Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Chemistry Department Welcomes Dr. Daniel Mortensen

Posted: Dec 14, 2017

 Professor Daniel Mortensen graduated with a BS in Chemistry from BYU in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 2016. Dr. Mortensen had a post-doc position at BYU for about six months between graduate school and his current position; during this time he worked with Dr. David Dearden on developing new ways to measure the size and shape of molecules. Dr. Mortensen will be assuming the post as Assistant Professor. Currently ...

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In Good Faith, and Science

Posted: Nov 28, 2017

Twice named the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Dr. Julianna Boerio-Goates is a retired professor of thermo-dynamics. In this episode of In Good Faith, Boerio-Goates discusses the intersection of science and faith, navigating a mixed-faith marriage and what keeps her connected to God in her everyday life and in her service to her Catholic parish.

Listen to the full radio discussion here

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Helping Young Chemists See Themselves—and Their Cells—in the Lab

Posted: Nov 03, 2017

The 13- and 14-year-olds at Biochem Camp, a new camp for young scientists put on by the Chemistry Department, got to see something new during their three days of experiments: the chemicals in their own bodies.

Along with testing various everyday foods to discover what chemicals were inside, students extracted the DNA from the cells lining their cheeks. These experiments—and many more—put the test tubes in the campers’ ready hands. Seeing the chemistry ...

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Congratulations to Dr. Milton Lee and Dr. Adam Woolley

Posted: Nov 03, 2017

The Department would like to recognize Emeritus Professor Milton Lee, and Professor Adam Woolley for being listed among the top ten scientists in the October 2017 issue of The Analytical Scientist magazine. Lee and Woolley were recongized for the “Separation Scientists: Cutting-edge chromatographers and experts in electrophoresis,” and the “Giants of Nano: Microfluids and nano science” categories respectively.

Ranked at number 9 for the "Separation Scientists" catagory, Milton Lee has been contributing for more than ...

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Chemistry Professors Kara Stowers and Rebecca Sansom Taking Strides

Posted: Oct 19, 2017

This women’s flag football team is full of Ph.D.s

Between running a summer science camp for kids,  Chemistry professors Kara Stowers (wide receiver) and Rebecca Sansom (offensive line) are part of the BYU womens faculty football team! 

Read the full article here!

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Remembering More Than Names

Posted: Oct 17, 2017

The 2017 BYU annual University Conference was held Monday, August 28, 2017 in the Marriot center. The names of Karl G. Maeser and Abraham O. Smoot are more than familiar to BYU faculty and staff members. Perhaps it is even a cultural requirement to know them in order to work at the university. The contributions of these men to the foundation of BYU are well heralded and well deserved, and every year we remember them ...

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BYU-created mini tool has massive potential

Posted: in Research, Aug 30, 2017
BYU researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars’ atmosphere — and that’s just one of its myriad possible uses.

For decades mass spectrometers have offered a relatively fast and highly sensitive way to analyze and detect chemical compounds. But their bulky size has been a hindrance, limiting their in-field potential.

But after spending 12 years exploring the problem, BYU chemistry professor Daniel Austin, joined by electrical engineering ...

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Professors 3D-print first truly microfluidic "lab on a chip" device

Posted: Aug 10, 2017

August 08, 2017 | Todd Hollingshead

Researchers Greg Nordin and Adam Woolley are the first to 3D-print a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers. 

Previous researchers have used 3D printers to make microfluidics, but not on this scale

Researchers at BYU are the first to 3D-print a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers. Microfluidic devices are ...

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