Chemistry Honors Convocation

Chemistry students were recognized for the academic and research accomplishments during the 2016 Chemistry Honors Convocation on April 8th, 2016.  This event is part of the University Honors Week.  Departmental award recipients were:

  • Outstanding General Chemistry Student:  Andrea Anger, Jake Coburn, Matt Comeau, Alexandra Huechteman, Patrick Jesup, Abigail Kappelman, Hanna Kim, Kaitlyn Wineberry, Emily Mandel, Tyler Morgan, Grace Siy, Jessica Thompson, Erin Washington
  • Outstanding Nursing Chemistry Student:  Thuy Truong
  • Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student:  Andrew Rice, Natalie Kidd, Benjamin McGowan, Connor Meyers, Caitlin Curtis
  • Outstanding Analytical Chemistry Student: Natalie Kidd
  • ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award:  Sarah Baudendistal
  • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Award:  Shanna Phillips
  • Outstanding Chemistry Undergraduate Student Award:  John Lundeen, Rachel Kress
  • Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Student Award:  Shuwen Yue
  • American Institute of Chemists Award:  Katie Kuykendall and Kindle Williams
  • Outstanding First Year Graduate Student Award:  Ariel Kelley
  • Outstanding Second Year Graduate Student Award:  Xiaoli Liang and Tabitha Sutch
  • Outstanding Third Year Graduate Student Award:  Hongda Cao
  • Outstanding Chemistry Dissertation Award:  Ashley Jolly
  • Outstanding Chemistry Dissertation Research Award:  Zhichao Shan
  • Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Student Award:  Garima Kumar

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Gamma Sigma Epsilon inducts 2016 class

The Delta Beta chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a national chemistry honorary society, inducted the 2016 class on April 7th.  Students majoring or minoring in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering are eligible for GSE after completing 14 credit hours of chemistry courses with a B+ average or better.

2016 inductees are:  Amira Abbas, Madison Brooks, Nicole Chambers, David Charles, Caroline Cunningham, Matthew Delaha, Kyle Furrow, Sara Guertin, Jackson Gunter, Sarah Howard, Addison Iszler, Natalie Kidd, Alexander Lalisan, Christopher Mayhugh, Scott McCormick, Tucker McMillen, Connor Meyers, Benjamin Michaels, Anna Parker, Daniel Patterson, Tinsley Roberson, Lara Scott, Alexander Shaver, Andrea Shull, Zachary Simmons, Melissa Uehling, Julie Weaver, Matthew Wilson

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Gupta receives Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Arunava Gupta, Distinguished Research Professor Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering, will receive the Burnum Distinguished Faculty award on April 20th.  The Burnum award recognizes outstanding UA faculty who have excelled in research and teaching at the Capstone.  Dr. Gupta is a world leading research in nanomaterials with applications in information data storage and energy storage.  Dr. Gupta will present the award lecture on April 20th at 4:30 PM at the Childhood Development Center.

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Congratulations December 2015 Graduates

The Department congratulates the students who received degrees in the December graduation ceremony.

  • BS Degree
    • Casey Dalton
    • Logan Ford
  • ACS-Certified Degree
    • Sarah Baudendistel
    • Jacob Owens
  • MS Degree
    • Savannah Reach
    • Preshus Robertson
  • PhD Degree
    • Kimberly Anderson, “The Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Chalcogenide-PEDOT: PSS PolymerComposites for Thermal Energy Conversion.”
      Advisor: Prof. Greg Szulczewski
    • Steven Kelley, “Isolation of Soft Donor Complexes of D- and F- Block Metals Using Ionic Liquids.”
      Advisor: Prof. Robin Rogers
    • Garima Kumar, “Investigation of Regulatory and Functional Diversity in an Enzyme Superfamily.”
      Advisor: Prof. Patrick Frantom
    • Alie Mallet, “Pattern-Based Recognition in Supramolecular Sensing Ensemble.”
      Advisor: Prof. Marco Bonizzoni
    • Carrie Jo Pruitt, “Gas Phase Ion Energetic Studies via Photoelectron Imaging and Energy Resolved Mass Spectrometry.”
      Advisor: Prof. Daniel Goebbert
    • Carl Saint-Louis, “Control of Molecular Geometries Using New Photo-Electro-Switchable Azobenzenes.”
      Advisor: Prof. Silas Blackstock

 

Frantom Selected for SEC Faculty Travel Program

Prof. Patrick Frantom has been selected as one of the participants in the SEC Faculty Travel Program for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Prof. Frantom will travel to the University of South Carolina to present a seminar on his research.  He will also lead a symposium on hydrogen-deuterium exchange (HDX) mass spectrometry for the faculty and students in the USC Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Prof. Arduengo reports synthesis of complex compounds from wood-based materials

Collaborative research from Prof. Anthony Arduengo and Prof. Til Opatz (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) on the synthesis of complex organic products in which all of the product carbons are derived from wood-based materials (xylochemicals).  The synthesis of ilicifoline was reported in Angewandte Chemie and was highlighted with the cover art work. The work has recently been highlighted by phys.org and Azocleantech.  Prof. Arduengo and Prof. Opatz’s research seeks to use renewable chemicals derived from wood products in place of chemicals derived from petroleum products. “Wood, a renewable resource that’s easily accessible, offers the opportunity to directly harvest a wide range of building blocks with diverse chemistries and structures that can then be used to build materials for the modern world,” according to Prof. Arduengo. “Just imagine a modern ‘oil boom’ or ‘gusher age’ that is not based on oil and petrochemicals, but rather the renewal resource of wood – a ‘Xylochemical’ revolution or boom.  Alabama, with its extensive well-managed forests, is center stage for this new technological and economic boom.”

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