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Jingsong Zhang Receives the 2014 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Jingsong Zhang Receives the 2014 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
April 14, 2014

Dr. Zhang has been selected to receive the 2014 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Dr. Zhang has mentored 32 undergraduate research students. Seven of Dr. Zhang's UG students have been coauthors in peer-reviewed publications, and 19 have made scholarly presentations at conferences. Dr. Zhang has also mentored three Honors Thesis projects. Dr. Zhang will be recognized at the 2014 spring commencement ceremonies.  Read Moretest

Yadong Yin has accepted a position as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C

Yadong Yin has accepted a position as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C
March 31, 2014

Yadon Yin has accepted a position as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This is a three year term starting on April 1. The Journal of Material Chemistry was established in 1991. In 2013 it was replaced by three new independent journals (A-energy and sustainability, B-biology and medicine,C-optical, magnetic and electronic devices).  Read Moretest

New Materials Faculty Member

New Materials Faculty Member
March 04, 2014

Dr. De-en Jiang has accepted a position at UC Riverside as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and will be joining the department in July 2014. His research focuses on addressing important materials chemistry problems by computational tools.  Read Moretest

New Organic Faculty Member

New Organic Faculty Member
February 27, 2014

Dr. Dave Martin has accepted a position at UC Riverside as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and will be joining the department in July 2014. His research will include the development of new catalytic transformations using abundant transition metals, novel strategies for bond activation including photochemical methods, and the synthesis of biologically active natural products.  Read Moretest

Mary Nguyen receives an Eli Lilly/WCC Travel Award

Mary Nguyen receives an Eli Lilly/WCC Travel Award
February 10, 2014

Mary Nguyen (BS chemistry major) was one of only a few recipients nationwide of the Eli Lilly/WCC Travel Award for her ongoing research with Prof. Catharine Larsen. This highly competitive award supported her travel to the ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis where she gave both a poster and an oral presentation. Mary was also recognized at the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Luncheon and invited to breakfast with Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director of the ACS.  Read Moretest

Dr. Millar's work on Pheromones published in Science

Dr. Millar's work on Pheromones published in Science
January 17, 2014

Dr. Millar has coauthored a Science paper that identifes the first sterility-inducing queen insect pheromones. The pheromones are found to be consevred across different insect species in which nonvolatile saturated hydrocarbons are used to advertise fecundity and/or to suppress worker reproduction.   Read Moretest

NSF CAREER award

NSF CAREER award
January 06, 2014

Professor Chia-en Chang has been awarded the NSF CAREER award for her project, "Development and Application of Multi-scale Modeling for Biomolecular Association". This project uses computer modeling to investigate complex interactions among molecules. Understanding association processes will increase our fundamental understanding of bio-molecular binding and its applications. The project will combine multi-level coarse-grained and atomistic simulations to efficiently and accurately model molecular associations and kinetic enhancement of the enzymes and multi-proteins complex systems studied in this research.Successful completion of this research will improve understanding of protein binding kinetics and assist the design of nanostructures, nano-particles and engineered enzymes. test

Dr. Bartels' scientific paper in Advanced Materials

Dr. Bartels' scientific paper in Advanced Materials
January 02, 2014

Dr. Bartels' paper on "2-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides with Tunable Direct Band Gaps: MoS2(1-x)Se2x Monolayers," gets published in Advanced Materials. His paper describes the creation of MoS2(1-x)Se2x single-layer films and how the material becomes a natively semiconductor film that can readily be fabricated into transistors.  Read Moretest

2013 News

Chemistry in Sugar Candy

Chemistry in Sugar Candy
December 20, 2013

KNX1070 Radio interview-Professor of Chemistry, Cindy Larive explains the science behind sugar candy and its processes. To hear the interview, check out the link:  Read Moretest

2013 SACNAS Student Presentation Award

2013 SACNAS Student Presentation Award
November 22, 2013

Consuelo Beecher, a UCR Chemistry graduate student working with Professor Cindy Larive, has received the 2013 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans Student Presentation Award. She was honored for her outstanding presentation at the 2013 SACNAS National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, titled Profiling Enoxaparin SEC Fractions By Probing for 3-O-Sulfo Oligosaccharides Using [1H, 15N] HSQC NMR. Congratulations.  Read Moretest

