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Distinguished University Teaching Professor Philippe Bühlmann receives President's Award for Outstanding Service 07/03/2024

Distinguished University Teaching Professor Philippe Bühlmann was recently honored with the President's Award for Outstanding Service, one of the University’s highest awards for exceptional service to education and community. Bühlmann is recognized for his more than two decades of commitment to serving the department, the University, and the broader chemistry community. Thank you, Phil, for all that you do!

Distinguished University Teaching Professor Philippe Bühlmann receives President's Award for Outstanding Service MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (7/1/2024) – Distinguished University Teaching Professor Philippe Bühlmann was recently honored with the President's Award for Outstanding Service, one of the University’s highest awards for exceptional service to education and community. Bühlmann is recognized for his m...

William C. K. Pomerantz receives Horace T. Morse Award 03/11/2024

Merck Professor of Chemistry William C. K. Pomerantz recently received the Horace T. Morse Award, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He is recognized as “an exceptional teacher, educator, mentor, and scholar within his field of chemical biology.” Congratulations, Will! 👏

William C. K. Pomerantz receives Horace T. Morse Award MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (3/11/2024) - Merck Professor of Chemistry William C. K. Pomerantz recently received the Horace T. Morse Award, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He is recognized as “an exceptional teacher, educato...

Can nanoparticles help fight hunger? 02/23/2024

Wow! Prof. Christy Haynes' TED Talk was just posted yesterday and already has over 180,000 views! We're so of Prof. Haynes and her research group; check out this incredible story their science. 🧪🍉🌱🍓

Can nanoparticles help fight hunger? A game-changing solution to the global food crisis could come from something so tiny you can't see it with the naked eye. Nanomaterials chemist Christy Haynes describes her team's work designing nanoparticles that could protect plants from disease and crop loss, helping farmers reap abundant harvest...

01/18/2024
PhD candidate Casey Ritts receives American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship 12/13/2023

PhD candidate Casey Ritts received an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship to support the next step in his academic journey. 👏 Casey's headed to California in just a few weeks! Read more about his story here: https://cse.umn.edu/chem/news/phd-candidate-casey-ritts-receives-american-cancer-society-postdoctoral-fellowship

PhD candidate Casey Ritts receives American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/29/2023) – Chemistry PhD candidate Casey Ritts – who’s just two weeks away from his dissertation defense – has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society. The award will support his research in his next role as a postdoctoral researcher...

12/13/2023
Bhagi-Damodaran group researchers discover how electrostatics control active site assembly and reactivity in iron enzymes that directly halogenate small molecules 11/07/2023

McKnight Land-Grant Professor Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran and her research group discover how electrostatics control active site assembly and reactivity in iron enzymes that directly halogenate small molecules. Learn more about their latest research!

Bhagi-Damodaran group researchers discover how electrostatics control active site assembly and reactivity in iron enzymes that directly halogenate small molecules MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/7/2023) – McKnight Land-Grant Professor Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran and her research group are making strides in sustainable enzyme research. Enzymes are specialized proteins – molecular tools – composed of amino acid sequences that perform complex chemical transformation...

Alexander Grenning joins Department of Chemistry faculty 09/08/2023

We're so thrilled to announce that we will welcome Dr. Alex Grenning to the UMN Chemistry faculty in January 2023! 👋 Learn more about our incoming Associate Professor:

Alexander Grenning joins Department of Chemistry faculty MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (9/8/2023) – The Department of Chemistry will welcome Alexander Grenning to the faculty as an Associate Professor in January 2023. Grenning is joining the University of Minnesota from the University of Florida (UF), where he has been a faculty member since 2014.Grenning comp...

Professor Christy Haynes named new head of the Department of Chemistry 04/05/2023

We are proud to announce that College of Science and Engineering Dean Andrew Alleyne has named Distinguished McKnight University Professor Christy Haynes as the next head of the Department of Chemistry.

Professor Christy Haynes named new head of the Department of Chemistry MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/05/2023) – College of Science and Engineering Dean Andrew Alleyne has named Distinguished McKnight University Professor Christy Haynes as the next head of the Department of Chemistry. She will start in the role in summer 2023. Read the official CSE announcement of Prof. ...

