

Professor Distefano named an ACS Fellow
Professor Mark Distefano has been named a 2014 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow, honored for his outstanding contributions and service to chemistry, science, the profession, and the ACS. Read More

July 9, 2014

Infrastructure grant will be used to replace old NMR spectrometers
Four aging nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers will be replaced thanks to a $329,600 Research Infrastructure Reinvestment Program grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research. Read More

June 23, 2014

New $12 million grant focuses on energy research
The Department of Chemistry has been awarded a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to lead an Energy Frontier Research Center aimed at accelerating scientific breakthroughs in energy research. Read More

June 16, 2014

Department hosts teaching guided-inquiry laboratories workshop
Twenty chemistry faculty members participated in a workshop on Teaching Guided-Inquiry Organic Chemistry Laboratories in the Department of Chemistry. Read More

June 12, 2014

Forty-four graduate students earn doctorates in 2013-2014
Forty-four graduate students earned their doctorates between June 2013 and May 2014. Read More

June 11, 2014

Four students earn symposium's Beaker and Bunsen awards
This year's Beaker and Bunsen award winners at the 13th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium were Rebecca Mackenzie, Jennifer Strehlau, Sarah Wegwerth and Xiaojie Wu. Read More

June 11, 2014

Graduate students win bid to plan ACS symposium
A committee of eight graduate students has been selected to organize a symposium at the 250th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in August 2015 in Boston. Read More

June 11, 2014

Professor Tonks receives ACS new investigator program grant
Professor Ian Tonks has received a grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Program. Read More

June 5, 2014

Professor Pomerantz receives prestigious CAREER grant
Professor William "Will" Pomerantz has received a prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation—a Chemistry of Life Process Program grant from the NSF Chemistry Division. Read More

June 5, 2014

Chemical biology life-long learning course draws interest
Approximately 40 life-long learners attended a chemical biology short course organized by professors Will Pomerantz and Ben Hackel. Read More

June 4, 2014

Graduate student receives competitive research award
Seyedeh "Maral" Mousavi has been selected as one of four winners of the competitive Eastern Analytical Symposium Graduate Student Research Awards. Read More

June 3, 2014

Research video receives Communicators Forum Maroon Award
The Department of Chemistry has received a Maroon Award from the University of Minnesota's Communicators Forum for its research video, Solving Society's Most Important Problems. Read More

May 30, 2014

Researchers build biobased copolymers from sugar
Researchers in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science have laid the groundwork for producing polymers from sugar-derived building blocks. Read More

May 30, 2014

Research illuminates Parkinson's disease protein
Recent research illuminates the dark state of alpha synuclein—a protein that is involved in the progression of Parkinson's disease. Read More

May 27, 2014

Board of Regents approves promotions
The Board of Regents has approved the promotions of David Blank, Michael Bowser and Christy Haynes to professors, and Christopher Douglas and Valerie Pierre to associate professors with tenure. Read More

May 19, 2014

Oxidation of ethane to ethanol in a metal-organic framework
Newly published research focuses on the oxidation of ethane to ethanol in a metal-organic framework—a step toward greater energy efficiency. Read More

May 19, 2014

After 41+ years, Ted Tolaas, stockroom services director, retires
At the end of May 2014, Theodore "Ted" Tolaas retires, saying goodbye to more than 41 years of service to the Department of Chemistry, most of those spent as stockroom services director. Read More

May 16, 2014

Graduating chemistry majors honored at annual reception
Chemistry majors from the College of Science & Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts were honored at the annual award recognition reception, Friday, May 16. Read More

May 15, 2014

Susanna & Tim Lodge endow fellowship to honor their fathers
Susanna and Tim Lodge have endowed a fellowship to honor their fathers—the Richard D. Amelar and Arthur S. Lodge Fellowship for Outstanding Collaborative Research in Materials. Read More

May 13, 2014

Energy and U draws 5,000 young people to campus, May 19-23
Next week, May 19-23, 5,000 students from throughout the Twin Cities metro area will be treated to Energy and U—an energetic and informative outreach program. Read More

May 5, 2014

Undergraduate receives Excellence in Science Award
Undergraduate researcher Sammy Shaker receives Excellence in Science Award from the Minnesota Academy of Science at the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium. Read More

May 1, 2014

Seven graduate students receive dissertation fellowships
Seven of the Department of Chemistry's top doctorate students—Christopher Huber, Katherine Hurley, William Isley III, Maral Mousavi, Mayank Puri, Pragya Verma, and Tao Wang—have received 2014-15 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship program awards. Read More

April 24, 2014

Cool Chemistry offers hands-on chemistry to 7th-8th grade girls
Approximately 70 7th- and 8th-grade girls will enjoy a day of hands-on chemistry workshops and demonstrations at the 8th annual Cool Chem Day, Saturday, April 26. Read More

April 23, 2014

Franek honored with President's Award for Outstanding Service
Joe Franek, lecture demonstration director, has received the President's Award for Outstanding Service, honored for going well beyond his regular duties and demonstrating unusual commitment to the university community. Read More

April 23, 2014

Innovative safety program receives national award
The innovative safety program developed by the Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has received the inaugural Council of Chemical Research Safety Award. Read More

April 21, 2014

Gunsolus again receives Torske Klubben Fellowship
Ian Gunsolus, a third-year graduate student working with Professor Christy Haynes, has received a Torske Klubben Fellowship. This is the second consecutive year that he has received this fellowship. Read More

April 18, 2014

Hussein receives President’s Student Leadership & Service Award
Kadir Hussein has been honored with the President’s Student Leadership & Service Award for his exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and surrounding community. Read More

April 17, 2014

Lee Penn receives Breaking the Silence Award
Professor Lee Penn has received a Breaking the Silence Award from the University of Minnesota's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Programs Office. Read More

April 15, 2014

Hoye receives MN-ACS 2014 Minnesota Award
Professor Thomas Hoye has received the 2014 Minnesota Award from the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society, honored for his outstanding contributions to chemical research and the profession. Read More

April 11, 2014

Gagliardi named Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Professor Laura Gagliardi has received the University of Minnesota's 2014 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. Read More

April 9, 2014

Two new mass spectometers operational
Two new mass spectrometers have been installed and are operational in the Department of Chemistry's Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. Read More

April 3, 2014

Chemistry undergraduate honored in Goldwater program
Moriana Haj, a University Honors Program junior chemistry major, received a honorable mention from the Goldwater Scholarship program. Read More

April 3, 2014

Unprecedented two-coordinate, high-spin Mn(0) complex
The computational characterization of an unprecedented two-coordinate, high-spin Mn(0) complex featured in JACS. Read More

April 3, 2014

Professor Douglas honored for exceptional teaching
Professor Christopher Douglas has been honored with the George Taylor Career Development Award for exceptional teaching. Read More

April 3, 2014

Four graduate students receive NSF research fellowship honors
Four graduate students received honors in the 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program. Rebecca Carlson was honored with a fellowship, and Sam Egger, Emily Keller, and Marie Vanderlaan received honorable mentions. Read More

April 1, 2014

Shokri receives award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
Alireza Shokri, Ph.D., has received the Department of Chemistry Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for 2013. Read More

April 1, 2014

Researchers model bonding properties of californium
Rémi Maurice and Nora Planas employ quantum mechanical calculations to model the bonding properties of californium with a borate ligand environment. Read More

March 18, 2014

Massari receives 2014 Taylor Award for Distinguished Teaching
Professor Aaron Massari has received the 2014 George W. Taylor/College of Science & Engineering Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate and/or graduate teaching. Read More

March 18, 2014

Haynes receives 2014 Taylor Award for Distinguished Research
Professor Christy Haynes has been honored with the 2014 College of Science & Engineering's George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research. This award honors faculty members who have shown outstanding research ability. Read More

March 12, 2014

Professor Wissinger receives Morse Alumni Award
Associate Professor Jane Wissinger has received the 2014 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Read More

March 10, 2014

Hillmyer receives 2014 Graduate & Professional Education award
Professor Marc Hillmyer has received a 2014 award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education. Read More

March 3, 2014

Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, Tuesday, March 18
Please join us for the University of Minnesota Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast—7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the ACS National Meeting in Dallas. Read More

March 3, 2014

Research featured on cover of new science journal
Research by Alireza Shokri, Ph.D., and Professor Steven Kass is featured on the cover of new journal, Organic Chemistry Frontiers. Read More

February 25, 2014

Lipscomb receives Repligen Award
John Lipscomb has been recognized by the American Chemical Society with the 2014 Repligen Award in Chemistry and Biological Processes. Read More

February 18, 2014

Polymer interfaces do not behave like the bulk
Spectroscopic studies in Professor Aaron Massari's group reveal that molecules at the interface of a polymer film become disordered as the interior becomes more ordered. Read More

February 11, 2014

Prestigious National Historic Chemical Landmark designation
The work of legendary chemistry professor Izaak M. Kolthoff (1894-1993) in establishing the field of analytical chemistry as a scientific discipline has received the prestigious honor of being named a 2014 American Chemical Society National Historic Chemical Landmark. Read More

February 10, 2014

Mohsen Mahmoodi receives Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship
Mohammad Mohsen Mahmoodi, a fourth-year graduate student working with Professor Mark Distefano, has received a 2014-15 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship. Read More

February 10, 2014

Graduate Student Maral Mousavi receives SEAC Travel Award
Maral Mousavi received a travel award from the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry to present her work at the Pittsburgh Conference of Analytical Chemistry 2014. Read More

February 10, 2014

Research on cover of Journal of the American Chemical Society
The work of researchers in the groups of professors Laura Gagliardi and Connie Lu is featured on the February 5 cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Read More

January 27, 2014

Chemical biology boot camp focuses on laboratory best practices
Professor Will Pomerantz, with the help of graduate student Andrew Urick, developed and implemented a pilot for a chemical biology boot camp for graduate and undergraduate students, which was conducted over winter break. Read More

January 22, 2014

Reactive intermediate identified in iron-catalyzed oxidations
Professor Que's researchers accomplish rare trapping and identification of a a reactive intermediate associated with iron-catalyzed oxidations. Read More

January 21, 2014

Yaoying Wu presents research at polymer symposium
Yaoying Wu has been selected for the 2014 American Chemical Society Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium. Read More

January 17, 2014

Energy and U: 'They were so excited about energy and science'
Explosions, flames, rock music and screaming gummy bears—they’re all part of a unique and fun outreach program—Energy and U—that aims to interest elementary school students in science. Read More

January 16, 2014

Ultrastable iron(IV)-oxo complex synthesized
Researchers in Professor Lawrence Que Jr.'s group report in Chemical Science the remarkable thermal stability of a new oxoiron(IV) complex. Read More

January 7, 2014

January Energy and U brings 5,000 young people to campus
With screaming gummy bears, flames and rock music, the popular Energy and U program will aim to ignite young people's interest in science, January 13-17. More than 5,000 students are expected to attend. Read More

January 6, 2014

Fluorinated aromatics show unique properties
Recent research demonstrates that carbon-fluorine bond strengths in aromatic systems exhibit significantly greater variation than do carbon-chlorine and carbon-bromine bonds. Read More

December 20, 2013

Video highlights our research and scientists
Video highlights our scientists and innovative research aimed at solving some of society's most important energy, human health, and environmental problems. Read More

December 20, 2013

Seeking to inhibit protein interactions that cause breast cancer
Researchers working with Professor Will Pomerantz seek to inhibit protein interactions that cause breast cancer. Read More

December 20, 2013

Polymerization of CL by salen-aluminum catalysts
In a paper published in Inorganic Chemistry, researchers report a study of the kinetic and mechanistic details of the ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone by aluminum salen complexes. Read More

December 19, 2013

The aromatic ene reaction
Graduate Student Dawen Niu and Professor Thomas Hoye establish benzyne derivatives formed by the hexadehydro-Diels-Alder reaction. Read More

December 18, 2013

Design of a Metal-Organic Framework from computational insight
Graduate students Allison Dzubak, William Isley III, and Pragya Verma are co-authors of paper reporting the prediction of a hypothetical Metal-Organic Framework that could be promising for natural gas separation applications. Read More

December 16, 2013

Wissinger summarizes her fellowship work in digital story
Professor Jane Wissinger reviews her faculty fellowship program, creating videos to enhance learning in organic laboratory course, in a digital story. Read More

December 12, 2013

Distefano named regional editor of Bio-Organic Chemistry
Professor Mark Distefano is one of three regional editors for Bio-Organic Chemistry, which publishes research that provides mechanistic insight inspired by biology. Read More

December 6, 2013

ACS grants National Historic Chemical Landmark designation
The American Chemical Society’s National Historic Chemical Landmarks program has approved the nomination for Izaak Maurits Kolthoff’s role in establishing modern analytical chemistry as a National Historic Chemical Landmark for 2014. Read More

December 4, 2013

Chemistry outreach: Saturday with a Scientist, December 14
The Department of Chemistry's Chemists in the Classroom Program is participating in the Bell Museum of Natural History Saturday with a Scientist event on December 14. Read More

December 3, 2013

Professor Siepmann named American Physical Society Fellow
Professor J. Ilja Siepmann has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was honored by his peers for outstanding contributions to physics. Read More

November 26, 2013

Jennifer Soltis receives thesis research travel grant
Jennifer Soltis, a fourth-year graduate student working with Professor Lee Penn, has received a 2013-14 Thesis Research Travel Grant from the Graduate School Fellowship Office. Read More

November 25, 2013

Sustainable polymers experiment for organic labs developed
Professor Jane Wissinger's work on green synthesis and sustainable polymers in organic chemistry laboratories has been published in the Journal of Chemical Education. Read More

November 22, 2013

Discovery may help with therapeutic approaches to heart failure
The latest discovery by researchers working with Professor Gianluigi Veglia may aid in designing innovative therapeutic approaches to heart failure. Read More

November 22, 2013

Senior chemistry major wins Student Research Award
Adam Matula, a senior chemistry major, won a Student Research Award at the Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exhibition. Read More

November 19, 2013

Students compete in sustainability innovative student challenge
Evgeny Beletskiy and Masoud Samet were finalists in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award. Read More

November 19, 2013

Selective synthesis of bimetallic complexes
In a paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, researchers report a five-membered family of homo- and heterobimetallic complexes using the first-row transition ions: Mn(II), Fe(II), and Co(II). Read More

November 19, 2013

Lu featured in virtual issue of synthetic inorganic investigators
Professor Connie Lu is featured in a special virtual issue of outstanding, young, synthetic inorganic investigators. Read More

November 18, 2013

Diversity Committee works on enhancing culture of openness
New Diversity Committee to help the Department of Chemistry be an open and welcoming space for all of its students, postdoctorates, faculty, and staff. Read More

November 18, 2013

Safety initiative becoming embedded into department's culture
What began as a first-of-its-kind pilot safety initiative less than two years ago is now an embedded part of the culture of two departments in the College of Science & Engineering. Read More

