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October 20, 2014

UO ‘Chemistry Commuters’ team places 4th in BCC Competition!

BCC_2014collageCongratulations to the Chemistry Commuters bike team, who scored 4th for their category in the 2014 BTA Bike Commute Challenge.

This year, our twenty-three participants logged 2707 commuting miles in September –  that’s up from 1639 miles and a 13th place finish in 2013, with a team of 14 riders.

The BCC is a friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can bike to work more during the month of September.

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us next year!


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October 17, 2014

UO Alum and Faculty Jim Hutchison featured in UO Alumni News

Nice article about UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Jim Hutchison, class of ’86, and his nanotechnology research.

Prof. Hutchison will be the featured speaker at the Portland Science Night on November 5, discussing just how nanotechnology can shape the future.


October 15, 2014

New Academic Year includes a ‘Changing of the Guard’ for UO Chemistry and Biochemistry

Andrew H. Marcus


Michael Haley

Michael Haley


The University of Oregon Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry began the fall term with a new department head at the helm.  On July 1, 2014, Andrew H. Marcus officially stepped up to the position as Michael Haley stepped down.

Professor Haley, of the department’s Organic/Inorganic division, served two 3-year terms as department head beginning in 2008, overseeing a period in which the number of our undergraduate majors nearly doubled and our graduate student enrollments increased 20%.  Highlights of his tenure included the building of the new General Chemistry teaching laboratories and student Resource Center, overseeing two classroom remodels, more than doubling the number of teaching assistantships, and the hiring of six new faculty.

Professor Marcus, a Physical Chemist, was selected last spring by the department faculty and the College of Arts and Sciences to serve as the department’s next head.  Prof. Marcus has been at the University of Oregon since 1996.  This will be his first time serving as department head, and he is looking forward to working with colleagues to push the quality of the department even further.

Please join us as we welcome Andrew Marcus as our new head, and thank Michael Haley for his six years of service to the department!

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Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ Friday October 17th

cegelski photoLynette Cegelski
Stanford University

2:30 pm, 331 Klamath Hall
Coffee Reception 2:00PM in Klamath 377

Title: Structure, Function, and Inhibition of Bacterial Biofilms: Lessons from Small Molecules and a Big Magnet

Bacterial biofilms are complex multicellular assemblies that exhibit resistance to antibiotics and contribute to the pathogenesis of serious and chronic infectious diseases. As insoluble and non-crystalline materials, biofilms pose a challenge to analysis by conventional methods. We are working to transform vague biofilm descriptors from terms like slime and glue into quantitative parameters of chemical and molecular composition. We recently developed an approach that integrates non-perturbative preparation of the extracellular matrix with electron microscopy, biochemistry and solid-state NMR spectroscopy to define the chemical composition of the intact and insoluble extracellular matrix of a clinically important pathogenic bacterium–uropathogenic E. coli. Our data permitted a sum-of-all-the-parts analysis. In our chemical biology efforts, we have also discovered small-molecule biofilm inhibitors of E. coli biofilms and we are examining their influence on biofilm composition and architecture. I will discuss these results and our emerging discoveries in biofilms formed by Vibrio cholerae.


Refreshments will be served at 2:00pm in 377 Klamath
Seminar will begin at 2:30PM in 331 Klamath.
Hosted by Prof. Vickie DeRose

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October 14, 2014

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Grad Student Andy Ritenour in the News!

Nice article on the grad school website about Andy Ritenour and his research experience as a recipient of the Dixon Fellowship award!

Andy is doing research in the Boettcher Lab.


October 13, 2014

Andrew H. Marcus Receives UO Fund for Faculty Excellence Award

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Head Andy Marcus has been named a recipient of the University of Oregon’s Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards for AY 2014-15.

The award is designed to further the UO’s strategic commitment to improving its academic quality and reputation by recognizing, supporting, and retaining world-class tenure-related faculty.  Professor Marcus is one of thirteen exemplary faculty members that were chosen to receive the award this year.

The recipients of this honor are nominated by their deans and recommended by a committee of former recipients.  The award recognizes the recipients’ scholarly impact within their respective fields, their contributions to program and institutional quality at the UO, and their academic leadership.

A reception celebrating all of this year’s Fund for Faculty Excellence recipients will be held on October 30th.

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October 10, 2014

Physical Chemistry Seminar ~ Monday, October 13th

Nandini Ananth

Cornell University


2:00PM –  240 Willamette

OCO Conference Room


Seminar Title:


The rational design of organic photovoltaics will require a clear understanding of the mechanism of photo- induced charge and energy transfer. In this talk, we describe a recently developed path-integral based method that employs classical molecular dynamics trajectories to simulate quantum dynamic effects in photochemical reactions [1, 2]. Further, we describe our work towards applying this new method to characterize the mechanism of nonadiabatic electronic state transitions for model systems that mimic exciton dynamics in organic photovoltaics.


1. N. Ananth, ”Mapping variable ring polymer molecular dynamics: A path-integral based method
for nonadiabatic processes”, J. Chem. Phys., 139, 124102 (2013).

2. N. Ananth and T. F. Miller, III, ”Exact quantum statistics for electronically nonadiabatic
systems using continuous path variables”, J. Chem. Phys., 133, 234103 (2010).

Host: Marina Guenza

Refreshments served at 1:45pm

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Research Paper is ACS Nano’s “Most Read” Article!

Synthesis of Ligand-Stabilized Metal Oxide Nanocrystals and Epitaxial Core/Shell Nanocrystals via a Lower-Temperature Esterification Process,  published earlier this year, has become the most read paper for this year and this month in ACS Nano!

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s James E. Hutchison †‡* and  Tatiana Zaikova ‡ authored the paper with Daisuke Ito †§*, Shun Yokoyama †, and Keiichiro Masuko †.

†Nanoscience Open Research Initiative, Materials Science Institute and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ‡Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon § Nano Science Research Laboratory, US Research Center, Sony Electronics Inc., Eugene, Oregon 97403, United States


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October 9, 2014

Portland Business Journal catches up with the Chartoff Lab!

The Chartoff Lab in UO’s Klamath Hall

The Portland Business Journal talks with UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Richard Chartoff about the reasons his lab took on the Gates Foundation-led condom challenge, and the status of the project.

Read the article at


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October 2, 2014

Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ Faculty Introductions ~ Friday, October 3, 2014

2:30-4:00 pm, 331 Klamath Hall

Introductions by:

Dave Johnson - 2:30pm

Dave Tyler - 3:00pm

Darren Johnson - 3:30pm

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