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Undergraduate studies and enrollment assistance:
Katie Elliott


Graduate studies:
Maria Moreno


Dabney Hall, Room 208, Box 8204
2620 Yarbrough Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204

Phone: (919) 515-2355
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Phil Castellano accepts position on Editorial Advisory Board of Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Felix (Phil) Castellano has accepted a position on the Editorial Advisory Board of Inorganic Chemistry. According to Dr. William B. Tolman, Editor of the journal, "the Editorial Advisory Board consists of 30 internationally distinguished scientists with interests covering the full range of inorganic chemistry... Inorganic Chemistry is the most widely cited and respected journal in its field, with articles covering a broad spectrum of interests including bioinorganic, organometallic, solid state and materials chemistry and the chemistry of nanoscale systems." Posted September 20, 2014

NC Photochem 2014 Symposium

The 2014 NC Photochem Symposium will be held at NCSU on October 11, 2014. The website for this event can be found at http://clas-pages.uncc.edu/ncphotochem/ and the registration will remain open until 11:59 pm on September 15, 2014. We are also accepting poster contributions at this time. Posted September 3, 2014

Samantha Smith selected as associate in SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program

Samantha Smith, a second year graduate student, has been selected to participate as an associate in the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Neuroscience Scholars Program. This is a competitive two-year program, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NINDS, provides scientific and professional development opportunities for underrepresented neuroscience researchers. Samantha's research advisor is Dr. Leslie Sombers. Posted August 22, 2014

Chris Ladner wins poster prize at Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium

Senior graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, Chris Ladner, was one of three poster prize awardees at this year's inaugural Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium at GSK, May 30th. Chris's research advisor is Dr. Gavin Williams.

The symposium featured over 70 poster presenters; 200 attendees; six talks from faculty at NC State University, UNC, and Duke; and presentations from industry representatives. The event will be hosted at a similar date next year. Many thanks to all those from the Department of Chemistry who helped with logistics, including Maria Moreno, Katie Elliott, Chris Brackett, Chris Ladner, and Rob Furlani. View the image gallery here. Posted June 18, 2014

LORD Corporation to establish NC State University Summer Research Fellowship

LORD Corporation has partnered with the North Carolina State University Department of Chemistry to establish the first LORD Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. The new award is tied to a semester-long research project in which teams of students use primary literature sources to investigate a topic selected by NC State chemistry faculty and LORD scientists. Read the full press release here. Posted May 31, 2014

Research article from The Laboratory of Soft Materials & Green Chemistry blogged by RSC journal Green Chemistry

In the most recent crop of Green Chemistry articles, Lucian Lucia's work in bacterial cellulose was cited as a "hot article" (please see: http://blogs.rsc.org/gc/). The work focuses on a novel approach for developing "soft" electronic media by harnessing the bioengineering prowess of "vinegar" bacteria. Specifically, a series of cellulosic-based graphene-impregnated materials were fabricated by an in situ (one pot) graphene oxide reduction and incorporation into downstream novel three-dimensional structures with potential for a number of electronic applications including supercapacitance, lithium batteries, and nerve actuation. Posted May 23, 2014

Gavin Williams wins Sigma Xi Young Faculty Research Award

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Greek letters "sigma" and "xi" form the acronym of the Society's motto, "Spoudon Xynones," which translates as "Companions in Zealous Research." Posted April 16, 2014

Enzyme "wrench" could be key to stronger, more effective antibiotics

The Williams group has revealed how a key enzyme "wrench" involved in the biosynthesis of antibiotics interacts with a factory-like assembly line of biosynthetic machinery. This knowledge could allow the construction of novel hybrid antibiotics and other biologically active small molecules. Read more here. Posted April 16, 2014

Rhodes selected as an IMSD Graduate Scholar

Nastassja Rhodes, a first-year graduate student in the Sombers lab, has been selected as an IMSD Graduate Scholar at NC State University. The NC State Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) is a program funded by the National Institutes of Health. This program seeks to promote and achieve a diverse biomedical and behavioral science workforce and recognizes the importance of effectively advancing knowledge and creating innovative technologies and treatments. Posted April 7, 2014

Karli Moore awarded a Udall Scholarship

Karli Moore, a sophomore Chemistry major, Park Scholar, and member of the University Scholars Program was recognized with a Udall Scholarship. Each year the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (an independent US government executive agency) awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Posted April 3, 2014

Kay Sandberg wins Gertrude Cox Award

Professor Kay Sandberg has been selected for the Gertrude Cox Award. This award was created to honor the creative pedagogy of NC State's faculty and technical staff and their work in integrating new technologies into effective teaching strategies. Posted April 3, 2014

RTP Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium

The inaugural Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium will take place May 30th at GlaxoSmithKline in RTP.

This is a joint venture between NC State, UNC, Duke and GlaxoSmithKline, and is designed to showcase research and promote collaboration at the chemistry-biology interface in the RTP area.

Speakers will include Prof. Christian Melander (Chemistry) and Dr. Chase Beisel (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) of NC State, as well as researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, Novozymes and Codexis. The entire event, including the poster session, is open to all undergraduates, graduates, postdocs and faculty. The event will be hosted by GlaxoSmithKline at the company's Building 5 at 5 Moore Drive in Research Triangle Park.

To register for attendance and/or submit your poster abstract, simply email Admission is free. The Department of Chemistry will plan to provide a shuttle for transport to and from the event.

More information can be found here. Please contact Gavin Williams ( ) if you need further information. Posted April 3, 2014

Alex Smirnov named as an Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award recipient for 2012-2013

Professor Smirnov is only one of four awardees university wide for this award, given annually by the alumni association. It is regarded as one of the highest honors that a faculty member can receive at NC State. Posted April 3, 2014

Melander named Howard Schaeffer Professor of Chemistry

Christian Melander has been named the Howard Schaeffer Professor of Chemistry in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Research, Teaching and Service. Posted March 28, 2014

Chemistry Department welcomes new staff member

The department is pleased to announce the addition of Wendy Jacobs as administrative assistant in Partners III. Posted March 28, 2014

Chemistry students participate in 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

Six students from Chemistry participated in the 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium at North Carolina State University on March 26th, 2014 in the McKimmon center. The level of effort and quality of their research was uniformly outstanding. The students were:

  • Eric Goggins (Weare Group)
  • Bérénice Lemercier (Pierce Group)
  • Nikolette McCombs (Ghiladi Group)
  • Yasamin Moazami (Pierce Group)
  • Andreas Schmidt (Sombers Group)
  • Jing Zhao (Franzen Group)

Andreas Schmidt was chosen as the first place winner in the sciences group. Posted March 28, 2014

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