NVIDIA Poster Award Winner

NVIDIA Poster Award Winner
October 23, 2013

Yu-Ming Mindy Huang, a UCR chemistry graduate student in the group of Prof. Chia-en Chang, has won the NVIDIA GPU Poster Competition in the Fall 2013 ACS. Mindy's poster was among the top 5 posters selected for the competition during the ACS meeting. Her poster "Pathways and mechanism of drugs binding to HIV-1 protease." won the prize after interviewing by a collection of judges during the poster session. She was awarded a $3000 dollars NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU.  Read Moretest

Dr. Robert Haddon awarded NSF Grant

Dr. Robert Haddon awarded NSF Grant
October 11, 2013

Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Robert Haddon has been awarded a grant by the NSF for his project, "Organometallic Chemistry of Periodic pi-Electron Surfaces: Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene." The project involves preparation of a new class of carbon nanotube and graphene frameworks that are held together by covalent, rather than ionic bonding.  Read Moretest

2014 ACS-Committee on Environmental Improvement Award

2014 ACS-Committee on Environmental Improvement Award
October 03, 2013

Jack Eichler, LPSOE in the UCR Department of Chemistry, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 ACS-Committee on Environmental Improvement Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education. He was recognized for his previous work in designing and implementing a laboratory experience that gave students the opportunity to measure ground level ozone concentrations, and for his current efforts at creating a series of problem-based case studies that incorporate a variety of environmental sustainability issues. Dr. Eichler has been invited to present at the 2014 National ACS meeting in Dallas, TX and will present a talk titled "Connecting Environmental Sustainability to the General Chemistry Curriculum Using Investigative Labs and Problem-based Case Studies".test

Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Academy of Distinguished Teachers
October 02, 2013

Dr. Michael Marsella has been appointed to the campus' Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Six faculty members are selected to join the academy to serve as an advisory group to the provost on teaching excellence and provide institutional leadership and guidance. Members serve as teaching mentors for new faculty and by organizing and taking part in seminars, colloquia, and workshops on teaching excellence. The academy designs and produces the Scholarship of Teaching seminars in partnership with the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. It also reviews teaching-related initiatives and grant proposals from members of the campus community.  Read Moretest

Dr. Ai and Dr. Zhong - Beckman Coulter's Biopharma Recipients

Dr. Ai and Dr. Zhong - Beckman Coulter's Biopharma Recipients
September 10, 2013

Our Department was selected to be the recipient of Beckman Coulter's Biopharma to Education Grant, and awarded a recertified PA 800 Protein Characterization System. In their proposal to this education grant, Dr. Wenwan Zhong and Dr. Huiwang Ai described how they would use this instrument to implement capillary electrophoresis (CE) in our upper division Chem125 class (Instrumental Methods of Analysis). CE is one of the most important analytical tools offering superior separation resolution and speed for drug molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, glycans, etc. Its usage has been steadily increased in biopharmaceutical companies. Acquirement of this PA800 CE system allows the Chem125 teaching crew to design new experiments on analysis of a diverse scope of biomolecules. Involving more chemical biology components in our education and research programs can better prepare our students with the knowledge and skills needed for finding jobs in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. test

Seed Grant Program Recipients

Seed Grant Program Recipients
September 09, 2013

Chemistry faculty did well in the recent UCR Collaborative Seed Grant Program run by the Research and Economic development program. The purpose of the seed grants is to provide funds to enable teams of UCR faculty to collaborate and publish before grant submission, making UCR more competitive for multi-investigator grants from external agencies.   Read Moretest

'I Don't do Vases or Swans'

'I Don't do Vases or Swans'
September 03, 2013

A postcard-size sign hangs from the ceiling of the second floor of Pierce Hall on the University of California, Riverside campus. It says: "GLASS SHOP." The shop is the domain of Stan Sheldon, the university's scientific glass blower. Scientific is the key word. Sheldon makes custom glass pieces for chemists, engineers and other researchers on campus. He does't do vases or swans. Sheldon, a 1969 graduate of UC Riverside who has worked at the university on and off for nearly 30 years, works in the glass shop on Wednesdays. That is quite a decline from decades ago when there were two glass shops with three full-time glassblowers on campus.  Read Moretest

