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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

Physical Seminar: Prof. Ziad Ganim, Yale University

Professor Ziad Ganim

Mon, January 22, 2018 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Physical Seminar: "Photophysics and Quantum Emission Behavior of Carbon Nanotube Defect States"

Dr. Stephen K. Doorn

Mon, January 29, 2018 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Colloquia: "Antibiotic Adjuvants Based Upon Nitrogen Dense Marine Alkaloids"

Professor Christian Melander

Wed, February 07, 2018 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lander Aud. Hutchison Hall 140

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Organic Seminar: "Non-canonical Roles of Lipids in Different Cellular Processes"

Professor Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen

Fri, February 23, 2018 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Recent News

Humboldt Research Awards support professors’ collaborations in Germany

December 28, 2017

 William Jones of the Department of Chemistry, left, and Xi-Cheng Zhang of the Institute of Optics.Two University of Rochester faculty members—William Jones of the Department of Chemistry and Xi-Cheng Zhang of the Institute of Optics—have received prestigious Humboldt Research Awards. The awards will enable them to spend up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.


Chemist go 'back to the future' to untangle quantum dot mystery

December 12, 2017

ImageFor more than 30 years, researchers have been creating quantum dots—tiny, crystalline, nanoscale semiconductors with remarkable optical and electronic properties.


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.


Upcoming Departmental Events

Chemistry Department Diploma Ceremony 2018

Sun, May 20, 2018 • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Douglass Feldman Ballroom (2nd Floor)

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