2014 School News
Wilfred van der Donk
is the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry's 2014 Bioorganic Chemistry Award. He was cited for his creative work on the chemistry, biosynthesis and mechanistic enzymology of the cyclic peptide and phosphonate classes of antibiotics.
is the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry's 2014 Nyholm Prize for Inorganic Chemistry. He was cited for his career-long insightful contributions to the understanding of iron-based hydrogenase enzymes and his creative exploration of the organometallic chemistry of sulfur.
group member, Kyle Dunbar is the recipient of the ACS 2014 Knowles Award. This graduate student award was based on his research abstract, publication record and recommendations. He will make a presentation at this year's Bioorganic Gordon Research Conference.
, Cartney Smith, Steven Zimmerman
and collaborators are using a combination of nanoparticles, a weak molecular "fastener" and gadolinium to improve MRI results. ChBE article
The Martin Burke
research group developed a simple system to synthesize a large class of medically important molecules using only 12 different chemical “building blocks.” UIUC News Bureau article, video
Two Illinois chemistry professors were the recipients of awards at the March ACS National Meeting. Scott Denmark
received the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry, "For his creative applications of organosilicon compounds in organic synthesis and his fundamental investigations of mechanism, structure, and reactivity of organosilicon compounds." Jonathan Sweedler
was awarded the ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry, "For his research that emphasizes analytical neurochemistry, involves the development of small-volume methods to probe individual neurons, and uses these techniques to discover novel neurochemical pathways."
The ACS presented two Illinois chemical engineering alumni with national awards. William F. Banholzer (Masel) received the 2014 Earle B. Barnes Award and Joan F. Brennecke (Eckert) received the 2014 E. V. Murphree Award. ChBE News article
and collaborators have made further advances in their research by developing regenerating materials as a mechanism for self-repair. The journal Science recently published their work. UIUC News Bureau article
, BBC News Hour article
The Deborah Leckband
research group has found that cell-to-cell force sensing converts mechanical information into biochemical signals that alter cell function. Their research can be found in April 15 issue of the Journal of Cell Science. ChBE News article
Wilfred van der Donk
and John Rogers
have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rogers was recognized for pioneering flexible, stretchable electronics and van der Donk was recognized for discovering and designing new anti-inflammatory agents and antibiotics. UIUC News Bureau article
and colleagues are developing analogs of a multi-target antibiotic that may be very effective against pathogens such as malarial parasites and tuberculosis yet less toxic to humans. UIUC News Bureau article
Indiana University Associate Professor and Illinois chemistry alumna, Sara Skrabalak (PhD, Suslick, 2007) received the 2014 ACS Award in Pure Chemistry. Her research involves the creation of multi-functional materials useful in catalysis, biotechnology, energy, and environmental remediation.
In collaboration, the Martin Burke
and Chad Rienstra
research groups have determined the mechanism by which amphotericin acts as a fungicide. Additionally, the Burke group has developed a derivative that could be less toxic to people. UIUC News Bureau article
A continuous self-healing system for fiber-composite materials has been developed by Jeffrey Moore
and fellow researchers. Their work was published in Advanced Materials. Beckman Institute article
Patricia Blair received a 2014 ACS Women Chemists Committee/Eli Lilly Travel Grant
. She is a graduate student in the Douglas Mitchell
research group. She investigates the mechanism of action of plantazolicin against Bacillus anthracis
is one of 23 chemists nationally awarded a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He was recognized for his work with nano-optics and molecular imaging. UIUC News Bureau article
and Taekjip Ha
collaborated to determine how ribosomal RNA interacts with proteins for ribosome assembly. Their study was published in Nature. UIUC News Bureau article
and colleagues are developing self-healing plastics using readily available components. They modify the molecular bonding so that re-bonding is easier. Their research may be found in the journal Nature Communications. UIUC News Bureau article
Thomas J. Hanratty recently published the book "Physics of Gas-Liquid Flows". The book summarizes progress in the understanding of multiphase flows and contributes to the establishment of the discipline as a new branch of fluid dynamics. ChBE article
was named a Beckman Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study for the 2014-15 year. ChBE article
will receive the 2014 Gaden Award for a paper that he and his colleagues wrote, "Cloning and characterization of a panel of constitutive promoters for applications in pathway engineering in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
". ChBE article
SCS News — 2013