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2015 Poster Session winners

At the 2015 annual Department of Chemistry poster session, the winners of the poster judging by category are:


  • Jing Zhao (Senior Graduate), and Stefan Franzen, "Regulatory Role of Internal Binding Substrates in Dehaloperoxidase-Hemoglobin."
  • Tao Jin (1st Year Graduate), Fang Chen, and Gufeng Wang, "Toward Light-Activated Nanocar Movement on Surface."

Organic/Chemical Education

  • Chris Brackett (Senior Graduate), and Christian Melander, "Second Generation Modifiers of Colistin Resistance Show Enhanced Activity and Lower Inherent Toxicity."
  • Kimberly Castelli (1st Year Graduate), and Gavin J. Williams, "Genome Editing Tools for Engineering the Biosynthesis of Non-Natural Polyketides in Streptomyces."


  • Alyson Rice (Senior Graduate), Cody M. Perry, and Elon A. Ison, "Selective Catalytic Iodination of Benzamides with [Cp*IrCl2]2."
  • Zahirul Sohag (2nd Year Graduate), and Paul A. Maggard, "Synthesis and Characterization of Cu(I)-Containing Semiconducting Oxides."

The Caitlin, Erin and Jocelyn Muddiman Award for Outstanding and Creative Research

  • Yasamin Moazami (Senior Graduate), and Joshua G. Pierce, "Progress Towards the Pentacyclic Guanidine Core of the Monanchocidin Family of Apoptosis-Inducing Natural Products."

Excellence in Organic Chemistry Award in Honor of Professor Daniel Comins

  • Bérénice C. Lemercier (Senior Graduate), and Joshua G. Pierce, "Novel Methods for Nitrogen Containing Heterocycles."

BASF - Innovative Graduate Research Award

  • Bradley L. Carpenter (Senior Graduate), and Reza A. Ghiladi, "Antimicrobial Photodynamic Inactivation using Cellulose-based Materials."

Posted March 17, 2015

Comins selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Daniel Comins has achieved Fellow status in the Royal Society of Chemistry. Fellows must have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the chemical sciences. As a Fellow, Dr. Comins is entitled to use the designatory letters FRSC after his name. He will be included in a list of recently admitted Fellows, which will be published in The Times (London) newspaper in the near future. Dr. Comins is also a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Posted March 9, 2015

Franzen group publishes mid-infrared plasmonics breakthrough

A Nature Materials paper from the Franzen laboratory and collaborators Edward Sachet and Jon-Paul Maria in Materials Science and Engineering at NCSU describes a breakthrough in mid-infrared plasmonics. The novel material that a group of Chemists, Materials Scientists and Physicists have helped to design and test was predicted to be possible in two papers published by the Franzen group in 2002. Posted February 28, 2015

Lucia Receives Two Honors

Dr. Lucian Lucia was recently designated a Fulbright US Scholar Grantee to conduct green chemistry-based teaching and research in one or more Universities in Brazil for up to four months during 2015-2016. He has also chosen as a High-end Foreign Expert by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (China) in which he will conduct research at Jiangnan University (Wuxi, China) for part of 2015. The latter award recognizes non-Chinese scientists who have demonstrated significant research accomplishments in a specific area. Posted February 20, 2015

Whangbo selected as Associate Editor of Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism

Professor Mike Whangbo has been selected as the Associate Editor of Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism. This journal, according to their website, "publishes peer-reviewed original papers, conference proceedings and review articles examining all aspects of superconductivity, including new materials, new mechanisms, basic and technological properties, new phenomena, and various-scale applications. The rapidly expanding field of novel magnetism is also featured in the journal. Coverage focuses on such topics as spintronics, magnetic semiconductors, properties of magnetic multilayers, magnetoresistive materials and structures, and magnetic oxides." Posted February 19, 2015

Pierce receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Joshua Pierce has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is one of the highest awards the foundation bestows upon young faculty in the sciences. The five-year award will support Dr. Pierce's research project entitled "Novel Methods for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Nitrogen Containing Heterocycles." More on this news story can be found here:
Posted February 19, 2015

Muddiman elected as Editor of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry journal

Professor David Muddiman has been elected as Editor of the journal, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (ABC). ABC is an internationally recognized journal which publishes high quality, inter-disciplinary research ranging from fundamental analytical chemistry measurements to contemporary applications. Learn more at
Posted February 19, 2015

