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Alison Fout photoAlison Fout is one of four early-career female scientists to be a recipient of the first round of Marion Milligan Mason Awards for Women in the Sciences. The award will help fund her nitrite reduction research. Chemistry News article.
SACNAS iconThe University of Illinois chapter of SACNAS is being recognized with the 2015 Graduate Chapter of the Year award for their activities in introducing STEM to the community. Chemistry News article.
AIChE logoThe Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is the recipient of the Outstanding Student Chapter Award for 2015. This is the 4th time they have received this award. ChBE News article.
Jonathan Sweedler photoJonathan Sweedler and colleagues have received more than $2 million over three years from the NIH to develop an analytical platform that can lead to new insights in neuroscience and create diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities in treating neurological diseases. Beckman Institute article.
M. Christina WhiteM. Christina White is a recipient of the 2016 Mukaiyama Award presented by the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry of Japan. She is cited for cracking the code for selective C-H reactivity and other catalytic research. Chemistry News article.
M. Christina WhiteM. Christina White is a recipient of the 2016 Mukaiyama Award presented by the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry of Japan. She is cited for cracking the code for selective C-H reactivity and other catalytic research. Chemistry News article.
Theodor Brown, Arnold and Mabel Beckman inspecting the Beckman Institute while it was under construction$5 Million Gift Honors Theodore Brown and Arnold Beckman. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation gift establishes a postdoctoral fellowship and an annual lecture in their name. Nature article about interdisciplinary research, Prof. Brown and the Beckman Institute
phto of Wilfred van der Donk, William Metcalf, Kou-San JuWilfred van der Donk and colleagues are able to use genome mining to identify organisms of interest for in-depth analyses and natural product development. UIUC News Bureau article.
John Georges photoAlumnus, John Georges (ChemEng BS '51), was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Fame on Sept. 18. He was honored for his corporate leadership in guiding International Paper Company to become a world leader in forest and paper products. ChBE News article.
Catherine Murphy photoCatherine Murphy is the University of Illinois scientist associated with the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. It will be receiving $20 million of renewable funding over the next 5 years. Chemistry News article.
John and Benita Katzenellobogen photo thumbnailJohn and Benita Katzenellenbogen to receive the 2016 Fred Conrad Koch Lifetime Achievement Award from the Endocrine Society. Chemistry News article.
Kenneth Schweizer photoKenneth Schweizer is the winner of the 2016 Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids from the ACS. ChBE News article.
Sara Skrabalak thumbnailAlumna Sara Skrabalak (PhD 2007, Suslick) won the 2015 Baekeland Award for her outstanding accomplishments in pure or applied chemistry. Chemistry News article.
Prasant Jain photoPrashant Jain has been selected to receive a 2015 NSF CAREER award. The five-year award will fund Jain's mechanistic investigations into how light energy is converted into chemical energy within metallic nanostructures. Chemistry News article.
Jeffrey Moore photoJeffrey Moore has been named the Edward Leete awardee for 2015 by the Organic Division of the ACS. He will receive his award at the fall national meeting in August. Chemistry News article.
Kami Hull photoKami Hull is one of C&EN's Talented 12. She was chosen for devising more environmentally friendly synthesis routes for installing chemical groups in molecular scaffolds. Hull's C&EN profile.
Martin Gruebele and Marinda Wu photosMartin Gruebele and alumna Marinda Wu joined the select group of ACS Fellows based on their contributions to the ACS and the impact of their research. Chemistry News article.
Jennifer Heemstra and Aaron Esser-Kahn photosMoore alumni, Jennifer Heemstra (PhD Moore, 2005) and Aaron Esser-Kahn (Postdoc, Moore, 2009-2011) received prestigious Cottrell Scholar Awards. Chemistry News article.
Catherine Murphy photoCatherine Murphy is one of three recipients of the RCSA's new Cottrell TREE Award intended to recognize and advance truly outstanding research and education. Chemistry News article.
Jonathan Tietz photoJonathan Tietz (Mitchell group) is one of a handful of students chosen nationally as a 2015 Graduate Fellow by the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry. He will participate this this division's Gordon Conference. Chemistry News article.
Douglas Mitchell photoDouglas Mitchell has been named as one of this year's Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars in acknowledgment of his work in discovery and elucidation of pathogen-specific antibiotics. Chemistry News article.
Pictured, from left: Professor Huimin Zhao, professor Charles Schroeder, graduate students Luke Cuculis and Zhanar Abil.Charles Schroeder, Huimin Zhao, and colleagues used advanced imaging techniques to observe how one set of genome-editing proteins finds its specific targets. This could help to design better gene therapies to treat disease. UIUC News Bureau article.
Martin Burke photoMartin Burke and collaborators developed and tested targeted effective antifungal drug derivatives of amphotericin B that are less toxic yet evade resistance. UIUC News Bureau article.
Hyunjoon Kong photoHyunjoon Kong and colleagues applied principles of glacier moraine geology to their attempts to recreate a microvascular system for the possible treatment of vascular disease. Their work was published in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials. ChBE News article.
