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From the Chemistry Department

Richard M. Crooks Festschrift

To recognize Dick Crook's achievements in electrochemistry and his enthusiastic support of the electrochemistry community, four former students and colleagues organized a Special Collection published in ChemElectroChem on the occasion of a milestone birthday. Congratulations to Dick!

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...

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...

Crooks and Martin Receive Funding from Dell Medical School

Source   Professors Richard Crooks and Stephen Martin have received funding from the Dell Medical School, as part of the inaugural class in the Texas Health Catalyst program. The Texas Health Catalyst connects academic researchers with industry professionals so products can be refined early in the development process. &n...

Richard Crooks Awarded Faraday Medal

In recognition of very significant contributions to various areas of electrochemistry, Professor Richard Crooks has been invited to be the 2015 recipient of the Faraday Medal.   The Faraday Medal is currently awarded annually by the Electrochemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to an electrochemist working outside the UK in ...

Richard Crooks Receives 2014 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award

Congratulations to Professor Richard Crooks on receiving the Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award. The award recognizes significant contributions to the field of analytical chemistry including introduction of a significant technique, theory or instrument and providing exceptional training or a fertile environment for progress in analytical chemist...

Josephine Cunningham and Nicholas Brenes Receive NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to graduate students Josephine Cunningham and Nicholas Brenes, of the Crooks Group, on receiving fellowships through the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship Program, a program funded by NASA's Office of Education Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP).   The graduate fellowship seeks to support th...

Crooks Group Develops New Method of Seawater Desalination

A research team led by Professors Richard Crooks of The University of Texas at Austin and Ulrich Tallarek of the University of Marburg has developed a new method of seawater desalination which requires less energy than conventional techniques.   By applying a mere 3 volts to a plastic chip filled with seawater, the researchers were able to a...

Stephen Fosdick Wins William C. Powers Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to graduate student Stephen Fosdick of the Crooks group on winning the William C. Powers Graduate Fellowship. The William C. Powers Graduate Fellowship was established in 2009 by Dr. Steven Ungerleider (renowned sports psychologist and 1970 UT-Austin graduate) through the Foundation for Global Sports Development, an outreach and me...