UCR Chemistry Department ranked #51-75

UCR Chemistry Department ranked #51-75
August 15, 2013

In today's release of the Shanghai (ARWU) rankings, the UCR Chemistry Department ranked #51-75 in the world again this year. UCR's overall position is in the 100-150 bracket, but the campus is ranked #59 in the world in papers published in Science and Nature and #78 in the world in highly cited researchers. UCR is ranked as follows in broad subject fields: 76-100 in Life & Ag Science, and 101-150 in Engineering/Computer Sci and in Natural Sciences and Math. In narrower subject fields UCR is ranked #51-75 in Chemistry, 101-150 in Physics and 151-200 in Computer Science.  Read Moretest

Dr. Ai Named the 2013 Hellman Fellow

Dr. Ai Named the 2013 Hellman Fellow
July 31, 2013

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Huiwang Ai has been recently selected as a Hellman Fellow at UCR Riverside for 2013-14. Ai will receive a $30,000 grant to support his research project, "Spatiotemporal control of metal ion signaling with engineered proteins", which will explore ways to enable optogenetic regulation of cell signaling. The Hellman Fellows program at UCR began in 2011 with a $1-million donation from the Hellman Fellows Fund. First established by Warren and Chris Hellman in 1994, the purpose of the Hellman Fellows program is to support the research of promising assistant professors. The Hellman Fellows program is active at 13 institutions, including nine campuses in the UC System. Ai received his B.S. from Tsinghua University (Beijing) in 2003, Ph.D. from University of Alberta in 2008. He joined the Chemistry faculty in July 2011 after his postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla). Ai's main research interests are in the area of bioanalytical chemistry and chemical biology. In particular, his group develops fluorescent protein based biosensors, and new methods to label and enhance proteins.test

Kuwana-Sawyer and Sawyer Award Funds Support Analytical Chemistry Students

Kuwana-Sawyer and Sawyer Award Funds Support Analytical Chemistry Students
July 30, 2013

Thanks to generous donations by UCR Chemistry alumni John Precht and Eddie Seo, three of our undergraduate students are working 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 Michael Tamsi (working with Prof. Wenwan Zhong), Noemi Garcia (working with Prof. Cindy Larive), and Jonathan Lloyd (working with Prof. Jason Cheng). The Sawyer Graduate Award is an annual cash award recognizing a 3rd or 4th year analytical chemistry graduate student. The award is given based on the student's accomplishments, creativity and future potential as an analytical chemist. This 2013 Sawyer Award was presented in June to Yongsheng Xiao, a fourth year graduate student working in Prof. Yinsheng Wang's laboratory.  Read Moretest

Chemist Receives High Honor from American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Chemist Receives High Honor from American Society for Mass Spectrometry
June 25, 2013

Yinsheng Wang, a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Riverside, has received the Biemann Medal, awarded by the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) to an individual early in his or her career in recognition of significant achievement in basic or applied mass spectrometry. Wang received the medal and gave an award lecture earlier this month at the annual conference of the ASMS in Minneapolis, Minn. The medal is accompanied by a cash prize of $5,000.  Read Moretest

2013 Reaxys PhD Prize finalist

2013 Reaxys PhD Prize finalist
June 10, 2013

Santanu Sarkar, a UCR chemistry graduate student in the group of Prof. Robert Haddon, has been named as one of the finalists for the highly prestigious international Reaxys PhD Prize for 2013. He has been invited to attend and present his work at the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium and Poster Session which will be held at the inaugural Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Conference, Grindelwald, Switzerland, September 22 - 24, 2013.  Read Moretest

2013 IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists

2013 IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists
June 07, 2013

Qiao Zhang, a PhD student recently graduated from Prof. Yadong Yin's group, has been selected by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to receive one of the five 2013 IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists. According to IUPAC, the prizes are given for the most outstanding Ph.D. theses in the general area of the chemical sciences. In addition to a cash prize of USD 1000, Qiao will be provided travel expenses to the 44th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, 8-15 August 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be invited to present a poster to describe his award-winning work. While in Prof. Yin's group, Qiao's research was mainly focused on the design and fabrication of nanomaterials and their applications in catalysis, including the mechanistic study of colloidal synthesis of metal nanoparticle catalysts, stabilization of metal nanoparticles to make reliable catalysts, and engineering the metal-based catalysts for significantly enhanced performance. Qiao is currently working as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley.  Read Moretest

