Research by Kyle Smith (of the Mindiola Group), Simon Berritt, director of the Chemistry HTE Facility, and collaborators on the borylation of methane has been featured in Science. The work demonstrates the potential to use methane, the most abundant hydrocarbon in the world, as a versatile chemical building block. The full story is here


Associate Professor Joe Subotnik has been named a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow.


Since its establishment in 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has granted more than $300 million in Fellowships to thousands of individuals, many of whom have gone on to receive other major internationally recognized honors and become members of the various national academies.


Prof. Patrick Walsh and Prof. Jeffrey Winkler have both been honored by the School of Arts and Sciences for their exceptional teaching and mentorship.


Patrick Walsh is a recipient of the Dean's Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research. This award is presented to SAS standing faculty members for meaningful engagement of undergraduate students in research due to exceptional nurturing and facilitating by faculty.



Michael Noss, graduate student in Prof. Don Berry's research group, has received an SAS Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student. Up to ten of these awards are presented annually to graduate students in the arts and sciences in recognition of their contributions to undergraduate teaching.


Three graduate students from the Chemistry Department received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. The NSF named 2,000 Fellows from 488 institutions from more than 17,000 nominations. The Chemistry winners are:


Grace Panetti (Schelter/Walsh Groups)

Rebecca Wiles (Molander Group)

Lauren Grant (Mindiola Group)


Receiving honorable mentions were:


Alex Weberg (Tomson Group)

Alex Kellum (Smith Group)

Althea Gaffney (Smith Group)

Katie Crocker (Winkler Group)



Three Chemistry students have been named as 2016 School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholars.



Adjunct Professor of Chemistry Donna Huryn has been awarded the 53rd American Chemical Society Philadelphia Section Award. The Section Award recognizes an individual, "who, by conspicuous scientific achievement through research, has made important contributions to man's knowledge and thereby aided the public appreciation of the profession." 



A multidisciplinary team led by Andrew Rappe has discovered a way to control UV light production through a chemical reaction that functions like a light switch. According to Rappe, this is the first report of the introduction of molecules to the surface controlling the emission of light from a buried solid-surface interface. The research was highlighted as a featured paper by the US Department of Energy.


Madeleine Joullié will be one of the recipients of the prestigious John Scott Award this Friday. The award was founded in the early 19th century by John Scott, an Edinburgh chemist. The first awards were bestowed in 1834. The award is currently administered by the Board of Directors of City Trusts of the City of Philadelphia.



Associate Professor Eric Schelter has been awarded a Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry from the Dreyfus Foundation. The award provides a principal investigator with a two year fellowship to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow to perform fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. More information on the program can be found here.

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