November 18, 2013

Students laud research, collaboration, leadership opportunities
Opportunities to conduct research, work in collaborative environments, work with top scientists in their fields, and participate in outreach and leadership activities are recurring themes from outstanding graduate students. Read More

November 15, 2013

Peng Bai & Daniel O'Brien receive 2013 Overend Awards
Two Department of Chemistry doctoral students—Peng Bai and Daniel O'Brien—have received 2013 Overend Awards for Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry. Read More

November 15, 2013

Gao named associate editor of Chemical Theory & Computation
Professor Jiali Gao has been appointed a new associate editor for the Journal of Chemical Theory & Computation of the American Chemical Society. Read More

November 14, 2013

Hussein receives SEEDs of Change Award
Kadir Hussein, a senior chemistry major and a member of the Department of Chemistry's Diversity Committee, has received a Sue W. Hancock SEEDS of Change Award. Read More

November 8, 2013

Dzubak receives computing group excellence award
Allison Dzubak, a graduate student working with Professor Laura Gagliardi, has received a 2014 American Chemical Society Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award for Graduate Students. Read More

November 4, 2013

Professor Truhlar receives Outstanding Adviser Award
Professor Donald Truhlar has received the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly 2013 Outstanding Adviser Award, honored for his exemplary role as a mentor and adviser. Read More

October 25, 2013

In memoriam: Alumnus Malcolm MacKenzie Renfrew
Alumnus Malcolm MacKenzie Renfrew died, Saturday, October 12, 2013, his 103rd birthday. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1938. In 1977, he received the university's Outstanding Achievement Award. Read More

October 15, 2013

Stein works on unique business-sponsored research collaborative
Professor Andreas Stein has participated in the university's first Minnesota Innovative Partnership, working on the development of better composite materials used for high-performance plastics. Read More

October 11, 2013

Erin Carlson joins department as associate professor
Erin E. Carlson will join the Department of Chemistry as an associate professor with tenure on July 1, 2014. Read More

October 11, 2013

Gao referenced in chemistry Nobel Prize background
In the scientific background for the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry, it was underscored that Professor Jiali Gao has made an important contribution to the progress of multiscale modeling. Read More

October 4, 2013

Hawker presents Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry, Oct 7-10
Professor Craig J. Hawker from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present the Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry, October 7-10. Read More

October 4, 2013

Professor Haynes honored as outstanding postdoctoral mentor
Professor Christy Haynes has received the Outstanding Mentor of Postdoctoral Scholars award for her extraordinary performance and achievement in mentoring postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral associates, and research associates. Read More

October 4, 2013

Journal article highlights the work of the Joint Safety Team
An article in the Journal of Chemical Education features the work of the Joint Safety Team. The article, "Student Involvement in Improving the Culture of Safety in Academic Laboratories," highlights this unique safety effort. Read More

September 30, 2013

Desaturation of a hydrocarbon by direct H2-transfer
A team of researchers in Professor Thomas Hoye's laboratories, composed of Dawen Niu, Pat Willoughby, Brian Woods and Beeru Baire, has uncovered a new type of transformation. Read More

September 13, 2013

Colorimetric analysis with camera phones & digital cameras
Professor R. Lee Penn's work on the introduction of colorimetric analysis with camera phones and digital cameras has been published in Journal of Chemical Education. Read More

September 6, 2013

Students honor their outstanding teaching assistants
Three students—Nathan “Nate” Bodette, Laura Fox, and Sarah Wegwerth—received 2012-13 outstanding teaching assistant awards, honored by the students they taught. Read More

September 6, 2013

Eight teaching assistants receive honorable mentions
Eight 2012-13 teaching assistants—Karen Beckman, Erik Goebel, Sarah Harris, Lindsay Johnson, Shaohong Li, Rebecca “Becca” Mackenzie, Benjamin "Ben" Neisen, and Megan Weisenberger—received honorable mentions for their teaching. Read More

September 6, 2013

Excellence in Graduate Studies fellowships announced
This year's Excellence in Graduate Studies fellowships recipients are Laura Clouston, Geoffrey Li, Becca Mackenzie, Maral Mousavi, Jen Strehlau, Pragya Verma, Tao Wang, Evan Weitz, and Haoyu Yu. Read More

September 6, 2013

Graduate students honored for 4.0 grade point averages
Second-year graduate students Tiannan Chen, Suyue Chen, and Shaohong Li were honored for earning 4.0 grade point averages in their first year of graduate student academic work. Read More

September 6, 2013

Safety Refresher Taining Course, Thursday, September 19
First safety refresher training course set for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, September 19, in 230 STSS. Focus on practical first aid/CPR. Read More

September 4, 2013

Family of Multiply Bonded Bimetallic Complexes Grows
Collaborative research by professors Connie Lu and Laura Gagliardi's groups highlighted in September 2 issue of C&EN. Read More

September 4, 2013

New low-temperature chemical reaction explained
Professor Donald Truhlar and members of his research group are part of a team of researchers who have discovered an unusual chemical reaction important to fuel combustion, atmospheric chemistry, and biochemistry. Read More

September 3, 2013

Professor Carr receives award for excellence in education
Professor Peter Carr will be honored with the 2013 American Chemical Society of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education at the ACS National Meeting, Tuesday, September 10. Read More

August 30, 2013

Scientists win industrial fluid properties simulation challenge
A collaborative team of scientists, called the Great Lakes Regressors, won the Seventh Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge. Read More

August 29, 2013

Buhlmann group receives 'Best Poster Award'
Buhlmann research group receives a $350 Best Poster Award sponsored by Procter & Gamble. Read More

August 28, 2013

Green Chemistry Commitment challenge semifinalist
The Green Chemistry Commitment, which includes the Department of Chemistry, is a semifinalist in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Read More

August 28, 2013

Transition Metals as Building Blocks in Metal-Metal Bonds
In a recent paper, researchers report a series of metal-metal bonds involving chromium and another first-row transition metal. Read More

August 9, 2013

Chemistry participates in University on the Prairie
For the third year in a row, members of the Department of Chemistry participated in the "University on the Prairie: Where Can Science Take You?" Read More

July 18, 2013

Journal cover features human enzyme lysine research
Chemical Theory Center research into "Concerted Hydrogen Atom and Electron Transfer Mechanism for Catalysis by Lysine-Specific Demethylase" is featured on the cover of the July 18 edition of The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. Read More

July 12, 2013

Register for ACS National Meeting Alumni & Friends Breakfast
If you are planning to attend the fall 2013 American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, please join us for the University of Minnesota Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, Tuesday, September 10. Read More

July 10, 2013

Ion-Selective Electrodes Detect Environmental Pollutants
In an article published in Analytical Chemistry, Li Chen, Ph.D., and Chunze Lai, Ph.D., from the research group of Professor Philippe Buhlmann, report on the development of ion-selective electrodes as sensors for PFO– and PFOS– with detection limits as low as 70 parts per trillion. Read More

July 1, 2013

Darrel Untereker receives Outstanding Achievement Award
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has honored Alumnus Darrel F. Untereker, Ph.D., as a 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award. Read More

June 21, 2013

Arriaga receives university grant for mass cytometer
Professor Edgar Arriaga has received a university grant to purchase a mass cytometer to be housed in the Department of Chemistry's Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. Read More

June 20, 2013

Pomerantz receives American Cancer Society grant
Professor William Pomerantz has been awarded an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant to support research designing a class of peptide mimetic, which is called polarity switch peptides. Read More

June 20, 2013

Chemists conduct chemical biology short course
Professor Will Pomerantz, graduate students Andrew Urick and Gabriella Perell, and Heisig/Gleysteen Summer Research Fellow Drew Maurine hosted a chemical biology short course. Read More

June 14, 2013

Timothy Lodge named Regents Professor
Timothy P. Lodge has been named a Regents Professor by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. This designation is the highest level of recognition given to university faculty members. Read More

June 13, 2013

Soller receives American Heart Association fellowship
Kailey Soller, a second-year graduate student who is advised by Professors Gianluigi Veglia and Michael Bowser, has been awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association. Read More

June 5, 2013

Four students receive honors at research symposium
Four students—Katie Hurley, Mayank Puri, Amanda Stemig, and Ellis Warner—received "Beaker and Bunsen" travel awards for having the top presentations at this year's 12th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. Read More

June 5, 2013

Christy Haynes receives 2013 Minnesota Futures Grant
Professor Christy Haynes has received a 2013 Minnesota Futures Grant to conduct research on maximizing magnetic relaxation and heating in nanoparticle therapeutics. Read More

June 5, 2013

Professor Truhlar's 1,000th journal article published
Regents Professor Donald Truhlar's 1,000th journal article has been published. The article, Adsorption on Fe-MOF-74 for C1‒C3 Hydrocarbon Separation, was co-authored Pragya Verma and Xuefei Xu. Read More

June 5, 2013

Leverentz receives honorable mention for dissertation
Hannah Leverentz, Ph.D., has received an honorable mention in the university's Best Dissertation award program. Read More

May 31, 2013

Thirty-eight 3rd-year graduate students participate in symposium
Thirty-eight third-year graduate students will participate in the 12th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Tuesday, June 4. Four students will receive Beaker and Bunsen travel grants. Read More

May 31, 2013

Department honors June 2012-May 2013 graduate students
Twenty-seven graduate students earned their doctorates between June 2012 and May 2013. Read More

May 29, 2013

Stemig receives Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship
Third-year graduate student Amanda Stemig has received a 2013-14 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship. She is interested in environmental chemistry, specifically the fate of environmental contaminants in aquatic systems. Read More

May 29, 2013

Ian Gunsolus receives Torske Klubben Fellowship
Ian Gunsolus, a second-year graduate student working with Professor Christy Haynes, has received a Torske Klubben Fellowship. Read More

May 28, 2013

Professor Hillmyer receives 2013 Medema Award
Professor Marc Hillmyer was awarded the 2013 Medema Award from Polymer Technology Netherlands. Read More

May 21, 2013

Philippe Buhlmann promoted to professor
Philippe Buhlmann has been promoted to professor. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in September 2000, and was promoted to associate professor in 2006. He currently is Director of Graduate Studies. Read More

May 21, 2013

Aaron Massari promoted to associate professor
Aaron Massari has been promoted to associate professor, a tenured position. He joined the Department of Chemistry faculty as a non-tenured assistant professor in the fall of 2006. His promotion is effective, July 1, 2013. Read More

May 20, 2013

2013 Undergraduate Awards & Graduate Recognition
The Department of Chemistry honored the 2012-2013 undergraduate scholarship and award recipients at a reception, Friday, May 10, The ceremony also honored this year's class of 135 chemistry graduates. Read More

May 17, 2013

Inorganic Chemistry Symposium honors John Ellis
An Inorganic Chemistry Symposium, honoring and celebrating the 70th birthday of Professor John Ellis, is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Kate and Michael Bárány Conference Room, 117/119 Smith Hall. Read More

May 13, 2013

Alumnus Arthur Coury receives Outstanding Achievement Award
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents honored Alumnus Arthur J. Coury, Ph.D., as a 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award. Read More

May 13, 2013

Register by Monday, May 13, for CBITG Symposium
Register by Monday, May 13, for the Chemical Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 23. This day-long event will highlight research at the interface of chemistry and biology. Read More

May 9, 2013

Eight graduate students receive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Eight of the department's top doctorate students—Makenzie Provorse, Gregory Rohde, Paul "Alex" Rudd, Stephen Rudisill, Stephen Tereniak, Kelly Volp, Yen-Chih Wang, and Xu Zou—have received 2013-14 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship program awards. Read More

April 30, 2013

Reactivity potential of metal-organic frameworks
Research from Nanoporous Materials Genome Center focused on the reactivity potential of metal-organic frameworks has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Read More

April 25, 2013

In Memoriam: Rufus Lumry
Rufus Lumry, 92, Department of Chemistry professor emeritus, died on Saturday, March 23, 2013. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union. Read More

April 25, 2013

Standard Operating Procedures safety seminar, Tuesday, April 30
The Joint Safety Team and the Department of Environmental Health & Safety are hosting a safety seminar on standard operating procedures at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 331 Smith Hall. All students, faculty, and staff members are invited to attend. Read More

April 24, 2013

Iron and chromium show close bonding
Researchers teamed up to understand how different first-row transition metals can bond to one another. Their research was highlighted in the May issue of Nature Chemistry. Read More

April 18, 2013

Donna Blackmond presents Gassman Lectureship, April 22-25
Professor Donna Blackmond from the Department of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute will present the Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry, April 22-25. She will present three lectures, and meet with faculty and students. Read More

April 18, 2013

Cool Chem 2013 engages junior high girls in science
Approximately 70 7th and 8th grade girls will enjoy a day of hands-on chemistry workshops and demonstrations at the 8th annual Cool Chem Day, Saturday, April 27. Read More

April 18, 2013

Alumnus Andrew Aspaas receives Educator of the Year award
Alumnus Andrew Aspaas, a chemistry instructor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, has received an Educator of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Read More

April 16, 2013

In Pursuit of the Perfect Plastic lecture, Thursday, April 18
Can we create the perfect plastic, made from renewable resources and environmentally friendly? One of the top chemists in the world, Professor Geoffrey Coates, examines this question at a special Bayer Lectureship in Sustainability, Thursday, April 18. Registration available now. Read More

April 16, 2013

Makenzie Provorse wins MSI Research Exhibition poster prize
Fourth-year graduate student Makenzie Provorse was awarded a poster prize as one of the finalists in the 2013 Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) Research Exhibition. Her adviser is Professor Jiali Gao. Read More

April 11, 2013

Graduate students receive Sigma Xi research grants
First-year graduate students Gabriella "Brie" Perell and Andrew Urick receive Grants-in-Aid of Research Program awards from Sigma Xi. Both are advised by Professor Will Pomerantz. Read More

April 9, 2013

Professor Cramer named CSE associate dean
Professor Christopher Cramer has been appointed as the College of Science & Engineering’s new associate dean for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2013. Professor Wayne Gladfelter, who has served as associate dean since 2007, is returning full time to his faculty position. Read More

April 5, 2013

Current, incoming & recent graduate students receive fellowships
Five students, including current, incoming, and recent graduates, have received prestigious 2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program honors. Read More

April 2, 2013

Cramer receives Taylor Award of Distinguished Service
In recognition of his service to others, Professor Christopher Cramer has been awarded the 2013 George W. Taylor Award of Distinguished Service by the College of Science and Engineering. Read More

April 2, 2013

Connecting Protein Dynamics with Enzyme Catalysis
Published research from Professor Jiali Gao's group looks at connecting protein dynamics with enzyme catalysis—a central question in current enzymology. Read More

April 1, 2013

Goldwater Scholarship honorees have ties to chemistry
Three University of Minnesota Twin Cities undergraduates have been named 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. A fourth student received an honorable mention. Three of those students have ties to the Department of Chemistry. Read More

March 26, 2013

New Catalyst for Selective Protein Modification
Researchers in the departments of Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry have recently reported the discovery of a new catalyst for selective protein modification. Read More