2013 UCR Chancellor's Research Fellows

2013 UCR Chancellor's Research Fellows
June 03, 2013

Pauline Olsen, a third-year undergraduate biochemistry-chemistry major, has been recognized as one of the 2013 UCR Chancellor's Research Fellows. Pauline's research, conducted under the guidance of Dr. Jack Eichler in the department of chemistry, generally aims to investigate the potential anticancer properties of gold(III) coordination complexes. Her previous research in the lab focused on investigating the serum albumin binding of a five-coordinate gold(III) complex, and her work revealed that binding with this protein may limit the in vivo antitumor efficacy of this compound. Pauline has presented her research at the Fall 2012 Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference, the Spring 2013 Southern California Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium, and most recently at the Spring 2013 UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium. Her findings are also included in a paper that has recently been submitted to the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. Pauline's proposal for the Chancellor's Research Fellowship described her plans to make new gold(III) coordination complexes that have weaker binding to serum albumin proteins, and potentially enhanced antitumor activity. test

2013 Chancellor's Award for Fostering Excellence in Undergraduate Research

2013 Chancellor's Award for Fostering Excellence in Undergraduate Research
May 29, 2013

Assistant Professor Richard Hooley has been awarded the 2013 Chancellor's Award for Fostering Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. This award is intended to recognize his contributions to mentoring undergraduate research students in a laboratory setting. Professor Hooley's research interests lie in the synthesis of nanoscale molecular receptors, the study of their properties and applicability to a variety of processes, including novel materials, biosensing and selective catalysis. He has mentored twelve undergraduate students during his time at UC Riverside, and these students have been a core component of his research team, contributing significantly to published research papers and projects. Students from Prof Hooley's lab have gone on to places in medical schools and chemistry graduate programs, and this award is a testament to their commitment and dedication to research at UC Riverside.test

American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry's Undergraduate Award

American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry's Undergraduate Award
May 22, 2013

Andrew Carlson is UCR's recipient of the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry's Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry for 2013. The award is intended to recognize senior students who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry and to encourage further interest in the field. Andrew is completing his research on novel luciferins in the laboratory of Prof. Michael Pirrung and will be enrolling in graduate school at UCLA in the Fall.   Read Moretest

UC Riverside Scientists Discovering New Uses for Tiny Carbon Nanotubes

UC Riverside Scientists Discovering New Uses for Tiny Carbon Nanotubes
May 14, 2013

The atom-sized world of carbon nanotubes holds great promise for a future demanding smaller and faster electronic components. Nanotubes are stronger than steel and smaller than any element of silicon-based electronics-the ubiquitous component of today's electrical devices-and have better conductivity, which means they can potentially process information faster while using less energy. The challenge has been figuring out how to incorporate all those great properties into useful electronic devices. A new discovery by four scientists at the University of California, Riverside has brought us closer to the goal. They discovered that by adding ionic liquid-a kind of liquid salt-they can modify the optical transparency of single-walled carbon nanotube films in a controlled pattern.  Read Moretest

How Do Anticancer Drugs Work? Public lecture on May 16 at UCR

How Do Anticancer Drugs Work? Public lecture on May 16 at UCR
May 03, 2013

Anticancer drugs save lives and/or improve the quality of life for many cancer patients. Many anti-cancer drugs work by killing tumor cells after inducing damage to DNA. The public has an opportunity to learn about the mechanisms of action of some commonly used anticancer drugs and how laboratory research may lead to novel targets and new strategies for cancer treatment. Yinsheng Wang, a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Riverside, will give a free lecture on May 16 on campus to discuss those drugs that induce damage to DNA, as well as those biomolecules that allow for selective targeting of tumor cells. He will also discuss the implications of personalized medicine in cancer treatment.  Read Moretest

Cynthia Larive Named Editor of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Cynthia Larive Named Editor of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
May 03, 2013