Bereman receives 2015 ASMS Research Award

Alumus Dr. Michael Bereman, (PhD, 2009 under Dr. Dave Muddiman) has received the 2015 American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Research Award. This is a highly competitive and prestigious national award bestowed upon early-stage faculty members to promote academic research in mass spectrometry. The award comes with a $35,000 gift to his research program. Dr. Bereman is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at NCSU and part of the Environmental Health Science faculty cluster initiative. Posted February 19, 2015

Muddiman receives 2015 Chemical Instrumentation Award

Professor David Muddiman has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Chemical Instrumentation Award, sponsored by the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society. This is a highly prestigious national award that is bestowed upon the best in the field who have demonstrated innovative use or development of unique instrumentation, stimulation of other researchers in chemical measurement, and/or authorship of influential papers in the field of measurement. Posted February 9, 2015

Comins Accepts Membership on Advisory Board of the World Academy of Chemistry

Dr. Dan Comins was selected as a permanent member of the Global Advisory Board of the World Academy of Chemistry. This organization aims to bring together international scientists, academics and researchers in chemistry on a worldwide basis for the development of chemistry toward the advancement of all peoples of the world. Professor Comins is currently President of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry and Associate Editor of the ACS Journal of Organic Chemistry. Posted January 27, 2015

Dr. Comins is co-organizer of the 2015 ISHC Congress to be held in Santa Barbara, CA, August 23-28, 2015

The International 2015 ISHC Congress will be held in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, August 23-28. If you are involved in Heterocyclic Chemistry, please consider attending this conference and joining the ISHC. Posted January 26, 2015

Dr. Alex Smirnov to organize symposium at PACIFICHEM 2015

Dr. Alex Smirnov is organizing a symposium Dec 15-20, 2015 titled "Nitroxide Radicals: Synthesis and Functional Bio-/Nanomaterials" at the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies. More details can be found here. Posted December 9, 2014

Dr. Maggard's students win awards at recent joint conference

Two graduate students in the research group of Dr. Paul Maggard won three awards at the recent joint conference of the Materials Research Society – North Carolina Section, ASM International – Carolinas Central Chapter, and the American Vacuum Society – Mid Atlantic Chapter.

  • Nacole King won Best Paper for "Copper Deficiency in the p-Type Semiconductor Cu1-xNb3O8," Chem. Mater. 2014, 26(6), 2095-2104.

  • Jonathan Boltersdorf won the H. H. Stadelmaier Award for excellence awarded in the area of X-ray diffraction and metallurgy, awarded by the American Society for Metals (ASM). He also won the 2nd place research poster presentation award.

View the image gallery here. Posted December 9, 2014

NC American Chemical Society poster award winners

Congratulations to the poster award winners at the North Carolina American Chemical Society local section meeting held on November 7, 2014 at Duke University.

  • Honorable Mention
    Ian Sullivan, North Carolina State University
    (Advisor: Dr. Paul Maggard)
    "Cu Deficiency in the p-Type Semiconductor Cu5-xTa11O30: Structural, Optical, and Photoelectrochemical Impacts"

  • Honorable Mention
    Sriparna Mukherjee, North Carolina State University
    (Advisor: Dr. Elena Jakubikova)
    "Cyclometalated Fe(II) Complexes as Photosensitizers"

Posted December 9, 2014

Dr. Gallardo-Williams to develop online book for Alt-Textbook program

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams for her successful proposal to the Alt-Textbook program. Sponsored by the NCSU Libraries, the Alt-Textbook grant project is a competitive grant to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks in the classroom. Maria will develop an online "book" of student-generated materials to be used in the Science and Engineering (S&E) sections of the organic chemistry labs.

Drs. Lash and Dubroy honored at NOBCChE conference, will sponsor 5 student memberships

Dr. Tiffani (Bailey) Lash (Ph.D. 2007, Gorman) and Dr. Tashni-Ann (Coote) Dubroy (Ph.D. 2006, Shultz) were honored at the NOBCChE conference this year as part of a segment on women scientists blending science and entrepreneurship. C&EN captured the moment in their digital and print media. Please see a link to the article here. The Department is also pleased to announce that Drs. Lash and Dubroy will also sponsor 5 student NOBCChE memberships. This is an excellent network for graduate and undergraduate students. Posted November 18, 2014

Dave Shultz to co-chair a Telluride Science Research Center workshop

Dave Shultz will be co-chairing a Telluride Science Research Center workshop entitled "Zero-Field Spin Effects in Molecular Systems," June 23-27, 2015. For workshop, venue and meeting details, view the workshop description. Also see the full listing of 2015 TSRC workshops and conferences. Posted November 18, 2014

