Chemistry News

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.

Argonne Training Program for Extreme Scale Computing

Congratulations to Zach Crandall, who has been accepted into the highly competitive Argonne Training Program for Extreme Scale Computing,

This is an intensive two-week training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement and execute Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) applications on current and next-gneration supercomputers.

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

Hinners Awarded Cotton-Uphaus

There were four wonderful and informative talks given on April 10, by four outstanding finalists, but the judges have awarded the Cotton-Uphaus award this year to Paige Hinners.  Great job Paige, and congratulations to all of our finalists: Haley Banovetz, Rick Dorn, Patrick Heintz and Paige Hinners.

Baumler Awarded NSF Fellowship

Congratulations to Katelyn Baumler, who has just been notified that she will be a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. Baumler was an undergraduate research assistant in the Vela Group and graduated with her BS in Chemistry from Iowa State University, December 2018. She continues her research with Javier Vela, and will start at Penn State in the fall.

Congrats again on this prestigious award and we wish you all the best in your graduate studies.

Chemistry Represented at 2019 NCUR

Brennan McBride, senior in Chemistry, is one of 30 Iowa State students selected to present their research at the 33rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which takes place April 11-13 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.  McBride will present his research, “Synthesis and Structure of Ternary Rare Earth Silicon Pnictides.”

Anderson Named as Dean's Emerging Faculty Leader

Congratulations to Jared Anderson for receiving the 2019 Dean's Emerging Leaders Award.

Berzina Awarded ACS Fellowship

Congratulations to Beatrise Berzina, member of the Anand Group, for being awarded a summer fellowship from the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry!

Jenks to Continue as Department Chair

William Jenks as been renewed as Chair of the Department of Chemistry for three academic years, ending in 2022. It is with great pleasure Jenks has agreed to the continuation of the position.

ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award

Kirill Kovnir is pleased to annouce that his postdoctoral research scholar, Georgyi Akopov, has been selected to receive the 2019 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC) Young Investigator Award. As a recipient of this award, Akopov will participate in the DIC Young Investigator Symposium on Sunday, August 25, at the Fall ACS meeting in San Diego, CA.

Congratulations to Georgyi Akopov!

Cotton-Uphaus Finalists Announced

There were many truly excellent posters this year presented at the open house, but the judging committee was able to arrive at 4 finalists for the Cotton-Uphaus award.
The finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Haley Banovetz, Stanley Group
Rick Dorn, Rossini Group
Patrick Heintz, Huang/Stanley Group
Paige Hinners, Lee Group
Congrats to everyone who presented and to our finalists! 

Xu and Mato receive major recognition

Congratulations to Joani Mato and Peng Xu, both in Mark Gordon's Group, who recieved major recoginitions at the recent Sanibel Symposium on Quantum Chemistry. Nice Work!

Double Congrats to Dr. Robbyn Anand

Dr. Robbyn Anand earns two meritous awards: NSF Career Award and the Cottrell Scholar from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Anand is one of 24 receipents of the 2019 Cottrell Scholar Awards. These Awards provide $100,000 to each recipient identified as a leader in integrating science teaching and research at a top U.S. research university or a primarily undergraduate institution.

These are both very important awards for young faculty, the department is pleased that Anand is being recognized for her work.

Anderson to edit Journal of Chromatography A

Jared Anderson has been named editor for the Journal of Chromatography A, an Elsevier publication.  He will be one of eight members of the journal’s editorial board, and only one of two Americans to hold the position.

'Upcycling' disposable plastics could help prevent pollution

A federal research project involving Ames Lab scientists, and chemistry professor, Aaron Sadow, is looking for ways to "upcycle" single-use plastics, turning them into more valuable chemicals to make recovery worthwhile.

Paper from Zaikina Group featured in ACS Virtual Issue

Congratulations to the Zaikina Group, on your feature in the ACS Virtual Issue, "Emerging Investigators in Solid-State Inorganic Chemistry."

The issue showcases recently published research papers from Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Materials, and The Journal of the American Chemical Society to demonstrate the creativity, range, and areas of interest of selected up-and-coming researchers in this field who have started their independent laboratories in the past five to eight years.

Check out the Editorial or the recent paper on hydride route toward new antimonides.