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From the Chemistry Department

Eberlin Receives AACC Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator Award

Assistant Professor Livia Eberlin is the recipient of the 2019 American Association for Clinical Chemistry Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator Award. This award recognizes the professional development of a young investigator who has shown outstanding scientific achievements in the field of clinical laboratory medicine e...

Thirumalai Receives the Hans Neurath Award

Professor Dave Thirumalai is the 2019 recipient of the Hans Neurath Award. The Hans Neurath Award honors individuals who have made a recent contribution of exceptional merit to basic protein research. Professor Thirumalai will be presented the award at the Protein Society's 33rd Annual Symposium in Seattle, Washington. 

Krische Receives Ta-Shue Chou Lectureship Award

Professor Michael J. Krische is the 2019 Ta-Shue Chou Lectureship Award administered by the Chinese Chemical Society (Taipei). This lectureship award has been designated as a mid-career award to honor an international recipient with great success in the broad field of research empowered by organic chemistry. A list of prior recipients is given belo...

Eberlin Receives ACS Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist

Assistant Professor Livia Eberlin is the recipient of the Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist from the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding contributions by a young analytical scientist. Eberlin will be presented...

Rose, Shear, Sparks and Walker Promoted

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Mike Rose, Ruth Shear, Stacy Sparks, and Deborah Walker have been promoted, effective September 1, 2019. Mike Rose has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Rose received his PhD in 2009 from the University of California, Santa Cruz (advisor: Professor Pradip Mascharak), followed b...

Melissa Meyerson and Jason Weeks Win Energy Week Poster Competition

Melissa Meyerson and Jason Weeks, both graduate students in the Mullins Lab, won first and second place in the Sustainability and Renewable Energy category of the UT Energy Week Poster Competition. This interdisciplinary poster competition promotes the development of energy research in the academic community and allows students to share their work ...

Juliette Strasser Receives Safety-First Leadership Fellowship

We are pleased to announce Juliette Strasser, a graduate student in the Crooks’ group, as the first recipient of the new Safety-First Leadership Fellowship. Juliette proposed the creation of a set of safety-themed slides that will be shown prior to each departmental seminar (one slide per seminar). A call for safety slides will be issued soon and p...

Eberlin Named Emerging Inventor of the Year

Assistant Professor Livia Eberlin is the Office of Technology Commercialization's Emerging Inventor of the Year. Her invention, the MasSpec Pen, is an automated and biocompatible handheld mass spectrometry device for rapid and non-destructive diagnosis of human cancer tissues.  Click here for the full article about the award.

Olja Simoska Attends International Conference of Young Scientists in Moscow

In September, graduate student Olja Simoska, member of the Shear research group (UT Austin) and the Stevenson research group (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology), attended the 3rd International Conference of Young Scientists in Moscow, Russia organized by the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Moscow State Univers...

Hiroki Sato Finalist for Bader Award

Hiroki Sato, graduate student in the Krische Group, was a 2018 finalist for the Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation. The Bader Award recognizes student chemists whose innovations have the potential to advance science today and spark progress well into the future. Sato, along this year's other finalists and grand prize awardee, pr...

Baiz and Que Receive Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Assistant Professors Carlos Baiz and Emily Que, recipients of the 2018 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes faculty who have had a positive influence on the educational experience of our students. The recipients were honored at last night's Teaching Discovery Dinner. 

Liu Receives Claude S. Hudson Award

Professor Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu is the 2019 recipient of the Claude S. Hudson Award presented by the American Chemical Society Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry. The Claude S. Hudson Award was established by the Division in 1946 to recognize outstanding contributions to carbohydrate chemistry in education, research, or applic...

Thirumalai Receives 2018 Oesper Award

Professor and Chair Dave Thirumalai is the recipient of the 2018 Oesper Award presented by the University of Cincinnati Department of Chemistry and the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes outstanding chemists for a lifetime of significant accomplishments in the field of chemistry with long lasting imp...

Martin Named American Chemical Society Fellow

Professor Stephen F. Martin has been named a 2018 American Chemical Society Fellow. The fellows program began in 2009 to recognize ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS. Professor Martin and the other 2018 Class of ACS Fellows will be honored at the society's national meeting in Augus...

Sessler Receives Thomas Dougherty Award for Excellence in Photodynamic Therapy

Professor Jonathan Sessler received the Thomas Dougherty Award for Excellence in Photodynamic Therapy at the 10th International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP-10) in Munich, Germany organized by the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP). The lifetime acheivement award was presented by Professors Dirk Guldi (Friedrich-...

Atmospheric Chemistry Models Missing Key Mechanism Related to Air Pollution, Says New Study

Atmospheric chemists have struggled for years to explain why our atmosphere has so much nitrous acid, a compound involved in the creation and removal of common air pollutants that impact human health. According to their computer simulations, there should only be about half as much nitrous acid as is actually measured in places like Beijing and Mexi...

ExxonMobil Hosts Graduate Students for Laboratory Safety Workshop

ExxonMobil’s Baytown Technology and Engineering Center recently hosted 80 graduate students from six universities for its annual Partners in Academic Laboratory Safety (PALS) Workshop. Now in its fifth year, the PALS program establishes mentoring relationships between ExxonMobil and faculty, staff and students from partner universities to enhance l...

Exploring Greener Approaches to Nitrogen Fixation

Chemistry professor Richard Crooks co-authored a review article in the May 25 edition of the journal Science, exploring more environmentally friendly ways to produce nitrogen-based fertilizers. About half of the nitrogen in our bodies today comes from bacteria via the enzyme nitrogenase, which converts, or “fixes,” unreactive nitrogen gas in the at...

Kami Hull and Zachariah Page Joining Department

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Drs. Kami Hull and Zachariah Page will join the University of Texas at Austin in the 2018/2019 academic year. Kami Hull received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan under the supervision of Melanie Sanford. She went on to be an NIH postdoctoral fellow in Barry M. Trost’s laboratory at St...

Olja Simoska Awarded ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate Fellowship

Graduate student Olja Simoska, member of the Keith Stevenson and Jason Shear research groups, is the recipient of an American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate Fellowship sponsored by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP). This competitive fellowship recognizes outstanding research ability ...