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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
Chemistry students organize 4th annual Triangle Student Research Competition
Leslie Wilson and Cameron Stevens organize the 4th annual Triangle Student Research Competition at the Frontier in the RTP. Read the full story here. Posted October 30, 2016
Dick Zare gives lecture at Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Analytical Chemistry
The 2016 Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Analytical Chemistry was given by Professor Richard (Dick) Zare from Stanford University on Friday, October 14, 2016 in the Hunt Library Auditorium. Nearly 300 scientists gathered at the event from NC State and other neighboring universities as well as industrial scientists. Professor Zare's inspiring lecture was titled "Mass Spectrometry: Drop by Drop."
Posted October 18, 2016
Sombers lab featured in The Technician
Dr. Leslie Sombers' lab is featured in the Oct 13 edition of the Technician, "NC State reveals research of drug addiction." Read the article here. Posted October 16, 2016
George Van Den Driessche receives ACS CINF award
CGSA and NC State CDC host Professional Development Event
The Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA) teamed up with the NC State Career Development Center (CDC) on August 11th, 2016 to host a Professional Development Event for creating resume, CV and LinkedIn profiles. With the expert assistance from the CDC's Director of Professional Development, Marcy Bullock, chemistry graduate students were able to get help with building their professional profiles. During the event, Ms. Bullock gave a 30-minute talk to the attendees explaining how to build a resume, CV and LinkedIn profile. After her presentation, she took the time to look over individual resumes and LinkedIn profiles, while offering individualized feedback. As a bonus, professional head-shot photographs were taken by Cody Perry for uploading to online profiles. This was the first Professional Development Event offered by the CGSA, and based on the interest and feedback from the students, it turned out to be a success.
Posted August 31, 2016
Two chemistry faculty receive 2017 Chancellor's Innovation Funds to commercialize research discoveries
Dr. Reza Ghiladi and Dr. Gavin Williams have each received Chancellor's Innovation Funds to help commercialize technology developed in their labs. In total, seven CIF awards were made after a lengthy and rigorous selection process that culminated in an innovators pitch to a panel of investors and venture capitalists. Ghiladi, along with collaborators and co-inventors Dimitris Argyropoulos (Department of Forest Biomaterials) and Frank Scholle (Department of Biological Sciences) will develop novel anti-infective coatings that are activated by light. Williams will turn E. coli into antibiotic-producing factories by using synthetic biology.
More information about the CIF program and the 2017 winners can be found here. Posted August 14, 2016
Mongin, Garakyaraghi, and Castellano recognized by International Society for Optics and Photonics
Dr. Cédric Mongin (Postdoctoral Fellow), Sofia Garakyaraghi (Graduate Student), and Professor Felix N. Castellano have been recognized by the International Society for Optics and Photonics for their work in developing a semiconductor quantum dot photosenthesizers which are as effective as molecular triplet photosynthesizers in solar energy conversion processes. You can read about their work here.
Posted August 3, 2016
Phi Lambda Upsilon co-organizes the Inaugural Academia to Industry Chemistry Graduate Student Networking Event
The chemistry department at NC State hosted its first graduate student networking event April 14th. Over twenty representatives from companies including Avazymes, BASF, Biogen, CREE, Eastman, the Environmental Protection Agency, GlaxoSmithKline, Meso Scale Discovery, Novozymes, RTI International, Syngenta, and LORD Corp were in attendance to network and socialize with almost forty graduate students. Thank you to the faculty, staff, and graduate students responsible for the planning and execution of this successful event.
