Professor Rohit Bhargava's team at the Beckman Institute has developed new techniques that improve the noise associated with nanoscale chemical imaging using atomic force microscopy. The improvements will increase the versatility and precision of the instrument.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Professor Prashant Jain receives special recognition in promotion to full professor and is named to Alumni Scholar position in the Department of Chemistry.
- 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.
- 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.
- Graduate student Marina Philip is the recipient of an American Association of the Advancement of Science Fellowship that will allow her to write about scientific issues for The Las Vegas Review-Journal in Nevada this summer.
- 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.
- The Bhargava group has recently obtained a grant to collaborate with researchers at IIT-Delhi, a leading technology-focused educational institution in India.
- A world traveler, photographer and musician, Nick Pino’s dream is to live in the big city, but it was the human connections that drew him to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to earn his PhD in chemistry, and it is those same personal connections that he says make this department unique.
- 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.