20 May 2015
The Stoddart Research group used nature for inspiration and developed an entirely artificial molecular pump, in which molecules pump other molecules. This pump could one day be used to power other molecular machines, such as artificial muscles. The full article can be found in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
18 May 2015
In a new article by the NBC News 5 Chicago Investigative team, Professor Karl Scheidt points out the possible dangers of a new controversial "Miracle Treatment" that has surfaced for the cure of Autism in young children.
12 May 2015
Inspired by treatments used by traditional healers in Nigeria, the Scheidt Research Group, in collaboration with other NU researchers, have synthesized four new chemical compounds that could one day lead to better therapies for people with psychiatric disorders. The study is published online in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
11 May 2015
Tobin Marks has won the 2015 Luigi Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society. The award recognizes outstanding research in the field of inorganic chemistry. Marks will be presented the award at the annual national meeting of the Italian Chemical Society in Camerino, Italy this September.
8 May 2015
7 May 2015
Professors Chad Mirkin, Mercouri Kanatzidis, Omar Farha, Rick Van Duyne and Tobin Marks have been selected to receive 2015 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Awards in recognition of their excellence and achievements in chemistry.
Each faculty member and their respective award have been listed below:
- Chad Mirkin received the 2015 Centenary Prize for his development of spherical nucleic acids and new nanotechnology-based tools in biomedicine and materials science.
- Mercouri Kanatzidis received the 2015 De Gennes Prize for his development of novel chalcogenide and related materials that are useful in energy conversion and environmental remediation schemes.
- Omar Farha received the 2015 Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award for seminal contributions to the development of catalysis, storage and separations by metal-organic frameworks.
- Rick Van Duyne received the 2015 Theophilius Redwood Award for communication of his research in surface-enhanced and tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
- Tobin Marks received the 2015 Materials for Industry Award in recognition of his pioneering work and industrial application of new organic, inorganic and hybrid materials for electronics and photonics.
5 May 2015
Professor Chad Mirkin received the 2015 Phi Lambda Upsilon-Rho Chapter Award from the University of Nebraska on May 1, 2015. This award is given for the promotion of high scholarship and original investigation in all branches of pure and applied Chemistry.
28 April 2015
A group of Northwestern University researchers led by Professor Teri Odom have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. The laser technology could lead to practical applications, such as a new form of a “lab on a chip” for medical diagnostics. The findings were published this week by the journal Nature Communications.
20 April 2015
Vince Rinaolo, an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar. The purpose of the Foundation and this award is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.
20 April 2015
Ryan Reynolds, a PhD student in the Shiozaki Group, has been selected to receive a 2015-2016 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to support PhD students who are engaged in a program of study and research that is directly relevant to the use of the Blue Waters supercomputer. Reynolds will receive a year of support to advance their research, including a tuition allowance and stipend, an allocation on Blue Waters, and funds to support travel to the annual Blue Waters Symposium.
14 April 2015
Prof. Dick Co discusses the Solar Fuels Institute (SOFI) during a question and answer session with the Chicago Tribune. SOFI is a global consortium of 15 universities, national and government labs, and industry united behind commercializing a solar fuel and leveraging the liquid fuel infrastructure in the world. Its mission is to go beyond what any single institution can do to leverage this technology.
14 April 2015
Jonathan Barnes, a former graduate student of the Stoddart research group, has received the 2015 IUPAC-Solvay Award for Young Chemists. Stoddart group members have claimed one of these awards two years running, with three in the past five years. Barnes will receive his award at the 45th International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) World Chemistry Congress to be held in Busan, Korea, August 9-14, 2015.
9 April 2015
Congratulations to the nine current and incoming Chemistry graduate students who have been awarded NSF Fellowships this year. See the names of the winners here.
9 April 2015
Kristen Brown, a PhD student in the Wasielewski group received the 2015 Anna Lousie Hoffman Award for Outstanding Graduate Research. This award given by the IOTA Sigma PI National Honor Society recognizes outstanding achievement in chemical research by a woman graduate student.
8 April 2015
Remembering Robert Rosenberg: "Why is Ice Slippery?" Publications
7 April 2015
Robert Rosenberg passed away on April 3, 2015. He was 89. Rosenberg earned his Ph.D. from the department in 1951 with Irving M. Klotz. After his retirement from Lawrence University in 1991, Rosenberg returned to the Northwestern chemistry department as a visiting professor.
2 April 2015
Professor Teri W. Odom has authored a Huffington Post blog piece discussing Dunkin’ Donuts’ recent decision to remove “nano” titanium dioxide from its powdered sugar donuts. See News Center Story
1 April 2015
Stacey Barnaby, a PhD student in the Mirkin Group, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.). The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.
18 March 2015
Professor Franz Geiger and a group of researchers at Northwestern have discovered a membrane that could lead to faster charging batteries. “Imagine an electric car that charges in the same time it takes to fill a car with gas,” says Professor Geiger. The study was published in a recent article by the journal Nature Communications. See News Center Story
13 March 2015
Research Professor Omar Farha will present the 2015 M. Frederick Hawthorne Lecture at UCLA on April 1st, 2015. The title of the Lecture is "Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)."
26 February 2015
Dr. Jonathan Barnes (2010-2014), currently a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, has won the Department's 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Research. This award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in research, comes with a monetary prize and an honorary plaque that will be presented to him in the Fall.
23 February 2015
Chemistry Professors, Danna Freedman and Toru Shiozaki, each has received a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for 2015 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The $50,000 fellowships are awarded in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics. Freedman and Shiozaki are among 126 outstanding early-career scientists and scholars being recognized for their achievements and potential to contribute substantially to their fields. See Full List Here.
19 February 2015
Dr. John Anderson will begin his independent career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago on July 1, 2015. There, he will continue his research on developing novel transition metal systems with broad relevance in areas such as catalysis, biology, and materials science.
13 February 2015
Nicholas Jackson, a joint student in the Ratner and Chen research group, has been awarded the 2015 Presidential Fellowship. The Presidential Fellowship is the university's most prestigious award and is given to students for their outstanding intellectual and creative ability. Jackson becomes the tenth Chemistry Department graduate student to win the award in the past thirteen years.
9 February 2015
Professor Michael Wasielewski has received the 2015 Honda-Fujishima Award of the Japanese Photochemistry Association (JPA) for his work in photochemical systems for solar energy conversion.
5 February 2015
A team of researchers led by Professors Mercouri Kanatzidis and Michael Wasielewski developed a catalyst that can take nitrogen and turn it into ammonia under natural conditions. This new method offers promise for a more environmentally friendly fertilizer. See News Center Story
29 January 2015
A research team led by Professor Karl Scheidt and Christopher Check are featured in a recent article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). The article focuses on the creation of a versatile new class of Imidazolium-based N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs).
9 January 2015
As shown in an article published by the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), scientists in the Thomson group have successfully completed the concise, enantioselective total synthesis of maoecrystal V – an extremely challenging molecule that possesses potent cytotoxic activity. According to the JACS website, this article has been one of the top 5 most-read articles over the past month.
8 January 2015
Professor Omar Farha will give the keynote lecture titled "Bioinspired Sponges: Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)" Friday, January 23rd at the upcoming Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting. Poster session will begin at 5:00 p.m.