Posted June 13, 2016
Gufeng Wang's nanocar research in the news
Dr. Gufeng Wang's research on ambient temperature single-molecule molecular control is in the news. Read more about his group's efforts to drive their nanocars: https://news.ncsu.edu/2016/06/nanocar/ and here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160601112553.htm. Their research article can be found in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b01249). Posted June 6, 2016
Departmental TA and RA awards announced
The chemistry graduate awards committee announces the following awardees of the departmental TA and RA awards:
- Robert A. Osteryoung Award for Research - Elijah Gordon
- Percy Lavon Julian Award for Research - Christian Kasey, Yasamin Moazami
- Miles F. Anderson Award for Teaching - Rachel Hall, Brandon Zoellner
- Bereman Family Award for Teaching - Bradley Losey, Damaris Perez
Their awards will be presented at the departmental graduation ceremonies on May 6. Posted May 3, 2016
Melinda Box wins 2016 NC-ACS Marcus Hobbs award
Melinda Box is the winner of the NC American Chemical Society Marcus Hobbs award for 2016. This award is given to recognize members who have made significant, long-term contributions to the local section. Melinda has been the Webmaster of the section since 2005, and during this time she has overhauled and revamped the website multiple times including reorganization, improving the aesthetic, and changing site providers. Melinda took a major role in programming the site's user friendly features including forms processing for event volunteer signups, the employment announcement board to support local section members, and the NC-ACS event photo albums to allow member contributions and viewing of activities. Melinda will be presented the award in September at the NC-ACS local section meeting. She is also featured in the local section newsletter. Posted May 3, 2016
Chemistry faculty honored at University Teaching Awards Luncheon
Three chemistry faculty were recently honored at the University Teaching Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 11.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Reza Ghiladi, recipient of one of the the University's Outstanding Teacher Awards; Dr. Edmond Bowden, Interim Chair of Chemistry; Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams, recipient of the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Maria Oliver-Hoyo, recipient of the College of Science's nominee for the Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. William Ditto, Dean of the College of Sciences. Posted April 21, 2016
Amanda Digby selected for 2016-17 "Preparing the Professoriate" program
Ms. Amanda (Kat) Digby has been selected as a member of the 2016-17 "Preparing the Professoriate" program in the Graduate School. This is a prestigious professional development program whereby graduate students are matched with faculty mentors to develop their teaching skills and a teaching portfolio. Kat's teaching mentor will be Dr. Lori Petrovich. Her research advisor is Dr. Maria Oliver-Hoyo. Posted April 11, 2016
Vishwas Rao named 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholar
Chemistry undergraduate Vishwas Rao has been named a 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholar. Three scholarships were awarded to undergraduates across North Carolina. The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,150 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the institutional representatives of 415 colleges and universities nationwide. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Vishwas plans to pursue graduate studies in chemical biology and has been carrying out research in the lab of Dr. Gavin Williams. Vishwas is also a Park Scholar at NC State. Read the full story here. Posted April 11, 2016 (updated April 21, 2016)
The annual Graduate Recruiting Weekend 2016 poster session winners are:
Junior Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chem Ed
- Tao Jin, 2nd Year Graduate, Fang Chen, Victor, James Tour, and Gufeng Wang*, "Optimizing Fluorescence Tagging Strategy to Study Single Molecule Diffusion on Air-Solid Surface."
Senior Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chem Ed
- Kat Digby, Senior Graduate, Maria Oliver-Hoyo "Probing Understanding of Non-Covalent Interactions Using Drawing to Learn and Argumentation."
- Joseph M. Favale Jr., 2nd Year Graduate, Felix N. Castellano, "Early Transition Metal Photosensitizers: Tungsten Arylisocyanides."
- Damaris Esther Pérez, Senior Graduate, Elon A. Ison, "Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of Novel Cationic Diamido Amine Rhenium Complex."
- Bradley Minrovic, 2nd Year Graduate, Christian Melander, "Developing Imidazole Adjuvants as a Way to Increase the Clinical Effectiveness of Antibiotics."
- Jonathan Mills, Senior Graduate, Joshua G. Pierce "Synthesis and SAR Studies of Potent Antimicrobial Natural Products: Lipoxazolidinones A, B and C.
BASF - Innovative Graduate Research Award
- Grant A. Edwards, 2nd Year Graduate, Joshua G. Pierce, Nataliia V. Shymanska, "Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Novel Heterocyclic Scaffolds as Infectious Disease Lead Compounds."
The Caitlin, Erin and Jocelyn Muddiman Outstanding and Creative Research Award
- Gongfang Hu, Senior Graduate, Jon Lindsey, "Tetrapyrrole-Perylene Pentad: an Artificial Reaction Center with an Integrated Panchromatic Absorber."
The Comparative Medicine Institute Award for Chemistry at the Interface of Medicine
- Leslie Rae Wilson, Senior Graduate, Leslie A. Sombers, Christie A. Lee, Catherine F. Mason, Cassie J. Doster. "Real-Time Striatal Measurements of Oxidative Stress and Dopamine in the Dyskinetic Rat During Chronic L-DOPA Treatment For Parkinson's Disease."
The Eastman Chemical Creativity Award
- Sofia Garakyaraghi, Senior Graduate, Cedric Mongin, Felix N. Castellano, "Quantum Dot Triplet Sensitizers: A New Frontier in Photochemistry."