Luis Real Hernandez photoLuis Real Hernandez, a junior chemistry major, has received a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for demonstrating leadership and academic promise in science or engineering. Chemistry News article.
Yi Lu photoYi Lu is the recipient of the 2015 RSC Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award for his original research on the catalytic activity of DNA in the presence of metal ions, and the development of a new class of sensors. Chemistry News article.
tine silicone microspheresThe Suslick and Murphy research groups used ultrasonic spray pyrolysis to make bio-inert silicone microspheres that potentially can be employed as extended-release drug vessels and also in imaging applications. UIUC News Bureau article.
Prashan Jain photoPrashant Jain to receive the 2015 Journal of Physical Chemistry C Lectureship Award in recognition for advancing the science of inorganic nanostructures by application of spectroscopy, microscopy, and theory. Chemistry News article.
photos of Catherine Murphy, Steve Granick, Taekjip Ha, John Rogers

Four scientists (Catherine Murphy, Steve Granick, Taekjip Ha, and John Rogers) associated with the School of Chemical Sciences have been honored by their election to the National Academy of Sciences. UIUC News Bureau article.
Thomas Allen photoThomas Allen (Makri group) has been awarded a 2015-16 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship. As well as financial support he will have access to the powerful Blue Waters petascale computing system. He will do research in the simulation and analysis of proton transfer reactions in the condensed phase. Chemistry News article.
Jerrod HendersonJerrod Henderson was honored with a 2014-2015 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. He was recognized for his efforts to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue STEM careers. ChBE News article.
Kenneth Suslick and Dana Dlott photoKenneth Suslick, Dana Dlott and colleagues used an "ultrasonic hammer" to provide insight into how explosives work and how to control them. UIUC News Bureau article.
A machine in University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke's lab assembles complex small molecules out of simple chemical building blocks, like a 3-D printer on the molecular level.The Burke group has developed a molecule-making machine having the potential to speed up new drug development. Their work is featured on the cover of the March 13 issue of Science. UIUC News Bureau article.
Douglas Mitchell photoDouglas Mitchell is the recipient of the 2015 Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry. He is cited for his outstanding work in enzyme chemistry where the presence of enzyme action is unequivocally demonstrated. Chemistry News article.
Hong WangHong Yang and colleagues recently published a paper in Nano Letters on their development of new techniques using in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to quantitatively study nucleation and growth kinetics of heterogeneous nanostructures. ChBE News article.
Kenneth Suslick photoKenneth Suslick received the 2015 Innovation Transfer Award. The award recognizes local innovation and entrepreneurial excellence. Chemistry News article.
Students at AIChE student regional conferenceUniversity of Illinois hosted more than 200 students February 28 and March 1 for an American Institute of Chemical Engineers' regional student conference. ChBE News article.
umbrella formBBC News highlighted the building of minuscule 3D scaffolds that are being made using ingenious methods by the Rogers group. The scaffolds could be used as a "functional interface" with a growing tissue of cells. BBC Science & Environment article.
Paul Hergenrother and Timothy Fan photoThe PAC-1 drug discovered by Paul Hergenrother is now in human clinical trials. The drug selectively destroys cancer cells, while sparing healthy cells. If trials go well it may become a treatment for brain cancer as it passes the blood-brain barrier. UIUC News Bureau article.
Alison Fout photoAlison Fout was one of 23 selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry. She focuses on addressing environmental, biological and energy problems by designing transition metal complexes and catalysts to understand the activation and transformation of greenhouse gases into novel compounds. Chemistry article. UIUC News Bureau article.
Prashant Jain photoPrashant K. Jain was awarded a 2015 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award in recognition of his work on atomic scale understanding of solid-state catalysts and reactive adsorbents. Chemistry article.
Ryan Bailey photoRyan Bailey is the recipient of the 2015 Pittcon Achievement Award. He is being recognized for his outstanding achievements in the fields of analytical chemistry and/or applied spectroscopy. Chemistry article.
Fluorescence images of cells transfected that contain the alpha catenin sensorDeborah Leckband and collaborators have designed a new fluorescent protein that allows them to observe the dynamics of protein interactions in living cells. SCS article.
The team includes, clockwise, from back left: molecular and integrative physiology professor Milan Bagchi, chemistry professor John Katzenellenbogen, visiting research scientist Ping Gong, molecular and integrative physiology professor Benita Katzenellenbogen, postdoctoral fellow Yiru Chen, research scientist Yuechao Zhao, and comparative biosciences professor CheMyong Ko.A multi-disciplinary group with John Katzenellebogen as a lead investigator has developed compounds that show potential in treating a variety of disorders linked to estrogen signaling. UIUC News Bureau article.
Charles Sing photoNew faculty member, Charles Sing, was named to the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 Science List.
ChBE News article
Miriam Ross photoMiriam Ross, sophomore at University Laboratory High School, Urbana, has been recognized with a Celebrating High School Innovators Award for her research on DNA catalysts with Prof. Silverman.
SCS News — 2014

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