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Council of Graduate Chemist hosts successful fundraiser for Central Texas Food Bank

The Council of Graduate Chemists (CGC) hosted a holiday fundraising event for the Central Texas Food Bank in December, and met their fundraising goal of $3000. Top contributing groups for this event were the Webb Group, Rose Group, and Brodbelt Group. A big thank you from CGC to all who donated and boosted their fundraiser to support those in need ...

Alumna M. Katharine Holloway Receives ACS Award for Computers in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Research

Alumna M. Katharine Holloway has received the American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Research, sponsored by the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry. This award recognizes and encourages the use of computers in the advancement of the chemical and biological sciences. Dr. Holloway received her PhD ...

Sessler's Work Featured in C&ENews Molecule of the Year

Professor Jonathan Sessler's work is recognized by C&ENews in their eagerly-anticipated 2020 Molecule of the Year competition. If you see this gigantic 2-D metallo-supramolecular assembly flying your way, be sure to duck.  

Eli Ortiz Receives NIH Fellowship

Graduate student Eli Ortiz is the recipient of a 2-year NIH diversity predoctoral fellowship to conduct research pertaining to the synthesis of anti-viral polyketide natural products with activity against coronavirus in the laboratory of Professor Michael J. Krische.

Zachariah Page Receives Grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Assistant Professor Zachariah Page is a recipient of an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) grant awarded through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young invest...

Diego Granados Receives GCURS Outstanding Presentation in Green Chemistry Award

Undergraduate Diego Granados of the Krische Group recently participated in the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (GCURS) hosted annually by Rice University. Diego's talk titled, "Enantioselective Conversion of Ethanol, a Renewable C2-Feedstock, to Higher Branched Alcohols via Iridium-Catalyzed Hydrogen Transfer" received the award fo...

Nancy Huynh Participating in Pfizer Organic Chemistry Symposium

Graduate student Nancy Huynh of the Krische Group has been invited to participate in the Pfizer Organic Chemistry Symposium on Tuesday, November 10th. Nancy's research talk is titled, "Enantioselective Ruthenium-Catalyzed Benzocyclobutenone-Ketol Cycloaddition & Progress Towards the Total Synthesis of Arenimycin A" and is summarized b...

Join the Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (IDEA) Task Force

Would you like to meet peers and work with faculty members within the Department of Chemistry advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusivity?  We would like to invite you to join the Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (IDEA) Task Force! This is an up and coming organization within the Department of Chemistry open for postdocs, graduate, and...

Rich Jones Retirement

At the end of the Spring 2020 semester, Professor Richard Atherley Jones formally retired from his position as Professor in the Department of Chemistry, marking the completion of a venerated 40 years of commitment to teaching and research. To mark this important milestone in Rich’s life, and to pay due tribute to his momentous impact on his student...

Chemistry Graduate Student Awards Showcase

Dear Colleagues and Friends, I am delighted to introduce the Chemistry Graduate Student Awards Showcase for 2020 to acknowledge and celebrate the major fellowships and awards received by our graduate students over the past few semesters. Please click on the link to review the extraordinary achievements of our graduate students. Congratulations to a...

Page Research Published in JACS

Recent interdisciplinary materials chemistry research efforts in the ZAP lab titled “Catalyst Halogenation Enables Rapid and Efficient Polymerizations with Visible to Far-Red Light” has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. In this paper, Page and coworkers developed highly reactive visible to far-red light driven cat...

Jonathan Sessler Receives Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry

Professor Jonathan Sessler is the 2021 recipient of the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, sponsored by the Ronald Breslow Award Endowment. The award, administered by the American Chemical Society, recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of biomimetic chemistry. Sessler will be honored at an award...

Professor Emeritus Alan Cowley Has Passed Away

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/austin-tx/alan-cowley-9296880 Professor Emeritus Alan Herbert Cowley was born in Manchester, UK, on January 29, 1934 to Dora Smalley Cowley and Herbert Cowley. He passed away peacefully on August 2, 2020. He is survived by a wife, Deborah Cole and children Dr. Peter Cowley and Susan Cowley, daughter-in-la...
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Carlos Baiz and Sean Roberts Receive NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant

Sean Roberts and Carlos Baiz of UT Austin and James Batteas of Texas A&M University are recipients of a $1 million National Science Foundation grant through the Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI). They plan to build a new microscope that will be part of the UT MRSEC user facility. The microscope is designed to...

Que Research Published in JACS

Cover art by Gulshan Kishore and Kanchan Aggarwal Recent chemical biology research efforts in the Que lab have resulted in a publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society titled “Visible Light Mediated Bidirectional Control over Carbonic Anhydrase Activity in Cells and in Vivo Using Azobenzenesulfonamides.” In this pape...
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Alan Campion Retiring

The Department of Chemistry and the College of Natural Sciences will be saying farewell to Professor Alan Campion after a remarkable 40 years of dedicated teaching, service, and research at UT Austin. After completing his graduate studies at UCLA and postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley, Alan came to UT as a Professor in 1979 and has been in our depart...
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Alumna Olja Simoska Receives Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship

The American Chemical Society has awarded the Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship to alumna Olja Simoska. Olja received her PhD from UT Austin in 2019, under the supervision of Keith Stevenson and Jason Shear. She is currently a postdoc in Shelley D. Minteer's group at the University of Utah. For her Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral ...

Advancing Diversity and Inclusivity in the Department of Chemistry

We, as a department, strive to create a community that embraces diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of education, research, service, outreach, and mentoring. We are reeling from the recent events that have shaken our nation. In addition, we emphatically renounce the perspective conveyed in a recent article in Angewandte Chemie that disparaged ...

Collection Published in Honor of Eric Anslyn

In honor of Professor Eric Anslyn's 60th birthday, ChemComm (Chemical Communications) published a collection of articles titled, "The Mechanics of Supramolecular Chemistry." The collection was edited by Professor Tony James, Professor Jonathan Sessler and Professor Bruce Gibb.  
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Scientific Glassblower Adam Kennedy Featured in The Alcalde

Department of Chemistry scientific glassblower Adam Kennedy is featured in The Alcalde article "Glass Bender." Kennedy is UT Austin's only scientific glassblower.  Photo by Matt Wright-Steel 
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