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From the Chemistry Department

Guangbin Dong wins Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Professor Guangbin Dong has been awarded a 2012 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associate Universities.  The Powe Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of ...

Eight Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergrads Receive Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarships

Congratulations to Wenrui Chai, Leslie Chang, Ricardo Garza Jr., Bruce Kuan-Yee Hua, Ryan Lannan, Hyunwoo Lee, Naveen Mehta, and Tyler West on receiving 2012-2013 Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarships (UEPS). The UEPS program was created in 1973 to make available substantial scholarships for outstanding students at The University o...

Dio Siegel awarded NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Dr. Dio Siegel on receiving the NSF CAREER Award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education a...

Alan Cowley receives 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Manchester

Congratulations to Professor Alan Cowley for receiving the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Manchester. Outstanding Alumni Awards are given to former students who have achieved distinction within their profession, have provided exemplary service to the University, or have made an outstanding contribution of a personal human...

Faculty and staff win College of Natural Sciences awards

Professor David Hoffman has been selected to receive a 2012 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award.  The Teaching Excellence Awards were established by Dean Mary Ann Rankin to increase recognition of the college's many exceptional faculty who are committed to teaching at either the undergraduate or graduate ...

John Brantley awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

John Brantley, a second year student in the Bielawski Group has been awarded a 2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US inst...

Christopher Bielawski Receives 2012 Journal of Polymer Science Award

Congratulations to Professor Christopher Bielawski on winning the 2012 Journal of Polymer Science Award. The Journal of Polymer Science Innovation award was established in 2012 to celebrate significant research innovation and achievement in a polymer scientist under 40. In recognition of the award winner, a symposium is hosted in association wit...

Graduate student, Cory Nelson, invited to 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Cory Nelson, a graduate student in Professor Xiaoyang Zhu’s research group, received an invitation from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to attend the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Physics in Lindau, Germany. This summer, more than 25 Nobel Laureates and 550 young researchers from across the globe will meet to excha...

Professor Lauren Webb Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are pleased to announce that Professor Lauren Webb has been awarded a 2012 Sloan Research Fellowship.  Professor Webb is one of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers selected as recipients for 2012.  Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to ea...

Four graduate students receive prestigious Graduate Continuing Fellowship awards

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is proud to announce that four of our graduate students received prestigious Graduate Continuing Fellowship awards for the 2011-2012 academic year.  The competition involves over 240 nominations from across campus, with most programs limited to nominating just three of their best students. Only about 100...

Ellington receives $1.6 million grant to develop test for drug-resistant tuberculosis

Professor Andy Ellington has received a $1.6 million grant through the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative to develop a paper-based test for drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).  The goal is to develop a system for rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant TB in areas that lack the appropriate infrastructure, such as parts of Afghanistan and Africa...

Paul McCord promoted

Congratulations to Paul McCord who has been promoted to Senior Lecturer.  Dr. McCord joined the department as a lecturer in 1994 after receiving his PhD under the supervision of Allen Bard.  In 2009, he won a Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Award.

Professors Iverson and Marcotte named AAAS Fellows

Professors Brent Iverson and Edward Marcotte have been named Fellows of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).   AAAS fellows are chosen annually by their peers to recognize their scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.  They will be recognized for their contributions to science and tech...

Five Department Faculty Issued Patents in 2011

Five Chemistry and Biochemistry department faculty were issued United States patents in 2011 and were honored recently at the inaugural UT Austin Inventor of the Year award ceremony, sponsored by the UT Office of Technology Commercialization.  Brad Holliday, Alan Cowley, and Richard Jones were each inventors on a US patent titled, "Polymer-nan...

Biochemistry Student, Diya Liu, Wins Marie Claire Front Row College Challenge

Congratulations to Biochemistry student Diya Liu on winning the Marie Clair Front Row College Challenge! We are very proud of her achievement. Diya Liu. In addition to putting on a runway show sponsored by Marie Claire and LOFT  at the Mohawk in November, Diya will have the opportunity to intern in NYC this summer.     http://www.youtu...

Professor Xiaoyang Zhu elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society

Professor Xiaoyang Zhu has been elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for his "pioneering investigations of surface molecular structure, electronic band alignment, and femtosecond electron and nuclear dynamics at molecule-solid interfaces, including applications to surface photochemistry, molecular electronics, and solar energy...

Biochemistry Student, Diya Liu, Finalist in Marie Claire Front Row College Challenge

Congratulations to Diya Liu, a Biochemistry senior, on being selected as a finalist in the Marie Claire Front Row College Challenge. Diya is one of four finalists chosen to compete for an internships with Marie Claire and Loft. Click here for more information. Diya will be producing a fashion show at the Mohawk on November 17th.

Bard and Meyers awarded GCEP grant for Redox Flow Battery Research

Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project has awarded $3.5 million to five universities to develop new technologies that improve energy storage on the grid. Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) is awarding $3.5 million to researchers at five universities to develop new technologies that could dramatically improve e...

Marvin Hackert Elected to the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography

Congratulations to Marvin Hackert on his election to a 6-year term on the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). "The IUCr is an International Scientific Union. Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in crystallography and to contribute to all aspects of crystallography, to promote international p...

Professors Iverson and Stanton Win 2011 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

The Board of Regents of the UT System has selected Chemistry and Biochemistry professors Brent Iverson and John Stanton to receive the 2011 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.   Offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine University of Texas System academic institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom perfor...