During the week of May 13-17, the Department of Chemistry Joint Safety Team (JST) and Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Advisory Committee (DCGSAC) co-hosted the 3rd Annual Safety Week.
- Prashant Jain & Sungju Yu have successfully used artificial photosynthesis to transform carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuelsChemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through artificial photosynthesis.
- Philip Kocheril, a student in the Zimmerman group, was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years in recognition for his potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.
- Elizabeth Murphy received the Susan Teegarden Morrison Leadership Scholarship from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs based on her roles as secretary and outreach chair in the American Chemical Society Student Chapter.
- A fortuitous conversation between two University of Illinois scientists has opened a new line of communication between biomedical researchers and the tissues they study. The new findings, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, show that high-intensity focused ultrasound waves can penetrate biological tissue to activate molecules able to perform specific tasks.
- The Urbana School District recognized the Cena y Ciencias program during their recent board meeting. The outreach program, of which Dr. Joaquín Rodríguez-López is a co-leader and active participant, gives children, grades K-5, an opportunity to participate in different science activities, led completely in Spanish, while sharing a meal. Thus the name Cena y Ciencias (Spanish for "Supper and Science").
- Professor Prashant Jain will receive the Beilby Medal and Prize "in recognition of substantial work of exceptional practical significance" in materials science.
- The Illini Success initiative, a campus-wide effort to gather career-related information about recently graduated bachelor’s degree recipients, studies alumni within six months of graduation.
- Three chemists rank among the world's most influential on the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers ListNine faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.
- Name: Alayna Johnson. Year: Junior. Hometown: Minneapolis, MN. Why Illinois? I actually enrolled at Illinois because of its highly-rated physics program, but I quickly realized I was more suited for the chemistry curriculum; what I especially like is that chemistry majors take a different sequence of courses than chemistry minors and other students, so we're in smaller, more rigorous classes with equally passionate students. Chemistry at Illinois was certainly not my plan, but I really feel like it's exactly where I belong.
- Prof. Renske van der Veen is the recipient of a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering for 2018.
- Professor Rodríguez-López, analytical and materials chemistry, was listed in the most recent SN 10. The SN 10 is a list of the top 10 scientists to watch put out by Science News (Magazine of the Society for Science & the Public).
- The J. C. Jamieson award is given for outstanding achievement in the field of high pressure research. This year's award is unusual in that there was a tie and it is being awarded jointly to Will Bassett and Dominique Laniel.
- Name: Erin Nissen. Year: 3rd Year. Hometown: Colorado Springs. Why Illinois? I loved the people and research.
- CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Makers of cars, planes, buses – anything that needs strong, lightweight and heat resistant parts – are poised to benefit from a new manufacturing process that requires only a quick touch from a small heat source to send a cascading hardening wave through a polymer.