Crossword puzzle created by Professor George Barany featured in C&E News centennial celebration issue 01/23/2023

The centennial issue of Chemistry & Engineering News, released today, features a custom crossword puzzle by University of Minnesota Chemistry Professor George Barany in collaboration with Christopher Adams and Barb Goldenberg. The puzzle, “C&EN-tennial playlist,” is a sequel to “Nine Decades of the Central Science,” the commissioned Sunday-sized 90th anniversary crossword puzzle Barany and friends created for C&EN a decade ago. Read More: https://cse.umn.edu/chem/news/crossword-puzzle-created-professor-george-barany-featured-ce-news-centennial-celebration 📝🧩 Play the puzzle online: cenm.ag/100online

Crossword puzzle created by Professor George Barany featured in C&E News centennial celebration issue MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (1/23/2023) – The centennial issue of Chemistry & Engineering News (C&EN), released today, features a custom crossword puzzle by University of Minnesota Professor George Barany in collaboration with Christopher Adams and Barb Goldenberg. The puzzle, “C&EN-tennial playlist,...

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Wayland E. Noland (12/08/1926 - 10/04/2022) 10/08/2022

With sadness we share news of the passing of Prof. Emeritus Wayland E. Noland at age 95. https://z.umn.edu/noland

A memorial event has been announced:

Sunday
10/16/2022
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Gill Brothers Funeral Home
5801 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Wayland E. Noland (12/08/1926 - 10/04/2022) MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/07/2022) — Professor Emeritus Wayland E. Noland passed away on October 4, 2022 at the age of 95. He first arrived on campus 71 years ago, followed by a 64-year faculty career, giving him the distinction as the the longest-serving tenured faculty member in University of M...

Renee Frontiera named Finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists 06/13/2022

Professor Renee Frontiera has been named a Finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize honoring early-career scientists and engineers! Read more at z.umn.edu/FrontieraBlavatnikFinalist

Renee Frontiera named Finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/13/2022)—Professor Renee Frontiera has been named a Finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize honoring early-career scientists and engineers. The 31 honorees were chosen from a highly competitive pool o...

Undergraduate celebration honors graduates and award recipients 06/08/2022

We're of our undergraduate students! Last month, an event was held to present awards, scholarships, and fellowships and to celebrate the graduating seniors. Read more at z.umn.edu/ChemUndergrad22

Undergraduate celebration honors graduates and award recipients MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/07/2022)—The Department of Chemistry hosted a recognition event on Thursday, May 12 to present awards, scholarships, and fellowships to undergraduate students and to celebrate the graduating seniors. Scholarship/Award Recipients Classroom Performance Jane B. Spence Schol...

Chuck Tomlinson receives 2022 President's Award for Outstanding Service 06/07/2022

Chemistry department Director of Operations Chuck Tomlinson has received the 2022 President's Award for Outstanding Service! The award, established in 1997, recognizes faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units. Read more at z.umn.edu/TomlinsonOutstandingService

Chuck Tomlinson receives 2022 President's Award for Outstanding Service MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/06/2022)—Chemistry department Director of Operations Chuck Tomlinson has received the 2022 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award, established in 1997, recognizes faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleg...

Thomas Smith joins the department as Director of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory 06/02/2022

Dr. Thomas Smith has joined the department as the new Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory. Welcome, Thomas! z.umn.edu/SmithNMR

Thomas Smith joins the department as Director of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/02/2022)—Dr. Thomas Smith joined the Department of Chemistry in April as the new Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory. As director of the NMR lab, which provides access to equipment and expertise for departmental research and teaching, Smith will b...

Professor Theresa Reineke appointed associate editor of Chemical Science 06/01/2022

Professor Theresa Reineke has been appointed as an associate editor for Chemical Science, the flagship journal for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). z.umn.edu/ReinekeChemSci

Professor Theresa Reineke appointed associate editor of Chemical Science MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/01/2022)—Professor Theresa Reineke has been appointed as an associate editor for journal Chemical Science, effective May 1, 2022. Established in 2010, Chemical Science is the flagship journal for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The journal is diamond open access, w...

Photos from Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota's post 05/25/2022

Two undergraduate chemistry majors, Leah Baker and Yukino Nakamura, are 2022 recipients of the President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (PSLSA). This award "recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. It is presented to students for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community.” z.umn.edu/2022chemPSLSA

05/16/2022

Professor Phil Buhlmann has been named a recipient of the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Distinguished Professorship, an award designed to honor exceptional faculty for their efforts in and contributions to teaching and scholarly research and for their genuine commitment to CSE and its activities. Read more at z.umn.edu/BuhlmannCSEDistProf

Mahmoud Matar Abed receives GEM Fellowship sponsored by NASA 05/10/2022

Mahmoud Matar Abed, a second-year graduate student in Professor Christy Haynes’ lab, has been awarded a GEM Fellowship from the National GEM Consortium. As a NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) GEM Fellow, he will work at the Kennedy Space Center in summer 2022 on projects related to in-situ resource utilization. Read more at z.umn.edu/MatarAbedGEMS

Mahmoud Matar Abed receives GEM Fellowship sponsored by NASA MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (05/10/2022)—Mahmoud Matar Abed, a second-year graduate student in Professor Christy Haynes’ lab, has been awarded a GEM Fellowship from the National GEM Consortium. The GEM Fellowship program promotes the participation of underrepresented groups in post-graduate science a...

