News

03.26.2018

Assistant Professor Megan Matthews has been awarded an Alumni Achievement Award by Pennsylvania State University. A 2011 graduate of the PSU Eberly College of Science, Megan joined the Chemistry Department in 2017. This Alumni Achievement Award program began in 2005, and Megan joins 140 other alumni in receiving this award.

03.14.2018

Prof. Abe Nitzan has been named the Donner Professor of Physical Sciences. Donner Professorships were awarded to just five universities in 1958 by the Donner Foundation, which was founded by businessman and philanthropist William Henry Donner. The Donner Professor at Penn was held for many years by Prof. Robin Hochstrasser.

03.14.2018
Prof. Joe Subotnik has been awarded an Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Chair. The Kahn Term Chairs were established by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Kahn. Mr. Kahn graduated from the Wharton School at Penn in 1925 and went on to a successful career in the oil and natural gas industry.
03.09.2018

Recent work by Prof. Madeleine Joullié and Dr. Jisun Lee has been featured in Chemistry World on the total synthesis and structure of ceanothine D. A cyclopeptide alkaloid, ceanothine D can be found in the "red root" tea plant, a long-time traditional folk medicine used to treat a variety of ailments. 

03.09.2018

A new interdisciplinary research center, the Chemical and Nanoparticle Synthesis Core, has been established by the Center for Targeted Therapeutics and Translational Nanomedicine with support from ITMAT (Clinical and Translational Science Award), the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Department of Chemistry. It has been designed to meet the chemical and nanoparticle design and synthesis needs of Penn investigators. Prof. Jeffrey Winkler is the co-Director.

 

02.28.2018
Dan Burke, our longtime Building Administrator, is retiring on February 28 after 44 years at Penn. He was feted at a reception on Tuesday and we are thankful for his many years of service.
02.01.2018

Graduate student Jing Yang of the Rappe group has been selected as one of just 11 recipients of this year's Phase-I MolSSI Software Fellowship. Recipients of this fellowship receive six months of support and are eligible for the Phase-II competition later this year. For more information on the program, please click here.

01.22.2018

Professor Benjamin Garcia, Presidential Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in Perelman School of Medicine, received a secondary appointment in Chemistry. Ben received his B.S. in Chemistry from UC Davis, where he was an undergraduate researcher with Prof. Carlito Lebrilla and was first introduced to the field of mass spectrometry. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Virginia under the supervision of Prof. Donald Hunt , and then was an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois with Prof. Neil Kelleher.

01.09.2018

The Department of Chemistry is deeply saddened to share the passing of our longtime NMR Director, Dr. George Furst.

 

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am Saturday, January 13, at St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley, PA. Entombment will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 8:30am to 10am Saturday at the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley.

 

12.14.2017

Arrakis Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company based in Massachusetts, announced earlier this week that it has agreed to a license agreement with Penn based on research developed by Prof. David Chenoweth and his research group in the area of small molecule drug candidates that directly target RNA. The license will allow utilization of technology related to families of compounds that selectively bind specific nucleic acid structures, called three-way junctions, that are present in folded RNA and have attractive characteristics for potential therapeutic targeting of RNA. 

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