Excellence in Organic Chemistry Award in Honor of Professor Daniel Comins
- Nataliia V. Shymanska, Senior Graduate, Joshua G. Pierce, "Synthesis of Novel Pyrrolidinediones as Precursors for Unprecedented beta-2,2,3 Amino Acids Containing a Quaternary Stereocenter."
Posted March 31, 2016
Sofia Garakyaraghi and Leslie Wilson awarded at Graduate Student Research Symposium
Congratulations to Sofia Garakyaraghi (Castellano Group) and Leslie Wilson (Sombers Group) for 1st and 3rd place poster wins, respectively, at the Graduate Student Research Symposium held on March 23. Posted March 28, 2016
Elizabeth Hecht wins ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Fellowship
Congratulations to Elizabeth Hecht from the David Muddiman gorup. Liz is a recipient of the American Chemistry Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry 2016-2017 Graduate Student Fellowship. These fellowships are very difficult to win and her award is a testament to her hard work, dedication, intellect and creativity. Posted March 28, 2016
Students recognized at The Graduate Student Association Awards Banquet
Congratulations to the following chemistry graduate students who were recognized at The Graduate Student Association Awards Banquet on March 22, 2016.
- Recognition for Excellence in Classroom Teaching
- Recognition for Excellence in Laboratory Teaching
Posted March 28, 2016
Congratulations to Samantha Smith and Leslie Wilson of the Sombers group
Samantha Smith was awarded a fellowship to attend the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience (MMIN) meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she will present her work on "Simultaneous Real-Time Measurements of Dopamine and Glucose at Single Recording Sites in Striatal Tissue." Leslie Wilson has won a Keck Center for Behavioral Biology award to attend the (same) MMIN Meeting in Sweden and present her work on "Real-Time Striatal Measurements of Oxidative Stress and Dopamine in the Dyskinetic Rat During Chronic L-DOPA Treatment For Parkinson's Disease." Leslie's award will furthermore allow her to give an invited talk at Indiana University's 2016 Indiana University Animal Behavior Conference. Posted March 28, 2016
Sombers lab hosts tour and Q&A for teenagers from "My Brother's Keeper" organization
Dr. Leslie Sombers and her research group hosted a group of teenagers who are affiliated with the group "My Brother's Keeper." This organization was founded by President Obama to "address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential." The Sombers lab gave them a tour of the lab, including an examination of rat and pig brains, and the group did some hands-on demonstrations for them. The group also had a Q&A time with group members about college selection and career preparation. Posted March 17, 2016
Maria Gallardo-Williams receives Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology
Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams has been named a recipient of the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology for her project on working with undergraduate students to develop effective organic instructional videos. The award recognizes "the creative pedagogy of NC State's faculty and technical staff and their work in integrating new technologies into effective teaching strategies." Maria will be recognized at an upcoming awards ceremony and luncheon hosted by Provost Arden. Posted March 17, 2016
Chemistry faculty awarded collaborative seed funding grants from the Comparative Medicine Institute
Dr. Josh Pierce and Dr. Gavin Williams were each awarded seed grants from the Comparative Medicine Institute after successfully pitching their research proposals to more than 30 faculty members at a recent CMI event. Dr. Pierce along with co-PI Jody Gookin (Department of Clinical Sciences, CVM) will explore approaches to developing novel therapeutics for Cryptosporidium while Dr. Williams along with co-PI's Denis Fourches (Bioinformatics Research Center and the Department of Chemistry) and Megan Jacob (Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, CVM) will explore the biosynthesis, virtual screening, and testing of new macrolide antibiotics. Posted March 17, 2016
Lucian Lucia chosen as 2016 ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division Fellow
Professor Lucian Lucia was recently chosen to be a 2016 ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division Fellow. This Award recognizes Division members who have shown outstanding dedication, leadership, and service to the Division. More information can be found at http://cell.sites.acs.org/divisionfellowaward.htm.