Applications open for 2015 Summer REU program

Applications are now open for the 2015 NCSU Summer REU program. For more information see: Posted November 3, 2014

NCSU and UNC-Charlotte Chemistry organize NC Photochem 2014

The 2014 NC Photochem Symposium took place at the campus of North Carolina State University on October 11, 2014. This was the second in the NC Photochem symposium series, with the inaugural one hosted by UNC-Charlotte last year. The goals of the symposium are to foster new connections and collaborations among the photochemistry researchers at NCSU, UNC Charlotte and other local institutions, to broadly strengthen the photochemical sciences in North Carolina, and to provide students and researchers the opportunities to present their work in a collaborative environment. The meeting was organized by a group of researchers from NCSU (Profs. Jakubikova, Ison, and Weare) and UNC-Charlotte (Profs. Jones and Walter).

This year's symposium was attended by approximately 100 researchers from nine different institutions across North and South Carolina as well as Virginia. The symposium included nine invited talks, and two lively poster sessions. Forty-five students took part in the competition for the best undergraduate and graduate poster. The best poster awards went to Christian Chamberlayne from the College of William and Mary (best undergraduate poster), Robin Knauf from UNC-Chapel Hill (best graduate poster), Jonathan Boltersdorf from NCSU (2nd place, graduate poster competition), and David Bowman from NCSU (3rd place, graduate poster competition). The symposium was supported by the NCSU Chemistry Department, Edinburgh Instruments, and the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society.

NC Photochem 2015 will take place at UNC-Charlotte in October 2015. Posted October 30, 2014

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 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: 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

15th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session

The 15th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session was held the weekend of March 21st at the Doubletree by Hilton. A total of 90 posters were submitted. One of the goals of this poster session was to select the most outstanding posters at the junior and senior level in the areas of Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chemical Education, Organic, Inorganic, as well as a BASF Award. Judges circulated the posters throughout the evening and poster awards (consisting of a certificate and a check to follow) were presented as follows:

  • BASF - Innovation Graduate Research Award
    Andreas Schmidt

  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chemical Education
    Lars Dunaway (2nd Yr) & Sophie Koroloff (Senior)

  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Organic Chemistry
    Jonathan Mills (2nd yr) & Nataliia Shymanska (Senior)

  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Inorganic Chemistry
    Karim El Roz (2nd Yr) & Jonathan Boltersdorf (Senior)

Please take a moment to congratulate these outstanding graduate students for the excellent research they're doing. View the image gallery here. Posted March 28, 2014

Muddiman elected President of the US-HUPO

David Muddiman, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, was recently elected as President of the United States Human Proteome Organization ( He will serve for two years as President-Elect, two years as President, and two years as Past-President. Professor Muddiman is currently the Treasurer of the US-HUPO and member of the Executive Board. Posted March 25, 2014

Eric Alexy, Junior, Chemistry has been awarded a Goldwater scholarship

Success in the Goldwater competition requires substantial undergraduate research experience, and Eric has worked for three years in Dr. Jonathan Lindsey's laboratory. Posted March 24, 2014

Chemistry Department Hosts 2014 Recruitment Weekend

On Saturday, March 22, 2014 the Department of Chemistry hosted 35 prospective graduate students from various schools throughout the United States. They enjoyed a weekend filled with numerous activities, including an outdoor luncheon hosted by our own graduate students. View the image gallery here. Posted March 24, 2014

Teaching Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lori Petrovich wins outstanding teaching award

The North Carolina State University Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes excellence in teaching at all levels. Upon being selected as an Outstanding Teacher, recipients become members of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers for as long as they are NC State faculty. Recognition will be given at commencement, Celebration of Academic Excellence, and the Teaching and Learning Symposium. Posted March 13, 2014

Young named Assistant Director of the Center for Drug Discovery

Congratulations to Dr. Damian Young, an alumnus of the department's graduate program, who was recently named Assistant Director of the Center for Drug Discovery at Baylor College of Medicine. Read more here. Posted January 28, 2014

Students place at NC-ACS Poster Session

Congratulations to our undergraduate and graduate students who placed in the poster session at the North Carolina local section conference of the American Chemistry Society on November 1, 2013.

