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2015 News

Professor Ludwig Bartels receives the faculty award for Commitment to Graduate Diversity

Professor Ludwig Bartels receives the faculty award for Commitment to Graduate Diversity
April 21, 2015

Professor Ludwig Bartels has received the annual faculty award for Commitment to Graduate Diversity. The selection committee was impressed with his extraordinary willingness to mentor students who might otherwise have been overlooked in the admission process. The committee was equally impressed with the record of achievement these students have garnered under Dr. Bartels tutelage.  Read Moretest

UCR Undergraduates Awarded Summer Research Fellowships

UCR Undergraduates Awarded Summer Research Fellowships
April 13, 2015

Four UCR undergraduates have been awarded highly-competitive summer research fellowships by the Semiconductor Research Corporation. The fellowships will provide each recipient a stipend of $4,000 for 10 weeks to work this summer in science and technology fields related to the semiconductor computer industry. It also includes an invitation to TechCon, a national conference that brings together industry representatives, faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students to share cutting edge research related to the semiconductor industry. This year's recipients are Sahar Naghibi, Ingrid Liao, Dominic Martinez-Ta and William Coley. All four students work with Ludwig Bartels, a professor of chemistry.  Read Moretest

2015 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

2015 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
April 06, 2015

Dr. Jonathan Ashby, a graduate of Dr. Wenwan Zhong's research group, has received the 2015 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, a highly selective fellowship administered by the National Research Council (NRC). The awarded individuals must have demonstrated superior academic achievement, be committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, shown a sustained commitment to diversity in education, and shown promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers. Jonathan received his Ph.D. in 2014 and is currently working as a postdoc under the supervision of Dr. Sheila David in the Department of Chemistry, UC Davis, as an NIH T32 fellow in Oncogenic Signals and Chromosome Biology.  Read Moretest

Three graduate students receive NSF Fellowship Awards

Three graduate students receive NSF Fellowship Awards
March 31, 2015

Three graduate students working under the direction of Chemistry faculty have received five year NSF Graduate Research Fellowships that provides a $32K annual stipend plus tuition support. Jessica McKinley is working on computational chemistry under the direction of Prof. Beran, while Katie Magnone and Ariana Nguyen are working on materials chemistry under the direction of Prof. Bartels. Another chemistry student, Melissa Morgan, received honorable mention and is working on chemical imaging under the direction of Prof. Cheng.  Read Moretest

2014 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award

2014 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award
March 10, 2015

Erik Romero was UCR's recipient of the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award for 2014. Erik carried out his undergraduate research in Prof. Morton's laboratory. Erik's University Honors Program (UHP) thesis was of high quality, embodying not only his research at UCR, but also his work at Los Alamos National Laboratory (supported by a 2013 UCR MARCU* fellowship). Erik is attending UCSD for his chemistry PhD.  Read Moretest

2014 News

UCR Chemistry Club ACS Award

UCR Chemistry Club ACS Award
December 10, 2014

The UCR Chem Club has been recognized as an honorable mention by the American Chemical Society for the second consecutive year. Student chapters receive special recognition on the basis of their programs and activities. UCR was also recognized as a green chapter due to a successful battery recycling program during the 2013-2014 academic year. Though all of the Chem Club officers should be commended for their efforts, outgoing President Anh Thac and current President Joe Mejia should be given special recognition for their leadership.  Read Moretest

Formulating New Treatments for Kidney Cancer

Formulating New Treatments for Kidney Cancer
November 24, 2014

Michael Pirrung's work preparing complex organic molecules has a whole host of potential applications, from creating flavors and fragrances, to providing new life-saving cancer and HIV treatments. By inhibiting the proteasome, a huge molecular machine found in each cell, his research has developed a promising new compound for treating kidney cancer.  Read Moretest

Kuwana-Sawyer and Sawyer Award Funds Support Analytical Chemistry Students

Kuwana-Sawyer and Sawyer Award Funds Support Analytical Chemistry Students
November 05, 2014

Thanks to generous donations by UCR Chemistry alumni John Precht and Eddie Seo, three of our undergraduate students worked full-time in the laboratory this summer. The Kuwana-Sawyer Award honors Ted Kuwana and Donald T. Sawyer, well-known analytical chemists and former UCR professors, while providing support for undergraduate students doing research in analytical chemistry. This year's Kuwana-Sawyer Award recipients are Austin Chang (working with Prof. Yinsheng Wang), Nancy Ortega (working with Prof. Wenwan Zhong), and Philip Lee (working with Prof. Huiwang Ai). The students are all very appreciative of the opportunity to work full-time in the lab this summer, doing cutting-edge science and building skills to use in their future careers. In addition to doing research, Austin, Nancy and Philip joined about 30 other summer research students from all areas of science and engineering for seminars on searching the literature, scientific ethics, academic professionalism, applying to graduate school, interview skills and making successful poster and oral presentations.  Read Moretest

ACS Scholars Award Winner - Krystal Vasquez

ACS Scholars Award Winner - Krystal Vasquez
October 15, 2014

Senior chemistry major Krystal Vasquez has been selected to receive an ACS Scholars Award. The ACS Scholars Program awards about 100 renewable scholarships nationwide to students interested in pursuing a career in chemical sciences.  Read Moretest

Undergraduate students present posters on their summer chemistry research projects.

