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From the Chemistry Department

Rose Receives Ed Stiefel Young Investigator Award

Assistant Professor Michael Rose is the recipient of the Ed Stiefel Young Investigator Award and corresponding named lecture presented at the Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference (MIB-GRC). The MIB-GRC is the pre-eminent arena for high-profile research in bio-inorganic chemistry. The award honors the memory of Dr. Ed Sti...

Que Research Featured in Discover Magazine's Top Stories of 2016

Emily Que's postdoctoral research at Northwestern University is featured at number 47 in Discover Magazine's 100 Top Stories of 2016.  Zinc Spark   In 2014, Que's postdoctoral research with Professors Tom O'Halloran and Teresa Woodruff focused on imaging and quantifying zinc in mouse eggs during fer...

Baiz Receives CNS Catalyst Grant

Assistant Professor Carlos Baiz and Professor Richard Aldrich (Department of Neuroscience) are recipients of the CNS Catalyst Grant for their project, "Investigating Protein Conformational Dynamics with IR Spectroscopy."  The purpose of this project is to study protein conformational changes induced by ion binding. Ultrafast 2D IR spectroscopy...

Chemistry Graduate Students Win First and Third Place in P&G Poster Competition

Congratulations to graduate students Marta Sans and Igor Kolesnichenko, winners in the 2016 P&G Poster Competition. Marta Sans and her winning posterMarta (Eberlin Group) placed first and will receive $1,000 and a trophy for her poster, “Molecular markers of serous ovarian cancer aggressiveness and surgical outcome by ambient ionization mass sp...

Eberlin Research Published in Cancer Research

Livia Eberlin's research group recently published a paper in the journal Cancer Research.  The manuscript describes the unprecedented discovery of a diagnostic lipid signature of oncocytic thyroid tumors characterized by an aberrant abundance and diversity of cardiolipin molecules, including several oxidized species. The authors show that bot...

Stellar Student Spotlight: Linh Dinh-Nguyen

Linh Dinh-Nguyen is a senior in the Department of Chemistry and a member of the Practical Molecular Sensors Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) stream.  What influenced your decision to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study chemistry? I chose to attend UT because of the vast amount of research opportunities offered to undergr...

Click and Declick of Amine and Thiol Coupling Reaction

  (Phys.org)—A group of researchers from the University of Texas have developed a sequential, two-step amine and thiol coupling reaction via click chemistry using a derivative of Meldrum's acid. This reaction is reversible using what the authors term a "declick" reaction, and the original amine and thiol can be retrieved. Their work appears in...

Stephen Martin Receives 2017 ACS Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products

Professor Stephen Martin is the recipient of the 2017 ACS Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products, sponsored by Givaudan. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding achievements in the analysis, structure elucidation, and chemical synthesis of natural products. The award consists of $6,000, a medallion, a...

Sean Roberts Receives ACS Collaborative Opportunities Grant

Assistant Professor Sean Roberts is a 2016 recipient of the Collaborative Opportunities Grant from the American Chemical Society. The Collaborative Opportunities Grant, awarded to Dr. Roberts and his collaborator Dr. Shawn Amorde at Austin Community College, provides startup funds for a new undergraduate rese...

Stephen Martin Receives Grant for Alzheimer's Disease Research

The BrightFocus Foundation has awarded a $185,020 grant to Professor Stephen Martin for his research to identify a new drug lead for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, through a mode of action different from currently available therapies.  BrightFocus, a Maryland-based nonprofit that funds research worldwide and provides public awareness fo...

Eric Anslyn Receives MSMLG 2016 Czarnik Award

  Congratulations to Professor Eric Anslyn, recipient of the 2016 Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic gates (MSMLG) Czarnik Award. The 5th Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates (MSMLG) symposium will be held in Bath, England as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the University of Bath. Anslyn will del...

Mass Spec Facility's Research Appears in Nature Communications

The Mass Spectrometry Facility, in collaboration with the Meeks lab at UT Southwestern Medical Center, recently published a paper in Nature Communications. “Faecal bile acids are natural ligands of the mouse accessory olfactory system”    The paper indicates that bile acids may be mammalian pheromones. Electrophysiological recording...

Livia Eberlin Receives Grant from CPRIT

  Assistant Professor Livia Eberlin is a recipient of a $200,000 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). This new grant will support Dr. Eberlin's laboratory effort in developing advanced mass spectrometry technologies for preoperative molecular diagnosis of cancer. This particular project is b...

NMR Facility Receives Grant From NIH

The Department of Chemistry Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility was awarded a $529,000 Shared Instrumentation Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new instrument is a much needed replacement of a 20-year-old system currently in place. An additional $72,455 was added to the grant by the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and ...

Council of Graduate Chemists Hosts Mock Interview Marathon

On December 10th, 2015, the Council of Graduate Chemists (CGC) hosted a series of mock interviews for industry jobs, allowing graduate students to receive one-on-one interview practice and critical feedback. Thirty-three students each spent thirty minutes interviewing with an industry volunteer, whose valuable feedback stemmed from years of hiring ...

News from the Mallet Library

Libraries everywhere are evolving, and Mallet is no exception. As part of the ongoing partnership between the University Libraries and the College of Natural Sciences, the former WEL Computer Lab was closed at the end of the spring semester in 2015, and 20 of its workstations were moved across the hall into the Chemistry Library during the summer.&...

Stellar Student Spotlight: Amanda Oakley

Amanda Oakley is a sophomore in the Department of Chemistry and a member of the Peer Learning Assistant program.   I fell in love with chemistry in seventh grade when my science teacher lit metal salts on fire to show us the different colors. From there my interest grew in high school, especially after I finished AP chemistry and I realized h...

Two Chemistry Students Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships

The National Science Foundation has announced that they will be awarding 28 prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships to University of Texas at Austin students, including two from the Department of Chemistry - graduate student James Daniel​ Sanders and undergraduate Danny Quang Thach. The annual fellowship ho...

Roberts Research Published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

A new article from the Roberts group has just appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. In their paper, members of the Roberts lab describe a new spectrometer that they have developed for measuring spectra produced by electronic sum frequency generation (ESFG). ESFG is a nonlinear process that preferentially occurs at surfaces and int...

Que Research Published in JACS

Emily Que's research group recently published a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  "Exploiting Copper Redox for 19F Magnetic Resonance-Based Detection of Cellular Hypoxia" This paper describes a new MRI contrast agent platform that utilizes a Cu(II)/Cu(I) redox switch to selectively detect hypoxic environments in cel...