Professor Catherine J. Murphy becomes the first women to receive the American Chemical Society’s National Award in Inorganic Chemistry.
- The Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, McGuire is joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor where he will continue his research combining chemistry and astronomy.
- A documentary about Illinois chemistry alumnus St. Elmo Brady, the first African American to earn a PhD in chemistry in the United States, has garnered a Telly Award.
- A senior researcher with appointments in biomedical engineering, chemistry and cell and developmental biology at Northwestern University, Alumnus Milan Mrksich was serving as interim when he was officially named vice president of research on May 14, 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.
- 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.
- A nationally known, award-winning scientist and alumnus of the Department of Chemistry at Illinois, Milan Mrksich (BS, '88) is now Northwestern University's interim vice president for research.
- 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.
- The Vice President of Research, Development and Engineering at Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, recently visited the Department of Chemistry for the Alumni in Industry lecture and discussed how his company helps its customers conserve vital resources, like water, and explained the critical role chemistry plays in finding solutions.
- As an undergraduate in chemistry at the University of Illinois, Dr. Jeanne Hankett (BS, ’10, chemistry) found her drive for analytical chemistry working in the lab of Professor Andy Gewirth, doing investigative work on oxygen reduction reaction electrocatalysis in relation to fuel cell development.
- Atul K. Verma (PhD, ’96, Rauchfuss) was recognized at the Fall 2019 ACS National Meeting in San Diego with the ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award.
- Alumnus H. N. Cheng (PhD, ’74, Gutowsky) has been elected the 2020 American Chemical Society (ACS) President-Elect.
- The year 1980 was a turning point for LAS alum Peixin He (PhD ’85, chemistry).