Dr. Jared Mike, alum of the Jeffries-EL group, is featured in this month's edition of Chemical and Engineering News, He is currently at Texas A & M working with flexible batteries.
The Graduate and Professional Student Senate elected two Chemistry students to the posts of President and Vice President. Congratulations to Anna Prisicari, President Elect and Brian Tlach, Vice President Elect. News Release
The Vela group is featured in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
The Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors will perform three shows during VEISHA: Friday, April 19 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM in 1002 Gilman Hall. See the flyer for more information.
Researchers in Mark Gordon’s team have a most-cited article in The Journal of Chemical Physics.
Congratulations to Arthur Winter, who has received The Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. This award helps outstanding scientists and educators become tomorrow’s academic and scientific leaders by reinforcing faculty mentoring, communication, and a heightened appreciation for instruction in university science departments.
Tom Barton Elected ACS President
Iowa State University program gives chemistry experiences to economically disadvantaged Iowa high school students
Javier Vela finds a method to cut biofuel costs.
Levi Stanley has been named the next Caldwell Chair in Chemistry
Ed Yu and Ames Lab team study the structure of drug resistance in tuberculosis
Andreja Bakac and Ames Lab team crack long-standing Chemistry mystery
Malika Jeffries-EL pays it back
Jason Chen promotes undergraduate research
Miller named University Professor
Congratulations to Gordon Miller, who has been named a University Professor. This award is bestowed for exceptional contributions to the university. News Release
Nanoparticle could advance plant gene editing
ISU researchers are using nanoparticles to deliver proteins and DNA into plant cells. The technology could help develop crops that adapt to changing climates and resist pests. News Release
Pat Thiel named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society
Pat Thiel, Distinguished Professor in chemistry, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the Materials Research Society. Fellows are outstanding members of the society whose sustained and distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research are internationally recognized. News Release
Protein Society honors chemistry's Mei Hong with award
Mei Hong, professor of chemistry, is this year's co-recipient of the Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award, presented by the Protein Society. News Release
Sam Houk wins ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry award
Sam Houk, professor of chemistry, has received the 2012 Award in Spectrochemical Analysis by the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry. News Release
Jeffries-EL receives Rising Star award
Malika Jeffries-EL, assistant professor of chemistry, was named one of 10 winners of the Rising Star Award presented by the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society. News Release
Dr. Ramkrishna Adhikary (2011 Zaffarano Prize Winner)
Ramkrishna Adhikary, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry, received the Zaffarano Prize for 2011.
Malika Jeffries-EL, an Iowa State assistant professor of chemistry, is designing new organic polymer structures that conduct electricity and could be useful in solar cells, light-emitting diodes and thin-film transistors. News release.
2010-2011 Faculty and Graduate Student Awards
The Department of Chemistry's fall Convocation was held on Friday, August 26, 2011. Department chair William Jenks was the master of ceremonies and Professor Theresa Windus assisted. MORE...
Keith Woo of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory is looking for cleaner, greener and cheaper catalysts. Woo and his research group are turning to biology for some ideas. And they're developing high-throughput approaches to quickly test a reaction using up to a hundred trillion different catalysts. News release.
A research team led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is identifying the structure of pumps that allow bacteria to resist toxins. Their discoveries are published in the Feb. 24 issue of the journal Nature. News release.
Iowa State chemist Mei Hong uses NMR to study flu proteins in-depth to identify virus vulnerabilities. See the story from the National Science Foundation's Discoveries website. (Image: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation). NSF's Discovery
Patricia Thiel, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry at Iowa State University, has been named the next John D. Corbett Professor in Chemistry. More info...
AMES, Iowa - Nine researchers from Iowa State University - two of them are also affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory - have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). More info...
Mei Hong's studies of the flu virus have landed in Nature and Science, high-profile journals that regularly create science headlines across the globe. In both papers published this year, the Iowa State chemistry professor and associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory made important discoveries about the virus while demonstrating the capabilities of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to study the virus. more info...
Four Iowa State women were among 10 award winners at the Technology Association of Iowa's third annual Women of Innovation ceremony, held Nov. 11 in West Des Moines. More info...
