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June 4, 2018

Physical Chemistry Seminar – Jeff Cina, June 4th

May 29, 2018

Deborah Exton Chosen for Tykeson Teaching Award

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UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Senior Instructor Deborah Exton is among three faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences that have been recognized for excellence in teaching as recipients of this year’s Tykeson Teaching Awards.

Read more in AroundtheO.

 

May 21, 2018

Darren Johnson named Bradshaw & Holzapfel Research Professor in Transformational Science and Mathematics

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Darren Johnson is the first recipient of the Bradshaw and Holzapfel Research Professorship in Transformational Science and Mathematics. The endowed professorship was established by UO biology professor William Bradshaw and researcher Christina Holzapfel in the UO Institute of Ecology and Evolution.

Read more in AroundtheO

May 17, 2018

UO’s Sustainable Invention Immersion Week – July 7 – July 12, 2018

Sustainable Invention Immersion Week is a collaborative program sponsored by the University of Oregon’s Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and the Tyler Invention Greenhouse with partners from the School of Journalism and Communication, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the College of Design. UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Julie Haack is a Program Director and Faculty Facilitator for the event.

Apply Now!
Visit Program Website: sustainableinvention.com
Application Deadline – May 25, 2018
Program Dates – July 7 – July 12, 2018
 
2018 – The Do More With Less Challenge: The more materials, the bigger the impact. There are many strategies for reducing the use of materials to meet human needs. Examples include eliminating the need for a lawn mower by inventing grass that only grows 2 inches and does not need to be mowed, or eliminating a window washing system by inventing self-cleaning glass. These kinds of innovations disrupt existing solutions requiring us to think in different ways.
 
Your challenge will be to design a new solution to address a need that eliminates or significantly reduces the problems associated with materials. The solution should be economically viable, socially acceptable and have a net positive environmental impact compared to existing products/processes.
May 9, 2018

Sustainability Event in Bend Features Julie Haack and Jim Hutchison

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UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack and Jim Hutchison will participate in a panel discussion titled “Disruptive Strategies for Product Innovation” on May 10, 2018 at the Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon.

The participating educators, scientists, and engineers who will seek to inspire the audience to consider new strategies for product design at the nexus of disruptive innovation, materials selection, and systems thinking that maximize product performance and minimize impacts.

Read more at bit.ly/2rwRk81

May 1, 2018

Geri Richmond Interviewed by C&EN

Photo: Geri RichmondC&EN caught up with UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Geri Richmond at the ACS national meeting in New Orleans in March.

Listen or read the interview here.

April 18, 2018

James Prell Selected for ASMS Research Award

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UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty James Prell has been chosen for a 2018 American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award. The $35,000 awards are presented annually to promote academic research by young scientists in mass spectrometry. (more…)

March 21, 2018

Cathy Wong and Jim Prell Honored with NSF Career Awards

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Assistant Professors Cathy Wong and Jim Prell are among five University of Oregon faculty members that received prestigious National Science Foundation Career Awards this academic year.

Read more about their awards and research in AroundtheO.

March 20, 2018

C&EN Article: Meet Geraldine Richmond, 2018 Priestley Medalist

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Read the article in Chemical & Engineering News

Dr. Amanda Cook and Dr. Carl Brozek to Join Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty

The UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department will welcome two new faculty members in 2018.

Chemical catalysis expert Amanda Cook and molecular materials scientist Carl Brozek will join the department as part of the UO Energy and Sustainable Materials cluster.

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

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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

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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.

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