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.


Assistant Professor Zahra Fakhraai is part of an interdisciplinary team that received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop materials for multifunctional coatings on emergency tents, enabling them to manage water, prevent the spread of bacteria and capture and store solar energy.



Prof. Madeleine Joullié's proposal for the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge has made it to the semi-finals.


Of the 495 proposals submitted, the top 53 entries were selected based on the ratings of the reviewers. These 53 proposals have been sent to the scientific jury members and the jury will select the Top 5. The Top 5 contestants will be invited for the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference.


A new article by Virgil Percec and his research group on lectins selectively binding to different sugar structures is in the Spotlight in JACS. Read the article here.

Ben Partridge of the Percec group has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship. HHMI chooses 45 doctoral students to receive fellowships that will help them complete their graduate degrees in life sciences.

David Chenoweth and his research group were featured in Chemical & Engineering News for their work on strengthening and stabilizing collagen. Read the full article here.


Elsevier has announced that John Tellis of the Molander Group is one of just three winners of the 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize at the annual Symposium held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


The prize celebrates top research conducted by leading young chemists across the globe and recognizes innovative and original research in chemistry.

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