John Tellis of the Molander group has been selected as one of 45 finalists for the Reaxys PhD Prize. The winners of the Reaxys Prize are talented PhD students or recent graduates conducting original and innovative research in synthetic chemistry with demonstrated excellence in methodology and approach. 



Professor David Christianson has been named the Elizabeth S. and Richard M. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. The Radcliffe Institute dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Only 3 percent of applicants were accepted.



Kyle Smith, a second year graduate student in Dan Mindiola's lab, is being honored for his teaching. He was selected to receive a prestigious Penn Center for Teaching and Learning’s Graduate Fellowships for Teaching Excellence for 2015-16. He also received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student and a Chemistry departmental TA award.


Prof. Amos B. Smith, III has been selected the receive the Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Perkin Prize is awarded for sustained originality and achievement in research in the area of organic chemistry.


For more information, please visit the award page.


An academic and research partnership has been created that enables University of Pennsylvania graduate students in the Master of Chemical Sciences program to apply and complete research within the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization dedicated to hepatitis B and liver cancer, which is based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Prof. Andrew Rappe has been selected as keynote speaker for the 2015 Ferroelectrics Conference hosted by the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, UK. The meeting is designed to bring together industrial and academic communities involved with ferroelectric materials to exchange knowledge and expertise on the state of the art. All aspects of ferroelectricity and ferroelectric materials fall within the scope of the conference.

Congratulations to Kim Mullane (Schelter group), who was awarded one of just eight ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Award, sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company! The grant supported travel to the ACS National Meeting in Denver.


Professor Jeffery Saven is the recipient of the Dean's Award for Innovation in Chemistry.


Jacob Nagy (Winkler group) and Yitao Zhang (Chenoweth group) both have been selected to receive Dean's Awards for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students.


College undergraduates Lily Owei and Keith Keenan don’t have a whole lot in common when it comes to their backgrounds. She was born in Nigeria, where she lived for seven years before moving to Germany, then South Africa, and finally to the U.S. to attend Penn. He grew up in China, where his mother and father taught English and homeschooled him. From these diverse beginnings, however, they have come to share a common interest—and workspace—in Assistant Professor of Chemistry James Petersson’s lab group.



Penn Chemistry and Perelman School of Medicine researchers trying to understand the mechanisms through which anesthetics work to elicit the response that puts millions of Americans to sleep for surgeries each day. A recent study looked at ketamine, an anesthetic discovered in the 1960s and more recently prescribed as an anti-depressant at low doses, and has identified an entirely new class of receptors that ketamine binds in the body, which may underlie its diverse actions. The work is published in this week’s issue of Science Signaling.


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