Chemistry News

Professor Aaron Rossini is improving drug analysis.

Aaron Rossini, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University, helps pharmaceutical companies test their drug products using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Read more in LAS News.

Professor Javier Vela building confidence, diversity and opportunity

Javier Vela is the kind of chemistry professor every college student wishes they had. An associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and an associate of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory, Vela has a knack for helping students of all backgrounds fall in love with science. Read more in Link Magazine

Chemistry summer courses

Summer courses in Chemistry

9 GREAT reasons for taking chemistry at ISU in the summer:

1.  Smaller class size and more personal attention.

2.  Fewer distractions (fewer classes and fewer social and sporting events).

3.  8-week semester allows students to focus on the class.

4.  Get ahead/stay on track in your academic career.

5.  Improve your GPA.

6.  Avoid summer learning loss and stay sharp for fall semester.

7.  Enjoy summer in beautiful AMES, Iowa!

8.  Chemistry is fun all year round!

9.  No need to move back home with your parents!

See the full list of courses here:

Summer 2017 courses in Chemistry

Questions?  Email or call 515/294-6352 or visit 1608 Gilman Hall

Arthur White receives Brown Graduate Fellowship

Arthur White, a student in the Vela/Miller group, has been selected to receive the Brown Graduate Fellowship for 2017-2018. This $10,000 award is given to students who are helping to advance ISU's research in the areas of science, agriculture and space science. Arthur is one of 15 recipients this year. Congratulations!!

Exploring mysteries on the surface: 2D materials reveal surprising properties

Two-dimensional materials are a bit of a mind-bending concept. Humans live in a three-dimensional world, after all, where everything observed in our natural world has height, width, and depth. And yet when graphene—a carbon material unique in its truly flat, one-atom-deep dimension—was first produced in 2004, the mind-bending concept became reality and an unexplored frontier in materials science.

Ames Laboratory scientists Pat Thiel and Michael Tringides are explorers on that frontier, discovering the unique properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials and metals grown on graphene, graphite, and other carbon coated surfaces.  See the complete article here.

Professor Theresa Windus: Advancing community coding standards could advance scientific modeling

Theresa Windus is working to advance the use of collaborative computer science in Chemistry as well as other molecular science areas. See the complete article here.

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.

Click here to read more.

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.