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Mary Katherine Valchar receives NC State Undergraduate Research Grant Award

Mary Katherine Valchar, an undergraduate student double majoring in Chemical Engineering and French Language and Literature, has been awarded an NC State Undergraduate Research Grant Award. Her research project focuses on the synthesis and characterization of a select set of perinone derivatives and their respective iridium chromophores for use in solar fuel production as water reduction agents. She will present her work at the NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 12, 2017 in the Talley Student Center. Her research advisor is Dr. Phil Castellano.
Posted January 20, 2017

Future of Materials Workshop Winners

Congratulations to graduate student members of the Castellano group who were recognized at the Future of Materials Workshop, a regional conference held on January 17, 2017 and sponsored by ORaCEL. Sofia Garakyaraghi placed first in the oral presentations and Michelle McGoorty took third place in the poster presentations.
Posted January 20, 2017

Phil Castellano named Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair

The NC State College of Sciences has named Phil Castellano as its first Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair - this is a huge honor and thoroughly well deserved. The professorship was made possible by a gift from longtime NC State supporters Jim and Ann Goodnight. Castellano has been awarded nearly $18 million in research grants over the course of his career and currently has funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He has authored more than 170 scientific publications and delivered more than 180 invited research presentations. See this press release for more information. Posted December 9, 2016

Joshua Pierce named 2016-2017 University Faculty Scholar

Professor Josh Pierce has been selected as a member of the 2016-17 class of University Faculty Scholars (UFS). This is a prestigious NCSU award in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching, and service. Josh was one of only three College of Science recipients and one of 22 university-wide recipients. Besides the recognition that comes with it, the award provides $10,000 per year for five years for programmatic uses. See the announcement here.
Posted December 9, 2016

Chang Liu receives award at CCTCC Graduate Poster Presentation

Chang Liu, a graduate student in the Jakubikova group, was awarded 3rd place in the Graduate Poster Presentation at the 24th Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry (CCTCC) that took place on November 11-12 in Jackson, MS. His poster title was "Impact of the Dye Conformation on Interfacial Electron Transfer in Dye-Semiconductor Assemblies." Posted November 21, 2016

Students from the Jakubikova group honored at SERMACS

Two students from the Jakubikova group were honored at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in the Computers in Chemistry Division's Best Junior Poster competition, Computational/Theoretical category.

Jason Brannock, a senior BA chemistry major, presented his winning poster titled, "Improving the light harvesting capability of Ru(II)-polypyridine dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells" while David Torres, a high school student at Wake STEM Early College High School, presented on the "Influence of pi-conjugated donors on electronic properties of [Fe(tpy)2]2+."

Robert Gotwals, a Visiting Scholar in Professor's Jakubikova's group, and a member of the faculty of the School of Science and Mathematics, received the CHED High School Teacher Award (http://sermacs2016.sites.acs.org/), for excellence in teaching. Posted November 11, 2016

Chemistry students present at NC-ACS local section meeting; Melinda Box receives 2016 Marcus Hobbs award

Congratulations to Chemistry department students for their poster presentations at the NC-ACS local section meeting and to Melinda Box for receiving the 2016 Marcus Hobbs award from the local section. Read the full story here. Posted October 30, 2016

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