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2019
MU Chemistry announces this year’s graduate student awards

The Department of Chemistry would like to congratulate this year’s graduate student award winners. The winners were announced at Colloquium on May 3.

Troutner Radiochemistry Award:

Revelations about radioactive zirconium forge a new path in research about the universe

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Scientists have many “road maps” that guide them in respective fields of research by consolidating countless years of knowledge into a useful resource.

DoD Awards Propel Research in Chemistry and Materials Science

The University of Missouri recently was awarded two highly coveted Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) awards from the Department of Defense (DoD), making MU one of only three higher education institutions in the nation to receive more than one award.

Just like flipping a switch – in only half a picosecond

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Solar cells, quantum computing and photodynamic cancer therapy. These all involve molecules switching between magnetic and nonmagnetic forms. Previously this process, called a “spin flip,” was thought to occur slowly in most cases.

2018
John E. Adams Re-Elected Chair of ACS Board of Directors

John E.

Suits group publishes Nature Chemistry Paper

The Suits group just published a paper in Nature Chemistry on intersystem crossing in gas-phase radical reactions.

Professor Silvia Jurisson wins two awards

Congratulations to Professor Silvia Jurisson for winning two awards as last month’s TERACHEM conference in Bressanone, Italy.

George P. Smith wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Story by Sara Diedrich

Dr. George P. Smith was already awake and walking to the kitchen for a cup of coffee Wednesday morning when the phone rang. It was 4:30 a.m., too early for a casual conversation.

Fall 2018 ACS meeting news

The Glass group was highlighted for a talk at the Boston ACS meeting on Supramolecular Sensors for Glycolipids.

Join Us in Congratulating the 2018 Division of Physical Chemistry Research Award Winners!

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY DIVISION OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY SENIOR EXPERIMENTAL AWARD – Prof. Arthur G. Suits,
University of Missouri

2017
MU senior selected as Mitchell Scholar - Christopher Dade is one of 12 American students to receive award for postgraduate study in Ireland

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Christopher Dade, a senior majoring in chemistry at the University of Missouri, has received a George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend and an international travel stipend for one year of postgraduate study in Ireland.

Chemistry Professor named APS Fellow

Tommy Sewell, Professor of Chemistry, was elected a 2017 fellow of the American Physical Society.

Faculty Searches - Two tenure-track positions

The Department of Chemistry is actively recruiting for two tenure-track postions. One position is for a theoretical physical chemist at the assistant professor level.

MU Professor of Chemistry Arthur Suits is a co-author of this new article in Science

Dr. Suits says the research is the result of a MURI (Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Initiative) collaboration on ultra-cold ion chemistry, with experiments from physicists at UCLA, theory from the University of Connecticut, and chemistry guidance from Dr. Suits.

Former student Min Luo was part of a team that published a blockbuster paper in the journal “Cell”

Former Tanner Group Graduate Student Min Luo, now a postdoc at Harvard University, was part of a team that published a blockbuster paper in the journal “Cell” showing the structure of a CRISPR-Cas3 complex at near-atomic resolution using cryo-electron microscopy.  Here are links to the paper at C

Fighting Cancer: New Microscopic Technique Could Help Detect, Diagnose Metastatic Melanomas

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The fight against skin cancer just got a new weapon. For years, melanoma researchers have studied samples that were considered uniform in size and color, making them easier to examine by more conventional means.

MU Professor Receives President’s Award for Early Career Excellence

University of Missouri System Interim Chief of Staff David Russell today awarded the third of ten UM System President’s Awards to be presented to faculty in 2017 to Justin Walensky, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

New Class of Materials Could Revolutionize Biomedical, Alternative Energy Industries

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Polyhedral boranes, or clusters of boron atoms bound to hydrogen atoms, are transforming the biomedical industry.

Chemist Discovers New Class of Materials

About eight years ago, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mark Lee Jr. was in the lab trying to make a simple ether compound from a boron-oxygen-hydrogen bond.

2016
Recycling Cancer-Fighting Tools; MU Researchers Working to Produce Vital Radioisotopes at a Cheaper Cost

According to the World Nuclear Association, more than 10,000 hospitals worldwide use radioisotopes in medicine. Molybdenum-99, the parent isotope of technetium-99m, is the most widely used radioisotope for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Gates & Jurisson Named ACS Fellows

The American Chemical Society has named the 2016 class of ACS fellows, which includes two chemistry professors at the University of Missouri. Kent Gates, the Herman G.

Internationally Recognized Physical Chemist Joins Faculty

Professor Arthur Suits, a St. Louis native, returns to the University of Missouri with an international team of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

2015
Prepping for STEM Persistence

Two MU professors are going all-in on preparing incoming freshmen for STEM success.

Chemistry Professor Justin Walensky Awarded DOE funding from the Early Career Research Program

Justin Walensky, an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri, will receive significant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to further his research into understanding chemical bonding.

Chemistry Professor Gary Baker Awarded Cottrell Scholar Funding

Gary A. Baker, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, has received Cottrell Scholar funding to perfect an easy-to-produce bacterial cellulose-based material known as “ionogel.” It looks promising for use in diverse chemical tasks.

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