2017 Stasch Award announced

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Ann R. Stasch Summer Fellowships. The endowment honors our first woman doctoral student, Ann R. Stasch, Ph.D., 1956 and recognizes excellence in research, scholarship, teaching, leadership and service.

The 2017 recipients are Erica Amato and Kylie Mitchell. Erica, who received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Northern Kentucky University, is a member of Prof. Jon Stewart’s research group and studies biocatalysis as it relates to alkene cleavage reactions. Kylie who received her BS degree from University of Pennsylvania is a member of Dr. Christou’s group. Her research involves using a molecular approach to cerium-dioxide nanoparticles through the synthesis of atomically-precise cerium-dioxide nanoclusters for their application in catalysis and medicine.

Congratulations to Erica and Kylie!

2017 Eastman Chemical Summer Fellowships Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Eastman Chemical Summer Fellowships

The award in analytical chemistry or polymer characterization goes to Ms. Emily Gill. Emily received her MS degree from the University of Birmingham, England and joined our program in 2014. She is a member of Prof. Yost’s research group. Her research focuses on mass spectrometry innovations for evaluating the metabolic signature of Parkinson’s disease and deep brain stimulation.

The award in organic chemistry goes to Mr. Chris Kabb who received his BS degree from SUNY Buffalo and began his PhD studies at UF in 2013. Chris is a member of Prof. Sumerlin’s research group. His research focuses on the preparation of new materials with reversible-covalent bonds that display an optical response to an appropriate stimulus.

Congratulations Emily and Chris!

Tiny Tech is back on the air!

Tiny Tech is a series of 90-second radio modules and podcasts that feature real world applications of chemistry and chemistry-based nanoscience. Produced in conjunction with the UF public radio station WUFT-FM, the modules are broadcast on Friday afternoons on WUFT. The scripts and sound files are available on the series web site tinytechradio.org and the podcast is available on iTunes.

The original Tiny Tech series was an outreach component of the Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials. The current run is funded by National Science Foundation grants to Profs. Lisa McElwee-White (UF), Greg Girolami (University of Illinois), Howard Fairbrother (Johns Hopkins) and Amy Walker (UT Dallas), whose groups are responsible for script writing and editing.

2017 James and Laura Winefordner Scholarship announced

The Analytical Chemistry Division is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 James and Laura Winefordner Summer Graduate Scholarship, Ms. Juliette Experton.  Juliette is a graduate of Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon and a member of Professor Charles Martin’s research group. Her dissertation research focuses on electroporation using a newly developed gold-microtube membrane. Congratulations Juliette!

The Roitberg group describes a method to calculate accurate molecular energies without the computational cost

The Roitberg group has recently published a method that uses Machine learning techniques, to compute highly accurate energies, but at a low computational cost.

Photographer: Bernard Brzezinski, UF Press Office