Professor and Chemistry Department chair Cynthia K. Larive has been appointed as an editor of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Dr. Larive joins Prof. Sylvia Daunert, University of Miami, and Dr. Stephen Wise, NIST, as the North American editors of the journal. The mission of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry is the rapid publication of excellent and high-impact research articles on fundamental and applied topics of analytical and bioanalytical science. The journal's broad scope encompasses the entire range of analytical and bioanalytical research encouraging multidisciplinary solutions to problems in this field.   Read Moretest

Dr. Haddon - Carbon Nanotube Thin Film as Electrically Configurable Optical Medium

Dr. Haddon - Carbon Nanotube Thin Film as Electrically Configurable Optical Medium
April 25, 2013

Research by UC Riverside scientists have found that the optical transparency of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) films coated with a layer of an ionic liquid (IL) can be dramatically increased or decreased depending on the sign of the applied electrical potential. The change of transparency can be uniform across the SWNT thin film and utilized for large area electrochromic smart windows for energy efficient buildings and vehicles. The modulation of transparency can also be configured in a form of a designed pattern thereby allowing SWNT film to display electrically configurable optical information. The research article describing this finding appeared in April 21, 2013 online release of Nature Photonics and is authored by UCR scientists Feihu Wang (first author), Mikhail Itkis, Elena Bekyarova and Robert Haddon, representing work from the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Chemical and Environmental Engineering at UC Riverside.   Read Moretest

2013 Innovative Teaching Award

2013 Innovative Teaching Award
April 15, 2013

Dr. Jack Eichler will receive the 2013 Innovative Teaching Award on May 1st, 2013 for his lecture on "Pedagogies of Engagement in Large Enrollment Introductory Course". See link for Abstract.  Read Moretest

2013 Goldwater Scholarship Recipient

2013 Goldwater Scholarship Recipient
April 11, 2013

Mary Nguyen, a junior in Chemistry and a University Honors student at UC Riverside, has been selected as a 2013 Goldwater Scholarship recipient. The Goldwater Scholarship provides $7500 for juniors to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, and to foster excellence in those fields. In interviewing Mary for campus endorsement, Vice Provost Steve Brint, found her academics, research experience, career goals, and passion for research to fit the qualities that the Goldwater Scholarship seeks in eligible candidates.   Read Moretest

Le He - Graduate Student Award

Le He - Graduate Student Award
April 06, 2013

Le He, a fifth year graduate student of the Yin group won a Graduate Student Award and a Poster Award at the 2013 Materials Research Society spring meeting in San Francisco. The MRS Graduate Student Awards recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research. Le presented his work on magnetic responsive photonic nanostructures in the meeting. Congratulations Le!  Read Moretest

2 NSF and 1 NRC fellowship for Bartels Lab Students

2 NSF and 1 NRC fellowship for Bartels Lab Students
April 02, 2013

On 3/29 three graduate students of the Bartels Lab received prestigious fellowships: MSE student Chen Wang and EE student Miguel Isarraraz received National Science Foundation graduate fellowships for studies on the catalytic and electronic properties, respectively, of molybdenum disulfide and related materials. Physics student Jon Wyrick received a National Research Council Postdoctoral fellowship for scanning tunneling microscopy studies at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) to start after his graduation in Fall.test

Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Science Fair

Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Science Fair
March 27, 2013

Julia, Karissa and Sophia, 7th graders at Matthew Gage Middle School, celebrate their 1st place win of the Chemistry Department's sponsored research award at the RUSD Science Fair. Great job ladies!test

High School Student Published his Research Results in Nano Letters

High School Student Published his Research Results in Nano Letters
March 17, 2013

Michael Janner, a high school student from Redlands East Valley High School, recently published his research results in Nano Letters, a top tier journal in the field of nanoscience. He worked as a summer intern in Prof. Yadong Yin's group since 2010. In this paper, he shared the co-first authorship with a graduate student, Qiao Zhang due to his significant contribution to the work. Together they discovered the self-assembly of novel two-dimensional photonic labyrinth structures under magnetic fields and further developed an effective method to solidify the structures and enable detailed characterization. This work is believed to provide a platform for fabricating novel materials and devices with complex morphologies and spatial configurations.   Read Moretest