  • Undergraduate Student Category
  • Matthew W. Boudreau (Pierce group), 1st place
  • Eric J. Alexy (Lindsey group), 2nd place
  • Andrew N. Keith (Gorman group), 3rd place
  • Paul T. Tyrlik (Wang group), Honorable Mention
  • James Weng (Martin group), Honorable Mention
  • Graduate Student Category
  • Christopher C. Ladner (Williams group), 1st place
  • Christian Kasey (Williams group), 2nd place
  • Avinav Nandgaonkar (Lucia group), Honorable Mention
  • Mary C. Quiñones-López, (Smirnova group), Honorable Mention

These are also posted on the NC-ACS website: Posted January 25, 2014

Melander named University Faculty Scholar

Professor Christian Melander has been named a University Faculty Scholar by Chancellor Randy Woodson. He will carry that title for five years. Posted December 2, 2013

Hanck Conference Room upgraded

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hanck have generously pledged over $10,000 to the department, earmarked for the remaining improvements to the Kenneth W. Hanck Conference room. The department received approval to rename Dabney 210 the Kenneth W. Hanck Conference Room, and this past summer we completed a modest renovation including new furniture, paint, carpet and a wall of photos. At the dedication ceremony in July, we unveiled the special plaque in honor of Dr. Hanck. This donation will allow us to complete the renovations to replace the aged dropped ceiling and provide new lighting. Please join us in thanking Ken and Jane for their generosity. Posted November 6, 2013

Professor Muddiman to give the Robert W. Holley Nobel Laureate Lecture at Cornell University in November of 2013

The lecture will focus on Systems Biology of the Lignin Biosynthetic Pathway which is a collaborative project with Professors Vincent Chiang and Ronald Sederoff in the Forest Biotechnology Group at NC State. Posted November 6, 2013

Professor Muddiman to give the opening plenary lecture of the Swedish Proteomics Society in November of 2013

The lecture will cover efforts on proteomics of ovarian cancer in the chicken and human model, new glycomics quantitative strategies and their application to cancer, and a novel mass spectrometry imaging ionization source for biological tissues. These are collaborative efforts with Professors James Petitte and Kenneth Anderson in Poultry Science at NC State, Adam Hawkridge at Virginia Commonwealth University, Daniel Comins in Chemistry at NC State, Troy Ghashghaei in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Angela Kashuba in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC Chapel Hill and Dr. Steven Castellino at GlaxoSmithKline. Posted November 6, 2013

Students recognized at NC Photochemistry Symposium

Several of NCSU Chemistry students were recognized for their posters at the NC Photochem symposium held at UNC Charlotte this past Saturday. Eric Alexy (Lindsey group) won the prize for the best undergraduate poster, Tao Huang (Weare group) received one of the two prizes for the best graduate student poster, and Jonathan Boltersdorf's poster (Maggard group) received a honorable mention. This symposium was partially supported by the NCSU Chemistry Scholar's fund. Posted October 29, 2013

Schmidt's work featured on

Andy Schmidt's work is featured on, an online nanotechnology and nanoscience portal. The article is now live here. His advisor is Leslie Sombers. Posted September 6, 2013

Dr. Hanck honored for 43 years of service

The Department of Chemistry honored Dr. Kenneth W. Hanck on July 31, 2013 for his 43 years of service in the Department of Chemistry by dedicating the Dabney 210 conference room in his name — The Kenneth W. Hanck Conference Room. Dr. Christopher Gorman, Department Chair, officiated the event while Dr. Laura Sremaniak, Department Associate Chair, spoke about Dr. Hanck's many career accomplishments during his tenure in the department. In this image, Dr. Hanck delights guests with several anecdotes about his time in the department. Posted August 19, 2013

Koolivand receives National High Magnetic Field Lab award

Amir Koolivand has received a prestigious graduate student award sponsored by the National High Magnetic Field Lab. He will present a paper at the 55th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance on "Effects of Lipid Bilayer Phase and Nanoscale Curvature on Surface Electrostatic Potential as Measured by Spin-probe EPR." His advisor is Alex Smirnov. Posted July 28, 2013

Loziuk wins NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Fellowship

Philip Loziuk has been awarded a NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Fellowship for a period of 2 years to support his research project ongoing in the research group of Professor Muddiman and the W.M. Keck Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. Congratulations Phil! Well deserved. Posted July 16, 2013

Cochran wins Undergraduate Poster Award

Kristin Cochran recently received the undergraduate poster award at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry meeting held in Minneapolis, MN which has over 7,000 members. The title of her poster was "Identification of dyes directly from textile fibers using infrared matrix-assisted laser desorption electrospray ionization (IR-MALDESI) coupled to FT-ICR-MS." Kristin is an undergraduate researcher in Professor David Muddiman's group and this project was carried out in collaboration with Professor David Hinks in the College of Textiles. Congratulations, Kristin! Posted June 20, 2013