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory scientists are studying a process called coarsening, a branch of surface chemistry that examines how objects of different sizes transform into fewer objects with larger average sizes. James Evans and Patricia Thiel say a better understanding of the process could improve the stability of nanoscale technologies. They describe the emerging field of study in the Oct. 29 issue of the journal Science. more info...
The 2010 DuPont Excellence Awards honor employees worldwide who have made extraordinary achievements in science, engineering, sustainable growth, and marketing and sales. Jerome Smith ('84 Corbett group) and three others of Electronics & Communications/Microcircuit Materials were selected to receive the Bolton/Carothers Innovative Science Award, which recognizes creative scientific invention or discovery that results in a recently commercialized new product, technology, or business generating significant revenue with the potential for sustainable earnings. They received the award for Fodel® Bus Electrode Technology for Plasma Display Panels, eliminating lead and the rare metal ruthenium in the black pigment/conductive paste electrode assembly for the panels. All of the 2010 DuPont Excellence Awards will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at The DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware.
Golden Key is a collegiate honor society that recognizes outstanding academic performance and high achieving individuals in all academic fields of study. Each year, five individuals are selected as Honorary Members due to their outstanding achievements at Iowa State University. Dr. Petrich.s selection was based on his commitment to higher education and his outstanding job in service to the Chemistry Department as well as the university.
Professor Theresa Windus has been invited to be a member of the JPC A/B/C Editorial Advisory Board. This is a three year appointment (2011-2014). The JPC Journal publishes high impact research in physical chemistry; atomic, molecular and chemical physics; and nanoscience and nanotechnology. Out of 121 journals in the Physical Chemistry category, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B ranks #1 in total citations with 107,337 total cites.
Chemists led by Mei Hong of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have discovered the shuttle mechanism that relays protons from a healthy cell into a flu virus. The proton movement is an important part of the flu virus life cycle. The findings are published in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Science. more info...
Jacob Petrich and his collaborators have discovered that the eyes of sheep infected with scrapie return an intense, almost-white glow when they're hit with blue light. That finding suggests technologies can be developed to quickly and noninvasively test for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and progressive and fatal neurological diseases such as mad cow disease. more info...
The National Research Council has released rankings of more than 5,000 doctoral programs across the United States and 50 programs at Iowa State University. Iowa State's programs in statistics, chemistry, agricultural sciences, physics, electrical engineering and economics earned high rankings. more info...
A research team led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has discovered the crystal structures of pumps that remove heavy metal toxins from bacteria, making them resistant to antibiotics. The findings are published in the Sept. 23 issue of the journal Nature. more info...
Iowa State University researchers have found a way to produce high-value chemicals such as ethylene glycol and propylene glycol from biomass rather than petroleum sources. more info...
The 2009-2010 faculty and graduate student awards were presented during the Chemistry Department's Convocation on August 27, 2010. Associate Department Chair Keith Woo was the master of ceremonies and Professor Theresa Windus assisted.
Two Iowa State University researchers discovered that a special set of sugars found on some disease-causing pathogens helps those pathogens fight the body's natural defenses as well as vaccines. This discovery may be a first step in understanding a disease family that includes tuberculosis for which there are currently no good vaccines or cures.
They will be honored at the American Chemical Society's fall national meeting in Boston later this month.
Kurt Brorsen, a grad student in the department of chemistry, was a member of the ISU based team that won the mixed division of the World Ultimate Club Championships in Prague, Czech Republic by beating a Canadian team by a score of 17-10 in the finals.
Mei Hong, Professor of Chemistry, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 International Council on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems Founders Medal. This award is given biennially to a young scientist who has made exceptional contributions to the development or progress of the field of magnetic resonance in biological systems.
Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers preparing for Blue Waters supercomputer
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers, left to right, Theresa Windus, Monica Lamm and Mark Gordon are working to scale up their computational chemistry tools for the Blue Waters supercomputer being developed at the University of Illinois and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Nicola Pohl receives the Horace S. Isbell Award
Nicola Pohl, professor of chemistry, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Horace S. Isbell Award from the American Chemical Society Carbohydrate Division. This award, to be presented at the fall ACS meeting, acknowledges excellence in and promise of continued quality of contribution to research in carbohydrate chemistry.
