08/26/2020 - Chemistry professors Martin Burke, Scott Denmark and Christina White and affiliate faculty members Huimin Zhao and Charles M. Schroeder are part of a multi-institutional team awarded a five-year $20 million grant by the National Science Foundation for the new NSF Artificial Intelligence Institute for Molecular Discovery, Synthetic Strategy and Manufacturing.
08/19/2020 - Chemistry professors Martin Burke and Paul Hergenrother helped develop the direct saliva test that has unique features, enabling fast and frequent testing on a large scale. They are now working together with many partners to make the testing method broadly available as soon as possible.
08/18/2020 - New professor brings his state-of-the-art research using defects in diamond for quantum-enhanced nanoscale microscopy to the Department of Chemistry and the Illinois Quantum Information Science & Technology Center.
08/17/2020 - The Department of Chemistry has lost a friend and supporter with the passing of Carolyn “Connie” Springborn who shared the same generous spirit as her husband, alumnus Robert Springborn (BS, '51). Together they created a legacy in the department that benefits generations of students.
08/14/2020 - Chemistry at Illinois hosted a virtual meeting on July 30, 2020, allowing new head Cathy Murphy and previous head Martin Gruebele to have a conversation with alumni, friends and faculty about the future of the department.
08/13/2020 - Developed on campus and now available for download, the innovative Safer Illinois app provides users with personalized coronavirus-testing results and reminders of scheduled testing, along with a display of their current testing status that will serve as one of the mechanisms to gain entry to university facilities during the pandemic.
08/10/2020 - The long-term goal of this new program in the Department of Chemistry is to provide full fellowships for fourth-year graduate students. Alumnus Peixin He (PhD, ’85, Faulkner) and Xiaoming Chen have made the first donation.
08/04/2020 - The Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry recognizes the research of Professor Liviu Mirica with the organization's 2020 Early Career Award.
08/03/2020 - The Center for Advanced Study has appointed seven new members to its permanent faculty, including Professor Jeffrey Moore, the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry.
07/30/2020 - Chemistry Professor Nancy Makri and six graduate students were honored with 2020 teaching excellence awards and fellowships from the Department of Chemistry and School of Chemical Sciences.
07/22/2020 - Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores were already optional for graduate school admission, but now the department has completely eliminated the scores from the process.
07/16/2020 - Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have improved the technique of frontal polymerization, where a small amount of heat triggers a moving reaction wave that produces a polymeric material. The new method enables a wider range of materials with better control over their thermal and mechanical properties.
07/10/2020 - Kaibo Feng and Mikiko Okumura are both in the group of 45 finalists from all over the world for the 2020 Reaxys PhD Prize.
07/10/2020 - An instructional faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, Christian Ray was promoted to teaching associate professor of chemistry.
07/10/2020 - As the head of Technical Development Asia Pacific for BASF in Singapore, alumna Sindhu Easwara Menon leads the technical service and application development teams for plastics applications.