Awards for Excellence

The following Chemistry staff were nominated for the SPA and EPA Awards for Excellence. Shown at the PAMS awards celebration, are front row, left to right, Maria Moreno, Danielle Lehman, and Thelma Rhone (far right). Second row on left, Brenda Burgess. Back row on right, Alan Harvell. Posted May 27, 2013

Alexy is 2013 - 22nd Annual NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium Winner

Chemistry undergraduate Eric Alexy (Mentor: Jonathan Lindsey) is at the top of the list of winners of the 22nd Annual NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium A full list of winners is here. Posted April 30, 2013

Students awarded Certificates of Accomplishment in Teaching

The following graduate students have completed our first Foundations in Teaching year-long training program:

  • Leiah Carey
  • James McCord
  • Jonathan Mills
  • Tara Moening
  • Caleb Porter
The students were honored at the Graduate School's Celebration of Graduate Student Success event on April 17, and received their diplomas from the provost. The FIT program requires that the students participate in 3 teaching workshops and receive two classroom evaluations. By completing the FIT program the students are given credit towards the Graduate School's Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching (CoAT). Posted April 30, 2013

Nacole King wins Travel Award

Nacole King, a graduate student in the Maggard group has been awarded an ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Award sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company. This grant is in the amount of $1000 to support her travel to the ACS 246th National Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis, Indiana. Posted April 17, 2013

PhD Alums featured in Cosmo

A company, Tea and Honey Blends started by PhD Grads Tashni-Ann Dubroy and Tiffani Bailey-Lash has been featured in the May issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. The article also highlights their social mission, which is to promote young girls in science. Posted April 10, 2013

14th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session

The 14th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session was held the weekend of March 22nd at the Doubletree by Hilton. A total of 103 posters were submitted. One of the goals of this poster session was to select the most outstanding posters at the junior and senior level in the areas of Chemical Biology, Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, Physical as well as a BASF Award and the Caitlin J. Muddiman Award. Judges circulated the posters throughout the evening and poster awards (consisting of a certificate and a check to follow) were presented as follows:

  • BASF - Innovation Graduate Research Award
    Christopher Ladner
  • Caitlin J. Muddiman Award for Demonstrating Creativity & Excellence in Research
    Alexander Prokup
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Chemical Biology
    Christopher Ladner (Senior) & Christopher Brackett (2nd Yr)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Organic Chemistry
    Colleen Connelly (Senior) & Nataliia Shymanska (2nd Yr)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Inorganic Chemistry
    Daniel Stasiw (Senior) & Jonathan Boltersdorf (2nd Yr)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Analytical Chemistry
    Guillaume Robichaud (Senior) & Victoria Brown (2nd Yr)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Physical Chemistry
    Mary Chely Quinones-Lopez (Senior) & Amir Koolivand (2nd Yr)

Please take a moment to congratulate these outstanding graduate students for the excellent research they're doing. Posted April 1, 2013

Franzen Group Article hits F1000 Prime

The Franzen group's recent article on "Catalytic efficiency of dehaloperoxidase A is controlled by electrostatics--application of the vibrational Stark effect to understand enzyme kinetics" has been reviewed by the F1000 Prime. Posted March 26, 2013

Departmental PhotoCHEMISTRY Working Group formed

The NC State University PhotoCHEMISTRY Working Group brings together a diverse set of researchers who focus on investigating light absorption, primary photophysical processes, and photocatalysis in molecular systems and materials. Posted March 22, 2013

Lugo-Morales takes first in Graduate Student Research Symposium

Leyda Lugo-Morales in the Sombers group has one first place in the 8th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium with her poster presentation entitled "Enzyme-modified Carbon Fiber Microelectrode Based on the Voltammetric Detection of H2O2. The Symposium was held, Tuesday, March 19. Poster presentations were divided into seven broad academic categories. Judges selected a first, second and third place winner in each category. More information is posted at the Symposium web site. This work has also recently been described in the NCSU student newspaper, The Technician. Posted March 21, 2013

Chemistry Department welcomes new faculty member

Professor Felix (Phil) Castellano will join the Department of Chemistry at NCSU in Fall of 2013. He brings a prestigious research program in photochemical sciences to NCSU, and we all look forward to interacting with him as our new colleague. Posted March 17, 2013

Phil Castellano

Enterpreneur of the Year to Melander and Cavanagh (Biochemistry)

