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University of Illinois ranked third by companies for producing the best-qualified graduates.
Companies recruiting new hires are now focusing more on state universities. Recruiters find that state schools provide a larger pool of students to chose from and the students are taught more practical skills. The University of Illinois was ranked third when The Wall Street Journal asked companies to rank schools producing the best-qualified graduates. According to the survey, University of Illinois 'Graduates ...perform well and tend to stay with the company'. Four hundred and twenty companies recruited at the University of Illinois in 2009. Wall Street Journal article.

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Dear Alumni and Friends,

To be competitive, industry and universities need to partner, now more than ever. Fortunately, the faculty at the University of Illinois School of Chemical Sciences are open to and interested in industrial partnerships.
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SABIC Innovative Plastics Multimedia Studio Opens October 5, 2010.
This innovative new space was funded through generous donations from SABIC Innovative Plastics and the Dreyfus Foundation. It is available for faculty and instructor use. More about the studio.

Stretchable Silicon could Make Sports Apparel Smarter
Flexible electronics in athletic wearMC10 and Reebok are collaborating in developing sportswear that incorporates electronics to monitor athletes' health and performance during training and rehabilitation. Chemistry faculty member, John Rogers, is a cofounder of the startup company MC10, a maker of flexible electronics. MIT Technology Review article.

Physicists and Chemists Study Behavior of Enzyme Linked To Alzheimer's and Cancer
photo Martin GruebeleCollaboration between Martin Gruebele's experimental research group and Margaret Cheung's theoretical modeling group at the University of Houston has elucidated the the metabolic functioning of the enzyme phosphoglycerate kinase (PKG). PKG is a crucial protein that when malfunctioning may cause Alzheimer's and cancer. Eurekalert article.

Photo of explosives detectorSuslick's iSense to Commercialize a New and Simple Sensor for Sniffing out Shoe Bombs.
Kenneth Suslick and Hengwei Lin have developed an explosives detector that can be used in airports. The sensor array can easily detect low levels of triacetone triperoxide, an explosive that has been used in several bombing attempts. Science Daily article, UIUC News Bureau article.

An array of LEDs printed onto a vinyl glove, to create a light-emitting fingertip.Flexible LEDs to boost biomedicine
John Roger's research in bendable, waterproof electronics has been making a news splash (RSC Chemical World article, Nature article, MIT Technology Review). The bio-compatible arrays of LEDs and photodetectors using conventional semiconductors may soon be used in implanted biomedical devices to monitor or control processes in vivo. He and colleagues have a start-up company, mc10, in Cambridge, MA to explore these options.

ANDalyze expands product sales into China and Australia, capturing growing opportunity in the water testing market with DNA based sensor technology
ANDalyze press release
University of Illinois Ranked in Top Ten on Patent Scorecard
The Patent Scorecard™ for Universities collates the universities and university-based laboratories from around the world in patenting their research in all disciplines within the United States. The University of Illinois was ranked #9 in 2010 (up from #16 in 2009) and had the highest Science Linkage™ score of these top ten. High Science Linkage™ indicates that the patent technologies are based on advances in science. The University of Illinois' individual patent with the highest scientific referencing is related to nucleic acid biosensors, with over 88% of the journals cited being in the fields of biomedical research and chemistry. The ranking appeared in Intellectual Property Today.
University of Illinois Research Park named one of Top 10 Tech Incubators by Forbes
The University of Illinois facility is unique in that it combines established firms and start-ups under one roof. Big firms with outposts here include Yahoo!, Sony, Abbott Laboratories, ADM and Qualcomm, among others. Along with these giants, 30 start-ups are housed here at any one time. The companies here employ more than 400 student interns from an engineering school that produced modern Internet browsing (Mosaic and then Netscape) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Forbes article.
photo Yi LuANDalyze Graduating into New Research Park Location
ANDalyze will be graduating from the EnterpriseWorks incubator in November and moving into the Graduation Building in the Research Park in November to accommodate the growth of the company. Fox/Atkins is constructing a new custom lab and office suite for the company. ANDalyze offers products for testing water contamination using catalytic DNA technologies. The company has developed a methodology for detecting and quantifying chemical levels based on the recent discovery of the catalytic properties of DNA. This technology and product is a universal platform that offers simple, fast, inexpensive and reliable detection of trace metals and other target chemicals. The company has begun selling its sensors and the AND1000 Fluorimeter, which enables field testing to be done in two steps in less than two minutes, eliminating or significantly reducing test expenditures, complexity and wait times experienced in traditional heavy metals water testing.
photo Scott DenmarkScott Denmark, the University of Illinois and Gelest Inc. finalize licensing agreement for organosilicon compounds for cross-coupling applications
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Gelest Inc. announce a licensing agreement under which Gelest will offer their customers organosilicon compounds designed for cross-coupling reactions. The compounds can be used in a broad range of carbon-carbon bond forming reactions developed by Professor Scott Denmark. Organosilicon reagents are highly useful in organic synthesis due to their shelf and air stability, their insensitivity to water, and their ability to withstand further functionalization.
photo Martin BurkeLicensing agreement with Sigma-Aldrich® and the University of Illinois for technology developed by Martin Burke
This licensing agreement will enable Sigma-Aldrich to produce surrogates for boronic acids previously not easily accessible. The technology that Professor Burke developed adds ligands to boronic acids, making them stable and able to be used in controlled reactions. Boronic acids are used in some of the most widely used reactions to form carbon-carbon bonds. The surrogate boronic acids will be useful in synthecizing small molecules such as pharmaceuticals and natural products. See C&EN article.
photo of fluorimeterANDalyze Expanding: Complicated chemistry in a compact container
ANDalyze is expanding its operation in EnterpriseWorks this month as the company grows the development of its fluorimeter, a hand-held device for heavy metals testing of water supplies. The company and VP of Engineering, Dave Kellner, were featured this month in Central Illinois Business Magazine. Article Excerpt: Tests for heavy metals in water can take weeks. But ANDalyze's product can determine how much lead is in water in just 40 seconds. ANDalyze makes a handheld device that uses complicated chemistry contained in small cartridges to find the levels of heavy metals in water. This company plans to have its device on the market within weeks.
Artificial Nose Sniffs Out Good Coffee
image of pigment gels showing different coffees A team of chemists led by Ken Suslick from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, have developed a coffee analyzer than can distinguish between ten well-known commercial brands of coffee and can also make a distinction between coffee beans that have been roasted at different temperatures or lengths of time.
Semprius’s Micrometric Solar Cells Efficient in Concentrated Photovoltaic Systems
Semprius uses micro-transfer printing technology developed by John Rogers to produce high performance concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules. John Rogers is a founder of the company based in Durham, North Carolina. Semprius is an Illinois Ventures success story.

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