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From the Chemistry Department

Former Faculty Colleague Evan Kyba Passes Away

It is with profound sadness that the family of Evan P. Kyba, Ph.D., announces his death on Sunday, September 15, 2019. After four years of major health challenges with cardiac and renal disease, Evan determined the game he fought so valiantly had run its course. He chose to forgo further medical treatment and to spend his last days with his devoted...

Kanchan Aggarwal Receives Safety-First Leadership Fellowship

Graduate student Kanchan Aggarwal is the recipient of the second annual Safety-First Leadership Fellowship awarded in the Department of Chemistry. Kanchan was selected based on her ambitious proposal where she will provide the leadership structure in expanding the role of the Chemistry Student Safety Organization (CSSO) by various safety initiative...

Martin Named Gund-Harrington Scholar

Stephen Martin, Professor of Chemistry and the M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Regents Chair in Chemistry, has been named the Gund-Harrington Scholar for 2019 by the Harrington Discovery Institute and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. This award is made annually through a competitive selection process to innovative scientists and physician-sci...

Sessler Receives Career Research Excellence Award

Professor Jonathan Sessler is the recipient of the 2019 Co-op Career Research Excellence Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research. The award recognizes a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained a superior research program across many years. The award is accompanied by a check in the amount of $10,000.

Sessler Named American Chemical Society Fellow

Professor Jonathan Sessler has been named a 2019 American Chemical Society Fellow. The fellows program began in 2008 to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society. Professor Sessler and the other 2019 Class of ACS Fellows will be honored at the society's national ...

Que Group Paper Featured in JACS Young Investigators Virtual Issue

  "19F PARASHIFT Probes for Magnetic Resonance Detection of H2O2 and Peroxidase Activity," published by the Emily Que lab, is featured in the Journal of the American Chemical Society Young Investigators Virtual Issue 2019. The issue highlights premier research by outstanding young investigators published in 2...

Center for Sustainable Separations of Metals Established

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.8M grant to establish the Center for Sustainable Separations of Metals (CSSM), which will be led by chemists from The University of Pennsylvania and involve collaboration with UT Austin professor Jonathan Sessler. With support from NSF’s Centers for Chemical Innovation Program, the Center, one o...

Page Receives Grant from Army Research Office

Assistant Professor Zachariah Page is the recipient of a grant for his research project, "Designing Wavelength-Specific Visible Light Photocurable Resins." While photocuring inherently offers attractive spatial and temporal characteristics, the ability to harness spectral resolution for color-coded chemistry remains elusive. Supported by ...

Seung Wook Kim Receives Korean American Society in Biotech and Pharmaceuticals Fellowship Award

Graduate student Seung Wook Kim of the Krische Group is the recipient of a 2019 Korean American Society in Biotech and Pharmaceuticals (KASBP) Spring Fellowship. Every year at their Spring and Fall Symposiums, the KASBP Fellowship Committee awards fellowships to outstanding young research scientists who made a stellar contr...

Henkelman named holder of the George W. Watt Centennial Professorship

Congratulations to Professor Graeme Henkelman on being named the holder of the George W. Watt Centennial Professorship. This professorship recognizes his outstanding performance in Chemistry and reflects unanimous appraisal of his excellent career trajectory. The George W. Watt Centennial Professorship was established by the Board of Rege...

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...