Congratulations to Sarah Cady, PhD 2009 and current post-doc in Professor Mei Hong's group, for winning the Karas Award. The Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation has been established to recognize excellence in doctoral research at Iowa State University. Each year the two winners of this award become Iowa State University's nominees to the national competition for the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/University Microfilms International (UMI) Distinguished Dissertation Award.
Victor Lin will hold the second John D. Corbett Professorship in chemistry at Iowa State.
Aaron Sadow, assistant professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, a prestigious award that supports non-tenured faculty.
The five-year award recognizes junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Patricia A. Thiel, distinguished professor of chemistry at Iowa State University and a senior chemist at Ames Laboratory, has been selected to a three year term as a member of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable (CSR). The CSR was established by the National Research Council (NRC) and its Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST). Its objectives are to facilitate enhanced understanding of issues in the chemical sciences and technologies that affect government, industry, academic, national laboratory, and nonprofit sectors, and the interactions among them; and to furnish a vehicle for education, exchange of information and discussion of issues and trends that affect the chemical sciences.
Aaron Sadow, assistant professor of chemistry, has been selected as a 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Sam Houk was invited to give the 2010 Werth Lectures at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN on January 21 and 22, 2010. His research lecture was: “Solving Scientific problems by Mass Spectrometry: From Elemental Analysis to 3D Structures of Proteins” and his career lecture was “Choosing a Career in Chemistry: Grad School, Job, Med/professional School?”
The Werth Lectures are done in honor of Dr. Richard G. Werth who began teaching at Concordia College in 1950. He was chosen in 1972 as an Outstanding Education of America for his civic and professional achievements. He retired in 1990 and passed away in 1993.
Patricia A. Thiel, distinguished professor of chemistry at Iowa State University and a senior chemist at Ames Laboratory wins the Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry.
Associate professor Edward Yu received an NIH R01 (a top 1% proposal) award for his proposal Metal ion export in bacteria. The award is $1.6 million for five years.
The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Distinguished Professor Rich Larock was awarded the 2009 Midwest Award at the Midwest Regional American Chemical Society meeting in Iowa City on October 22. This award was established by the St Louis Section in 1944 to publicly recognize outstanding achievements in chemistry in the Midwest region. The award is conferred annually on a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of pure or applied chemistry, chemical education, and the profession of chemistry. Congratulations Rich!
Ames ranks No. 3 on the latest "best college towns" list, created by the American Institute for Economic Research. The list is part of the institute's 2009-2010 College Destinations Index, which ranks university cities based on cultural amenities, student population, job and internship prospects and other academic, social and economic factors. Ames was ranked among college towns with under 250,000 residents. See the story at USA Today.
Convocation on Wednesday, September 2, 2009.
The full list of this year's winners can be found here.
Victor Lin, a professor of chemistry and program director of Chemical and Biological Sciences for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory; and George Kraus, professor of chemistry and director of Iowa State's Institute for Physical Research and Technology. They'll work with a Muscatine company, Grain Processing Corp., to develop a catalytic process that efficiently converts renewable feedstocks into a chemical precursor to a common industrial polymer. The process could reduce industry's reliance on fossil fuels and some hazardous chemicals.
Richard Larock, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and as associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Michael Kessler, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory. They're working with an Iowa company to develop resins based on corn, soy and other bio oils that can be used to manufacture fiberglass-reinforced products.
Nicola Pohl, an associate professor of chemistry. Pohl will work with LuCella Biosciences Inc. of Ames to advance a carbohydrate synthesis technology for biologists and pharmaceutical scientists. The technology can fabricate a custom-order, complex carbohydrate molecule in 24 hours; current technology requires six to 12 months for the same molecule at a cost that can be 10 times higher than the new technology.
Chemistry professor Gordon Miller has received the Cassling Family Faculty Award. The award honors an outstanding faculty member from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Gordon was awarded for his 18 years at Iowa State and his work on improving the student academic experience in Chemistry and other campuses in the state. He has also worked to improve safety in the lab and environmental responsibility and has increased opportunities for first-year undergraduates to become involved in research.
Congratulations to Mark Gordon, winner of the 2009 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research. This award is presented in recognition of the use of computers in the advancement of the chemical and biological sciences.
John Verkade and Victor Lin will receive awards at the 2008 University Convocation & Awards Ceremony.
