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From the Chemistry Department

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 chemi...

Adrian Keatinge-Clay, Lauren Webb, and Katherine Willets Promoted

Congratulations to Drs. Adrian Keatinge-Clay, Lauren Webb, and Katherine Willets on being promoted to associate professors and receiving tenure.

Simon Humphrey Featured on ACS Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry Podcast

Dr. Simon Humphrey was featured on an American Chemical Society Inorganic Chemistry virtual issue. The podcast was devoted to recent developments in synthetic inorganic chemistry by 17 young investigators whose research is leading the field in new and exciting directions and whose work has appeared in Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of the American Ch...

Ron Elber elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Ron Elber was one of three UT faculty members elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS fellows are chosen annually by their peers to recognize their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Dr. Elber was recognized for his groundbreaking work on...

Cynthia LaBrake Receives President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Cynthia LaBrake has been selected as a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award winner. This $5,000 award recognizes excellence in undergraduate education in the core curriculum. Congratulations, Dr. LaBrake!

Michael Rose Awarded Funding For Outreach Program

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has funded Professor Michael Rose to develop and expand an outreach program called "H2 from H2O: A Water-Splitting Outreach Kit for High School Chemistry Students." The program is designed to bring hands-on laboratory experience to local and regional high school chemistry classrooms, and to raise awareness a...

Chemistry Faculty Judge Siemens Competition

On October 9th, 2013, professors in the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin participated in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Dr. Grant Willson was the keynote speaker for the event, Dr. Brad Holliday was the lead judge, and Dr. Michael Rose participated in the judges' panel.   The Siemens Competition is the nation’...

Students Awarded at Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium

A group of UT Chemistry and Freshmen Research Initiative (FRI) undergraduate students gave research presentations at the Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium held at Rice University on October 25-26. The symposium  provides students an opportunity to interact with distinguished faculty and win prizes for outstanding presentations.   S...

Jonathan Sessler Receives 2013 ACS Southwest Regional Award

Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Sessler for receiving the 2013 American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Award. The award recognizes a person who, during a period of residence in the Southwest Region of the ACS, has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of chemistry, chemical engineering, chemical education, either pure or a...

David Vanden Bout Named 2013 Provost’s Teaching Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. David Vanden Bout on being named a 2013 Provost's Teaching Fellow. The Provost’s Teaching Fellows program is designed to strengthen faculty participation and governance in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), enhance faculty collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and support specific faculty...

Christopher Bates wins DSM Science and Technology Award Americas 2013

Congratulations to Christopher Bates, a graduate student in the Willson Group, on receiving the DSM Science and Technology Award, Americas 2013. The DSM Science and Technology Awards are part of the DSM Bright Science Awards program. They seek to recognize and reward outstanding young researchers for innovative research with clear application pot...

3-D Printing Used to Confine Bacteria

  Researchers at UT Austin are using 3-D printing to build microscopic cages that contain bacteria and to study how this bacteria interacts and develops infections in humans.   The scientists, including Department of Chemistry professor Jason Shear, utilize 3-D printing technology to construct protein homes for bacteria in gelatin. Thi...

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 ...

Ben Liu named Arthur C. Cope Scholar

Professor Ben Liu has been named as the 2014 recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholars Award sponsored by the Arthur C. Cope Fund.  Ben will be presented with the award at the Society’s 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX next March.   Additional information on the award can be found here.

Chemistry Department Aims to Improve Diversity with $2.7 Million Grant

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences has received two grants, totaling more than $2.5 million, to help recruit, retain and support graduate and post-doctoral students from groups that are under-represented in the sciences.   The grants, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,...

Simon Humphrey named a 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award winner

Congratulations to Dr. Simon Humphrey on being named a 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award winner.   The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health UT System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in unde...

Jonathan Moerdyk Profiled in Scientific American

Graduate student Jonathan Moerdyk, of the Bielawski Group, has been profiled in Scientific American as part of their 30 Under 30 series. The series highlights young attendees of the 2013 Nobel Laureate Meeting who represent the future of chemistry. Congratulations to Jonathan on this recognition.

Siegel Group's New Method for Arene Hydroxylation Reported in Nature

The Siegel Group's new method of arene hydroxylation has been reported in the journal Nature.   Phthaloyl peroxide, in the absence of other reagents, enables the conversion of aromatic hydrocarbons to phenols even if the substrates possess functionality that are incompatible with oxidizing conditions. This method provides a novel and dire...

Eric Anslyn Receives 2013 Edward Leete Award

Professor Eric Anslyn has received the Edward Leete Award from the Organic Division of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching and research in Organic Chemistry. The award is named in honor of Edward Leete who, through his contributions to science and education, fostered an appreciation and love ...

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 ...