Undergraduate students present posters on their summer chemistry research projects.
September 08, 2014

Six undergraduate students presented research posters at the 2014 Research In Science and Engineering (RISE) Symposium on work mentored by chemistry faculty (Mueller, Switzer, Ai, Zhong, Chronister, Millar).  Read Moretest

UCR Chemistry ranked 47th World Wide

UCR Chemistry ranked 47th World Wide
August 24, 2014

UCR Chemistry is ranked 47th in the Academic Rankings of World Universities for 2014. This result is an improvement from the 51-75 ranking from 2012 & 2013. ARWU uses six indicators, including - the number of highly cited researchers, and per capita performance. More than 1200 universities are ranked by ARWU every year.  Read Moretest

Two Chemistry Faculty appear on Reuters list of Most Influential Minds of 2014

Two Chemistry Faculty appear on Reuters list of Most Influential Minds of 2014
August 21, 2014

Professor Yadong Yin and Distinguished Professor Robert Haddon appear on Reuters list of The World's Most Influential Minds of 2014. Researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of Highly Cited Papers - ranking among the top 1% most cited in their subject field. The list can be searched at highlycited.com.  Read Moretest

2014 Fall ACS CCG Excellence Award Winner

2014 Fall ACS CCG Excellence Award Winner
August 18, 2014

Christopher Roberts, a UCR chemistry graduate student in the group of Prof. Chia-en Chang, has won a Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award at the Fall 2014 ACS meeting. Chris' presentation entitled "Modeling of Enhanced Catalysis in Multienzyme Nanostructures Effects of Molecular Scaffoldings, Spatial Organization, and Concentration" was selected as one of 5 winners from more than two dozen applications. Chris' work focused on investigating the mechanisms and features that enhance the efficiency of enzyme spatially organized on a DNA origami scaffold over microsecond to millisecond timescale.   Read Moretest

Professor Millar receives the ISCE career achievement award

Professor Millar receives the ISCE career achievement award
July 22, 2014

Professor Jocelyn Millar, cooperating faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Silver Medal for career achievement by the International Society of Chemical Ecology.  Read Moretest

Dr. Eichler has received the 2013-14 Univeristy Honors Program Professor of the Year Award

Dr. Eichler has received the 2013-14 Univeristy Honors Program Professor of the Year Award
July 09, 2014

Dr. Jack Eichler was named Univeristy Honors Program Professor of the Year for 2013-14 for his exceptional teaching of honors general chemistry. Last year Dr. Eichler also received the 2013 UCR Innovative Teaching Award for the development of pedagogies for improving engagement in large enrollment courses.  Read Moretest

Solar Energy Gets a Boost

Solar Energy Gets a Boost
July 08, 2014

A perspective article published last month by University of California, Riverside chemists in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters was selected as an Editors Choice-an honor only a handful of research papers receive. The perspective reviews the chemists' work on "singlet fission" a process in which a single photon generates a pair of excited states. This 1->2 conversion process, as it is known, has the potential to boost solar cell efficiency by as much as 30 percent.   Read Moretest

Let There Be Light: Chemists Develop Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals

Let There Be Light: Chemists Develop Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals
June 30, 2014

Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field. The research paves the way for novel display applications relying on the instantaneous and contactless nature of magnetic manipulation such as signage, posters, writing tablets, and billboards.  Read Moretest

Bardeen Group JPC Letters paper selected as an Editors Choice

Bardeen Group JPC Letters paper selected as an Editors Choice
June 27, 2014

The Bardeen group publication entitled - Singlet Fission: From Coherences to Kinetics in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters has been selected as an Editors Choice manuscript that highlights new research of particular importance to the scientific community. Singlet fission is a process in which a photon creates an excited state that spontaneously splits into two lower energy excited states. This phenomenon has the potential to boost the efficiency of solar cells by up to 30 percent.   Read Moretest

Professors Haddon and Yin appear on Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researcher List

Professors Haddon and Yin appear on Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researcher List
June 26, 2014

Professors Robert Haddon and Yadong Yin appear on Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researcher List. This distinction was earned by being in the top one percent of highly cited publications in their subject field for the year.  Read Moretest