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2017
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.

Advancing Science: Mizzou researchers elected to prestigious scientific society

Four Mizzou scientists (three in Chemistry) have been recognized for their innovative work.

MU Researcher Contributes to the Study of Cancer-Fighting Tools

Nuclear medicine is the branch of medicine that uses radioactive materials to provide diagnostics and treatments for cancer. Often, standard protocols involve using radioactive isotopes developed to image as well as weaken cancer cells in the body.

MU Researcher Leads Developments in Pharmaceuticals and Energy Storage

Chemistry is a branch of physical science studying composition, structure and properties of matter.

Decades of Research by MU Scientist Leads to Advancements in Nanotechnologies

Nanotechnology is the study and engineering of matter and microscopic structures. These tiny systems continue to gain interest for their promise and commercial application. Henry C.

MU CHIPs in to train future scientists: College immersion program acknowledged by NSF

A Twitter conversation helped a joint Biochemistry and Chemistry program be noticed by the National Science Foundation.

2014
Congratulations to Christian Mason and Emilia Zargham

Congratulations to Christian Mason and Emilia Zargham for being recipients of the 2014 Missouri Students Association “TA Choice Awards!!” The awards are presented to 10 teaching assistants campus-wide who are nominated by their students in recognition of assistan

3-D ‘Map’ of Enzyme Completed by MU Scientists Could Lead to More Effective Drugs

The human body is full of proteins called enzymes that help nearly every function in the body. Scientists have been studying enzymes for decades in order to learn how they work and how to create better drugs and medical treatments for many ailments.

2012
Professor Hawthorne receives the National Medal of Science

President Barack Obama named University of Missouri researcher M. Frederick Hawthorne as recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the country to scientists.

Professor John Adams Elected to ACS Board of Directors

John Adams, Curators’ Teaching Professor, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS). His term will run from 2013 through 2015.

MU Research Team Creates New Cancer Drug that is 10 Times More Potent

Legend has it that Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” University of Missouri researchers are doing just that, but instead of building mousetraps, the scientists are targeting cancer drugs.

Professor JiJi receives an NSF Career Award

NSF Abstract of award--This CAREER award by the NSF Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI) program supports work by Professor Renee Jiji at the University of Missouri-Columbia to create an innovative research program focused on enhancing structural analysis of transmembr

Professor Jerry Atwood receives an award from the Royal Chemical Society

Professor Jerry Atwood is the recipient of the 2012 Supramolecular Chemistry Award from the Royal Chemical Society of England.

Federal Government Looks to MU to Assist with Shortage of Nuclear Experts

University of Missouri officials will host and direct summer schools aimed at recruiting undergraduates to explore careers in nuclear science.

Professor Silvia Jurisson wins the ACS Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry

Although radiochemistry programs have been dwindling at universities across the U.S., exploration of the field is expanding at the University of Missouri, Columbia, largely because of the efforts of chemistry professor Silvia S. Jurisson.

Professor Carol Deakyne wins a 2012 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz of Commerce Bank awarded one of the 2012 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to Carol Deakyne, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry in MU College of Arts and Science.

MU Chemistry Professor Mark Lee and his startup company receive funding

UM System leaders have announced EIP awards of up to $400,000 for HLB Horizons, a nanotechnology company that manufactures chemical compounds used in semiconductors and rechargeable batteries, and up to $200,000 for EternoGen, a medical-device company that produces a long-lasting biological colla

MU Scientists Study How to Improve Pesticide Efficiency

In 2007, a controversial pesticide was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use on fruit and vegetable crops, mainly in California and Florida. Farm workers and scientists protested the approval of the pesticide because its active ingredient, methyl iodide, is a known carcinogen.

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