March 26, 2013

In Memoriam: Paul O'Connor
Paul O'Connor, a former professor in the Department of Chemistry, has died. A memorial service will be conducted, Saturday, April 20, 2013. Read More

March 20, 2013

Alumna receives Best Paper Award for anti-cancer drug research
Alumna Yaohua Wang, who received her doctorate in analytical chemistry in 2010 under the tutelage of Professor Edgar Arriaga, has received the Best Paper Award 2012 presented by Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Read More

March 14, 2013

Two graduate students receive travel grants
Two graduate students, Stephen Tereniak and Rajan Vatassery, have received Minnesota American Chemical Society (ACS) travel grants to attend and make presentations at April's ACS National Meeting. Read More

March 14, 2013

Chemistry Day at the Bell Museum
Chemistry Makes it Happen . . . at the Bell!, 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Bell Museum, features Professor Kenneth Leopold and Graduate Student Stephanie Roe. Read More

March 7, 2013

New research points the way toward better fuel systems
Research by Regents Professor Donald Truhlar and Postdoctorates Prasenjit Seal and Gbenga Oyedepo is helping with the design of biofuel systems that burn more efficiently and effectively. Read More

March 6, 2013

Register now for Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast
If you are planning to attend the spring 2013 American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, please join us for the UMN Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, Tuesday, April 9. Read More

March 4, 2013

Professor Carr receives 2013 LCGC Lifetime Achievement Award
Professor Peter Carr has been honored with the 2013 LCGC Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the field of liquid chromatography and surface chemistry. He has been a professor and researcher in the Department of Chemistry since 1977. Read More

March 1, 2013

Renee Frontiera joins Department of Chemistry faculty
Renee Frontiera, Ph.D., is joining the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor. Since 2010, Frontiera has been a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University. Read More

March 1, 2013

James Johns joins Department of Chemistry faculty
James Johns, Ph.D., is joining the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor. Since 2011, Johns has been a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University. Read More

February 25, 2013

Rudd receives travel award to ACS National Meeting
Graduate student Paul Alex Rudd has received a travel award to attend the American Chemical Society National Meeting in April. Read More

February 14, 2013

Lu receives Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
Professor Connie Lu has been awarded a prestigious 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Lu was among 126 winners of this highly competitive award. Read More

February 14, 2013

Ertem receives Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
Mehmed Zahid Ertem, Ph.D., has received the Department of Chemistry's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for a thesis completed in 2012. He received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2012, working with his adviser Professor Christopher Cramer. Read More

February 7, 2013

Professor Wirth present Kolthoff lectures, Feb. 18-21
Professor Mary Wirth from the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University will present the Kolthoff Lecture Series, Monday, February 18, through Thursday, February 21. She will present three lectures: 3:45 p.m. Feb. 18 (followed by reception); 9:45 a.m. Feb. 19 & 21. Read More

January 30, 2013

In memoriam: Lester C. Krogh, Ph.D., 1925-2013
Lester Christensen Krogh, Ph.D., a chemical engineer, chemist, and long-time 3M employee who shared his passion for chemistry by endowing two chemistry fellowships, died on Friday, January 25. He was 87. Read More

January 30, 2013

Willoughby receives travel award to present research
Patrick Willoughby, a research assistant in Professor Thomas Hoye's group, has received an ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award. He will present his research at the spring ACS National Meeting. Read More

January 23, 2013

Professor Lu receives CAREER award
Professor Connie Lu has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her research project, “Configuring New Bonds Between First-Row Transition Metals.” Read More

January 16, 2013

Ian Tonks joins Department of Chemistry faculty
Ian A. Tonks, Ph.D., is joining the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor. Since 2012, Tonks has been a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read More

January 7, 2013

Energy and U brings 4,500 students to campus, January 14-18
With explosions, flames and rock music, the popular Energy and U program will aim to ignite young people's interest in science, January 14-18. More than 4,500 students are expected at January's Energy and U shows. Read More

December 18, 2012

Pierre receives Translational Grant Award
Professor Valerie Pierre has received a fall 2012 Translational Grant Award from the University of Minnesota's Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Her research encompasses siderophore aptasensors for immediate point-of-care diagnosis of urinary tract infections. Read More

December 14, 2012

Two graduate students receive 2013-14 Dosdall Fellowships
Two outstanding 4th-year graduate students—Maria Miranda and Katie Peterson—have received Louis T. Dosdall Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year. Read More

December 13, 2012

Cleanup Week Part I, January 7-11; training seminar, January 7
Cleanup Week Part I: Unknown chemical testing and disposal takes place from Monday, January 7, through Friday, January 11. A mandatory training seminar is set for 10 a.m. Monday, January 7, in 100 Smith Hall. Read More

December 11, 2012

Researchers elucidate nucleation mechanism for aerosols
Radiative forcing associated with atmospheric aerosol particles is the largest source of uncertainty in global climate modeling. A recent PNAS paper reports on a reaction-based model describing the nucleation mechanism involving sulfuric acid, amines/ammonia, and water. Read More

November 16, 2012

Two doctoral students receive 2012 Overend Award
Two Department of Chemistry doctoral students—Alireza Shokri and Bess Vlaisavljevich—have received the 2012 Overend Award for Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry. Read More

November 14, 2012

Haynes chosen to deliver emerging leader in chemistry lecture
Chemistry Professor Christy Haynes has been awarded the New Orleans Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture by the American Chemical Society Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group. Read More

November 7, 2012

Newsletter highlights Wissinger's green chemistry initiatives
Professor Jane Wissinger, organic lab director, is featured in a Green Chemistry Community monthly newsletter article that highlights her efforts to "green" organic laboratories. Read More

November 6, 2012

Reineke receives Macro 2012 Lecture Award
Professor Theresa Reineke received the Macro 2012 Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society Division on Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering. Read More

November 5, 2012

Researchers uncover broad scope of overlooked chemical reaction
Professor Thomas Hoye and members of his research team have uncovered the heretofore-overlooked scope of an important chemical reaction, which they have named the hexadehydro-Diels-Alder reaction. Discovering new modes of chemical reactivity is rare. Read More

November 2, 2012

Kolthoff inducted into Science & Technology Hall of Fame
One of the University of Minnesota's most famous chemists, Izaak Maurits Kolthoff, received, posthumously, a 2012 Tekne Award and was inducted into the Minnesota Science & Technology Hall of Fame. Read More

October 31, 2012

Kolthoff Lectureship features William Jorgensen, Nov. 5-8
Next week, Nov. 5-8, will be the Department of Chemistry's Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry. The lectureship features Professor William Jorgensen from the Department of Chemistry at Yale University. Three lectures are scheduled. Read More

October 25, 2012

Heroes of Chemistry award honors alumni's innovation
Two Department of Chemistry alum—Wayne Ranbom, Ph.D., and Ryan Smith, Ph.D.—were involved in an innovative project that earned 2012 Heroes of Chemistry award honors from the American Chemical Society. Both are chemists at Arkema Incorporated. Read More

October 22, 2012

Tolman named editor-in-chief of Inorganic Chemistry
Professor William Tolman, chair of the Department of Chemistry, has been named editor-in-chief of Inorganic Chemistry, effective January 2013. He has been associate editor of this American Chemical Society publication since 2007. Read More

October 19, 2012

Doctoral Thesis Excellence Award deadline: December 31
The Department of Chemistry's Doctoral Thesis Excellence Award honors an outstanding graduate student for doctoral thesis research. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 31, 2012. Read More

October 5, 2012

Awards enable collaborations with undergraduate institutions
The National Science Foundation recently made two awards to support research teams led by Professor Ilja Siepmann and co-investigators at primarily undergraduate institutions. The co-investigators conducted their graduate research at Minnesota. Read More

October 4, 2012

New research center focuses on nanotechnology
Chemistry Professor Christy Haynes is bringing her expertise in nanotoxicology to a new multi-institutional center, the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, which has been created with a $1.75 million grant over three years from the National Science Foundation Centers for Chemical Innovation program. Read More

October 3, 2012

Graduate student receives fellowship for energy research
Zahra Sohrabpour, a graduate student working with Professor Aaron Massari, has received a ConocoPhillips fellowship for her research on improving solar cell performance. Read More

October 1, 2012

Research article on proton transfer energies draws interest
An article by scientists from the Department of Chemistry's Chemical Theory Center and the University of Minnesota's Supercomputing Institute is now one of the most downloaded articles in the last 90 days in Chemical Physics. Read More

September 25, 2012

'Safety Starts with U!' campaign kicks off
The Joint Safety Team's campaign, Safety Starts with U!, got off to a great start with more than 250 graduate students, postdoctorates, and faculty members attending the kickoff event and learning about this unique initiative to improve and enhance safety. Read More

September 24, 2012

DOE grant focuses on new materials for batteries, supercapacitors
Professor Andreas Stein is principal investigator on a new $850,000 grant from the Department of Energy on computation-guided synthetic strategies for nanocomposite electrode structures designed to probe critical size effects on charge storage and transport. Read More

September 19, 2012

Graduate students & postdoctorates lead laboratory safety efforts
From safety-themed posters, to informative safety moments before meetings and seminars, creation of a safety website, and an increased emphasis on wearing proper safety gear in laboratories, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are taking the lead in improving and sustaining the university's safety culture. Read More

September 13, 2012

Advances in high-valent iron-oxos reported in PNAS
High-valent oxoiron species are implicated as oxidants for many iron enzymes that activate dioxygen. Regents Professor Lawrence Que Jr.’s lab has focused on synthesizing oxoiron(IV) complexes that can serve as models for such enzyme intermediates. Read More

September 11, 2012

Professor Haynes named one of Popular Science's 'Brilliant 10'
University of Minnesota chemist Christy Haynes has been named one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10,” an honor that recognizes an elite group of young scientists whose research is expected to dramatically impact their fields. Read More

September 11, 2012

HAT or CPET? Third Dimension of More O’Ferrall-Jencks Diagram
Professor Jiali Gao's research group develops a multi-configurational multistate density functional theory enabling electron and proton localized Lewis configurations to be constructed from first principles calculations. Read More

September 10, 2012

Energy research article one of the 20 most read
A research article written by Regents Professor Donald Truhlar and Research Assistant Ewa Papajak was one of the 20 most read in the August issue of the Journal of Chemical Physics. Read More

September 7, 2012

Six students receive Excellence in Graduate Studies fellowships
Six Department of Chemistry graduate students—Christopher Huber, William "Will" Isley, Mohammad Mohsen Mahmoodi, Mayank Puri, Jennifer Soltis, and Benjamin Wilson—received Excellence in Graduate Studies Fellowships. Read More

September 7, 2012

Graduate students honored for 4.0 grade point averages
Second-year graduate students Geoffrey Li and Haoyu Yu have been honored for earning 4.0 grade point averages in their first year of graduate student academic work. Read More

September 7, 2012

2011-12 Outstanding Teaching Assistants honored
Three students—Ian Gunsolus, Ryan Baumgartner, and Jeff Vervacke—received 2011-12 outstanding teaching assistant awards, honored by the students they taught. Read More

September 5, 2012

Professor Douglas receives CAREER award
Professor Christopher Douglas has received a NSF CAREER award to support his research into new methodologies for chemical synthesis, particularly those relating to the activation and functionalization of carbon sigma bonds adjacent to carbonyls. Read More

August 31, 2012

Regents Professor Lawrence Que Jr. receives Bailar Medal
In honor of his outstanding contributions to inorganic chemistry, Regents Professor Lawrence Que Jr. will receive the Bailar Medal and will deliver the 2012 Bailar Lecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read More

August 28, 2012

New research aids in the detection of explosives
Chemists with the departments of chemistry at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University have published their latest research important to the detention of explosives in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Read More

August 27, 2012

$1.7M grant focuses on heat shields for hypersonic vehicles
Department of Chemistry Regents Professor Donald Truhlar is co-principal investigator of a $1.704 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, conducting research critical to the development of new heat shields for hypersonic vehicles. Read More

August 27, 2012

Collaborative work on terpolymers featured in Nature Materials
The collaborative work of professors Marc Hillmyer and Theresa Reineke and their research groups was highlighted in an article published in Nature Materials. Read More

August 22, 2012

Chemistry receives funding for two new research centers
The University of Minnesota has been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Energy totaling $13.1 million over the next five years to fund two nationwide centers headquartered in the Department of Chemistry and led by professors Laura Gagliardi and Christopher Cramer. Read More

August 20, 2012

Ab Initio Carbon Capture in Open-Site Metal-Organic Frameworks
Allison Dzubak, a graduate student in Professor Laura Gagliardi's group, has developed a computational method to predict adsorption properties of gases in porous materials. The article describing this work has been published in Nature Chemistry. Read More

August 20, 2012

Chemistry Department goes back to the prairie
The Department of Chemistry's outreach headed back to the Southwest Regional Outreach Center to participate in the University on the Prairie program. Read More

August 15, 2012

Chemistry showcased at Minnesota State Fair
A variety of College of Science and Engineering exhibits will showcase the relevance of science, including chemistry, to people's everyday lives at the Minnesota State Fair, Thursday, August 23, through Monday, September 3. Read More

August 6, 2012

Professors, students engage young people in chemistry
For the seventh consecutive year, Professor Christy Haynes and Department of Chemistry students organized and conducted Chemistry Day at the West 7th Community Center. Professors Aaron Massari and William Pomerantz and their students also helped with this year's event. Read More

July 30, 2012

ACS Chemistry Alumni & Friends breakfast, August 21
If you are planning to attend the fall 2012 American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, please join us for the UMN Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, Tuesday, August 21. Read More

July 24, 2012

Conference room dedication honors legacy of renowned scientists
More than 90 people—friends, family, and colleagues—attended the dedication of the Kate and Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall), Monday, July 23. Read More

July 20, 2012

Alumnus Coury honored for chemistry/biomaterials contributions
Alumnus Arthur J. Coury, Ph.D., was inducted as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2011, and has received the 2012 Pierre Galletti Award of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the 2012 Founders Award of the Society for Biomaterials. Read More

July 16, 2012

CTC hosts Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium
The Department of Chemistry Chemical Theory Center is hosting the two-day 19th Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium (MU3C) Conference, July 16-17, 2012. Read More

July 16, 2012

Professor Driessen featured in University of Minnesota eBook
Professor Michelle Driessen is featured in a new University of Minnesota eBook, which combines technology and crowd-sourcing to share examples of successful classroom technology use across colleges, disciplines, and campuses. Read More

June 25, 2012

Soliven honored for top poster
Postdoctoral Research Associate Arianne Soliven was honored with an Award for the Top 10 Posters at the 2012 38th International Conference of Liquid Chromatography. Marcelo Filgueira was recognized as a runner up in the competition. Read More

June 25, 2012

Volp receives graduate student innovation award
Kelly Volp has been selected as a 2012 Sigma-Aldrich Graduate Student Innovation Award recipient. This nation-wide award honors outstanding graduate students performing research in the area of synthetic organic chemistry methodology. Read More

