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October 24, 2018

Teamwork leads UO chemists to a new kind of fluorescent dye

Video:Doctoral student Brittany White talks about the collaborative research project she worked on with postdoctoral researcher Yu Zhao and chemistry professors Ramesh Jasti and Mike Pluth.

Teamwork by chemists in two University of Oregon labs has led to a new class of fluorescent dyes that could expand the real-time view of cell activity in medical diagnostics.

In a paper in ACS Central Science, with White as lead author, the group detailed how they fitted organic molecules called nanohoops with a chemical sidechain of sulfonate to make them water soluble and able to penetrate cell membranes. Nanohoops are made with short, circular slices of carbon atoms. Making them in different sizes, the group discovered, produces distinctive colors that can be illuminated in living cells by a single laser burst.

Read the full article in AroundtheO

 

October 11, 2018

Andy Marcus Part of Team Awarded Major Grant for Quantum Science Research

Photo: Professors Brian Smith, Andy Marcus and Mike Raymer

From left) Professors Brian Smith, Andy Marcus and Mike Raymer are helping advance UO research in quantum computing as well as the National Quantum Initiative.

UO researchers on the forefront of quantum information science continue to make major strides toward passing legislation, and last week three of them were awarded a major grant to pursue studies in quantum science.

UO physicist Michael Raymer, a Philip H. Knight professor in the Department of Physics, and two colleagues, chemistry professor Andy Marcus and physics professor Brian Smith, have been awarded a $997,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The award is part of a $31 million NSF program for fundamental quantum research that, together with $281 million in Department of Energy investment, aims to help the United States take a leading role in the fast-evolving quantum technology revolution.

Read the full article in AroundtheO

October 10, 2018

Haley Lab in the News!

UO chemists in the Haley Lab have taken a step forward in efforts to harness organic molecules as a cheaper alternative to traditional silicon-based conductors in digital storage devices.

Read about their research discovery in AroundtheO

October 5, 2018

Spotted in the Local Paper

A nice remembrance of Professor Emeritus David Herrick ~

Jim Hutchison quoted in Open Access Government article

Photo Jim Hutchison

Jim Hutchison

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Transforming chemical discovery and innovation

September 11, 2018

Guenza Lab Research featured on cover of Soft Matter

Image: Journal Cover and Marina Guenza PhotoA research paper from the Guenza lab has been featured on the cover of the September 21st edition of Soft Matter The journal, a publication of the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry, deals with the fundamental science underlying the behavior of soft matter, with a focus on the interface between physics, materials science, biology, chemical engineering and chemistry.

The paper, titled “Coarse-graining simulation approaches for polymer melts: the effect of potential range on computational efficiency”, was authored by postdoctoral scholar Mohammadhasan Dinpajooh and Professor Marina Guenza.

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September 5, 2018

New Company has Roots in 2017 UO Sustainable Invention Immersion Week

Photo: SIIW Team Algotek (formerly Oble)

2017 SIIW Team Algotek (formerly Oble)

A team from the 2017 Sustainable Invention Immersion Week (SIIW) has taken the idea they developed at the event to market. The week-long workshop was put on by the UO’s chemistry, product design, journalism and business departments, and co-organized by UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack.

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Local startup AlgoteK creates dissolving plastic

July 25, 2018

Dr. Julia Widom to Join Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty

Photo: Julia WidomThe Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to announce that Julia Widom will be joining the faculty this fall as an Assistant Professor in the physical chemistry division.

Dr. Widom performed her postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Nils Walter at the University of Michigan, using single-molecule fluorescence microscopy to study how the structures that RNA molecules fold into affect their ability to regulate gene expression. Her research at UO will combine single-molecule and ultrafast spectroscopy to probe RNA structure and dynamics in complex macromolecular machines. She will also use RNA as a scaffold for chromophore arrays, developing methods that will enable rapid screening of the optical properties of a diverse library of arrays.

July 5, 2018

Ramesh Jasti and Michael Pluth among the First Recipients of New UO-OHSU Seed Funding

Photo: Ramesh Jasti and Michael Pluth

From AroundtheO:

Collaborative research teams examining everything from healthcare-associated infections to carbon nanotubes have been awarded funding to jump-start research projects as part of the 2018 OHSU-UO Collaborative Seed Grant program.

Ten teams were chosen as part of the program, which creates new collaborations between researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon.

Ramesh Jasti‘s team will examine how nanohoops can be used for multiplexed Biological imaging, and Michael Pluth will be part of the Oregon Translational Chemical Biology working group.

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July 3, 2018

Researchers find, and possibly fix, toxicity in nanomaterials

Looking more extensively, they found that a new automated delivery system, meant to speed the mixing of products for testing in the fish, created a synergistic, or multiplying, effect that triggered the toxicity.

The method used to analyze what was happening, it turns out, could provide a solution that could keep the nanotechnology field moving forward, said study co-author Jim Hutchison of the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Read full article here

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