NCSU Results Magazine recently profiled the start of Agile Sciences and the recent win of the Entrepreneur of the Year award given by NCSU's Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development. Posted March 17, 2013

Chemistry Department wins NIOSH College and University Health and Safety Award

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to accept this years NIOSH College and University Health and Safety Award. The award measures 10 criteria, including chemical hygiene plans, waste minimization and laboratory conditions. More information can be found at The NCSU Bulletin. Posted March 14, 2013

David Muddiman elected as Treasurer and to the Executive Board of the United States Human Proteome Organization

Professor David Muddiman has been elected as treasurer and to the executive board of the US Human Proteome Organization. More information is available at Posted February 19, 2013

Lucian Lucia elected New Chair of the ACS Cellulose & Renewable Materials (CELL) Division

Lucian Lucia was recently elected to serve as Chair of the ACS CELL Division for the next two years. CELL is a rapidly growing ACS Division whose mission is to promote research in biopolymers, soft materials, sustainability, and green chemistry. CELL recognizes on an annual basis outstanding PI contributions to renewable materials science & engineering through the Anselm Payen Award as well as recognizing (in conjunction with Eastman Chemical Co.) an outstanding graduate student's research. For more information on CELL and the latter awards, please go to:

2013 Summer Internship Program now accepting applications

The NCSU Dept. of Chemistry Summer Internship Program is now accepting applications for the Summer 2013 term! Take the next step in your chemistry career with our research-intensive program for undergraduate students. For information on the program and how to apply, click here. Posted January 21, 2013

Monica Enamorado joins BASF as a Member of their Professional Development Program

Graduate student Monica Enamorado has accepted BASF's offer of employment as a member of their Professional Development Program (PDP). This PDP program is designed to expose the employee to diverse experiences and requires those opportunities to be in multiple regions of the United States. The program provides challenging assignments and offers the opportunity for substantial contributions to BASF, while at the same time, advancing the employee's professional growth and development. Monica is a 5th year grad working in Professor Comins' group. Posted January 21, 2013

Muddiman's collaborative research highlighted

Professor David Muddiman's collaborative research with Professor Bala Rao in Engineering has been highlighted. The research was published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and was recently highlighted in Biotechniques. Posted January 9, 2013

Muddiman elected to ASMS Board of Directors

Professor David Muddiman was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry ( Posted January 9, 2013

David Bowman wins poster award at Computational Conference

David M. Bowman has won first place in the student (grad and undergrad) poster competition at the 21st Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry (21st CCTCC) held in Jackson, Mississippi (USA), on November 9-10, 2012. Posted December 24, 2012.

Jakubikova's group wins ACS local section poster awards

Takashi Tsuchiya has won first place in the postdoc poster competition at the local ACS section meeting at SERMACS 2012 (the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society), held November 14-17, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina. David M. Bowman has won third place in the graduate poster competition. Posted December 24, 2012.

Ghiladi selected to receive teaching award

Professor Reza Ghiladi has been selected to receive the LeRoy and Elva Martin Award for Teaching Excellence. Posted December 19, 2012.

Menglong Hu recognized in the PFL Ambassador's program

Menglong Hu has been recognized in the official launch of the PFL Ambassadors Program. This new professional development initiative recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills through their involvement in Preparing Future Leaders programs. More info here. Posted November 30, 2012.

Melander wins 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year

Professor Christian Melander has been selected from a campus wide search to receive the NCSU 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year award in recognition of efforts to commercialize results from his lab. Posted November 12, 2012.

Melander Lab reactivates antibiotics

The Melander group has found a way to increase the potency of a compound that reactivates antibiotics against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant form of Staphylococcus that is notoriously difficult to treat. Their improved compound removes the bacteria’s antibiotic resistance and allows the antibiotic to once again become effective at normal dosage levels. Read more here. Posted October 22, 2012.

Sombers Lab research highlighted

Professor Leslie Sombers group research on probing the brain's chemistry has been highlighted in the NCSU 'Abstract' here. Posted October 19, 2012.

Melander wins Industrial Innovation Award

Christian Melander has been chosen to receive the 2012 Industrial Innovation Award at the SERMACS 2012 Regional Conference in Raleigh. As part of this award, there will be a luncheon recognition ceremony for Christian as part of the Symposium for Entrepreneurs titled "CHEMISTRY ENTREPRENEURS FROM INDUSTRY AND ACADEMICS" on Friday, November 16. Posted October 8, 2012.

Park Scholar Brandon Carlisle '13 co-authors paper on ovarian cancer detection

Brandon works with David Muddiman's group. Further details available here. Posted October 8, 2012.

