ThruPore Technologies, a company started by Prof. Martin Bakker and Dr. Franchessa Sayler (PhD 2013), has received a $150,000 NSF grant to help commercialize technology developed by Prof. Bakker and Dr. Sayler. The grant will fund the development of new solid-supported catalysts for industrial processes. Prof. Kevin Shaughnessy is a co-PI on the grant and will direct the catalyst testing at UA.
Dr. Arunava Gupta will receive the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Medal at the CSRI meeting in February 2014. The CRSI medal is given to chemists of Indian origin working outside of India in recognition of the extensive contributions to chemical research.
Dr. David Dixon is leading an effort that has been awarded 250 million process hours at Oak Ridge National Lab and Argonne National Lab to carry out theoretical understanding of the processing and clean up of nuclear fuels.
Congratulations to the Chemistry students receiving degrees in the December Commencement ceremony.
Amy Grano PhD, advisor Dr. Martin Bakker
Virgil Jackson PhD, advisor Dr. David Dixon
Justin Kreil PhD, advisor Dr. Gregory Szulczewski
Harsimran Singh PhD, advisor Dr. Laura Busenlehner
Xueyu Zhang PhD, advisor Dr. Arunava Gupta
Ge Deng MS
Marcus Johnson MS
Sharifa Love MS
Bryce Morgan MS
Jue Wang MS
Xiao Wang ACS-certified BS
Alyshah Lakhani BS
Steven Kelley placed second in the UA Three-Minute Thesis competition. His talk entitled, ““A Study of Covalency in Actinides and Lanthanides using N-Donor Ionic Liquids” describes his dissertation research in Prof. Robin Rogers’s lab. Also competing in the finals were Greg Dye (Prof. Street) and Joseph Meany (Prof. Woski).
A paper co-authored by Prof. Laura Busenlehner entitled, “Escherichia coli SufE Sulfur Transfer Protein Modulates the SufS Cysteine Desulfurase through Allosteric Conformational Dynamics,” was selected as a “Paper of the Week” by the editors of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The paper describes work done in collaboration with Prof. Wayne Outten from the University of South Carolina. The Journal of Biological Chemistry is one of the top journals in the area of biochemistry and biological chemistry. Selection as a “Paper of the Week” places the paper in the top 50-100 papers of the over 6,000 published by the journal each year.
Gregory Dye, Joseph Meany, and Steven Kelley were selected as finalists in the University Three-Minute Thesis competition. They will compete in the finals on Wednesday 11/20 at 6:00 in 159 Russell Hall.
Congratulations to Dr. Mier An who was selected as one of three recipients of the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled “Inhibition of an E.coli Glycosylase, MutM, by Non-native Metals.” Dr. An’s dissertation will be considered for the University-wide Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Congratulations to Steven Kelley, Greg Dye, Joseph Meany, and Leah Block who were the top four finishers in the Chemistry Department 3 Minute Thesis Competition. They will represent the Department in the University-wide competition.
Steven Kelley (Rogers): A Study of Covalency in Actinides and Lanthanides using N-Donor Ionic Liquids
Greg Dye (Street): Nano-Crystals: Chemical Ordering at the Smallest Scale
Joseph Meany (Woski): Molecular Electronics- Beyond the Pocket Calculator
Leah Block (Rogers): Chitin Supports for Drug Release
The Department of Chemistry seeks to fill a position at the Assistant Professor rank in the area of Materials Chemistry to begin on August 16, 2014. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program and to have a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Commitment to excellence in both undergraduate, including Introductory Chemistry, and graduate teaching is required including mentoring both undergraduate and graduate research students. The area of research is open, but areas complementary to existing interdisciplinary programs at The University in alternative energy or sustainability are of particular interest. For more information