News, Events and Highlights

R. West bio photoThe Department of Chemistry welcomes Professor Ryan West!

The Department of Chemistry welcomes our new professor starting in Summer 2015. Click here for his biography.

Current Research Opportunities Added in on Resource Page.

Click here to see the latest research opportunities.

Margerum Lab 2014Undergraduates Participate in the Chemistry Research Program for Summer 2014.

Eighteen undergraduate students worked on research projects over the summer in the Bolitho, Castro/Karney, Curtis, Margerum and Meloni labs.  (The Margerum Lab is pictured to the left.)

Student receives the Ron Najafi NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Innovations and Entrepreneurship Award for Undergraduate Research.Ron Najafi w 2014 award winners

Senior Gabrielle Laguisma was presented the $1,000 award for summer research support by Dr. Najafi at the chemistry banquet in May 2014. (Gabrielle is pictured to the right with Dr. Najafi and the graduate award winner.)

Congratulations to the 2014 Graduates and Award Recipients!

The department honored the 2014 graduates and award recipients at the annual chemistry banquet. The award recipients were Jordan Nelson, Jonathan Liu, Gabrielle Laguisma, Elizabeth Cochran, Alicia Luhrs, Emily Showell-Rouse, Clara Feider, Samantha Feril, Magaly Wooten, Ky Huu Luu, Kristine Uy, Teresa Woo and Ioannina Castano. Click here for additional details.

Dr. Giovanni Meloni receives the College of Arts and Sciences 2014 Dean’s Scholar Award in recognition of his research.

Dr. Giovanni Meloni is recognized for his research on the identification and characterization of reactive atmospheric and combustion chemical species. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques in computational research, Professor Meloni has discovered several never detected molecular species including peroxy radicals and the simplest criegge intermediate. Additionally, Professor Meloni has investigated biofuels and their applications in reducing dependence on foreign oil sources.  Currently, Professor Meloni is investigating a unique superalkali, and has published his findings in the Journal of Chemical Physics.

Undergraduate sent to Switzerland to perform research.

Dr. Giovanni Meloni sent Gabrielle Laguisma, a student researcher in his lab, to perform research at the Paul Scherrer Institute (Swiss Light Source) near Zurich, Switzerland in Summer 2013.

Congratulations to Professors Claire Castro and William Karney on their grant money awards!

Castro/Karney Lab Summer 2014Drs. Castro and Karney landed another three-year National Science Foundation grant ($197,748) for their undergraduate based research projects that focus on dehydroannulenes, phenylenes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The grant will provide training for undergraduate students in many aspects of computational organic chemistry and will benefit underrepresented groups in science.