June 15, 2012

Bicontinuous Nanoporous Plastics by a Simple Process
In an article in the journal Science, Myungeun Seo, Ph.D., describes a method to generate reticulated nanoporous polymers using a simple process that holds tremendous promise for many applications in nanoscience and technology. Read More

June 11, 2012

Videos to enhance learning in organic laboratory course
Professor Jane Wissinger, organic lab director, has received a $10,000 Office of Information Technology (OIT) Faculty Fellowship, which will be used to develop a series of videos for her organic laboratory course. Read More

June 7, 2012

Siepmann appointed Merck Professor of Chemistry
J. Ilja Siepmann has been appointed as a Merck Professor of Chemistry for a five-year term starting, July 1, 2012. This is one of five departmental professorships that recognize and reward the Department of Chemistry's most distinguished faculty. Read More

June 4, 2012

Differentiating between Trivalent Lanthanides and Actinides
Working with scientists at the University of Notre Dame and at the Christian-Albrecht University, Professor Laura Gagliardi has published research in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Read More

May 23, 2012

2012 Graduate Student Research Symposium honors
Four third-year Department of Chemistry graduate students—Sijie Luo, Maria Miranda, Stephen Rudisill, and Brian Woods—took top presentation honors at this year's 11th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. Read More

May 23, 2012

Students organize chemistry-biology interface symposium
Four Department of Chemistry graduate students—Veronica Diaz Rodriguez, Michelle Henderson, Benjamin Manning, and Katie Peterson—helped to organize the annual National Institute of Health Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium. Read More

May 18, 2012

Gagliardi receives $480,000 DOE research grant
Professor Laura Gagliardi has been awarded a $480,000 Department of Energy three-year grant for her proposal, Multiconfigurational Quantum Chemical Study of Actinide and Lanthanide Containing Systems. Read More

May 11, 2012

Pomerantz selected to participate in new faculty workshop
Professor William Pomerantz, who is joining the Department of Chemistry faculty as an assistant professor this summer, has been selected to participate in the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop in August. Read More

May 11, 2012

Seven graduate students receive doctoral dissertation fellowships
Seven Department of Chemistry's top doctorate students have received 2012-13 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) program awards. Read More

May 10, 2012

Truhlar receives RSC Chemical Dynamics Award
Regents Professor Donald Truhlar has received the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Dynamics Award, honored for his outstanding innovative research on the dynamics of molecules, including spectroscopy, kinetics, or molecular interactions in the gas, liquid, or solid phase. Read More

May 10, 2012

Kaboom: Energy and U brings 4,500 students to campus
With additional presenters and shows, reorganized demonstrations, new music, and extended outreach to students in the seven-county metro area, the popular Energy and U program explodes, May 14-18. More than 4,500 students are expected. Read More

May 10, 2012

GSWC conducts technical skills workshops
The Graduate Student Workshop Committee is offering a series of technical skills workshops, focusing on chemical biology equipment, the mass spectrometry facility, solvent purification, and vacuum pumps. Read More

May 10, 2012

Volp selected to present research at symposium
Graduate student Kelly Volp has been selected to present her research work at the Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium, July 26-29, at the University of Colorado. Read More

May 8, 2012

Examining Multiblock Polymers: Panacea or Pandora’s Box?
A new Science-published paper highlights the unlimited potential for the creation of multiblock polymers, which are introducing new engineering challenges to the field. Read More

May 7, 2012

Department of Chemistry honors graduates & scholars
The Department of Chemistry honored graduating seniors and scholarship recipients at a recognition reception, Friday, May 5, 2012, before the College of Science & Engineering's annual commencement ceremony. Read More

April 30, 2012

Dow to share lab safety expertise with chemistry department
The Dow Chemical Company and the University of Minnesota are expanding their strategic partnership by launching a first-ever pilot program to improve safety awareness and practices in the university’s chemistry and chemical engineering labs. Read More

April 27, 2012

Graduate student commencement, Friday, April 27
Fourteen Department of Chemistry graduate students participated in the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Commencement Ceremony, Friday, April 27. Read More

April 27, 2012

CSP annual meeting draws reseachers and industries
The Center for Sustainable Polymers recently held its 3rd annual meeting. Center and university faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, representatives from company affiliates presented research and shared ideas for collaboration. Read More

April 27, 2012

GSWC offers helpful seminars for chemistry graduate students
The Department of Chemistry’s Graduate Student Workshop Committee organizes seminars for graduate students, ranging from careers to maintenance. Read More

April 25, 2012

Not your parents' chem labs
University Relations Science Reporter Deane Morrison has written a feature on Michelle Driessen's efforts to transform general chemistry labs, and Jane Wissinger's efforts to "green" organic chemistry labs. Read More

April 25, 2012

Undergraduate commencement with recognition reception, May 4
The College of Science and Engineering's undergraduate commencement ceremony is Friday, May 4. Before the ceremony, the Department of Chemistry will honor graduating seniors and scholarship/fellowship recipients at a Recognition Reception. Read More

April 24, 2012

Bonnema receives President's Award for Outstanding Service
Stanley Bonnema, retired Department of Chemistry senior administrative director, has been honored with a 2012 President's Award for Outstanding Service. Read More

April 23, 2012

Alex Nicol receives 'best in session' symposium award
Alex Nicol was awarded "Best in Session" in the paper presentation group at the 24th Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium, Saturday, April 21. Read More

April 18, 2012

Cool Chem 2012 engages girls in science
Sixty girls in 7th and 8th grades will enjoy a day of hands-on chemistry workshops and demonstrations at this year's Cool Chem, Saturday, April 21.
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April 18, 2012

Graduate students participate in Doctoral Research Showcase
Two chemistry graduate students—Melissa Maurer-Jones and Bo Wang—participated in the 2012 Doctoral Research Showcase. Read More

April 17, 2012

Chemistry graduate accepts tenure faculty position
Shikha Nangia, who earned her doctorate in chemistry in 2006 under the tutelage of Professor Donald Truhlar, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Syracuse University. Read More

April 17, 2012

Hurley receives travel grant to international science congress
Katherine "Katie" Hurley has received a competitive American Chemical Society travel award to attend the 4th European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences Chemistry Congress. Read More

April 17, 2012

New video looks at the question of making plastics sustainable
Plastics are a vital part of our lives, but they also are rife with adverse environmental impacts. A new video, Can We Make Plastics Sustainable?, looks at this question. Read More

April 17, 2012

Chemistry outreach part of profoundly gifted conference
Graduate student Lindsay Rymes and Professor Ken Leopold, who coordinate the Department of Chemistry's outreach program, will present demonstrations as part of the Minnesota Profoundly Gifted Conference. Read More

April 16, 2012

Professor Tolman receives Bowers Faculty Teaching Award
Professor William Tolman, chair of the Department of Chemistry, has received the 2012 Charles E. Bowers Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Science & Engineering. Read More

April 12, 2012

Professor Hillmyer named a 2012 Poly Fellow
Professor Marc Hillmyer has been named a 2012 Poly Fellow of the American Chemical Society's Division of Polymer Chemistry, Inc. Read More

April 11, 2012

Seven students receive graduate fellowship program honors
Five Department of Chemistry graduate students and two undergraduate students have received honors from the National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship Program. Read More

April 11, 2012

Chemistry graduate receives summa thesis award
Chemistry honors graduate, Marco LaNave, has won the John Turner Award for the Best Undergraduate CLA Honors Project submitted in 2011. His thesis was Mitochondria Capture by Magnetic Separation. Read More

April 10, 2012

Graduate Student Research Symposium, Tuesday, May 22
The Department of Chemistry's 11th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will be conducted, Tuesday, May 22. Register by Friday, May 11. Read More

April 10, 2012

Professor Emeritus Alden Mead receives Wigner Medal
Department of Chemistry Professor Emeritus C. Alden Mead is the 2012 winner of the Wigner Medal. Read More

April 5, 2012

Chemistry major receives prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
Mark Strom, a junior chemistry major, is one of three College of Science & Engineering Students to be named a 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Read More

April 2, 2012

Freshman seminars offer chemistry experiences in small settings
Freshman seminars provide an opportunity for freshmen to be part of a small class with a maximum of 15 students, and to get to know a faculty member as well as other students in different colleges. Read More

April 2, 2012

Professor Reineke featured in ACS Excellence
Professor Theresa Reineke is featured in the Spring 2012 edition of ACS Excellence, the American Chemical Society publications magazine. Read More

March 15, 2012

Research from Pierre group highlighted in ChemistryViews
A recent article published by Professor Valerie Pierre's group describes the design of multimodal imaging agents to combine two complementary imaging techniques: magnetic resonance imaging and time-gated confocal imaging. This work was featured in ChemistryViews. Read More

March 14, 2012

Pitet receives Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
Louis Pitet, Ph.D., is the first recipient of the Department of Chemistry's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Pitet received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2011, working with his adviser Professor Marc Hillmyer. Read More

March 9, 2012

Three chemistry researchers honored for their inventions
Three professors from the Department of Chemistry—George Barany, Philippe Buhlmann, and Marc Hillmyer—were honored at the University Innovations 2012 celebration event, Thursday, March 8, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Read More

March 8, 2012

Former chemistry graduate student honored by ACS
Laurie Breyfogle, Ph.D., a former Department of Chemistry graduate student who was advised by Professors Marc Hillmyer and William Tolman, has received a Rising Star Award from the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society. Read More

March 7, 2012

Lodge receives Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, & Professional Education Award
Professor Timothy Lodge has received the 2011-12 Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award. He is one of eight professors from throughout the entire university system to receive this award. He will be honored at an award ceremony, Monday, April 23. Read More

March 6, 2012

Plastics expertise travels 'across the pond'
Professor Marc Hillmyer, director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers, talks about plastics degradation on BBC's Naked Scientists, which is a science radio show and podcast. Read More

February 27, 2012

President Kaler learns about the Department of Chemistry
President Eric Kaler met with Department of Chemistry faculty and staff, and a chemistry graduate on Friday, February 24, 2012. Chair William Tolman shared information about the department’s teaching and research innovations, and strengths and challenges. Read More

February 22, 2012

Reineke honored for contributions to gene and cell therapy
Department of Chemistry Professor Theresa Reineke has received a 2012 Outstanding New Investigators Award from the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy. Read More

February 22, 2012

Pierre receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Professor Valerie Pierre has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to support her research to develop and promulgate novel luminescent sensors for the study of alkali ions in neurons. Read More

February 17, 2012

William Pomerantz joins Department of Chemistry faculty
William “Will” Pomerantz, Ph.D., is joining the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor. Since 2009, he has been a National Institute of Health National Research Service Award postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan. Read More

February 1, 2012

Lodge receives 2012 Minnesota Award for his polymer research
Professor Timothy Lodge has been chosen for the 2012 Minnesota Award of the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society. This award honors a section member for outstanding contributions to the chemical sciences. Lodge is being honored for his scientific achievements in polymer science research. Read More

February 1, 2012

Stein identified as one of the top materials scientists
Professor Andreas Stein was identified as one of the world's top 100 materials scientists in 2011. Of the 100 scientists listed in the Thomson Reuters data, Stein was 27th. Read More

January 26, 2012

Interest grows in department's green chemistry expertise
From videos on green chemistry on think tank websites to serving as panelists on green chemistry forums, interest is growing on the department's multifaceted green chemistry expertise. Read More

January 25, 2012

Kolthoff Lectureship features Professor Michael Graetzel, Feb. 6-8
The Department of Chemistry hosts Professor Michael Graetzel from the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, February 6-8, for its Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry. Read More

January 4, 2012

Alumna’s book profiles African American women chemists
Jeannette Brown, a University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry alumna, has written a book profiling the accomplishments of African American women chemists. A meet-and-greet is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 17, and a meet-and-greet and book signing are planned for Wednesday, January 18. Read More

December 15, 2011

Energy and U brings 4,500 students to campus in January
With additional presenters and shows, reorganized demonstrations, new music, and extended outreach to students in the seven-county metro area, the popular Energy and U program explodes, January 9-13, with more than 4,500 students expected on campus. Read More

December 14, 2011

Students propose solutions to current analytical problems
Twenty-six students recently proposed solutions to current analytical problems on a variety of topics, including environmental chemistry, biomedicine, agriculture, food science, polymers, and renewable energy. Their work culminated in a poster session. Read More

December 12, 2011

Professor Cramer featured in article on research for the military
A Minnesota Daily article on Department of Defense research projects features Professor Christopher Cramer and his study of chemical weapons and his work on the university's Openness in Research policy. Read More

December 9, 2011

Guided inquiry transforms chemistry laboratories
Cookbook-style labs with students following step-by-step instructions for experiments are out for general chemistry courses. In their place are guided-inquiry laboratories where students design and conduct their own experiments, discover what works and what doesn’t, make adjustments based on those discoveries, and try again. Read More

December 9, 2011

Experienced teaching assistants help transform laboratories
This past summer, four experienced teaching assistants—David Boyce, Amanda Maxwell, Kaustubh Mote, and Emily Pelton—played pivotal roles in transforming general chemistry laboratories from verification to guided-inquiry experiences. Read More

December 8, 2011

Chemistry focuses on being green; however, it is not easy
From research to classroom courses and laboratories, and scientific experiments, it is important to be green; however it is not easy. More and more, green chemistry is becoming a priority for the Department of Chemistry. Read More

December 8, 2011

Researchers form Center for Analysis of Biomolecular Signalling
Scientists with bioanalytical expertise have formed the Center for Analysis of Biomolecular Signalling to explore and define biomolecular signalling at the tissue, cell, and subcellular levels. Read More

December 5, 2011

Researchers create bonds between two unlikely pairs
A joint paper, recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, showcases a new type of bonding between aluminum(III) ions and transition metal elements. Read More

December 1, 2011

University partnership with Dow Chemical benefits chemistry
The University of Minnesota has finalized an agreement with Dow Chemical Company that will result in the University receiving nearly $17 million over the next five years. Almost $2.3 million per year over the next five years will go to chemical engineering and materials science, chemistry, and mechanical engineering researchers. Read More

November 30, 2011

Conference room naming honors legacy of renowned scientists
The Department of Chemistry's recently renovated faculty/staff meeting rooms, 117/119 Smith Hall, are being renamed the Kate & Michael Bárány Conference Room, honoring the parents of Professor George Barany and his brother Professor Francis Barany. Read More

November 15, 2011

New type of copper-oxygen intermediate reacts with C-H bonds
Researchers report the preparation, spectroscopic and theoretical characterization, and initial reactivity studies of a new copper-oxygen intermediate in JACS article. Read More

November 11, 2011

Two doctoral students receive Overend Award
Two Department of Chemistry doctoral students—Brynna Jones and Hannah Leverentz—have received the 2011 Overend Award for Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry. The award honors outstanding physical chemistry graduate student researchers. Read More

November 11, 2011

Million-fold improvement in selectivities with carbonate sensors
A need for measurements in blood plasma arises in clinical chemistry since they are used to detect and monitor electrolyte imbalances. Researchers have developed electrochemical sensors for carbonate that reduce the interference from chloride and salicylate by two and six orders of magnitude, respectively. Read More