Dr. Verkade will receive the Iowa State University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research and Victor Lin will receive the Iowa State University Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research.
The ceremony will take place on Monday, September 22 at 3:15 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Congratulations!!
Several members of the Chemistry faculty and staff will be honored at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall Convocation on Wednesday, September 3.
Congratulations to Alex Blom from the Hans Stauffer group for winning the 2008 Cotton Uphaus Award! The finalists were, from left to right: Wei Sun, (Ed Yeung group), Kaking Yan (Aaron Sadow group), Yongchao Su (Mei Hong group) and Alex Blom (Hans Stauffer group).
Mei Hong was recently honored as the first Corbett Professor in Chemistry. The Corbett Professorship in Chemistry was established by John Corbett, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, professor of Chemistry and senior chemist with the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory. Pictured are President Gregory Geoffrey, Mei Hong, John Corbett and Michael Whiteford, Dean of the College of LAS.
The Department of Chemistry joined forces with Colleges Against Cancer and the American Cancer Society by forming a team and participating in the second annual Relay for Life which was held April 13-14, 2007. Members of Team Cymole raised over $1,100 dollars for cancer research with the help of friends and family. Team Cymole was sponsored by the local ISU ACS Chapter. Team Cymole members pictured front row from left to right: Renee Harris, Erin Rockafellow, Chip Peeraphatdit, Melanie Heying, Crystal Su, Maggie (in Crystal's arms); back row from left to right: Robin Laskowski, Stacey Stoffregen, Heather Spangler, Theresa Windus, Sarah Cady, Carlene Enderson.
Professor John Verkade and his students discovered that when two fluoride additives a and b were used separately for the synthesis shown in the invited cover art, only poor yields of product were obtained. When they used a and b simultaneously, however, they acted synergistically for some as yet unknown reason, and provided excellent yields. Professor John Hartwig and his group at Yale University independently discovered the same as yet unexplainable phenomenon with a different pair of fluoride additives c and d.
Nicola Pohl, associate professor of chemistry, has been named the new Caldwell Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State.
A member of the Plant Sciences Institute, Pohl's laboratory is developing new tools to make carbohydrates and the proteins that build carbohydrate structures much easier to study.
She is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and has previously received a five-year, $510,000 Faculty Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation to pursue further understanding of carbohyrates.
She has been a member of the Iowa State faculty since 2000.
Thomas Greenbowe, professor of Chemistry, was named as the University Adviser of the Year at the LAS Fall Convocation September 11. Greenbowe has been an adviser to undergraduate chemistry majors since joining the faculty in 1990 as coordinator of general chemistry. He also serves as an adviser to all chemistry majors who express an interest in the possibility of high school teaching.
Drs. Gordon Miller and Joseph Burnett will be honored during the LAS Faculty/Staff Convocation on Wednesday, September 6.
For the second consecutive year, Iowa State University is ranked among the top U.S. universities by Washington Monthly magazine. Iowa State ranks 38th out of 245 national public and private universities. The ranking is based on three criteria: community service, research and commitment to educating lower-income students. Washington Monthly ranks Iowa State ahead of Northwestern, Princeton, Washington University, Michigan State, Purdue and many other notable private and public universities.
Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy and his wife, Kathy, have made an additional $100,000 commitment to the Gregory L. and Kathleen C. Geoffroy Faculty Fellowship Fund. The Geoffroys have contributed a total of $250,000 to the fund that provides annual support for teaching and research at Iowa State. They established the fund in 2001.
ISU sophomore Andrew Krull's story of brotherly love appears in the current issue of Newsweek. The chemistry major from Sioux City originally wrote the essay for his first year Composition II class at Iowa State.
Robert Angelici, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, has been honored with the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry. He will receive his award at the National ACS Meeting in Chicago in March.
Mei Hong has received the 2006 Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award. This award is for research achievement in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry by women not over 40 years of age. Congratulations Mei!
Malika Jeffries-EL was just awarded the Emerald Honor for most promising scientist by Science Spectrum magazine, which gives out several awards every year to recognize and honor minority scientists nationwide for both their scholarly activities and service to the community. She will receive her award at the Minorities in Research Conference to be held in September in Baltimore, MD.