Posted February 29, 2016
Maria Gallardo-Williams featured in The Technician
Congratulations to Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams whose work on the Alt Textbook project was featured in The Technician. Read the full article for more information. Posted February 4, 2016
Castellano and colleagues publish paper on triplet energy transfer from semiconductor nanocrystals
Dr. Phil Castellano and colleagues have published a paper in Science titled, "Direct observation of triplet energy transfer from semiconductor nanocrystals" (22 JANUARY 2016 • VOL 351 ISSUE 6271, pp. 369-372, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6378). Their discoveries include direct triplet-triplet transfer from Cd-Se nanoparticles to solutes and a six order of magnitude lifetime enhancement of excitons from the semiconductor nanomaterial. Read the full NCSU news posting for more information. Posted January 31, 2016
NSF recommends Elena Jakubikova for CAREER Award
The National Science Foundation has recommended Professor Elena Jakubikova for a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. This is the most prestigious award offered by the NSF in support of early career-development activities of teacher-scholars who effectively integrate research and education. This award was made for Elena's proposal "Computational Studies of Light-Induced Dynamics in First-Row Transition Metal Complexes" and will provide a total of $575K in funding over a 5-year period.
Posted November 30, 2015
Vishwas Rao receives award at 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
Vishwas Rao, an undergraduate research assistant in the Williams group, was awarded a prize for "Outstanding Poster Presentation" at the 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Seattle. There were more than 2,000 presentations in total at this year's meeting. Vishwas was supported with travel grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research and the University Honors Program. Posted November 28, 2015
Leslie Sombers and Gavin Williams selected as 2015-16 University Faculty Scholars
Leslie Sombers and Gavin Williams have been selected as 2015-16 University Faculty Scholars in recognition of their outstanding achievements and academic leadership. Only about 20 scholars are selected annually from across the university for this prestigious NCSU award, so this is an especially noteworthy and happy occasion for the Department of Chemistry and is a reflection of the great things that are happening in our department. It is indeed rare to have awards given to 2 faculty from the same department in the same year! Posted November 27, 2015
Leiah Carey awarded Department of Energy fellowship
Leiah Carey from the Ghiladi lab has been awarded a prestigious Department of Energy fellowship from the Office of Science Graduate Student Research based on her proposal "Mechanistic Studies of a Multifunctional Enzyme Deduced by Neutron Diffraction." In collaboration with Dr. Myles and Dr. Meilleur at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Leiah will spend 9 months in Tennessee at the national lab's High Flux Isotope Reactor and Spallation Neutron Source facilities applying advanced neutron sciences to her graduate research on the enzyme dehaloperoxidase. Posted November 9, 2015
Dr. Alexander Makarov presents at Inaugural Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Hunt Library
The Inaugural Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Analytical Chemistry was held on October 16th in the Hunt Library. Our 2015 distinguished speaker, Dr. Alexander Makarov, presented the evolution and future of the Orbitrap mass analyzer, for which he is given sole credit for its invention, to over 250 people in attendance.
Photos: Professor David Muddiman presents Dr. Makarov with an award for his creativity, innovation, and vision in the field of analytical chemistry (left) and Dr. Makarov engages with graduate students (right) after his lecture.
We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Thermo Fisher Scientific Endowed Seminar Series in Analytical Chemistry will be presented by Professor Richard Zare from Stanford University. Details will be announced as they become available. Posted November 9, 2015
Professor Phil Castellano has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. This honor is given to a select group of scientists for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the chemical sciences. As a Fellow, Phil is entitled to use the designatory letters FRSC after his name. Furthermore his name will be included in a list of recently admitted Fellows to be published in The Times (London) newspaper. Phil is the second member of our faculty to be recently selected for this honor, joining Dan Comins who became a Fellow last year. Posted October 31, 2015
Catie Mason, an undergraduate student in the Sombers' lab, has won the I. M. Kolthoff award sponsored by the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry. This $750 award will fund her travel to PittCon, where she can present her work investigating the chemical mechanisms that underlie the initiation and progression of Parkinson's disease. The I.M. Kolthoff Award is "given annually to deserving undergraduates who have done undergraduate research in the field of analytical chemistry, broadly defined, in celebration of the life and accomplishments of the late Professor Izaak Maurits Kolthoff, viewed by many as the father of modern analytical chemistry." Only three such awardees are chosen annually. Posted October 30, 2015
NCSU chemistry students, SEED student and alumnus win awards at the NC-American Chemical Society Local Section meeting
Fifty five posters were presented at the 129th local section conference of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society on Friday, September 18, 2015. Awards by our students were won in the following categories:
In the High School student division:
- Chidubem (Naomi) Nwakuche of Sanderson High School and the North Carolina School of Science and Math Online Program
NC-ACS Project SEED Advisor: Prof. Gavin Williams
In the Undergraduate student division:
- Sarah L. Stanley
Advisor: Prof. Reza Ghiladi
- Vishwas Rao
Advisor: Prof. Gavin Williams
In the Graduate student division:
- Kimberly Castelli
Advisor: Prof. Gavin Williams
- And BS alumnus Eric Rountree (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Advisor: Prof. Jillian Dempsey
Their pictures are published in this month's Tarhelium.
