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2015 News

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

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