November 10, 2011

Professor highlights research at Outburst Mini-Symposium
Department of Chemistry Professor Marc Hillmyer is participating in the Institute on the Environment's Outburst Mini-Symposium, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, in R380 Learning & Environmental Sciences. Read More

November 10, 2011

Chemistry outreach featured at family fun fair
Chemistry's Outreach Program with two tables of hands-on experiments and demonstrations, and two Energy and U shows are featured highlights of this year's Math & Science Family Fun Fair, Saturday, November 19. Read More

November 4, 2011

Alumnus receives national award
Alumnus Thomas Guggenheim, Ph.D., received a prestigious award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Guggenheim earned his doctorate in chemistry in 1983, under the tutelage of Paul Gassman. Read More

October 13, 2011

University features Distinguished Teaching award recipient
The University of Minnesota has written and posted on its website a feature on Professor Christopher Cramer. He is one of the 2010-11 Morse Alumni Award recipients. Read More

October 3, 2011

Mass spectrometry lab director receives innovation recognition
Waters Corporation has honored University of Minnesota's Joseph Dalluge, Ph.D., and the Department of Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Laboratory with its Center of Innovation Recognition. Read More

September 30, 2011

Alumnus Patrick Gruber receives Outstanding Achievement Award
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has honored Patrick R. Gruber, Ph.D., with an Outstanding Achievement Award, which honors graduates who have attained unusual and noted distinction in their chosen fields, professions or public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership. Read More

September 30, 2011

Professor Reineke featured in C&EN theranostics article
Professor Theresa Reineke is featured in a Chemical & Engineering News article on personalizing nanomedicine. Reineke talked about "theranostics," which is any material that can diagnose and treat a disease, and possibly monitor the efficacy of the therapy. Read More

September 15, 2011

2010-11 Outstanding teaching assistants honored
The 2010-11 outstanding teaching assistants (TAs) are Wonder Chang, David Hanna, and Zahra Sohrabpour. All three were honored for their outstanding contributions to the teaching of chemistry. Read More

September 15, 2011

Chemistry alumnus presents department and college lectures
Chemistry alumnus Patrick Gruber, Ph.D., will present a Bayer Lecture in Sustainability & Special Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry seminar, Wednesday, September 28, and a College of Science & Engineering Public Lecture, Thursday, September 29. Read More

September 13, 2011

Excellence in Graduate Studies Fellowships awarded
This year's Department of Chemistry's Excellence in Graduate Studies Fellowship honorees are teaching assistants Sijie "Andy" Luo, Charuta Palsuledesai, and Alireza Shokri. Read More

September 9, 2011

CSP gets major grant for environment-friendly plastics research
Research on creating more environment-friendly, cost-efficient plastics from natural and renewable materials got a boost with a $1.5 million grant over three years from the National Science Foundation Centers for Chemical Innovation program to the University’s Center for Sustainable Polymers. Read More

September 8, 2011

Penn named Institute on the Environment resident fellow
Associate Professor of Chemistry R. Lee Penn has been named a resident fellow of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE). Read More

September 8, 2011

Green chemistry featured in fall edition of IonE's Momentum
The fall 2011 edition of Momentum, the Institute on the Environment's magazine, features an article on green chemistry, Chemistry Goes Green, which highlights a green chemistry course taught by Professors Marc Hillmyer and William Tolman. Read More

September 8, 2011

Research assistant receives Baxter Young Investigator Award
Chad Satori, a Department of Chemistry research assistant in the lab of Professor Edgar Arriaga, has received a Baxter Young Investigator Award 2011, which honors researchers focused on the development of therapies and medical projects that save and sustain patients' lives. Read More

August 30, 2011

Pierre honored as outstanding young investigator
Assistant Professor Valerie Pierre has been honored as an outstanding young investigator in the field of biological inorganic chemistry. She has been named the Edward I. Stiefel lecturer for the 2012 Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference. Read More

August 26, 2011

Tradition of chemistry excellence continues for alumni
The tradition of excellence in chemistry continues for Department of Chemistry alumni Li Li and Lushi Tan. Their son Elmer Huaihan Tan recently earned a silver medal in the International Chemistry Olympiad. Read More

August 25, 2011

Chemistry participates in University on the Prairie
The Department of Chemistry's outreach hit the road with faculty and students participating in University on the Prairie. Assistant Professor Aaron Massari and members of his research group led about 60 young people from southwest Minnesota in chemistry experiments and demonstrations. Read More

August 19, 2011

Chemistry is at the Minnesota State Fair
From an Eco Experience display on sustainable polymers to chemistry exhibits, hands-on experiments, and demonstrations, the Department of Chemistry and its faculty and students will have a strong presence at the Minnesota State Fair. Read More

August 1, 2011

Professor Lodge featured in ACS how-to video
Professor Timothy Lodge is one of four American Chemical Society journal editors featured in a video, "Publishing Your Research 101: Selecting Peers to Suggest as Reviewers." Read More

July 28, 2011

Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, Tuesday, August 30
If you are planning on attending the fall 2011 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Denver, please join us for the University of Minnesota Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 30, at the Colorado Convention Center. Read More

July 28, 2011

Graduate students receive poster awards at WATOC Congress
Graduate students Peng Zhang and Michael Mazack were each awarded a Best Poster Award from the 2011 Congress of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists. Their posters were selected from 649 presentations. Read More

July 26, 2011

Truhlar's research unlocks Grubbs catalysts reactivity differences
The research of a team of international researchers, led by Professor Donald Truhlar, is featured as one of this week's highlights in C&EN News. The research encompasses an advanced computational method that unlocks the mystery of reactivity differences between Grubbs catalysts. Read More

July 22, 2011

Chemistry Day huge success for students of all ages
Chemistry Day—an afternoon of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and a CSI-like mystery to solve—was a huge success at Saint Paul's West 7th Community Center. It was a fun afternoon for the children and Department of Chemistry faculty and students. Read More

July 19, 2011

Gassman family creates graduate student travel fund
In addition to the Paul G. Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry, the family of the late Professor Gassman has established a new fund to support the Department of Chemistry—the Paul G. and Gerda Ann Gassman Graduate Student Travel Fund. Read More

July 19, 2011

Article features work of high school researcher
In the research article just published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, graduate student Eric Olson and co-workers, including Teng Xiong who was a high school student at the time the research was conducted, describe the interaction of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) with aliphatic amines. Read More

July 19, 2011

Chemistry researchers receive IREE large grant
Department of Chemistry scientists, Associate Professor Philippe Buhlmann and Professor Andreas Stein, have received a IREE large grant to work on high energy density, nanostructured supercapacitors for electrical energy storage. Read More

July 15, 2011

Chemistry Day outreach engages youth in science
For the sixth consecutive year, Associate Professor Christy Haynes and students are conducting Chemistry Day—an afternoon of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and a mystery that the older youth must use chemistry to solve—at Saint Paul's West 7th Community Center. Read More

July 14, 2011

Massari group's polyaniline research featured on journal cover
Research by Assistant Professor Aaron Massari and his group is featured on the cover of the July 14 edition of The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. The article highlights the work of graduate students Audrey Eigner and Brynna Jones, and undergraduate Bryce Koprucki. Read More

July 12, 2011

Regents Professor Que elected American Chemical Society Fellow
Regents Professor Lawrence Que Jr. has been elected a 2011 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This designation honors those who have distinguished themselves in multiple areas, including promoting the science and the profession of chemistry, and service to the ACS. Read More

July 12, 2011

Haynes receives 2012 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award
Associate Professor Christy Haynes has been chosen to receive the 2012 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. Read More

June 30, 2011

Professors receive grant for international research
Professors Laura Gagliardi and Christopher Cramer have received an International Collaborations in Chemistry grant. They will assess factors affecting binding and recognition in the aqueous host-guest chemistry of organic molecules inside self-assembling, metal-templated cages. Read More

June 27, 2011

Outstanding teaching assistant honored
Victoria Chemistruck was chosen as a 2010-11 Outstanding Teaching Assistant by undergraduate students during the College of Science & Engineering’s CSE Week. She is a graduate student working with Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas. Read More

June 23, 2011

Truhlar receives alma mater's Distinguished Alumnus Award
Regents Professor Donald Truhlar receives the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater—Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona—during its 2011 homecoming activities, Saturday, June 25. Read More

June 23, 2011

Research article highlighted in German publication
Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas' article, which was published in the February 2011 edition of Angewandte Chemie International Edition, was recently highlighted in the German equivalent of Chemical & Engineering News—Nachrichten aus der Chemie. Read More

June 17, 2011

Researchers receive funds for state-of-the-art microscope
College of Science & Engineering professors, including Associate Professor R. Lee Penn, receive University research investment funds to acquire a new generation, state-of-the-art, aberration-corrected, high-resolution analytical scanning and transmission electron microscope. Read More

June 13, 2011

Two professors serve on new science publication editorial team
Two Department of Chemistry professors, Timothy Lodge and Theresa Reineke, will be on the editorial team for a new American Chemical Society publication, ACS Macro Letters. Read More

June 7, 2011

July workshop focuses on inquiry-driven labs
Associate Professor Jane Wissinger, Department of Chemistry Organic Laboratory director, is co-leading a workshop entitled, Teaching Guided-Inquiry Organic Chemistry Labs, July 10-15. The workshop includes two seminars, which are open to the public, on July 11. Read More

June 7, 2011

Reineke joins Department of Chemistry faculty, June 20
Professor Theresa M. Reineke joins the Department of Chemistry faculty, Monday, June 20, 2011. She is an expert and a world leader in polymer science and gene therapy and diagnostics. Read More

May 27, 2011

Seven doctorate students receive fellowship awards
Seven of the Department of Chemistry's top doctorate students—Zahid Ertem, Meng Jing, Yu-Shen Lin, Melissa Maurer-Jones, Sarah Page, Bo Wang, and Ligeng Yin—received 2011-12 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship program awards. Read More

May 27, 2011

Douglas receives DuPont Young Investigator award
Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas has been awarded a 2011 DuPont Young Investigator award, which will support his ongoing work on discovering new small molecules for application in organic photovoltaic cells.
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May 27, 2011

Professor Barany to speak at stamp dedication ceremony
Professor George Barany has been asked to speak at the official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for commemorative stamps honoring American scientists Melvin Calvin, Asa Gray, Maria Goeppert Mayer, and Severo Ochoa.
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May 20, 2011

Two professors receive Royal Society of Chemistry honors
Two Department of Chemistry professors—Associate Professor Christy Haynes and Regents Professor Lawrence Que Jr.—have received prestigious awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Read More

May 20, 2011

High school researcher wins international science fair award
Anushua Bhattacharya, a high school student who worked in Associate Professor Christy Haynes' lab last summer and will be doing so again this year, received a third place award in the Medicine and Health Sciences category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Read More

May 20, 2011

Energy and U introduces 2,700 students to science
With explosions, flames, flying pop bottles, rock music, and screaming gummy bears, 2,700 students from metro area schools and home schools were introduced to the science at this May's Energy and U shows. Read More

May 18, 2011

Graduate Student Research Symposium honors
This year's "Beaker and Bunsen" award winners at the Graduate Student Research Symposium are Joshua Speros, Bess Vlaisavljevich, and Christopher "Kit" Zall. Read More

May 13, 2011

What's new on Facebook and other social media
We just updated our Facebook group page, making it easier for group members and others to comment on our posts, and to upload photo albums. Click on the Facebook icon on the right-hand side of our home page. Read More

May 13, 2011

CSE features associate professor's cancer vaccine research
Associate Professor T. Andrew Taton is featured in the May 12 edition of Physics & Nanotechnology Matters, an electronic newsletter published by the College of Science & Engineering. Read More

May 13, 2011

Undergraduate student's proposal receives award
Jack Doenges, an undergraduate student working in the laboratory of Professor Edgar Arriaga, received the Minnesota Chromatography Forum 2001 Undergraduate Award. Read More

May 13, 2011

Young chosen as crystallography congress delegate
Victor Young Jr., X-ray facility director, has been named a National Academy of Sciences delegate to the International Union of Crystallography 22nd Congress and General Assembly. Read More

May 13, 2011

Two alumni promoted to professors at Macalester
Two Department of Chemistry alumni—Paul Fischer and Rebecca Hoye—have been promoted from associate professors to professors at Macalester College. Read More

May 13, 2011

Alumnus honors Professor Ellis with scholarship
Steven Hentges, Ph.D., a 1976 graduate, has endowed a scholarship in honor of Professor John Ellis, called the Professor John E. Ellis Scholarship. Read More

May 9, 2011

Department of Chemistry honors graduates & scholars
The Department of Chemistry honored graduating seniors and scholarship recipients at a recognition reception, Friday, May 6, before the College of Science & Engineering's annual commencement ceremony. Read More

May 6, 2011

Graduate Student Research Symposium, Tuesday, May 17
Thirty-five third-year graduate students from the Department of Chemistry will be participating in the 10th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Tuesday, May 17. Read More

May 6, 2011

May Energy and U shows ignite students' interest in science
About 3,000 students from metro area elementary and middle/junior high schools, online schools, and home schools are expected to Energy and U shows at the University of Minnesota, Monday, May 16, through Friday, May 20. There will be two shows each day—one at 10 a.m. and one at 1 p.m.
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May 5, 2011

Cool Chemistry 2011 engages girls in science
Fifty-five girls in 7th grade through 9th grade enjoyed a day of hands-on chemistry workshops and demonstrations, Saturday, April 30. Read More

May 5, 2011

Graduating graduate students honored
Thirty-one Department of Chemistry graduates students earned their master’s degrees, and 33 graduate students earned their doctorate degrees in 2010-2011. Read More

April 28, 2011

Library exhibit honors the work of chemistry scientists
Chemistry is critical for solving society's most important problems. A Walter Library exhibit highlights research accomplishments from throughout the history of the Department of Chemistry. Read More

April 22, 2011

Graduating senior honored for research and course work
Nardine Abadeer, a senior chemistry major who will be graduating this May, has received a number of awards for her coursework and research. Read More

April 20, 2011

Undergraduate commencement with recognition reception, May 6
The College of Science and Engineering's undergraduate commencement ceremony is Friday, May 6. Before the ceremony, the Department of Chemistry will honor all graduating seniors and scholarship recipients at a Recognition Reception. Read More

April 20, 2011

Undergraduate student receives oral presentation award
Alex M. Schrader, a junior and an undergraduate research assistant, won a best oral presentation prize at the Minnesota Academy of Science 78th Annual Meeting & 23rd Winchell Undergraduate Symposium. Read More

April 20, 2011

Earth Day news release features degradable plastics research
University's Earth Day news release highlights the work of Professor Marc Hillmyer and other University of Minnesota researchers to develop a portfolio of degradable plastics derived from renewable resources. Read More

