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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

PhD Defense: Leah Frenette “Colloidal Quantum Dot Synthesis Mechanistic Studies, and Applications in Photocatalysis”

Thu, December 14, 2017 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Recent News

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.


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.


Upcoming Departmental Events

SYCAM Cluster Retreat

Fri, January 12, 2018 • 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM
Lodge in Buckland Park

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