Melander review lauded in the blogosphere

The Royal Society of Chemistry Blog notes, as a 'must read', a review from Christian Melander and colleagues at North Carolina State University -- a comprehensive overview of development of small molecules targeting bacterial biofilms through non-microbicidal mechanisms. Read more here. Posted September 24, 2012.

NCSU signs $10M research deal with Eastman Chemical

Eastman will provide research funds over a six-year period to fund the partnership and open a lab on NCSU's Centennial Campus. The partnership will involve research in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering and textiles among other areas, said Bob Clemens, Eastman's vice president of corporate technology. Read more here. Posted September 11, 2012.

Sremaniak wins Marcus Hobbs Award

Professor Laura Sremaniak has won the Marcus Hobbs Award given by the Local ACS section. The Marcus E. Hobbs award was established in 1988 to recognize members who have made significant, long-term contributions to the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society. The award was named for Marcus E. Hobbs, Department of Chemistry, Duke University, a model member who worked closely with the North Carolina Section since becoming Chair in 1945. Posted September 10, 2012.

Ison named 2012 Organometallics Fellow

Professor Elon Ison has been given this distinction which goes to goes to outstanding new investigators who have started to actively publish in the journal Organometallics in the last three years. Posted August 23, 2012.

Deiters Lab controls gene expression with hydrogen peroxide "switches"

Hydrogen peroxide doesn't just come in bottles from the drugstore – the human body makes it as well. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way to use naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide inside cells to switch on gene expression. Their method also serves as a highly sensitive hydrogen peroxide detector, which may help scientists determine the molecule's role in cellular health and disease. A news release can be found here. Posted August 03, 2012.

Alumnus wins PE-CASE Award

John Kitchen (BS '95) has been awarded a Presidential PE-CASE Award by President Barack Obama. A news release can be obtained here. Posted July 24, 2012.

Muddiman named Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Professor David Muddiman has been named a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry by the University, highlighting his "sustained record of high scholarship and international reputation in biological mass spectrometry". Posted June 25, 2012


The department held its 2012 Spring graduation ceremony on May 12, 2012. We have a few photos of the event. Posted May 24, 2012

Williams selected as Best of BIOT award winner

Professor Gavin Williams has been selected as one of the winners of the 2012 Best of BIOT awards. As a winner, his award-winning talk will be presented to an extended audience at an upcoming Best of BIOT Webinar in a peer-reviewed chapter in an eBook containing all of the 2012 Best of BIOT award winners. Posted May 11, 2012

Ghiladi and Williams win NSF Career Awards

Professors Gavin Williams and Reza Ghiladi have been awarded prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. Posted May 1, 2012

Matty wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Molly Matty, a senior in the department of chemistry, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Molly is graduating this spring with a 4.0 overall GPA, is in the University Honors Program, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. Posted Apr 02, 2012

Maria Oliver-Hoyo selected as an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor

This professorship recognizes extended service as an outstanding teacher at NC State. Only members of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers who also continue to provide long-term, distinguished services in undergraduate teaching at NC State are eligible for this distinction. Posted Mar 06, 2012

Photocaged DNA Provides New Levels of Transcription Control

The light-activated oligonucleotide tools developed by the Deiters lab, specifically their recent publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc. on the development of photocaged DNA decoys, has been the subject of a Highlight article in the current issue of ChemBioChem. Posted Mar 01, 2012

Deiters Group Develops Better Control for DNA-Based Computations

The Deiters laboratory has found a way to give DNA-based computing better control over logic operations. His work could lead to interfacing DNA-based computing with traditional silicon-based computing.In a paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Deiters addressed the control problem by making portions of the input strands of DNA logic gates photoactivatable, or controllable by ultraviolet (UV) light. The process is known as photocaging. Deiters successfully photocaged several different nucleotides on a DNA logic gate known as an AND gate. Posted Feb 20, 2012

Comins teaches chemistry course in Brazil

Daniel Comins of the Department of Chemistry taught a short course on heterocyclic chemistry at a national meeting (ESSO IV) held at the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Carlos, Brazil (Feb 6-10, 2012). Professor Comins has published extensively in the areas of heterocyclic chemistry and organic synthesis, and he is President-elect of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry. Posted Feb 16, 2012

Photochemical Control of Rho Kinase

The development of a light-activated Rho kinase inhibitor and its application in the investigation of gut tube development in Xenopus embryos, a collaborative effort between the Deiters lab and the Nascone-Yoder lab, has been highlighted on NCSU's The Abstract Posted Feb 15, 2012.