April 19, 2011

Department welcomes Professor Yamamoto for Gassman Lectureship, April 25-28
Professor Hisashi Yamamoto from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago is the featured lecturer for the Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry, from Monday, April 25, through Thursday, April 28.  Read More

April 18, 2011

Professors honored by students for their teaching
Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas and Distinguished Teaching Professor Kenneth Leopold have received the 2010-11 Outstanding Professor Award in Chemistry from the College of Science and Engineering. Read More

April 13, 2011

16 graduate students participate in commencement, April 29
Sixteen Department of Chemistry graduate students are participating in the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Commencement Ceremony, Friday, April 29. Read More

April 12, 2011

Cool Chemistry 2011 engages girls' interest in science
A series of hands-on workshops, explosive demonstrations, and even a liquid nitrogen ice cream break are part of Cool Chemistry 2011, Saturday, April 30. Read More

April 8, 2011

Graduate Student Research Symposium, Tuesday, May 17
The Department of Chemistry's 10th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, featuring research presentations by third-year graduate students will be conducted, Tuesday, May 17. Read More

April 6, 2011

Distefano receives Distinguished McKnight University Professorship
Professor Mark Distefano has received the University of Minnesota's 2011 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. He is one of four university professors to receive this prestigious honor this year. Read More

April 6, 2011

Five chemistry students receive research fellowships
Four Department of Chemistry graduate students and one undergraduate student—Victoria Chemistruck, Christopher Roberts, Stephanie Roe, Katherine Stevens, and William Wolf—have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program honors. Read More

March 31, 2011

Your voice is needed: Join legislative advocacy efforts
The impact of current state budget discussions on the University of Minnesota is being described as "dire," "serious, "unprecedented," and "horrific." Join the university's legislative advocacy efforts. Read More

March 30, 2011

Professor Cramer receives Morse Alumni Award
Professor Christopher Cramer has been chosen to receive the 2011 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He will be honored at an award ceremony, Monday, April 25. Read More

March 30, 2011

Doctoral Research Showcase features four graduate students
Four Department of Chemistry research assistants, who are among the top doctoral students at the university, are participating in the fourth annual Doctoral Research Showcase. The showcase—free and open to the public—is set for noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Great Hall at the Coffman Union. Read More

March 24, 2011

Two chemistry professors honored for teaching excellence
Department of Chemistry Professors Ken Leopold and Kent Mann have been selected as co-winners of the Brasted Award for Excellence in College Chemistry Teaching from the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS MN). They will be honored at an awards ceremony, Monday, May 16. Read More

March 23, 2011

Chemistry research leads to top honors for high school student
Anushua Bhattacharya, a high school student who worked in Associate Professor Christy Haynes' lab last summer and will be doing so again this year, has been selected to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Read More

March 23, 2011

Research assistant earns summer fellowship honor
Research Assistant Melissa Maurer-Jones has received a Summer American Chemical Society-Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate Fellowship award sponsored by the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. Read More

March 21, 2011

Graduates studies presentation broadcast live, April 2
Learn about our graduate program by watching a live video stream of the department’s Graduate Studies in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota presentation, which will be broadcast at 9 a.m. (CST) Saturday, April 2. Read More

March 21, 2011

Professor Lodge chosen for prestigious visiting professorship
Professor Timothy Lodge is the 2011 Turner Alfrey Visiting Professor at the Michigan Molecular Institute (MMI), May 16 through May 19, Lodge is a leading researcher in understanding and controlling nano- and micro-structures that result from combining dissimilar polymer materials in new ways. Read More

March 10, 2011

Research assistant receives travel grant to major conference
Melissa Maurer-Jones, a research assistant in Associate Professor Christy Haynes' group, received a Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry Student Travel Award to present her work at the Pittcon Conference & Expo 2011. Read More

March 9, 2011

Research News Online features Professor Hillmyer
Professor Marc Hillmyer is featured in Research News Online published by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Read More

March 3, 2011

Chemistry alumnus receives national emerging leader award
Dwight Stoll, an assistant professor of analytical chemistry at Gustavus Adolphus College, has been awarded the LCGC 2011 Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award. Stoll earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Read More

March 3, 2011

Join alumni, faculty, and friends at ACS national meeting
Please join us at the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, Tuesday, March 29, at the spring 2011 American Chemical Society national meeting in Anaheim. Meet with faculty, alumni, and friends. Read More

March 2, 2011

Department of Chemistry alumnus receives prestigious award
Christopher Exstrom, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), has been awarded the prestigious Leland Holdt/Security Mutual Life Award. Exstrom earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1995. Read More

March 2, 2011

Kinetic isotope effects predicted for an enzymatic reaction
A mixed centroid path integral and free energy perturbation method has been used to investigate the primary carbon and secondary hydrogen kinetic isotope effects in the amino acid decarboxylation of L-Dopa catalyzed by the enzyme L-Dopa decarboxylase along with the corresponding uncatalyzed reaction in water. Read More

February 15, 2011

Kolthoff Lectureship, Feb. 21-24, features Professor Joseph Hupp
The Department of Chemistry hosts Professor Joseph Hupp from Northwestern University, Feb. 21-24, for its Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry. Hupp will present three lectures, and will meet with faculty and students during his visit. Read More

February 11, 2011

Chemistry professors honored at Celebrating Innovation event
Six professors from the Department of Chemistry were honored at a Celebrating Innovation event sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Celebrating Innovation honored researchers whose work has been patented, licensed to a company, or used to form a start-up company. Read More

February 9, 2011

Kinetic isotope effects predicted correctly for a mass ratio of 36
The research of Department of Chemistry Regents Professor Donald Truhlar and Research Associate Steven Mielke—kinetic isotope effects predicted correctly for a mass ratio of 36—is generating a lot of interest in the scientific community, including the production of a YouTube video. Read More

February 7, 2011

Million-fold activation of the [Fe<sub>2</sub>(µ-O)<sub>2</sub>] diamond core for C–H bond cleavage
Regents Professor Lawrence Que Jr.'s research group has been investigating the chemistry of a crystallographically characterized complex that has an [FeIIIFeIV(µ-O)2] diamond core. Read More

February 4, 2011

Renewable, tough, and transparent plastics
Research on renewable, touch, and transparent plastics focuses on utilizing rubber toughening to create more mechanically robust polylactide-based materials. Read More

February 4, 2011

Spectroscopic techniques that only produce signals from sample interfaces
Field-effect transistors are at the heart digital electronic devices. There is a strong drive to replace the heavy, expensive, active materials in those transistors with cheap, lightweight, carbon-based semiconductors. Read More

February 3, 2011

Research + Education + Public Policy = Change
Economic development, the environment, public policy, education, and scientific discovery form the foundation of the Center for Sustainable Polymers' mission. Read More

February 1, 2011

Arriaga group participates in Amantes de la Ciencias
Members of Professor Edgar Arriaga's research group participated in the Science Museum of Minnesota's outreach event Amantes de la Ciencias (Lovers of Science). Read More

January 28, 2011

Theresa Reineke joins Department of Chemistry as professor with tenure
Theresa M. Reineke, Ph.D., is joining the Department of Chemistry as a professor with tenure in September 2011. With expertise in polymer science and gene therapy and diagnostics, Reineke is a world leader in the area of polymer/deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) nanostructures for medical applications. Read More

January 25, 2011

Creation of successful online course not an easy task
Time, energy, creativity, and personal commitment are keys to the success of the Department of Chemistry’s only online course. Read More

January 20, 2011

Today’s scientists reach out to the next generation
Science is fun, interesting, and important—and something that you, too, can do! Those are the central themes of the Department of Chemistry's outreach programs, which reach thousands of young people and their parents and teachers each year. Read More

January 18, 2011

Journal publishes research on protein kinase dynamic activation
The work of the Veglia Research Group, looking at a structural analysis of protein kinase A (PKA), was one of the featured articles in the October issue of Nature Chemical Biology journal. The researchers analyzed the substrate recognition process of PKA, finding that entropy and protein dynamics play a prominent role. Read More

January 14, 2011

Energy and U shows ignite students' interest in science
More than 1,300 students from metro area elementary and junior high schools attended Energy and U shows at the University of Minnesota, Wednesday, January 12, and Friday, January 14. With an educational slide show set to music, and some demonstrations that include loud explosions, bright flashes and flames, Energy and U tries to ignite students' interest in science. Read More

January 10, 2011

Tolman shares insights into green chemistry
William Tolman, chair of the Department of Chemistry, shares his insights into "green chemistry" with Minnesota 2020—a public policy think tank. He talks about the importance of and the philosophy behind "cradle to cradle" green chemistry for scientists at the University of Minnesota interested in seeking solutions to today's environmental issues. Read More

January 10, 2011

Chemistry Outreach Program engages homeschoolers
As part of its ongoing outreach efforts, the Department of Chemistry hosted about 60 home schooled young people, ages 7 and older, and their parents for two hours of chemical demonstrations and hands-on experiments, Thursday, January 13. Read More

January 7, 2011

Sustainable polymers researchers featured at green chemistry forum
Professors Marc Hillmyer and William Tolman, leading researchers in the development of polymers (plastics) made from sustainable, renewable resources, were part of the Adding Value Through Green Chemistry Forum. Read More

January 6, 2011

Breakthrough polymer research featured in Chemical & Engineering News
Professor Hillmyer's group has created a group of polymers (plastics) that can be used as functional, nanoporous membranes for a variety of applications such as drug delivery, water filtration, and separation applications. Read More

December 10, 2010

MURI grant research critical to development of hypersonic vehicles
Department of Chemistry Regents Professor Donald Truhlar is part of a $1.5 million Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant project, conducting research critical to the development of hypersonic vehicles. Read More

December 10, 2010

Grant for CyberMULE enhances access to ultrafast spectrometer
Professors William Tolman and Aaron Massari have been awarded a $470,000 National Science Foundation grant that will provide scientists from throughout the country access to an ultrafast spectrometer. Read More

December 10, 2010

Research assistant receives grant to study cryogenics in Israel
Nathan Burrows, a research assistant in Associate Professor R. Lee Penn's research group, has been awarded an International Thesis Research Grant from the Graduate School. Read More

December 10, 2010

Research assistant earns poster session award at expo
Li Chen, a research assistant in the Associate Professor Philippe Buhlmann's research group, has received a poster session award at the 9th Annual LifeScience Alley Conference & Expo. Read More

December 3, 2010

Student receives research fellowship
Julian Castro Lo, an undergraduate chemistry major, has received a Pfizer-LaJolla Academic and Industrial Relations (AIR) Diversity in Chemistry Research Fellowship, which will enable him to continue his research with Professor Thomas Hoye. Read More

December 3, 2010

Chemistry professor invents sensor technology
Associate Professor Philippe Buhlmann has invented a sensor technology that detects and measures ions found in chemical solutions. Read More

December 2, 2010

Truhlar research group receives INCITE award
Regents Professor Donald Truhlar's research group has received a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) award, giving it access to a national supercomputer, which is essential for energy research. Read More

November 22, 2010

Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas receives Cottrell Scholar honor
The Research Corporation for Science Development has honored Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas as a Cottrell Scholar. This award honors third-year physical science professors who excel in both teaching and research. Read More

November 18, 2010

Two students receive Overend Award
Two Department of Chemistry doctoral candidates—Mehmed Zahid Ertem and Bo Wang—have received the 2010 Overend Award for Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry. The award honors outstanding physical chemistry graduate-student researchers. Read More

November 18, 2010

Research assistant receives symposium honor
Zhifeng Bai's research paper has been selected to be presented at the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium. Selection to this symposium is an honor and recognition among the polymer research community. Read More

November 10, 2010

KARE-11 highlights Energy and U & Math & Science Family Fun Fair
Energy and U, a popular Department of Chemistry outreach program, is featured at the Math & Science Family Fun Fair on Saturday, November 13. KARE-11 television highlights Energy and U and previews the fair at 6:20 a.m. Friday, November 12. Read More

November 4, 2010

Memorial service planned for former chemistry department professor
Paul F. Barbara, a prominent scientist and teacher and former Department of Chemistry faculty member, died on Sunday, October 31, due to complications following a cardiac arrest. A memorial service will be conducted on Sunday, December 12. Read More

October 18, 2010

Professor Hillmyer receives Creative Polymer Chemistry Award
Professor Marc Hillmyer has received the prestigious 2011 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry, Inc. Read More

October 14, 2010

Driessen receives Access Achievement Award
Michelle Driessen receives an Access Achievement Award for her work on behalf of people with disabilities. Read More

October 13, 2010

Lecture programs, Oct. 21-22, honor female scientists
Two lecture programs honor the contributions of female scientists. Kristi Kiick will present the Department of Chemistry's Margaret C. Etter Memorial Lecture in Materials Chemistry and the College of Science & Engineering's Distinguished Women Scientists and Engineers Lecture. Read More

October 6, 2010

Analytical Coarse-Graining (ACG) of Macromolecules
Recent ACG research paves a way to use physics-based simulations to study macromolecular interactions and assembly in biological cells. Read More

September 30, 2010

Department of Chemistry fares well in national assessment of doctorate programs
The Department of Chemistry's graduate program performed well in a National Research Council assessment. Read More

September 26, 2010

DFT and multi-configurational quantum chemical calculations
DFT and multi-configurational quantum chemical calculations to investigate the geometry and electronic structure of several recently synthesized polymetallic uranium nitride and azide complexes. Read More

September 24, 2010

Photo exhibit features four Chemistry faculty members
Four Department of Chemistry faculty members are featured in a College of Science & Engineering photography exhibit, Inventive Women.
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September 24, 2010

Ultrafast Structural Motions in Semiconducting Polymers
The results of this study corroborate theoretic predictions that low frequency ring-ring torsional motions could be particularly detrimental to charge conduction. Read More

September 21, 2010

Academic Moment at football game features Center for Sustainable Polymers
The Center for Sustainable Polymers is featured as a University of Minnesota Academic Moment during halftime at the football game, Saturday, September 25. Read More

17 September 2010

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Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry features Professor Van Duyne
The Department of Chemistry hosts Professor Richard P. Van Duyne from Northwestern University, Monday, September 20, through Wednesday, September 22, for its Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry.     Read More

19 August 2010

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Computations Clarify Oxidation Pathways
A computational study of the reaction between a hydroxyl radical and a vinyl alcohol molecule shows that the reaction likely proceeds by one pathway at low temperature and a quite different pathway at high temperature Read More

26 June 2010

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Prof Gao receives IBM Faculty Award
Professor Jiali Gao has received an IBM Faculty award for his research contributions in the development of novel quantum mechanical methods. Read More

15 July 2010

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Elusive high-spin Fe=O complex crystallized
Understanding how iron enzymes activate O2 to break strong C-H bonds on the substrate.
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30 June 2010

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Three Chemistry Faculty elected 2010 ACS Fellows
Three faculty have been elected to the 2010 class of ACS Fellows. Congratulations to Professors Tim Lodge, Chris Cramer, and Bill Tolman!

