Chemistry News

NIH Trailblazer Award

Congratulations to Robbyn Anand who will receive an NIH NIBIB Trailblazer Award!


Nano@IAState is a single day meeting to bring together ISU, Ames Lab and industrial scientists and researchers working on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and applications of nanoscience.

The second annual meeting will be held on Friday August 16, 2019 in the Hach Hall Atrium. The meeting will consist of oral presentations and a poster session. The meeting is open to ISU and Ames Lab graduate and undergraduate students, staff and faculty, and members of local industry.

Invited oral presentations will be given by ISU/Ames lab researchers and members of local industry. Contributed oral presentations from ISU graduate students/post-docs will be 15 minutes in duration. The poster session is open to all participants.

2019 Midwest Retreat for Diversity in Chemistry (MWRDC) is July 19-21, 2019 - register by June 24.

The Midwest Retreat for Diversity in Chemistry (MWRDC) is modeled after the successful Puget Sound Women Chemists Retreat in 2015 and it is organized by a collaborative team of motivated graduate students and postdocs.

The event will be held July 19-21, 2019 at Luther College in Decorah, IA

The goal of the Midwest Retreat for Diversity in Chemistry is the retention of underrepresented groups in chemistry careers and their advancement into leadership roles. We aim to teach graduate and post-doctoral chemists a positive and proactive approach to their careers. Specifically, we will connect attendees to a close-knit network of colleagues and mentors, teach strategies for career success, and increase awareness about factors that influence their career paths.

Register by June 24, 2019 at:

VanVeller receives NSF Career Award

Congratulations to Brett VanVeller who has been notified that he will be receiving a NSF Career Award for his meritous research.

Congratulations to Philip Yox

Philip Yox has been selectd as a 2019-2020 STEM Chateaubriand Fellow. Yox, a member of the Kovnir Group, will spend 4 months at CNRS in Caen, France applying advanced microscopy to his research objects.

Congratulations and Safe Travels!

Postdoctoral Association Recognition

The Graduate College and Postdoctoral Association are recoginizing Dr. Jian Wang with a Postdoctoral Scholar Research Excellence Award, and Dr. Mark Gordon with a Postdoctoral Mentoring Award.

Congratulations to you both!

University Award for Teaching Excellence

Joe Burnett will be among the more than 50 Iowa State faculty and staff will be honored during the university's annual awards ceremony Monday afternoon, Sept. 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Burnett is being recognized for his Outstanding Achievement in Teaching. The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time. Congratulations Joe!

2019 Trapp Innovation Award

Yan Zhao, professor of chemistry, received the Trapp Innovation Award for his inventive research that fosters the development of nanoparticles that can recognize carbohydrates, proteins, drugs and peptides. These synthetic materials can mimic naturally occurring antibodies and enzymes in their functions. The award provides funding to a faculty member who is pursuing new or unique research in chemistry or the physical sciences.

LAS Award Winners Announced

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Announced their 2019 awardees, and the Department of Chemistry is would like to congratulate Pat Augustin and Pat Thiel. Augustin has been given the LAS Merit Excellence award, and Thiel has been given the LAS Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring. Congratulations to all LAS award recipients, who will receive their awards at the LAS Fall Convocation September 9, 2019 at the ISU Memorial Union.

Goldwater Scholar

Congratulations to Matthew Ryan, who was named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year. From an estimated applicant pool of over 5,000 across the nation, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awarded 496 scholarships. Ryan is one of four at Iowa State to receive this prestigious undergraduate award.

New Chemical Instumentation Facility Manager Named

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Cady on her promotion to manager of the Chemical Instrumentation Facility. Cady will continue many of her NMR duties, as well as, some overarching management and outreach.

ISU Awards

Congratulations to Joe Burnett and George Kraus. Burnett has received the ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching. Kraus has received the ISU Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property. Way to go!

National School on Neutron & X-ray Scattering Admit

Congratulations to Colin Harmer, who has been accepted into the highly competitive 2019 National School on Neutron & X-ray Scattering, The School is jointly conducted by Argonne National Laboratory's Communications, Education, and Public Affairs Division; Advanced Photon Source and Materials Science Division; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Neutron Scattering and Materials Science and Technology Divisions.

The main purpose of the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering is to educate graduate students in the use of major neutron and X-ray facilities.

Harmer is wrapping up his fourth year of the PhD program in the Kovnir Group. We wish him safe travels and look forward to hearing about his experience.

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Patricia Thiel, who studies surface chemistry on an atomic scale, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thiel is one of more than 200 newly elected members, the academy announced today. Thiel will join the academy’s chemistry section within its mathematical and physical sciences class. Formal induction ceremonies will be in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Chemistry Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Awards

The Department of Chemistry held their annual Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 17. See a list of those that were recognized on the departmental awards page.

Congratulations to all those that were honored for their hardwork.