05/21/2020 - The Sweedler Research Group has developed a new technique to measure the amount and distribution of lipids in rat brain samples. The technique can have potential applications in determining how the lipids change as a result of exposure to drugs of abuse.
05/13/2020 - The university and Department of Chemistry are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. Click on the heading above to find a link to the campus website with the latest updates, information and other resources in the campus community.
05/12/2020 - A research team, including chemistry's Jonathan Sweedler, has developed a mass spectrometry-based screening technique to rapidly profile certain fatty acids and identified new genetically-engineered mutants of a certain yeast that produce higher levels of those acids as part of an overall goal to convert renewable plant biomass to fuels and chemicals.
05/11/2020 - More than 60 years ago, Eunice S. Wu left her home in Taiwan for the United States to study chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, following in the footsteps of her father who had graduated from Illinois. Since 2015, a scholarship in her memory helps other women seeking a degree in chemistry.
05/11/2020 - For demonstrating exceptional leadership on campus, chemistry senior Elizabeth Murphy has been awarded the Patricia E. Askew Leadership Award for 2020.
05/10/2020 - Namuunzul Otgontseren, a junior studying chemistry who also works in Professor Jefferson Chan’s research group, has been awarded a Beckman Institute Undergraduate Fellowship.
05/09/2020 - Three chemistry graduates, Elizabeth McDaniel, Elizabeth Murphy and Alayna Johnson are part of a select group, Senior 100 Honorary, which recognizes students who are academically successful, but more heavily focuses on campus involvement and service.
05/08/2020 - Awards Committee in the Department of Chemistry recommends the appointment of Professor Douglas Mitchell, who is doing world-class work on lasso peptides and other medicinally important chemistry that could lead to development of stable peptides as drug leads.
- Professor Liviu Mirica, and colleagues, developed compound that targets molecules associated with Alzheimer's disease
05/08/2020 - When tested in brain cells and in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, a new compound significantly reduced the number of amyloid plaques in the brain, lessened brain inflammation and diminished other molecular markers of the disease.
05/08/2020 - Seven University of Illinois graduate students have been named 2020 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows, including chemistry graduate student Amanda East. The program offers University of Illinois graduate students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute.
05/01/2020 - Professor Catherine J. Murphy becomes the first women to receive the American Chemical Society’s National Award in Inorganic Chemistry.
05/01/2020 - Whether designing and producing face shields for healthcare workers, creating components for virus test kits or developing new widely deployable testing methods to better detect COVID-19, researchers in the Department of Chemistry are applying their expertise to this healthcare crisis in a variety of ways.
04/30/2020 - Recently honored as an American Cancer Society Research Scholar, this award allows Professor David Sarlah to explore how to successfully acquire a naturally-occurring compound with cancer-fighting properties that's found in the Hawaiian spider lily.
04/30/2020 - In the next academic year, two new junior faculty members will be joining the Department of Chemistry. Mikael Backlund will start this fall after completing his post-doctoral work at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and Nicholas Jackson will join the department in the spring semester from Argonne National Laboratory.
04/29/2020 - Elizabeth P. Rogers, a former Department of Chemistry faculty member who retired in 1988 after 25 years of teaching general chemistry courses, has died at the age of 100.