27 July 2010

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UMN Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast Meeting
If you are attending the Fall 2010 ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA, please join us for the U of MN Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast!
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18 May 2010

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U of Minnesota study finds rising levels of dioxins from common soap ingredient in Mississippi River sediments
Dioxins in general decreasing, but those derived from triclosan increasing.
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01 May 2010

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Prof Leopold receives IT Week Faculty Award
In recognition to Ken Leopold for distinquished record of scholarship, teaching, and service to the college and the University, voted upon by the undergraduates in the Institute of Technology.

05 May 2010

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Profs Lu and Massari awarded IREE Grants
Two of our junior faculty, Profs. Lu and Massari, have been selected to receive Early Career Grants from the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE). Read More

30 April 2010

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Impacts of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticle Size, Pore Ordering, and Pore Integrity on Hemolytic Activity
Systematic study of hemolytic activity of nonporous and porous silica nanoparticles... Read More

21 April 2010

Research News thumbnail An Old Plastic with a New Structure: Nanoporous Linear Polyethylene

New strategies to functionalize this ubiquitous plastic are continually sought to improve the applicability to more technologically advanced products.
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16 April 2010

Prof Truhlar elected chair of APS division

Don Truhlar has been elected as a future chairperson of the Chemical Physics Division of the American Physical Society. In 2011 he becomes Chair-Elect, and in 2012 he becomes Chair.

16 March 2010

Prof Hillmyer selected as McKnight Professor

Prof. Marc Hillmyer has been selected as a recipient of the University of Minnesota's special mid-career faculty award, the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. Read more.

09 March 2010

Profs. Blank and Siepmann recognized with outstanding teaching awards

Congratulations to two of our faculty who have been chosen to receive prestigious awards for their contributions to education. Read More.

26 February 2010

Chemistry Alum receives Giddings Award

Congratulations to an esteemed alum from the department, Lawrence Potts (Professor at Gustavus Adolphus for 40+ yrs), who has just received the Giddings Award for Excellence in Education.

18 February 2010

Prof. Haynes selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

This is an extraordinarily competitive award, involving nominations from the US and Canada, to recognize the achievements of scholars in science, mathematics, economics and computer science.

17 February 2010

How many atoms can Th coordinate?

Both the X-ray and neutron diffraction results show that thorium forms bonds with fifteen hydrogen atoms; accordingly, this is the first crystallographically characterized complex with a Werner coordination number of 15. Read More

12 February 2010

Online Chemistry course featured by University News Service

Dr. Michelle Driessen's new online course in introductory chemistry was recently featured in an article for the UMN home page. Read More

09 February 2010

UMN Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast Meeting

If you are planning to attend the Spring 2010 ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA, please join us for the U of MN Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast! Read More

10 February 2010

Nobel Laureate Prof. Robert Grubbs to present Honeywell Nobel Initiative Lecture

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to host to our second Honeywell Nobel Initiative Lecture, March 2-3, 2010. Read More

09 February 2010

Oriented Aggregation: Formation and Transformation of Mesocrystal Intermediates Revealed

Oriented aggregation is a special case of aggregation in which nanocrystals self-assemble and form new secondary single crystals. Read More

01 February 2010

Simulations of an RNA Enzyme Molecular Switch

Recently, researchers have used large scale molecular dynamics simulations to reveal the dynamical hinge points of the L1 ligase all-RNA synthetic molecular switch. Read More

22 January 2010

Micro Free Flow Electrophoresis Analysis of Mitochondria

This technique is well suited for microscale preparative separations allowing further analysis of mitochondria sub-populations. Read More

20 January 2010

Inventive Women: Portraits of Scientists and Engineers at the U of M

A photography exhibit featuring women faculty in IT at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, featuring chemistry Professors Gagliardi, Haynes, Lu, and Penn. Read More

14 January 2010

Voltammetry at the Ultimate Limit of Low Polarity

The Buhlmann groups reports the first example of electrochemistry with a fluorous solvent.
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08 January 2010

Off-target (side effects) drug effects identified by computational techniques and confirmed by experimental methods

The Distefano lab has investigated the off-target inhibition of protein farnesyltransferase (PFTase) by commercial drugs. Read More

29 December 2009

Prof Hillmyer named Fellow to AAAS

Marc A. Hillmyer: for outstanding contributions to the field of biorenewable polymers, particularly for using block copolymers to control properties and structure on the nanoscale. Read more.

23 December 2009

2009 Chemistry Newsletter

Evidence for the health and vitality of the department is plentiful in this issue of ChemNews, which features items on recent student and faculty awards, research, education innovation, and alumni achievements. Read More

18 December 2009

Mechanism of Water Oxidation for the Ru-Hbpp Catalyst

This water oxidation step is the key bottleneck currently associated with the development of commercial light harvesting devices for the photo-production of H2 from water. Read More

01 December 2009

Department of Chemistry is ranked 15th in US

The 2009 Academic Rating of World Universities in Chemistry has placed the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry as 22nd in the world, 15th in the U.S., and 3rd in the Big Ten. Read More

29 November 2009

Prof. Douglas chosen "Journal Awardee"

Congratulations to Prof Chris Douglas! Synlett and Synthesis has chosen him as a "Journal Awardee" in 2010. Individuals are defined as promising young professors at the beginning of their career.

25 November 2009

Prof. Truhlar awarded honorary degree

Congratulations to Professor Don Truhlar, who has been awarded an honorary degree ("Doctor honoris causa") from the Technical University of Lodz, Poland. The degree will be conferred at a formal ceremony in Lodz in the spring, 2010.

16 November 2009

Temperature-dependent phase transition observed between polymorphic crystals

Victor Young, Chemistry's X-ray Facility Director is featured on the cover Crystal Structure Communications Publication. Read More

05 November 2009

A New Paradigm for Biomolecular Simulations

Our research will focus on developing a novel computational approach that represents a paradigm change in the way intermolecular interactions are described Read More

02 November 2009

Recipients of Department Professorships.

Congratulations to professors Hoye, Cramer, and Gao, the newest recipients of named Chemistry Department Professorships.
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15 October 2009

Green Chemistry at the U of MN Highlighted on Minnesota Public Radio

Jane Wissinger, Director of Organic Laboratories, hightlighted the important safety and energy benefits that can be gleaned from moving chemical synthesis in a Green direction. Read More

05 October 2009

Prof. Carr awarded the Martin Medal

Please join me in congratulating Prof. Pete Carr, who was just awarded the Martin Medal by the Chromatographic Society in the UK.
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05 September 2009

A human diiron enzyme that controls cell growth

A non-heme diiron active site has been demonstrated for DOHH, a human enzyme involved in regulating cell proliferation. Read More

27 August 2009

Prof. York edits new book

"Multi-scale Quantum Models for Biocatalysis: Modern Techniques and Applications", edited by Darrin York and Tai-Sung Lee, explores various molecular modelling ... Read More

24 August 2009

Prof. Lodge receives ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry

Congratulations to Professor Timothy P. Lodge on being selected to receive the ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry. Read More

15 August 2009

Prof. Tolman named chair of Department of Chemistry

Professor William Tolman has been named chair of the Department of Chemistry succeeding Professor Jeffrey Roberts. Read More

07 August 2009

Stringing up nanobeads

Spherical colloids with diameters of a few hundred nanometers are useful building blocks for self-assembly into functional structures.
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29 July 2009

Prof. Truhlar, Prof. Crawford and two alumni named ACS Fellows.

Congratulations to Regents Prof Don Truhlar and Prof Emeritus Bryce Crawford who have been selected as Fellows of the American Chemical Society. Read More

24 July 2009

Intermediates in Reactions of Copper(I) Complexes with N-Oxides

In a paper featured on the cover of the Inorganic Chemistry, the Tolman group reports new results of the reactions of copper(I) complexes... Read More

23 July 2009

Prof. Massari receives NSF CAREER Award

Aaron Massari has received a CAREER Award from the NSF to support his research employing 2D-IR VES to understand how the molecular motions within conducting polymers... Read More

15 July 2009

Prof. Truhlar awarded 2009 Herschbach Medal

Don Truhlar received the medal at the Conference on the Dynamics of Molecular Collisions "for bold and architectural work, inspiring and empowering..."
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13 July 2009

UMN Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast Meeting

If you are planning to attend the Fall 2009 ACS National Meeting in Washington DC, join us for the U of MN Chemistry Breakfast Meeting. Read More

25 June 2009

Prof. Que Named Regents Professor

Lawrence Que has been named a Regents Professor by the University's Board of Regents. The designation is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the university. Read More

17 June 2009

Making Modern Materials by the Metathesis Manipulation of a Monoterpene

The research teams recently demonstrated the controlled polymerization of a cyclic diene prepared from the ring-closing metathesis (RCM) reaction of myrcene... Read More.  

29 May 2009

Crystal structure of octabromoditechnetate and a study of the quadruply bonded dimers

Understanding the properties of compounds that contain metal-metal bonds is fundamental to...
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22 May 2009

More Consistent van der Waals Radii

Theoretical method yields atomic radii for all the main-group elements, a benefit for molecular modeling. Read More.
 

17 May 2009

Former IT Dean H. Ted Davis passes away

H. Ted Davis, a U of MN Regents professor of chemical engineering and materials science and former dean of the University's Institute of Technology, died suddenly on May 17, 2009.
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30 Apr 2009

'U' launches Center for Sustainable Polymers

The U of MN has launched the Center for Sustainable Polymers aimed at developing a new generation of environment-friendly products with Prof. Marc Hillmyer as Director. Read More.

28 Apr 2009

Prof. Truhlar Elected to NAS

Don Truhlar has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and is one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates to be recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Read More

28 Apr 2009

Prof. Haynes named Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

Christy Haynes has been named a 2009 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar which recognizes Christy's considerable body of scientific accomplishments and her dedication to education in the chemical sciences.

24 Apr 2009

A Structural Resolution Cryo-TEM Study of the Early Stages of MFI Growth

A cryo-TEM study on precursor sols prior to and during the early stages of MFI formation. Cryo-TEM images with structural resolution yielded new insights in MFI growth... Read More.

16 Apr 2009

Prof. Blank receives IREE's 2009 seed grant

The U of MN's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment selected David Blank's project "Next Generation Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells"
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14 Apr 2009

Breaking Strong C-H and O-H Bonds with a Diiron(IV) Complex

Electrochemical generation of a (μ-oxo)diiron(IV) complex making this the highest Fe potential experimentally determined to date. Read More.

07 Apr 2009

Prof. Truhlar named a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

This honor recognizes Don's many "contributions to the advancement of chemical science."

30 Mar 2009

Prof. Penn receives Taylor/ITAS Award for Distinguished Teaching

The Taylor/ITAS for Distinguished Teaching was established to recognize outstanding contributions to undergraduate or graduate teaching.

25 Mar 2009

Chemistry alumnus receives Myser Award

Prof. Gina Mancini-Samuelson, chair of the Chemistry Department at the College of St Catherine's, received her PhD from the U of MN in 1996; her advisor was Marian Stankovich.
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19 Mar 2009

Prof. Leopold receives Morse Alumni Award

Doreen Leopold received a 2009 Horace T. Morse U of MN Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergrad Education. With this award, Doreen will be inducted into the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

2 Mar 2009

Manipulating Crystal Orientation in Nanopores

Investigators at the U of MN's and NYU's MRSEC have reported the growth of glycine nanocrystals inside aligned cylindrical nanopores of a polymer monolith... Read more

17 Feb 2009

Reduction of Nitrous Oxide to Dinitrogen by a Mixed Valent Tricopper-Disulfido Cluster

The greenhouse gas N2O is converted to N2 under mild conditions by μ-sulfido-tetracopper Read more

10 Feb 2009

Shape-Selective C–H Oxidation

Mimicking a unique feature of an enzyme active site with a simple model complex.
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15 Jan 2009

Bio-inspired iron-catalyzed cis-dihydroxylation of an arene

This research effort is aimed at developing oxidation catalysts with economical and environmentally friendly metal centers. Read More.

22 Dec 2008

Sheep in Wolves Clothing: T-Cell Decoys from Nanoparticles

The research team of Prof. Andrew Taton was recently highlighted in the IT's "Inventing Tomorrow" publication for their work toward a cancer vaccine based on nanoparticles. Read more.

19 Dec 2008

Prof. Lodge receives 2008 AAAS Fellowship

American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship awarded "for distinguished contributions to the field of polymer science, especially in polymer dynamics and in the phase behavior of block copolymers."

11 Dec 2008

Prof. Penn awarded McKnight Fellowship

Lee Penn who has been named a McKnight Presidential Fellow of the University of Minnesota. McKnight Presidential Fellowships are awarded to the University's most promising faculty upon tenure and promotion to associate professor.

21 Nov 2008

Thermoreversible Micelle Shuttle Between an Ionic Liquid and Water

This "micelle shuttle" should enable the facile delivery or extraction of non-polar reagents to or from an ionic liquid reaction medium Read more.

21 Nov 2008

Department of Chemistry Fall 2008 Newsletter

The leaves are changing, the U's parking ramps are full, with and Kolthoff Halls are packed with newly arrived chemistry majors and graduate students. This fall's newsletter is full of news. Read More.

19 Nov 2008

Multi-photon Ionization of Neat Solvents Yields Neat Results

A team of University researchers has demonstrated the unique behavior of isooctane when it is photoionized by multiple photons. Read More.

5 Nov 2008

One monomer, two polymers

This new material could be useful applications that require higher thermal stability than that offered by PLA. Read more.

7 Oct 2008

Prof K. Leopold receives IT's Taylor Distinguished Professorship

These Taylor Professorships were created to encourage and recognize the college's best and most dedicated undergraduate educators.

22 Sept 2008

Prof. Haynes receives $1.5 million NIH New Innovator Award

She is the first U of MN faculty to win this award for her research to build a cell-by-cell human immune system to identify therapeutic approaches for treating allergic reactions and asthma. Read more.
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20 Sept 2008

Chemistry Outreach program in the News

Outreach coordinator Professor Ken Leopold and Eric Olson are featured in KARE11 news video about the Science and Math Fun Fair. Read more.

10 Sept 2008

CEMS/Chem student receives prestigious award

Apollo 15 Astronaut Col. Al Worden presented senior Andrew Jones with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). News articles: MNDaily and UMNnews release.

9 Sept 2008

Professor Pete Carr to receive the 2009 ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry.

It recognizes outstanding contributions to the science of analytical chemistry, pure or applied, carried out in the United States or Canada.

6 Sept 2008

Chemistry Professor's research featured in two U of MN research bulletins

Professor Darrin York's research is featured in the MSI's summer research bulletin and BICB's summer/spring research bulletin.

4 Sept 2008

Outstanding Graduate TA Awards

The winners of the Wayland E. Noland and Robert L. Ferm Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant awards for the 2007-2008 Academic Year are Susan Brown and Yu-Shen Lin. Read more.

1 Sept 2008

Does Electrospray Ionization Produce Gas-Phase or Liquid-Phase Structures?

Professor Steven Kass, Chemistry, U of MN was recently featured in an C&E article, "Mass Spec Ion Structure Controlled By Solvent Effects" Read more.

