Chemistry News

Javier Vela receives 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community Award

Congratulations to Professor Javier Vela for receiving the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community Award.

This award is presented every January in honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a campus-wide celebration and the recognition of individuals and groups who have followed the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Advancing One Community Award recognizes recipients' efforts to create an inclusive university community that embraces justice and equity.

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Congratulations Javier!!

Anderson group featured on Analytical Chemistry podcast

Check out Analytical Chemistry's December podcast with Professor Jared Anderson where he discusses the work done for their recent ACS publication Sample Preparation for Bioanalytical and Pharmaceutical Analysis (Anal. Chem., 2016, 88 (23), pp 11262–11270)

Woo group alumna named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Woo group alumna and Utah State University professor Lisa Berreau has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the nation’s top national science honors. One of 391 honorees recognized nationwide, she will be formally honored in a Feb. 18 ceremony during the association’s 2017 annual meeting in Boston.

An inorganic chemist, Berreau is recognized for her innovative work in understanding reaction involving metals and dioxygen that led to carbon-carbon bond cleavage and the influence of hydrogen bonding on metal-centered reactivity. Her work investigates the role metal ions play in human health, the environment and catalysis.

“Dr. Berreau is a most deserving awardee and Utah State is thrilled she is receiving this prestigious recognition,” says Maura Hagan, dean of USU’s College of Science. “She promotes the role of science not only as an accomplished researcher, but also as a dedicated educator and administrator.”

In addition to her administrative and research efforts at Utah State, where she teaches and supervises a team of graduate and undergraduate students in research, Berreau serves as treasurer of the American Chemical Society of Inorganic Chemistry.

At USU, Berreau was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Research Fellowship and was also named a Herman Frasch Foundation Fellow. In 2006, she was named “Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year” for USU’s College of Science.

Berreau earned a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University in 1990 and completed a doctorate from Iowa State University in 1994. She returned to her native state in 1995, where she served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota until 1998. She joined USU as a faculty member in 1998, where she became a full professor in 2011 and served as interim dean for the College of Science from 2014-2015.

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of a number of academic journals, including the association’s flagship publication “Science.”

Chemistry of Materials October 2016

Congratulations to students Brian Rosales, Long Men and Michael Hanrahan and Drs. Sarah Cady, Aaron Rossini and Javier Vela on the October cover of Chemistry of Materials!

“Promising” and “remarkable” are two words Ames Laboratory scientist and chemistry professor Javier Vela uses to describe recent research results on organolead mixed-halide perovskites.

Professor Javier Vela's new perovskite research discoveries may lead to solar cell, LED advances

Iowa State University Awards 2016

Fifty Iowa State employees, recipients of the 2016 university-wide awards, were recognized during an afternoon ceremony on Monday, Sept. 26.  Chemistry personnel who were honored include:

Professor Keith Woo--Regent's Award for Faculty Excellence
Professor Aaron Sadow--Iowa State University Award for Early Achievement in Research
Renee Harris--Regent's Award for Staff Excellence


Liberal Arts and Science College Awards 2016

Iowa State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences held its Fall Convocation on September 14. Several faculty and staff members from Chemistry were honored with awards:

Outstanding Teaching: Professor Jacob Petrich
Outstanding Teaching (Non-Tenure Eligible): Professor Jesudoss Kingston
Early Achievement in Research: Professor Levi Stanley
Institutional Service Award: Professor Emily Smith
Professional & Scientific Excellence Award: Nancy Olson
Merit Excellence: Carlene Auestad
Learning Community Leadership Award: John Burright


Professor Theresa Windus and team secure $35 million NSF award

The National Science Foundation has committed $35 million to Professor Theresa Windus and her team to improve scientific software that will make it possible to perform virtual experiments and explore laboratory research data with reliable, reproducible results.
Read more about it here.

Five Questions for a Master of Glass

Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Gilman Hall basement is a one-man shop. Trond Forre is a scientific glassblower -- one of only two in the state of Iowa -- and manager of the chemistry department’s glass shop. The Ames native has been at Iowa State since 1988, learning and mastering a craft that’s serving clients on campus and around the world. Read more about Trond here.


Professor Jacob Petrich receives the ACS Midwest Award

Congratulations to Professor Jacob Petrich for receiving the ACS Midwest Award. The ACS Midwest Award was established 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.

Jake will receive his award at the Midwest Regional ACS meeting in October in Mahattan, Kansas.

Gordon group awards

Congratulations to Dr. Emilie Guidez and Colleen Bertoni from the Mark Gordon group.

Emilie received the Wiley Computers in Chemistry Outstanding Postdoc Award. The program is organized by ACS COMP Division, sponsored by Wiley and presented by the Int. Journal of Quantum Chemistry and the Journal of Computational Chemistry. The award provides $1,000 to outstanding postdoctoral scholars to present their work in COMP symposia at the Fall 2016 Philadelphia ACS National Meeting.

Colleen was named the recipient of the Margaret Butler Fellowship in Computational Science by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.   The ALCF fellowship began in 2014 and honors the lifetime achievements of Margaret Butler, a pioneering researcher in both computer science and nuclear energy.  Butler served as director of Argonne’s National Energy Software Center and was the first female Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. Colleen will spend the spring 2017 semester as a post-doc at the Argonne National Laboratory.  



Professor Tom Holme wins James Flack Norris Award

Congratulations to Professor Tom Holme for winning the James Flack Norris Award in Chemical Education. The award pays tribute to outstanding contributions to the field of Chemical Education. It was established in 1950 by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society to honor the memory of James Flack Norris, Professor of Chemistry, MIT.

The Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation

Dr. Holly Walen, PhD Thiel group 2016, has been named the 2016 Karas Award winner for Outstanding Dissertation at Iowa State.  The Karas Award 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.

Holly was also an honorable mention winner for the Zaffarano Prize for superior performance in publishable research.  To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time someone has been named in both awards.

She is currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science working at the Surface and Interface Science Laboratory at RIKEN. Congratulations Holly!


John Verkade

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of professor John Verkade on April 6 following a 15-month illness.
Please see the link below for more information on his visitation and funeral service:!/Obituary