Deiters Lab Research Published in Nature Chemistry

The Deiters lab, together with the Chin lab at the MRC in Cambridge, U.K., reported the genetic encoding of a new chemical handle in bacterial and mammalian cells and the selective reaction of proteins on the surface of live cells. Their work is published in the recent issue of Nature Chemistry and is highlighted on the NCSU webpage. Posted Feb 05, 2012

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Program now accepting applications

We are pleased to announce we are taking applications for the Summer 2012 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program! March 16th is the final deadline, but we encourage early submission for this highly competitive opportunity. Please go to the REU website for information on how to apply.

Melander group research reduces biofilm threat

The Melander group makes further inroads in the break up of microbial goo. See Chemical and Engineering News story here.

JAMA features biofilm inhibition research from the Melander group

Journal of the American Medical Association features work on inhibition of bacterial biofilm formation performed by NCSU researchers Roberta Worthington and Christian Melander. Full article here.

Ison featured on NBC's Chemistry NOW

Professor Elon Ison has been featured as part of NBC Learn's "Chemistry NOW" series. More info is below, and here is a direct link to the video featuring Elon and his students. Watch the video Modified November 14, 2011

Bowden Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus

Professor Ed Bowden received a Distinguished Alumnus award from Virginia Commonwealth University. He received the award at a banquet in his honor on October 21, 2011. Congratulations Ed!Modified November 11, 2011

NCSU PhDs Launch Successful Business

A Business Week article describes the company started by NCSU PhDs Tiffany Bailey and Tashni-Ann Dubroy. Modified November 11, 2011

Weare Rockets towards the Sun

This video shows Professor Weare's vision for solar energy storage schemes. Forget batteries! They are not efficient enough. Walter wants to store solar energy as a fuel. Watch the video and tell a friend. Modified November 11, 2011

Bowman and Tsuchiya Win Awards at ACS Local Section Conference

Congratulations to David Bowman (Advisor: Elena Jakubikova), on winning an honorable mention of his poster titled "Low-spin vs. High-spin Ground State in Pseudo-Octahedral Iron Complexes" at the NC-ACS Local Section Conference on Friday. Congratulations are also in order for Dr. Takashi Tsuchiya (Former advisor: Jerry Whitten) on winning second prize in the post-doctoral category of posters at the same conference. The title of his poster was "Configuration Interaction Study of the Ground and Excited States of TiO2 Ring Structures." Posted October 3, 2011

Rhone Wins Award

Congratulations to Thelma Rhone for winning the Pride of the Wolfpack Award. This award is given to recognize NC State employees for a special or unique contribution to their department, college, or the University. Thelma was nominated for her team spirit and the consideration she shows her coworkers. Posted September 23, 2011

Enamorado Wins Travel Grant

Monica Enamorado, fourth year graduate student, won an ACS Organic Division Travel grant. This is a national award and only one student per department is chosen. Monica presented her paper titled “Five-step Synthesis of (S)-Macrostomine” in the organic division at the ACS meeting in Denver. Her advisor is Professor Comins. Posted September 16, 2011

Bunders wins Eli Lilly Travel Award

Congratulations to Cynthia Bunders who was one of 8 winners of the Women Chemists Committee Eli Lilly travel award! This is a national award given to female undergraduate students, graduate students, or postdocs to travel to a national or major meeting of their choice. Cynthia presented her paper titled "Design, synthesis and bacterial biofilm inhibition evaluation of flustramine inspired small molecules" in the organic division at the ACS meeting in Denver. Her advisor is Christian Melander. Posted September 5, 2011

Lugo-Morales is awarded a GAANN Fellowship

Leyda Lugo-Morales has been selected to receive a GAANN fellowship in biotechnology. Leyda's fellowship provides 30K to cover stipend, tuition, fees, and benefits. It also provides additional training opportunities and funds for travel. Leyda is a 4th year graduate student in analytical chemistry working in Professor Sombers' labs. Posted September 2, 2011

Enamorado and Roberts win BASF Fellowships

Monica Enamorado and James Roberts have been selected as recipients of BASF scholarships. The awards come with $5,000 support for the academic Fall/Spring cycle. Monica and James received their awards at a ceremony at BASF in the RTP on August 17th. Monica is a 4th year graduate student in organic chemistry working in Professor Comins' labs. James is a 4th year graduate student in analytical chemistry working in Professor Sombers' labs. Posted August 25, 2011

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