CSE professor Larry Que elected to the National Academy of Sciences 05/05/2022

Professor Lawrence “Larry” Que Jr. has been elected as a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research. Congratulations, Professor Que! http://z.umn.edu/LarryQueNAS

CSE professor Larry Que elected to the National Academy of Sciences Que recognized for ‘distinguished and continuing achievements in original research’ MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (05/05/2022)—University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Professor Lawrence “Larry” Que Jr. has been elected as a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences...

Chemistry undergraduates recognized at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Showcase 05/03/2022

Three Chemistry undergraduate students were recognized at the 2022 CSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Leadership Showcase! Yukino Nakamura received the CSE Engagement Award, Jeffy J. was a Finalist for the CSE Leadership Award, and Ulises Perez was a Finalist for the First Generation Undergraduate STEM Student of the Year Award. Read more about these outstanding students at z.umn.edu/chemDEIshowcase

Chemistry undergraduates recognized at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Showcase MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (05/03/2022)—Chemistry undergraduate students Yukino Nakamura, Jeffy Jeffy, and Ulises Perez were recognized at the 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Leadership Showcase, held on March 30. This event, presented by the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), highlight...

Sarah Tanck, Chem and CEMS undergraduate, awarded 2022 Goldwater Scholarship 05/02/2022

Sarah Tanck, a junior majoring in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, has been recognized as a Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation! Read more about her research at z.umn.edu/TanckGoldwater

Sarah Tanck, Chem and CEMS undergraduate, awarded 2022 Goldwater Scholarship MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/26/2022)—Sarah Tanck, a junior majoring in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, is one of two University of Minnesota students to be be recognized as a Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Tanck and Madelyn Blake, a ...

04/28/2022

Five Department of Chemistry graduate students have been awarded highly competitive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (DDFs) for the 2022-23 academic year. Margaret Clapham, Brianna Collins, Mckenna Hanson, Hannah Holst, and Katherine Jones were selected among 195 nominations from across the University! z.umn.edu/ChemDDF2022

Photos from University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences's post 04/26/2022

Congrats to chemistry Prof. Ken Leopold for being named "Most Engaging Professor" in recognition of his "exceptional ability to fascinate and inspire students"!

04/21/2022

Nick Kreofsky, Kerstin Peterson, Alexander Umanzor, and Casey Wouters have received fellowships in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Brylon Denman and Melissa Rey earned honorable mentions. Congrats to all! Read more at https://z.umn.edu/NSFGRFP2022

Huarui Cui awarded the Department of Chemistry’s 2021 Best Thesis Award 04/14/2022

Congrats to Huarui Cui for receiving the Department of Chemistry’s Best Thesis Award for 2021! Cui earned her doctorate working with Professor William C. Pomerantz, researching BET bromodomain chemical probes, especially for BRD4. Read more at z.umn.edu/CuiBestThesis

Huarui Cui awarded the Department of Chemistry’s 2021 Best Thesis Award MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/14/2022)—Huarui Cui, Ph.D., has received the Department of Chemistry’s Best Thesis Award for 2021. Cui earned her doctorate working with Professor Will Pomerantz, researching BET bromodomain chemical probes, especially for BRD4. The Best Thesis Award is given annually ...

Brianna Collins featured in ‘Inventing Tomorrow’ 04/13/2022

Brianna Collins, a 5th-year chemistry graduate student working with Professor Jason Goodpaster, is working to solve atomic level mysteries using quantum mechanical modeling. Read more at z.umn.edu/CollinsInventingTomorrow

Brianna Collins featured in ‘Inventing Tomorrow’ MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/13/2022)—Brianna Collins, a 5th-year graduate student working with Professor Jason Goodpaster, was featured in the Fall 2021 edition of the College of Science and Engineering’s Inventing Tomorrow magazine. The article, "A Little Research Goes a Long Way," highlights ho...

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