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From the Chemistry Department

Brent Iverson Inducted into UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

On April 23, 2013, Dr. Brent Iverson and 11 other outstanding educators were inducted into the inaugural UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The Academy will recognize educators who have demonstrated leadership in education and are committed to improving teaching across the UT System. Members of the Academy will serve as the System-level...

Grant Willson Receives Japan Prize

On April 24, 2013, C. Grant Willson, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, received the Japan Prize for his development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips in the world. The Japan Prize is an international award similar to the Nobel Prize.   The Presentation Ceremony is...

New faculty joining the department

The department is pleased to announce that Drs.  Emily Que and Sean Roberts will be joining the department in the 2013/2014 academic year.   Sean Roberts received his PhD from MIT under the supervision of Andrei Tokmakoff.  He went on to hold a postdoctoral position at the University of Southern California in the labs of Stephen Bradfor...

Michael Krische Receives Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship

Professor Michael Krische has received a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship to support a 2-week lecture tour in Japan. The JSPS fellowship program enables Japanese researchers to invite their foreign colleagues to Japan to participate in cooperative work and other academic activities.

Guangbin Dong named 2013 Searle Scholar

Dr. Guangbin Dong is one of the fifteen researchers in the chemical and biological sciences named as the 2013 Searle Scholars. Each recipient is awarded $300,000 to support their work during the next three years.   Since the program’s inception in 1980, five hundred and twelve (512) Searle Scholars have shared over $106,642,500 in grants. Th...

Faculty and staff win College of Natural Sciences awards

Dr. Simon Humphrey has been selected to receive a 2013 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. It is the intention of the Dean to increase awareness of excellent teachers and to promote quality teaching in the College of Natural science by recognizing faculty who has had a positive influence on the educational experience of our...

Eric Anslyn receives Izatt Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry

Professor Eric Anslyn has been selected to receive the Izatt Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry which is funded by IBC Advanced Technologies.  Dr. Anslyn will be presented with the award at the 8th annual International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry in Washington DC in July.

Call for nominations for Jeff Byers Memorial Graduate Award

The Jeff Byers Memorial Graduate Award in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is now accepting nominations. The award was created to recognize a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Chemical Engineering who exhibits academic excellence, integrity, a collaborative spirit, compassion towards others, and who passionatel...

Graduate student, Jon Moerdyk, invited to 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Jon Moerdyk, a graduate student in Professor Christopher Bielawski's research group, received an invitation to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Chemistry in Lindau, Germany this summer. As one of 625 undergraduate and graduate students from 78 countries, Jon will have the opportunity to listen to and interact with an out...

Stephen Martin Receives the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry Senior Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry

Professor Stephen Martin has been selected to receive the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry (ISHC) Senior Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry for 2013. This international award, which has been sponsored by Pfizer, recognizes significant impact on heterocyclic chemistry and is presented every two years at the biennial  meeting of the I...

Chris Bates wins Ben Streetman Prize

Congratulations to graduate student Chris Bates of the Willson Group on winning the Ben Streetman Prize. The award, a University-wide prize, is given each year for outstanding research by a graduate student in electronic and photonic materials and devices.  Former students of Dean Ben G. Streetman created the award in his honor.  Chris is the first...

Grant Willson Awarded Japan Prize

C. Grant Willson, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the Japan Prize, an international award similar to the Nobel Prize, for his development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips in the world.   He’s sharing the 50 million ...

UT Austin Chemistry Graduate Students Selected to be Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) for the 2014 Spring National ACS Meeting

Congratulations to Rebecca Anderson (Rossky group), Netz Arroyo (Bard group), Shawn Blumberg (Martin group), Victoria Cotham (Brodbelt group), Katharine Diehl (Anslyn group), and Alex Gade (Anslyn group). These six Chemistry graduate students have been selected as the Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) for the 2014 Spring Natio...

Allen Bard Receives National Medal of Science

Congratulations to Professor Allen Bard on receiving the National Medal of Science.     President Obama today named twelve eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and eleven extraordinary inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United S...

Guangbin Dong receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Dr. Guangbin Dong who has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.  His project is "SusChEM: CAREER: Ketone Alkylation Using Simple Olefins: A Sustainable Chemistry Approach," and will be funded over 5 years. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that ...

David Vanden Bout and Dmitrii Makarov Promoted

Congratulations to Drs. David Vanden Bout and Dmitrii Makarov on being promoted to full professors.

Jonathan Sessler wins Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Sessler who has been selected to receive the 2nd annual Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates Award.  The award will be presented at a symposium in Shanghai, China in 2013.

Grant Willson named co-Inventor of the Year

Congratulations to Professor Grant Willson who has been named co-Inventor of the Year by the University.  He was recognized with S.V. Sreenivasan, a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering.  Together, they developed nanoimprint lithography for manufacturing computer chips and electronic devices and founded a company, Molecular Imprints which n...

Research featured in Journal of Chemical Education marks National Chemistry Week

The 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week is being celebrated October 21–27, 2012 with the theme Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science. Work from UT-Austin in the Center For Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology (CNM) was highlighted on the cover of this month's Journal of Chemical Education. Dr. Dean Campbell, a Bradley Uni...

Chelikowsky wins the American Physical Society’s (APS) highest award in computational physics

ICES is pleased to announce Jim Chelikowsky, Professor of Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry and Director of the ICES Center for Computational Materials, has won the American Physical Society’s (APS) highest award in the field of computational physics, the Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics.   Cited for his "computa...