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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. See our news archive for past stories.

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

PhD Defense: "Part I: Studies toward the Total Synthesis of (-)-Apoptolidin A; Part II: Bone Targeted Bis-phosphonate Conjugates with Releasable Payloads as Prodrugs for the Treatment of Bone Metabolic Diseases"

Lifeng Xiao

Tue, June 27, 2017 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Dr. Sidney Hill

Sidney Wilkerson-Hill

Wed, June 28, 2017 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hutchison Hall 473

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PhD Defense: "Part I. Studies Towards the Total Synthesis of (-)-Apoptolidin A Part II. Hydroxymethylation of Aldehydes and Its Application to (-)-Rasfonin"

Doug Tusch

Wed, July 12, 2017 • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
HH 473

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PhD Defense: "Electronic Structure and Reactivity in Iron-Catalyzed Carbon-Carbon Cross-Coupling Reactions and Dioxygen Reduction"

Jared Kneebone

Fri, July 21, 2017 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
109 Bausch & Lomb

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Professor Albert Stolow

Wed, October 18, 2017 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hutchison Hall 140, Lander Auditorium

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Recent News

Light emitting quantum dots could ease synthesis of novel compounds

May 29, 2017

At one time you could wander through the labs of pharmaceutical companies and hardly ever see light being used to mediate chemical reactions. Now “photoredox catalysis” has become an essential way to synthesize novel organic compounds.


Ignacio Franco Selected as Recipient of ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

May 17, 2017

franco-ignacioIgnacio Franco, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics, was awarded the ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for Fall 2017. The ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award program provides $1,000 to up to four outstanding tenure-track junior faculty members to present their work in COMP poster session at the Fall 2017, Washington DC ACS National Meeting. The Awards are designed to assist new faculty members in gaining visibility within the COMP community. Award certificates and $1,000 prizes will be presented at the COMP Poster session.


Jones Receives Royal Society of Chemistry Award

May 10, 2017

kara-brenWilliam Jones, the Charles F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry, will receive the 2017 Organometallic Chemistry Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for finding new methods for converting hydrocarbons into chemicals found in useful, everyday products. 


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