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The UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department will welcome two new faculty members in 2018.
The Energy and Sustainable Materials cluster expands upon the university’s record of excellence in the chemistry and physics of materials. Affiliated with the Materials Science Institute, the cluster will build on the UO’s existing strengths in green chemistry, sustainable materials, and renewable energy—and grow the university’s basic and applied sciences.
Dr. Amanda Cook
After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan while working for Prof. Melanie Sanford, Dr. Cook began working for Prof. Christophe Coperet at ETH Zurich as a post-doctoral fellow. At Oregon, her research program will design and develop new catalysts for the transformation of organic molecules. Using a molecular approach to surface chemistry, solid catalysts will be synthesized, allowing for in-depth mechanistic studies to be carried out. The targeted catalytic reactions are of potential industrial utility, and include carbon dioxide reduction, alkyne functionalization, and biomass conversion.
Dr. Carl Brozek
Dr. Brozek is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Gamelin Lab and the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington. His research has spanned the synthesis of inorganic small molecules, MOF-based heterogeneous catalysts, and semiconductor electrochemistry. Most recently, Carl has developed theoretical and analytical tools for studying the redox properties of colloidal quantum dots. The Brozek Lab will synthesize reactive clusters and porous solids, and study how their unique properties challenge conventional understanding of molecules and materials.
Biochemists have made a discovery that sheds light on the molecular machinery that allows some cells, such as immune cells or even malignant cancer cells in humans, to wiggle their way through tissues like organs, skin or bones.
The work, conducted in the University of Oregon laboratory of Brad Nolen, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was described in a paper in the Feb. 13 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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The Editors of The Journal of Chemical Physics have chosen a recently accepted article about research in the Andrew H. Marcus‘ lab as an “Editor’s Pick.”
The article, titled “Temperature-dependent conformations of exciton-coupled Cy3 dimers in double-stranded DNA,” was a collaborative effort led by the Marcus group, is also featured on the cover of the journal’s February 28, 2018 edition.
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The award, sponsored by the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management and the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR), honors works that focus on important issues for business and society with rigorous research methods and credible results.
The paper, titled “If Chemists Don’t Do It, Who Is Going To?” Peer-driven Occupational Change and the Emergence of Green Chemistry, was published in Administrative Science Quarterly. Dr. Haack’s co-authors were Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Andrew J. Nelson, Andrew G. Earle, Julie A. Haack and Douglas M. Young.
Geri Richmond is quoted in an article in the Oman Observer about key economic and environmental challenges facing the Sultanate. Richmond is a member of the International Advisory Board for Oman’s Research Council.
She also contributes to an article on the waning of U.S. dominance in science and engineering in Chemical and Engineering News and a National Science Foundation news release about the state of US science and engineering.