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From the Chemistry Department

Shabbir and Roberts Receive Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Lecturer Shagufta Shabbir and Assistant Professor Sean Roberts, recipients of College of Natural Sciences 2017 Teaching Excellence Awards. This award recognizes faculty who have had a positive influence on the educational experience of our students. 

Graeme Henkelman's 2017 Peter O’Donnell Distinguished Research Award Recognizes Innovative Battery Research

Source: The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES)The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) Graeme Henkelman is a hidden asset in building better batteries--for cars, cell phones, and all manner of energy-saving devices. Henkelman, who leads the Center for Computational Molecular Sciences, and is a pr...

Krische Catalysis Research to Appear in Science

Professor Michael J. Krische and coworkers have developed a ruthenium catalyst that enables insertion of saturated C-H bonds of adjacent diol carbon atoms into C-C σ-bonds to form products of cycloaddition. These processes merge C-H and C-C bond activation, enabling convergent assembly of structural motifs evident in type II polyketides, broadening...

Chemists Create First Bicyclic Aromatic Compound

An international team of researchers including UT Austin chemist Jonathan Sessler has created the first compound that exhibits bicyclic aromaticity in its ground state. These types of compounds had been theorized decades ago but had remained elusive until now. The authors speculate that these compounds “may have a role to play in extending the fron...

Chemistry Library Moves Out for Welch Hall Renovation

Question:  How do you move a library collection of over 70,000 volumes?  Answer:  With lots of careful planning and lots of muscle power.  The Mallet Chemistry Library, founded by UT’s first chemistry professor and faculty chairman John Mallet in 1883, has occupied its current space in Welch Hall since a 1978 building expansion....

Willson Receives the Billy & Claude R. Hocott Research Award

Source: http://che.utexas.edu/2017/05/19/willson-receives-the-billy-claude-r-hocott-research-award/ Dr. Grant Willson has been awarded the Billy & Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award by the Cockrell School of Engineering. The award honors faculty members who have brought s...

Eberlin Named Science Super Hero

Assistant Professor Livia Eberlin has been named a Science Super Hero by Discovery Communications. Each month, Discovery awards those who use science to make a difference in their communities. Science Super Heroes are featured on the Science Channel the first Thursday of the month.

Brodbelt Receives 2017 ANACHEM Award

  Professor Jennifer Brodbelt is the recipient of the 2017 ANACHEM Award. The ANACHEM Award was established in 1953 and is presented annually to an outstanding analytical chemist based on activities in teaching, research, administration or other activity which has advanced the art and science of the field.  As the winner, s...

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...