Dr. Shanlin Pan in cooperation with the Graduate School’s Strategic Partnerships Initiative has received a $1 million NSF grant to support an HBCU bridge program. The grant will support the participation of students from Stillman College, Fort Valley State University, and Jackson State University in research and classroom activities at The University of Alabama with the goal of enhancing the competitiveness of students from these HBCU program for graduate studies and careers in STEM fields. UA press release
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wenfang Sun to the department as the Robert Ramsay Chair in Chemistry. Dr. Sun comes to UA from North Dakota State University where she was most recently the Walter F. and Verna Gehrts Presidential Professor of Chemistry. She received her B.S. degree in 1990 from Wuhan University, China; and her Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the Institute of Photographic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1995. After serving as an assistant and then associate […]
An innovative form of hydrogen fuel researchers at The University of Alabama are developing could be used to support long-range, precision-fire missiles in protecting against potential threats to the United States. The U.S. Department of Defense is funding a four-year, $11 million research project to further develop a novel hydrogen fuel. Early work on the fuel shows promise to allow missiles to maintain high speeds during flight, potentially neutralizing enemy missiles bound for the U.S. before they cross over land. […]
Dr. Michael Curry, Associate Professor at Tuskegee University, has received the 2021 HBCU Pioneer Award from the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). The HBCU Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has spent a significant portion of their professional career at or in support of Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) and contributed to the advancement of science via broadening participation amongst under-represented groups in STEM. Dr. Curry’s research focuses on the development of bio-inspired innovative materials […]
Congratulations to Dr. Greg Robinson (PhD, 1984) who has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. Dr. Robinson earned his PhD under the direction of Prof. Jerry Atwood. He has been a faculty member at the University of Georgia since 1995 and is currently the UGA Foundation Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Robinson’s research focuses on understanding fundamental problems in the structure and bonding of organometallic compounds. He has been a […]
Dr. Martin Bakker and Dr. James Harris have received a $520,000 grant entitled: “spectroscopic and kinetic interrogation of organometallic complexes encapsulated in zeolites for gas-phase alkane oxidation catalysis,” from the National Science Foundation. The project seeks to understand the pathways by which phthalocyanines isolated into the cages of zeolites catalyze oxidation reactions.
The Provost has announced that Dr. Jack Dunkle will be promoted to associate professor with tenure effect on August 16, 2021. Dr. Dunkle’s group uses biochemical and structural biology tools to explore the role of RNA in expressing and regulating genetic information. Dr. Dunkle’s research has been supported by NIH.
Dr. Tim Snowden is part of team that has received an NIH R21 grant entitled, “A New Paradigm for HIV Treatment: Targeted Degradation of HIV Reverse Transcriptase via the Ubiquitin-Proteasome Pathway.” The $430,000 project is being led by Dr. Robert Reynolds at UAB, and includes co-investigators at UAB and the University Miami, in addition to UA. The project seeks to explore new molecules that will bind to and destroy the HIV Reverse Transcriptase enzyme. If successful, this technology will overcome […]
Dr. Ayanjeet Ghosh has received an early investigator Maximizing Investigator Research Award (MIRA, R35) from NIH. With the $1.8 million award, Dr. Ghosh will seek to understand how the misfolding and aggregation of amyloid proteins is related to pathogenesis in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Dr. Ghosh’s project will investigate the heterogeneities in protein secondary structure in amyloid aggregates both in-vitro and ex-vivo and identify their relationship with disease progression. Our approach relies on utilizing state-of-the-art nanoscale infrared […]
A paper published by Prof. David A. Dixon, the Robert Ramsay Chair, and his collaborators Dr. John Gibson (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and Prof. Kirk Peterson (Washington State University) entitled “Activation of water by pentavalent actinide dioxide cations: Characteristic curium reveal by a reactivity turn after americium” Inorg. Chem. 58 (2019) 14005 was recently highlighted by the Department of Energy. The joint experimental and theoretical work was aimed at understanding the gas-phase reaction of the actinide dioxide cations with water. […]