News and Highlights

From the Chemistry Department

Mass Spec Facility's Research Appears in Nature Communications

The Mass Spectrometry Facility, in collaboration with the Meeks lab at UT Southwestern Medical Center, recently published a paper in Nature Communications. “Faecal bile acids are natural ligands of the mouse accessory olfactory system”    The paper indicates that bile acids may be mammalian pheromones. Electrophysiological recording...

Livia Eberlin Receives Grant from CPRIT

  Assistant Professor Livia Eberlin is a recipient of a $200,000 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). This new grant will support Dr. Eberlin's laboratory effort in developing advanced mass spectrometry technologies for preoperative molecular diagnosis of cancer. This particular project is b...

NMR Facility Receives Grant From NIH

The Department of Chemistry Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility was awarded a $529,000 Shared Instrumentation Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new instrument is a much needed replacement of a 20-year-old system currently in place. An additional $72,455 was added to the grant by the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and ...

Council of Graduate Chemists Hosts Mock Interview Marathon

On December 10th, 2015, the Council of Graduate Chemists (CGC) hosted a series of mock interviews for industry jobs, allowing graduate students to receive one-on-one interview practice and critical feedback. Thirty-three students each spent thirty minutes interviewing with an industry volunteer, whose valuable feedback stemmed from years of hiring ...

News from the Mallet Library

Libraries everywhere are evolving, and Mallet is no exception. As part of the ongoing partnership between the University Libraries and the College of Natural Sciences, the former WEL Computer Lab was closed at the end of the spring semester in 2015, and 20 of its workstations were moved across the hall into the Chemistry Library during the summer.&...

Stellar Student Spotlight: Amanda Oakley

Amanda Oakley is a sophomore in the Department of Chemistry and a member of the Peer Learning Assistant program.   I fell in love with chemistry in seventh grade when my science teacher lit metal salts on fire to show us the different colors. From there my interest grew in high school, especially after I finished AP chemistry and I realized h...

Two Chemistry Students Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships

The National Science Foundation has announced that they will be awarding 28 prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships to University of Texas at Austin students, including two from the Department of Chemistry - graduate student James Daniel​ Sanders and undergraduate Danny Quang Thach. The annual fellowship ho...

Roberts Research Published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

A new article from the Roberts group has just appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. In their paper, members of the Roberts lab describe a new spectrometer that they have developed for measuring spectra produced by electronic sum frequency generation (ESFG). ESFG is a nonlinear process that preferentially occurs at surfaces and int...

Que Research Published in JACS

Emily Que's research group recently published a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  "Exploiting Copper Redox for 19F Magnetic Resonance-Based Detection of Cellular Hypoxia" This paper describes a new MRI contrast agent platform that utilizes a Cu(II)/Cu(I) redox switch to selectively detect hypoxic environments in cel...

David Vanden Bout Receives President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Professor David Vanden Bout on receiving the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to being a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Vanden Bout is the CNS Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.     The President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award award was established in t...

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.   Martin receive...

Guangbin Dong Promoted

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Guangbin Dong has been promoted from Assistant Professor to Full Professor effective September 1, 2016. Professor Dong received his PhD in 2009 from Stanford and joined the Department in 2011.   Visit his group page to learn more about his research.

Simon Humphrey Promoted

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Simon Humphrey has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effective September 1, 2016. Professor Humphrey received his PhD in 2005 from the University of Cambridge followed by a postdoctoral fellow appointment at UC Berkeley.  He joined the Department in 2009. Visit his group page ...

Researchers Develop New Tool for Green Chemistry

Chemists from The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University have developed an environmentally friendly method for creating chemical structures with complex shapes like those found in living things. The results have implications for reducing toxic waste in chemical manufacturing and research, understanding basic biological processes a...

Dave Thirumalai to Chair Department of Chemistry

We are excited to announce that Professor Dave Thirumalai of the University of Maryland College Park has accepted the chairmanship of the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin. Thirumalai will join the Department in January 2016.   Thirumalai received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and was a postdoc at Columbia University.  In 198...

UT Austin Receives $4M to Develop Techniques for Brain Imaging & Manipulation

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin will receive three grants totaling $4 million to develop techniques for imaging and manipulating the activity of neurons in the brain, research that will help scientists explore the mechanisms of addiction, obesity, fear and many other brain states and disorders. The funding, provided by the National...

Zachary Kasun Awarded ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship

Graduate student Zachary Kasun of the Krische Group is a 2015-2016 recipient of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship. The Division of Organic Chemistry annually awards fellowships to outstanding third and fourth year graduate students in organic chemistry. The program has awarded more than 300 fellowships since 1981.   Z...

Alan Cowley Retirement Symposium and Banquet, October 2015

For the latest information regarding Alan Cowley's Retirement Symposium and Banquet, including the schedule of events and how to provide support, please visit the event's website. - September 21, 2015  

Grant Willson Honored for Excellence in Semiconductor Technology and Design Research

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in consultation with Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), today presented its University Research Award to professors from the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to semiconductor research.   Dr. Gra...

Welcome New Faculty - Carlos Baiz and Livia Eberlin

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to welcome our newest faculty members  - Drs.  Carlos Baiz and Livia Eberlin.   Carlos Baiz received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2011 after receiving his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Michigan Technological University in 2005. ...