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DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Award

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Award
June 06, 2018

Victor Fung receives the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) award. Victor is a third-year graduate student in De-en Jiang's group; his research focuses on computational understanding of surface catalysis. The SCGSR award will fund Victor for a six-month stay at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to conduct part of his dissertation research with a staff scientist there.test

Publication is Highly Ranked by the Editorial Team of Angewandte Chemie

Publication is Highly Ranked by the Editorial Team of Angewandte Chemie
May 14, 2018

An international team led by Prof. Val Vullev, with Prof. Greg Beran overseeing the computational studies and Dr. Dan Borchardt providing the 2D NMR analysis, discovers unprecedentedly large effects of molecular electric dipoles on charge transfer, and develops an approach for quantifying such effects. Lowering medium polarity allows them to demonstrate enhancement of electron transfer (ET) along dipoles while completely suppressing ET against them. While medium polarity is essential for mediating ET, it also quenches dipole-generated electric fields. Molecular designs, developed by the team, attain a fine balance between these two opposing effects and permit dipole-mediated ET in hydrocarbon media. It sets an importance foundation for developing energy and electronic materials and devices. These findings are published in the link below. Angewandte Chemie, and the reviewers ranked the work as "very important" and "highly important." According to the journal editors, less than 10% of the manuscripts receive such positive reviews, and they selected it to be published as a "Hot Paper".  Read Moretest

UC Riverside UCCS 2018

UC Riverside UCCS 2018
May 14, 2018

Several graduate students from UC Riverside had a major impact on the 3rd Annual University of California Chemical Symposium, which was held at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center and brings together graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the entire UC system. The UCCS 2018 drew over 100 graduate student and post-doctoral attendees in addition to keynote speakers Prof. Adam Veige from the University of Florida and Prof. Carrie Partch from UC Santa Cruz. The Royal Society of Chemistry sponsored poster prizes in six subject areas and two of these were claimed by UCR graduate students.  Read Moretest

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for 2018

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for 2018
April 09, 2018

Assistant Professor of Chemistry W. Hill Harman has been awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for 2018. Dr. Harman will receive $678,500 to support his project "Hybrid Borane Platforms for the Activation of Small Molecules of Energy Consequence." His group is developing new boron-based small molecule platforms for the catalysis of energy storage reactions such as hydrogen evolution and the reduction of CO2 to chemical fuels. The award also supports ongoing outreach efforts to local community college students for the promotion of advanced study in chemistry and related fields, including summer research opportunities in Dr. Harman's lab.test

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for 2018

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for 2018
April 09, 2018

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Dave Martin has been awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for 2018. Dr. Martin will receive $650,000 to support his project "Direct Radical Functionalization of Alcohols using Cobalt Photocatalysis." His research group is developing a cobalt-based catalyst system that harnesses light energy to perform the direct functionalization of alcohols via acyl and alkyl radical intermediates. This grant also recognizes his outreach efforts to increase research participation and scientific engagement at UC Riverside and in the Riverside community through research panel discussions and local demonstrations.test

Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics 2017

Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics 2017
April 06, 2018

Professor Yadong Yin is among 3,300 individuals being recognized as the 2017 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics, which was previously part of Thomson Reuters. This list includes the most frequently cited researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences based on "the extent to which their papers have supported, influenced, inspired and challenged other researchers around the globe."  Read Moretest

2018 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award

2018 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award
April 06, 2018

Prof. Yinsheng Wang has been awarded the 2018 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mass Spectrometry, for his distinguished scientific contributions, particularly in the development and applications of mass spectrometric methods for studying the occurrence, repair and biological consequences of DNA damage. The award will be presented during the annual EAS Symposium and Exposition to be held in November 12 - 14, 2018 in Plainsboro, NJ.  Read Moretest

UCR Provost to Receive Distinguished Service Award in Analytical Chemistry

UCR Provost to Receive Distinguished Service Award in Analytical Chemistry
March 07, 2018

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Analytical Chemistry has announced Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Cynthia K. Larive is the recipient of the 2018 Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry. The Distinguished Service award is presented each year to "an individual who through professional service...has substantially and uniquely enhanced the field of analytical chemistry."  Read Moretest

2018 Robert C. Haddon Memorial Endowed Graduate Award

2018 Robert C. Haddon Memorial Endowed Graduate Award
February 02, 2018

In memory of Professor Haddon, the Haddon family has established the Robert C. Haddon Memorial Endowed Graduate Award, with the generous donations from the Haddon family and friends. This award will recognize a Chemistry graduate student annually for research excellence and comes with a ~$1000 financial award. The deadline for the 2018 applications is March 1, 2018.  Read Moretest

Wenjing Xu and Cheng Zhan - 2017 Chinese Govnt Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad

Wenjing Xu and Cheng Zhan - 2017 Chinese Govnt Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad
February 01, 2018

Wenjing Xu and Cheng Zhan receive the 2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. Wenjing is a fifth-year graduate student in Yadong Yin's group; her research focuses on functionalization of nanostructures by surface engineering. Cheng Zhan is a fourth-year graduate student in De-en Jiang's group; his research focuses on understanding capacitive energy storage from a theoretical perspective. Each year the Chinese Government honors top 500 Chinese graduate students all over the world across all disciplines for their research excellence through this award. Each awardee will receive $6000 and a certificate at a ceremony in a Chinese embassy or consulate general. Three graduate students from UCR receive this award this year.test

2017 News

Greg Beran - 2016-17 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

Greg Beran - 2016-17 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
May 22, 2017

Greg Beran receives the 2016-17 Distinguished Teaching award from the UCR Academic Senate for "exceptional effort and achievement in teaching by a professional faculty member." Prof. Beran's nominations highlight his "outstanding ability to make rigorous material accessible to a broad audience without watering it down." They note his "commitment to creating a more engaging learning environment" that includes short "How-To" videos on challenging topics, peer problem-solving activities in discussion sections, and incorporation of modern computational chemistry techniques into the curriculum.   Read Moretest

Ryan Julian - 2017 Biemann Medal recipient from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Ryan Julian - 2017 Biemann Medal recipient from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
April 19, 2017

Ryan Julian is the 2017 Biemann Medal recipient from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. The Biemann Medal is one of two major awards given annually by ASMS. UCR has brought home the Biemann Medal twice in four years and is only the second school worldwide to boast two winners.  Read Moretest