Posted October 20, 2015
Alan Harvell wins Pride of the Wolfpack award
Congratulations to Alan Harvell who is one of seven winners in the College of Sciences of the Pride of the Wolfpack award. This award is given for "a special or unique contribution to their College or the University." Alan indeed brings much expertise and excellence to his work in our Electronics Shop. Posted October 19, 2015
Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams named DELTA Faculty Fellow for 2015-2016
Teaching Associate Professor Maria Gallardo-Williams is a recipient of the new DELTA Faculty Fellows grant for the 2015-2016 academic year. Faculty Fellows Grants recognize faculty who are exemplars in teaching with technology. Grant recipients work collaboratively with DELTA staff to support other faculty in teaching effectively using campus technologies. Dr. Gallardo-Williams has also been awarded a DELTA grant for continued funding to support her research on using multimedia resources in the organic chemistry teaching laboratories. You can also view some of her work here. Posted September 5, 2015
Denis Fourches wins ACS award for symposium talk
Assistant Professor Denis Fourches won the ACS award for best talk given at the annual Symposium on Emerging Technologies in Computational Chemistry held by the COMP (Computers in Chemistry) Division. His talk at the ACS national meeting in Boston was entitled: "Next Generation Approaches in Computational Chemistry." Posted August 24, 2015
Rachel Hall wins NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Fellowship
Rachel Hall has been awarded a NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Fellowship for a period of 2 years to support her research project ongoing in the group of Gavin Williams and the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Rachel! Posted June 30, 2015
Ethan Marrow awarded NSF travel scholarship
Ethan Marrow has been awarded an NSF travel scholarship for $1000 to attend a Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and Workshop in Bethesda, MD on July 13-16. Speakers will discuss innovations in ways to conduct chemical and engineering research in a more environmentally friendly way. Ethan's research advisor is Dr. Lucian Lucia. Posted June 7, 2015
Tashni-Ann Dubroy named President of Shaw University
Dr. Tashni-Ann (Coote) Dubroy (Ph.D. 2006, Dave Shultz) has been named President of Shaw University. Tashni was Special Assistant to the President for process optimization in 2014 after Chairing of Shaw's Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Read more about her new appointment here. Posted June 7, 2015
Joshua Pierce selected as Sigma Xi awardee
The NC State chapter of Sigma Xi honors early career faculty who have demonstrated excellence in their areas of research specialization. Dr. Joshua Pierce was selected this year as one of two awardees for his cutting edge research in organic synthesis and chemical biology of complex marine natural products. Posted April 30, 2015
2015 Awards for Excellence
Congratulations to our Awards for Excellence nominees: Dr. Vamsi Kandhi in the EPA category and Ms. Katie Elliott and Mrs. Maria Moreno in the SPA category. They were nominated by colleagues for their exemplary work, efficiency and dedication to the faculty, staff and students they serve. They were recognized on April 16 by Dean Dan Solomon in the College of Sciences Awards for Excellence ceremony. Posted April 23, 2015
Eric Alexy receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Eric Alexy, a senior in the Lindsey lab, was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his academic and research pursuits in graduate school. Eric will attend CalTech in the fall and hopes to pursue his Ph.D. with Dr. Brian Stoltz. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Posted April 14, 2015
Matthew Boudreau receives Honorable Mention as Goldwater Scholar
Matthew Boudreau, a junior in the Pierce lab, recently was recognized as a 2015 Goldwater Honorable Mention. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Matthew was one of only three NC State students that were recognized nationally. Posted April 14, 2015
Lucia elected as an ACS Councilor
Lucian Lucia has just been elected an ACS Councilor to represent Members at the Division level (CELL, 2015-2017). He solicits feedback from any and all Members regardless of Division or local affiliation to ensure that the voice of our members is heard. Please send all ideas, suggestions, and criticisms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted April 6, 2015
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."
- 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: https://sciences.ncsu.edu/news/nc-state-chemist-receives-nsf-career-award/
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 http://www.springer.com/chemistry/analytical+chemistry/journal/216
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. http://www.ishc-web.org/ 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: http://www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/chemreu/ 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 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
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
- 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 (www.ushupo.org). 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: http://ncacs.sites.acs.org/ 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 nanowerk.com
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
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