Chemistry News


Patricia A. Thiel wins Arthur W. Adamson Award

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.


Victor Lin leading a team embarking on a $5.3 million study of biodiesel production from algae.


Edward Yu wins NIH award

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.

Rich Larock wins ACS Midwest Award

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!

Patricia Thiel selected for APS Adler Lectureship Award

Jake Petrich part of team researching materials, combustion, cancer with new 'T-ray' instrument

Ames is No. 3 on "best college towns" list

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.

Several members of the Chemistry Department will be honored for their achievements at the Fall Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty/Staff

Convocation on Wednesday, September 2, 2009.

  • Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award – William Jenks
  • Outstanding Achievement in Departmental Leadership Award – Jacob Petrich
  • Academic Advising Impact – Thomas Greenbowe
  • Early Achievement in Academic Advising – Joseph Burnett
  • Professional & Scientific Excellence Award – Michael Schmidt, associate scientist
  • Merit Excellence Award – Paul Hollander, laboratory technician

The full list of this year's winners can be found here.


Patricia Thiel selected for the American Chemical Society's Adamson Surface Chemistry Distinguished Service Award

John Verkade part of team winning an R & D 100 Award


Mark Gordon elected to first class of American Chemical Society Fellows


2008-2009 Faculty and Graduate Student Awards

Chemistry receives good rankings in U.S. News and World Report.

Malika Jeffries-EL Receives National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award

George Kraus and Klaus Schmidt-Rohr named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mark Gordon looks for cheaper and cleaner rocket fuel

Professor Tom Greenbowe is named Iowa's Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


Chemistry professors receive Grow Iowa Values Fund money for their new projects:


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 Gordie!

Chemistry professors Mark Gordon and Theresa Windus are a part of a $208 million NSF funded supercomputer project

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.

Congratulations Mark!

Chemistry professors receive ISU awards.

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!!

Kudos to faculty and staff!!

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.

Victor Lin is helping to turn waste material into ethanol

Nicola Pohl named LAS Master Teacher

2007-2008 Faculty and Graduate Student Awards

Board of Regents name new chemistry building Hach Hall

Iowa State researchers developing system to efficiently convert biomass to ethanol

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).


Kathryn Hach Darrow commits $10 million for new Chemistry building

Theresa Windus aspires to promote NSF international research program

Iowa State chemists track how drug changes, blocks flu virus

In theory, Miller's work leads to solid state results

Jake Petrich and Gordon Miller named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

New Chemistry building receives final approval.

Ed Yeung and ISU researchers develop technology for early detection of viruses.

Jake Petrich develops device for early detection of Mad Cow and Alzheimer's diseases

Mei Hong

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.


Emily Smith's research may change the face of Iowa agriculture

John Corbett receives American Chemical Society Cotton Award

Mark Gordon Recognized by IBM

Victor Lin named Director of Ames Laboratory's Chemical and Biological Sciences Program

Victor Lin cooks up more uses for the leftovers of biofuel production

Iowa State chemist hopes startup company can revolutionize biodiesel production

Kraus named new director of Iowa State's Institute for Physical Research and Technology

Professor Victor Lin's biodiesel research featured on public television

Iowa State scientists demonstrate first use of nanotechnology to enter plant cells.

Chemistry Professor Emily Smith looking for better biofuel crops.

2006-2007 Faculty and Graduate Student Awards


Richard Larock receives ISU Distinguished Professor title

Mei Hong named first Corbett Professor of Chemistry

Ed Yeung named named a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Live From Gilman Hall: Chemistry group likes to blow things up!

U.S. News ranks Chemistry among the top 25 programs again!

Chemistry faculty member establishes Professorship at Iowa State University

Professor Larock Finding New Sources for Bio-Plastics


Ames Lab Director returns to teaching Chemistry

Chemistry discovery could boost ethanol production from plant fiber

Verkade group makes new discovery

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 named Caldwell Professor of Chemistry

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.

Chemistry Graduate Opens Doors to the World of Science

Chemistry Professors recognized for work to inhibit meth production

Former students dedicate textbook to Chemistry's John Corbett

Chemistry Department Featured in Iowa State Alumni Magazine

Chemistry Professors Share in $60 Million DOE Award Money for Computational Science Projects

Professors Sadow and Zhao Receive Carver Trust Funds

Chemistry Professor is named University Adviser of the Year

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.

Professor Mark Gordon honored as first Francis M. Craig Chair in Chemistry

Kudos to faculty and staff!

Drs. Gordon Miller and Joseph Burnett will be honored during the LAS Faculty/Staff Convocation on Wednesday, September 6.

Iowa State corn/soy plastics to be made into hog feeders

Richard Larock awarded Economic Developoment Grant

Iowa State is among Washington Monthly's top-ranked universities

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.

The Rankings

Geoffroys commit additional $100,000 to faculty fellowship

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.

Chemistry undergraduate write for Newsweek

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 honored by the ACS

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.

Chemistry graduate students meets Nobel laureates

Mei Hong wins Iota Sigma Pi Award

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 receives Emerald Honor for Most Promising Young Scientist

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.

Chemistry professors find a better way to make biodiesel

Victor Lin Explores New Nanoscale Drug Delivery System for Chemotherapy

Chemistry Professors Receive Funds from the Grow Iowa Value Fund