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The chemistry department’s research is regularly featured in journals, publications, and news outlets. In addition, our faculty consistently garner awards and recognitions for their work.   For more information, please see our news archive and annual department newsletter

Each semester the department also sponsors numerous events and seminars on chemistry-related topics. View our listing of departmental events and check out our seminar and colloquia schedule for this year’s presentations. These provide opportunities to learn about the latest research projects in chemistry while networking with fellow researchers, faculty, and students.

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Upcoming Speakers

Colloquia: “Dynamics of Charge Separation in Donor-Acceptor Heterojunction Solar Cells”

Professor Jacques-E. Moser

Wed, November 08, 2017 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lander Auditorium, 140 Hutchison Hall

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Organic Seminar: "Small Molecule Drug Discovery: Transitioning from Industry to Academia"

Professor Robert Devita

Fri, November 10, 2017 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
473 Hutchison Hall

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Rothchild Lecture: "Activating Metal Sites for Biological Electron Transfer"

Professor Edward I. Solomon

Mon, November 13, 2017 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
473 Hutchison Hall

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Colloquia: “Hydrogen-Mediated C-C Bond Formation”

Professor Michael J. Krische

Wed, November 15, 2017 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lander Auditorium, 140 Hutchison Hall

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Physical Seminar: "Quantum photonics with van der Waals heterostructures"

Professor Nick Vamivakas

Mon, November 20, 2017 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
473 Hutchison Hall

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Recent News

Professor Fasan finds new means to "block" cancer cell growth

November 3, 2017

block for cancer growthFasan and coworkers have developed a new class of inhibitors against a notoriously challenging protein target implicated in the Hedgehog signaling pathway, one of the major cell signaling pathways found in human cells.  This work, entitled “Design and Evolution of a Macrocyclic Peptide Inhibitor of the Sonic Hedgehog/Patched Interaction”, was recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and soon after highlighted as a JACS Spotlight paper and in Chemical & Engineering News, the official magazine of the American Chemical Society, as well as shared by the UR Newscenter.


At 85, chemist Donald Batesky makes late-career discovery

October 25, 2017

Donald Batesky is pictured in the lab of chemistry professor Dan Weix.Back in 1959, early in his career as a Kodak chemist, Donald Batesky was lead author of a paper in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Now, at 85 years old and in his “third career” as a research associate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Rochester, Batesky is lead author of another paper in the journal—a “featured article,” no less, selected as an “editor’s choice,” and the seventh-most read article in the journal for the previous 12 months.


Robert Boeckman Honored as 50-Year Member at ACS Awards and Recognition Dinner

October 13, 2017

ACS 40, 50, 60 year RecognitionThe local Rochester section of the American Chemical Society honored 50, 60 and 70 year members at their awards and recognition dinner on Wednesday, October 11th.  Prof. Bob Boeckman and his wife, Dr. Mary Delton, were honored as 50-year members of the ACS.  Shown below are each honoree with Dr. Allison Campbell, current president of the ACS and research scientist from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. A big crowd of Rochester chemists came together to celebrate.


Upcoming Departmental Events

PBK Visiting Scholar: Victor Batista, "Converting Water into Fuel: Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis"

Thu, November 30, 2017 • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Goergen 101

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