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2016 News

UCR Chemistry Ranked 42nd Worldwide

UCR Chemistry Ranked 42nd Worldwide
May 24, 2016

The UCR Chemistry Program has been ranked 42nd world wide by TheBestSchools.Org. The ranking cites the breadth of major research areas, facilities, and instrumentation, and the success of graduates.  Read Moretest

Passing of Distinguished Professor Robert Haddon

Passing of Distinguished Professor Robert Haddon
May 03, 2016

Robert Haddon, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering, passed away April 21, 2016. Dr. Haddon is best known for the prediction and discovery of superconductivity in alkali-metal-doped carbon-60, for his preparation and characterization of a stable crystal of phenalenyl radicals, and for his pioneering research in nanotechnology. He is survived by his wife and two children. Dr. Haddon's friends and family have created the The Robert C. Haddon Memorial Scholarship in his honor. Online contributions to this fund can be made using the "Support the Dept" link on the left hand side of the webpage.  Read Moretest

2016 ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award

2016 ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award
April 22, 2016

Congratulations to Jack I-Chieh Wang as UCR's recipient of the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry award. This award is given to one "Outstanding, Senior Organic Chemistry Student" at UCR. Jack carried out his undergraduate research in Prof. Martin's laboratory synthesizing new catalysts, and has also worked in the Department of Biochemistry. Jack is planning to pursue a PhD at Yale University starting in the Fall 2016.  Read Moretest

Prof. Bartels receives Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Prof. Bartels receives Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
April 06, 2016

Professor Ludwig Bartels has been selected to receive the 2015-2016 Chancellors Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Dr. Bartels has mentored close to a hundred undergraduate research students from many different academic programs. The majority of Dr. Bartels research publications have undergraduate co-authors and he is the leader of the NSF funded program for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (MacREU). The award will be presented at the Academic Senate Division meeting on May 24, 2016.  Read Moretest

Three Chemistry Students receive NSF Graduate Fellowship Awards

Three Chemistry Students receive NSF Graduate Fellowship Awards
March 31, 2016

3 chemistry students have been awarded prestigious five year NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Jesse Tamayo works on macromolecular and nanochemistry with Dr. Tang. Pranee Pairs works on novel chemical synthesis with Dr. Harman. Marissa Gionet-Gonzales performs research on chemical imaging with Dr. Zhong. David Barroso also received honorable mention for his work on materials chemistry with Dr. Bartels.  Read Moretest

Prof. Mueller awarded the Regitze Vold Prize

Prof. Mueller awarded the Regitze Vold Prize
January 29, 2016

Prof. Len Mueller was awarded the Regitze R Vold Memorial Prize at the 9th Alpine Conference on Solid-State NMR in Chamonix, France, September 2015. This prize is awarded for outstanding contributions from a scientist under 50 yrs of age.  Read Moretest

Professor Yadong Yin appears on Reuters list of Most Influential Minds of 2015

Professor Yadong Yin appears on Reuters list of Most Influential Minds of 2015
January 15, 2016

Professor Yadong Yin appears on Reuters list of The World's Most Influential Minds of 2015. Researchers earn the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of Highly Cited Papers - ranking among the top 1% most cited in their subject field. Five UCR faculty appeared on the 2015 list, which can be searched at highlycited.com.  Read Moretest

2015 News

Four Endowed Chairs in Chemistry

Four Endowed Chairs in Chemistry
December 20, 2015

A UCR alumnus has donated $6 million to establish four new endowed chairs in chemistry. The Chairs recognize four founding faculty of the department (left to right): George K. Helmkamp, Harry W. Johnson, Donald T. Sawyer, and Hartland Schmidt. The endowed chairs will greatly assist efforts to recruit and retain the highest quality faculty.test

More Sun For Less Money

More Sun For Less Money
November 16, 2015

UCR chemist Christopher Bardeen is looking for ways in which solar energy could be made cheaper by coaxing solar cells to generate more power and thus reducing land use for solar panels.  Read Moretest

National Chemistry Week with Taft Elementary

National Chemistry Week with Taft Elementary
November 04, 2015

Chemistry grad students helped celebrate National Chemistry Week at Taft Elementary School on October 29th. Kids were lead through an interactive experiment to teach the Scientific Method and foster excitement for Science Fair. Strong support from Taft administrators and teachers has helped the program have a large impact. Since 2012, when the program was started by Dr. Kerry Hanson, participation in Science Fair has increased from a few entries per grade to full participation for grades 3-6. ACS regional chair, Dr. DiMauro, also provided a "mole" for every student.test

