Professor David Sarlah and Professor Hee-Sun Han have interdisciplinary projects that have been selected for the Cancer Center at Illinois’ annual seed grant awards.
- Professor Yi Lu, the Jay and Ann Schenck Professor of Chemistry, has won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Joseph Chatt Award for elucidating design principles of artificial metalloproteins to gain novel and deeper insights into the structure and function of natural systems.
- Prashant Jain has been announced as one of 31 finalists for the Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists, which elevate the work and research of early-career scientists in three categories, chemistry, life sciences and physical sciences and engineering.
- Professor Catherine J. Murphy becomes the first women to receive the American Chemical Society’s National Award in Inorganic Chemistry.
- Capturing the ultrafast dynamics of electrons has been a long-standing dream of scientists. That dream became reality when researchers in the lab of Renske M. van der Veen, professor of chemistry and Materials Research Laboratory scientist, developed an instrument that can directly visualize electron movement.
- As an alumna and faculty member, Professor Cathy Murphy brings a rare perspective to her new role as head of the Department of Chemistry, and her role also marks a historic moment as the first woman to lead the department in its 152-year history.
- Professor Prashant Jain receives special recognition in promotion to full professor and is named to Alumni Scholar position in the Department of Chemistry.
- 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.
- Professor Josh Vura-Weis has been named one of six 2020-2021 Helen Corley Petit Scholars by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- In early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began shuttering businesses and schools across the United States, Chris Brooke wondered how he would teach his classes online. As the virus spread with astonishing speed, it became frighteningly clear that COVID-19 threatened something greater than just the spring semester, and Brooke, a professor of microbiology, asked a bigger question: How can we help stop it?
- 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.
- After Elizabeth Murphy graduates from the Department of Chemistry next month, her next stop will be on the West Coast where she will pursue a PhD in polymeric materials chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.
- With a research team of exclusively undergraduate students, Illinois chemistry alumnus Jay Wackerly, (PhD, ’08, Moore), an associate professor of chemistry at Central College in Iowa, has created and named a new molecule, ‘cambiarene,’ demonstrating its ability to grab on to specifically-targeted small molecules.
- A doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry, Dinumol Devasia, has been awarded a TechnipFMC Fellowship for 2020-21 for her research focusing on the spectroscopic investigation of carbon dioxide reduction reaction.
- Saadia Chaudhry, one of five recently announced 2020 postdoctoral fellows at The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, will be collaborating with Joaquín Rodríguez-Lopéz, an associate professor of chemistry and the Ray and Beverly Mentzer Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.