20 August 2008

Cell Penetrating Peptides

Currently researchers in the Distefano lab have discovered other interesting properties of prenylated molecules. Read more.

04 August 2008

Chemistry Profs in the News

Check out the article on the toxicological properties (or lack thereof) of nanoparticles in the Star Tribune. Andy Taton and Christy Haynes are quoted extensively. Read more.

31 July 2008

Electrochemical Eavesdropping: Listening to a Single Cell

The Haynes group has used an analytical chemistry technique, to characterize chemical messenger secretion from individual blood platelets. Read more

25 July 2008

Regent's Prof Truhlar receive Herschbach Award

Don Truhlar receive the 2009 Dudley R. Herschbach Award for Excellence in Research in Collision Dynamics. The award recognizes work that is "bold and architectural... inspiring and empowering."

10 July 2008

Methyl Anion Dethroned as the Most Basic Species

After decades as the champion of proton acceptors, the methyl anion is finally playing second fiddle to the gas-phase lithium monoxide anion. Read more.

25 June 2008

Highly Selective Receptor-Based Chemical Sensors With Picomolar Detection Limits

Ion-selective electrodes based on receptor-doped polymeric membranes are routinely used for well over a billion measurements per year. Read more.

10 June 2008

Fe/Mn Swap in Dioxygenase Active Sites

Profs. Que/Lipscomb report an observation that the metal centers of a pair of iron- and manganese- dependent dioxygenases can be swapped without affecting the catalytic parameters... Read more.

04 June 2008

30 Billion Pounds and Counting

Professor Hillmyer's research is highlighted in Inventing Tomorrow, a publication of the Institute of Technology. Follow link for an expanded article. Read more.

28 May 2008

Extreme Separations

Research from the lab of Prof. Peter Carr was recently featured in the April 28, 2008 cover story of C&E News about exciting new approaches to liquid chromatography. Read more.

14 May 2008

Fluidic and air-stable supported lipid bilayer and cell-mimicking microarrays

As drug delivery, therapy, and medical imaging are becoming increasingly cell-specific, there is a critical need for high fidelity... Read more.

21 April 2008

Solvent Structure and Ribozyme Catalysis

Cover Story in Chemistry & Biology, from the group of Prof. William Scott (UC Santa Cruz) in collaboration with Prof. Darrin York (UMN)
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02 April 2008

What makes a mineral?

In this article, the authors review how many nanominerals and mineral nanoparticles have properties that are size dependent within the nanoscale size range. ... Read more.

31 March 2008

David Blank received Charles E. Bowers Award

The Charles E. Bowers Faculty Teaching Award recognizes an outstanding IT professor who has demonstrated exceptional interest and commitment to teaching. Read more.

26 March 2008

Interaction of Nanoparticles with Biological Cells

Nanoscale materials are facilitating novel biomedical applications in the areas of therapeutics and assay development. Read more.

06 March 2008

Andreas Stein selected as Distinguished McKnight University Professorship.

The Distinguished McKnight Professorship is the University of Minnesota's special mid-career faculty award. Read more.

03 March 2008

Force Fields for Complex Reactions

Combined quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical (QM/MM) methods have provided powerful means for studying chemical reactions in condensed phases such as... Read more.

29 February 2008

Kris McNeill receives Horace T. Morse Award

Horace T. Morse Alumni Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. With this award, Kris will be inducted into the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Read more.

25 February 2008

Glimpses into the mechanisms of RNA catalysis revealed by molecular simulations

An area of intense experimental and theoretical research effort has been concentrated on elucidating how RNA molecules are ... Read more.

12 February 2008

Understanding Retention in Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatography

Using efficient Monte Carlo algorithms and accurate force fields, the Siepmann group has elucidated the molecular-level details of retention in... Read more.

15 January 2008

Lee Penn receives Taylor Career Development Award

The Taylor Career Development Award recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching by a candidate for tenure during the probationary period. Read more.

27 December 2007

The first synthetic complex with a FeIV2(μ-O)2 diamond core

Larry Que reports the characterization of the first example of a synthetic diiron(IV) complex with an Fe2(μ-O)2 diamond core. Read more.

13 December 2007

Tough Nanoporous Membranes with a 3-D pore structure

Controlled fabrication of nanoporous polymer membranes has attracted growing interest due to their applicability as... Read More

3 December 2007

Fan Li receives Graduate Student Silver Award

Fan Li, a Ph.D. student in Professor Andreas Stein's research group received a Graduate Student Silver Award at the Fall 2007 Meeting of the Materials Research Society Read more.

28 November 2007

Storable Sources of Atomic Fe-, Nb-, Ta- and other Wonders of Transition Metal Chemistry

Unprecedented polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon stabilized sources of atomic Fe-, Nb-, and Ta- provide the first well-defined homoleptic 1,3-butadienemetalates. Read more.

15 November 2007

Up in the air

Silicon nanoparticles have many potential applications, for instance in photovoltaic cells.
Read more.

7 November 2007

A Copper-Oxo Intermediate from O2?

Understanding the properties of synthetic copper-oxygen intermediates is important for evaluating mechanisms of oxidation by enzymes and other catalyst. Read more.

1 November 2007

FeV=O in Bio-inspired Olefin Epoxidation Catalysis.

Nearly quantitative conversion of cyclooctene to its epoxide (200 turnovers) can be obtained within one minute... Read more.

26 October 2007

Jeff Roberts elected as AAAS Fellow

Jeffrey T. Roberts has been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow.  Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Read More

22 October 2007

Playing Rubik's Cube with Nanoparticles

Colloidal crystals are of great interest in the growing field of photonics, where they may be used to manipulate the propagation or emission of light. Read more.

3 October 2007

Green Thermoplastic Elastomers

The development of new polymeric materials from renewable resources is gaining considerable attention. These materials can act as environmentally friendly... Read more.

27 September 2007

IT to host Nobel Laureate

Dr. Roderick MacKinnon is the featured Nobel laureate for the Honeywell-Nobel Initiative event on October 1-2 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Read more.

25 September 2007

Nanocrystal Growth by Oriented Aggregation

Oriented aggregation is an important, nonclassical crystal growth mechanism by which nanocrystals grow... Read more.

12 September 2007

Peeking inside an organic transistor

Charge transport at or across interfaces is central to the operation of a wide variety of molecule-based devices... Read more.

7 September 2007

Edgar Arriaga awarded Fesler-Lampert Chair

Created in 1999 with support from Graduate School and the generosity of David and Elizabeth Fesler. The chair funds researchers and scholars who are conducting research in a project related to the subject of aging.

7 September 2007

Transforming a pollutant from bad to worse

Recent research by graduate student Jeff Buth shows that chlorination of a commonly used heartburn drug found in wastewater leads to unexpected products. Read more.

30 August 2007

Analysis of subcellular structures isolated from single cells

In order to maintain cellular function, subcellular structures (organelles) have a complex organization... Read more.

22 August 2007

Lawrence Que is awarded the 2008 Alfred Bader Award

The Bader Award recognizes significant accomplishments that are at the interface between biology and organic or inorganic chemistry. Read more.

14 August 2007

New Chemistry Faculty Member:
Andrew Harned

Research in our lab focuses on devising new methods for the stereoselective synthesis of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds Read more.

8 August 2007

Photoionization of Isooctane and n-Octane in Intense Laser Fields

Effect of Irradiance on Ionization Rates
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7 August 2007

New Chemistry Faculty Member:
Valerie Pierre

Our group studies the role of metal ions in biological systems and design metal complexes as biological and medical probes. Read more.

31 July 2007

New Chemistry Faculty Member: Christopher Douglas

Research in our group focuses on the development of new synthetic methods and on finding solutions to a variety of synthesis problems. Read more.

24 July 2007

Computer Simulations Show that the Hydrogen Radical Transfer Reaction Catalyzed by Methylmalonyl-CoA Mutase and Coenzyme... Read more.

13 July 2007

Watching an electron digging its own grave in two-dimensions

Injecting an electron into a crystalline solid of many materials can induce local distortion of the lattice... Read more.

30 June 2007

Transition state analysis of the chemical and enzymatic prenylation reactions.

The observation that inhibition of Ras farnesylation arrests the growth of tumor cells... Read more.

25 June 2007

University Community Saddened by Death of Professor Marian Stankovich

The Department of Chemistry and the University community was saddened to learn of the death of Professor Marian Stankovich on Tuesday, June 19, 2007. Read more.

8 June 2007

A nano-tumbleweed

Tumbleweeds grow in the Spring and Summer and break away from their roots in Autumn "tumbling" in the desert...
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24 May 2007

Receptor-Based Chemical Sensors With Three-Dimensionally Ordered Macroporous Carbon Contacts

Recent Research from Professor Philippe Buhlmann
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9 May 2007

Chemistry Alum wins Graduate School Award

Please join us in congratulating Nate Schultz, who is the 2007 winner of the University of Minnesota Graduate School’s “Best Dissertation Award” in the Physical Sciences and Engineering.

16 April 2007

Correlated ultrafast exciton relaxation in conducting polymers

Poly-3-hexylthiophene, or P3HT, is one of the most commonly used organic conductors in opto-electronic research. Read more.

4 April 2007

Prof. Hillmyer receives Taylor award

Marc Hillmyer has been awarded a George Taylor Award for Distinguished Research from the Institute of Technology. Established in 1982, the Taylor Award recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research. Read more.

27 March 2007

Leopold group research featured in C&E News

U of M Chemistry professor Doreen Leopold and current and former group members Steve Miller, Tim Marcy and Evan Millam have established that ethylene is cyclized to benzene by gas-phase niobium. Read more.

26 March 2007

Low-Flow Fume Hood Safety Presentation

Orientation to Proper Use of Your Kewaunee Dynamic Barrier Low-Flow Fume Hood
(PowerPoint 28Mg | PDF 1.2Mg)
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28 February 2007

Quantum Chemical Characterization of the Bonding of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes to Cp2MI Compounds M = Ce(III), U(III)

Professor Christopher Cramer Read more.

28 February 2007

Chemistry Professor awarded Alumni Award

Please join me in congratulating Tom Hoye, who has is to receive one of this year's Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. With this award, Tom will be inducted into the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Read More.

13 February 2007

Chemistry Alum awarded the Grainger Prize

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Abul Hussam, has been awarded the Grainger Challenge Prize Gold Award... Read more.

2 February 2007

Great Lakes Regressors win Best-in-Show Award

We are pleased to announce that U of M chemistry graduate students Jake Rafferty and Neeraj Rai, Professor Ilja Siepmann... Read more.

19 January 2007

Insight into the role of Mg(II) in hammerhead ribozyme catalysis from X-ray crystallography and molecular dynamics simulation

The hammerhead ribozyme is an archetype system to study RNA catalysis.
Read more.

9 January 2007

2007 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship awarded to Dr. Christy Haynes

The winners were chosen for their potential for important contribution to their field; the degree to which past achievements and current ideas demonstrate originality, imagination, and innovation; the potential for attracting outstanding students; and the significance of the research. Read more.

3 January 2007

Molding Porous Nanoparticles

Within the last few years, nanoparticles have transitioned from scientific curiosities to becoming essential components in applications such as sensing, nanoelectronics, catalysis and other uses. Read more.

22 December 2006

U of M Chemistry alum recognized in 2006 “Scientific American 50”

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Robert Hammer, an alumnus of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota has been named to the 2006 “Scientific American 50”. Read more.

20 December 2006

Structural Dynamics and Topology of Phospholamban in Oriented Lipid Bilayers using Multi-Dimensional Solid-State NMR

Professor Gianluigi Veglia and his research group... Read more.

12 December 2006

Professors Gladfelter and Tolman elected as fellows to the AAAS

We are proud to announce that Wayne Gladfelter and Bill Tolman have been elected as Fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read more.

6 December 2006

Optimizing Band Width and Resolution in Micro-Free Flow Electrophoresis

Bryan Fonslow and Michael Bowser have recently described the sources of band broadening in micro-free flow electrophoresis (μ-FFE) devices. Read more.

22 November 2006

Mesoporous Membranes Templated by a Polymeric Bicontinuous Microemulsion

Professor Tim Lodge, Frank Bates, and their co-advised student Ning Zhou have demonstrated a new and versatile route to porous materials, with typical channel dimensions between 50 and 200 nanometers. Read more.

20 November 2006
U of M student Katie Lee named Rhodes Scholar

Katie N. Lee, an honors senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, has been named one of 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars for 2007.
Read more.

8 November 2006
Structural and Functional Model of the Rieske Dioxygenases

Professor Larry Que and his research group report the first structural and functional model of Rieske dioxygenases. This research will appear in an upcoming issue of Angewandte Chemie.
Read more.

2 November 2006
Noland 80th Birthday Event Pictures!

Here are some of the pictures collected that were taken during Professor Noland's 80th Birthday Event. The shots are arranged as a automatic slideshow, so choose the first one and sit back and enjoy the show!
Link to Slideshow

31 October 2006
Two of the recent Hottest Papers!

The Thomson ISI©‚Äôs Essential Science Indicators recognizes 244 total Hot Papers in chemistry, the Truhlar Group has two of them.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry A Link
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation Link

31 October 2006
ChemNews Crossword answers

Answers to the ChemNews Crossword puzzle.
Link to Answers

22 May 2006
Stuart W. Fenton

(April 29, 1922-February 4, 2006)

Stuart W. Fenton devoted 35 years of his life to serving students at the University of Minnesota.  He was a friend we shall miss, and he will live on in the appreciation of his many students.  He passed away on February 4, 2006 from heart valve complications. Link

29 October 2006
Fall 2006 Issue of ChemNews

ChemNews Fall 2006 Issue

Link to ChemNews

17 October 2006
Renovation Continues On Kolthoff Hall

After approval by the legislature, the $28.6 million Kolthoff renovation project continues.

Link to Renovation Site

14 October 2006

The Noland Bobblehead is Sold!

The winning bid came from Bill Gleason, Associate Professor of Lab Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota. Proceeds will support the Wayland Noland Fellowship Fund. Thanks to all who cast bids, and congratulations to Bill Gleason.
Link to Bill Gleason

19 July 2006
National Awards For Two Graduate Students

Dwight Stoll and Paul Boswell were awardees of fellowships from the American Chemical Society's Division of Analytical Chemistry.
Link to Awards

19 July 2006
Truhlar Appointed Regents Professor

Donald Truhlar has just been appointed Regents Professor of Chemistry, the University’s highest faculty honor.

Link to Award Announcement
Link to Regents Biography

1 July 2006
New Faculty Member

Aaron Massari joins the department.

Link to Profile

15 May 2006
McKnight University Professors

Karin Musier-Forsyth and Ilja Siepmann receive distinguished McKnight University Professors.

Links to Award Announcement

1 May 2006
Renovation Begins On Kolthoff Hall

After approval by the legislature, the $28.6 million Kolthoff renovation project begins.

Link to Renovation Site