Best Poster Award at C-SPIN

Best Poster Award at C-SPIN
October 25, 2015

Congratulations to Ariana Nguyen on receiving a best poster award at the annual C-SPIN review. Her project entitled Metal Contact Formation and Substrate Ferroelectric Poling: Effective Means of Determining MoS2 Transport Properties was performed under the direction of Pofessor Bartels. Standing next to Ariana is the C-SPIN director Jianping Wang. C-SPIN is one of the STARnet centers funded by DARPA..  Read Moretest

Undergraduate Poster Award

Undergraduate Poster Award
October 04, 2015

Sahar Alvillar received a Best Poster Award at the Techcon 2015 conference. Sahar worked with Prof. Bartels on his project entitled "CVD Growth and Characterization of TMD materials on Patterned and Non-Patterned Substrates".  Read Moretest

UCR Chemistry ranked 41st World Wide

UCR Chemistry ranked 41st World Wide
September 03, 2015

UCR Chemistry is ranked 41st worldwide (25th in US) in the Academic Rankings of World Universities for 2015. This result is an improvement from 47th in 2014, which itself was an improvement from 51-75 in 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

UCR Chemistry ranked 26th in US by Nature Index

UCR Chemistry ranked 26th in US by Nature Index
September 02, 2015

UCR Chemistry ranks 26th in the US in the Nature Index, which tracks the number of high-quality scientific articles (updated monthly). The ranking is based on a composite total, which further highlights the strength of our program. The link to the searchable Nature Index tool is found on the following link (input USA/Academic/Chemistry/FC).  Read Moretest

Reshaping the Solar Spectrum to Turn Light to Electricity

Reshaping the Solar Spectrum to Turn Light to Electricity
July 29, 2015

A huge gain in solar cells has now been made by a team of chemists at the University of California, Riverside that has found an ingenious way to make solar energy conversion more efficient. The researchers report in Nano Letters that by combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules, they have succeeded in "up converting" photons in the visible and near-infrared regions of the solar spectrum. Christopher Bardeen and Ming Lee Tang worked with cadmium selenide and lead selenide semiconductor nanocrystals. The organic compounds they used to prepare the hybrids were diphenylanthracene and rubrene. The cadmium selenide nanocrystals could convert visible wavelengths to ultraviolet photons, while the lead selenide nanocrystals could convert near-infrared photons to visible photons.  Read Moretest

2015 Kuwana-Sawyer and Sawyer Award Funds Support Analytical Chemistry Students

2015 Kuwana-Sawyer and Sawyer Award Funds Support Analytical Chemistry Students
July 21, 2015

Thanks to generous donations by UCR Chemistry alumni John Precht and Eddie Seo, two 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.   Read Moretest

2015 New Chemistry Faculty

2015 New Chemistry Faculty
June 18, 2015

The Department of Chemistry welcomes four new Assistant Professors for 2015-16: Matthew Conley (Catalysis), Boniface Fokwa (Materials), Joseph Genereux (Bioanalytical) and Chao Wang (Polymer Materials). The following link includes additional details.  Read Moretest

Dr. Larive appointed Associate Editor of Analytical Chemistry

Dr. Larive appointed Associate Editor of Analytical Chemistry
June 01, 2015

Cynthia Larive joins the editorial board of the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry as an associate editor. Analytical Chemistry is the flagship journal of the field, publishing articles that address the general principles of chemical measurement science as well as specific aspects of analytical operations, including sampling, bioanalysis, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, microscale and nanoscale systems and structures, environmental analysis, separations, spectroscopy, chemical reactions and selectivity, instrumentation, imaging, surface analysis, and data processing.  Read Moretest

Chemistry of Materials paper chosen as ACS Editor's Choice

Chemistry of Materials paper chosen as ACS Editor's Choice
May 22, 2015

Prof. De-en Jiang's paper "Stabilization and Band-Gap Tuning of 1T-MoS2 Monolayer by Covalent Functionalization" in Chemistry of Materials was chosen as an ACS Editor's Choice (1 paper per day out of over 42,000 annually). The paper was available online on 1 May 2015 and is in the top 10 most downloaded papers from Chemistry of Materials. The MoS2 monolayer is the second most studied two-dimensional material after graphene. Prof. De-en Jiang and his postdoc Dr. Qing Tang showed that 1T-MoS2 becomes the stable after covalent functionalization and that its band gap can be tuned from zero to 1eV by coverage. Their work demonstrates the potential of controlling monolayer MoS2's phase stability and electronic properties by covalent functionalization.  Read Moretest