News & Events
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.
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
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
- Caitlin J. Muddiman Award for Demonstrating Creativity & Excellence in Research
- 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
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 http://www.ushupo.org. 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: http://cell.sites.acs.org
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 (www.asms.org). 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