Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

3 Science Papers in 3 Years

Posted: Oct 04, 2016

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry professors Dr. Daniel H. Ess and Dr. Scott Burt were part of a multi-institution collaboration to disclose in Science a new catalytic chemical reaction that replaces hydrocarbon bonds with nitrogen. The collaboration headed by Professors László Kürti at Rice University and John Falck at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSWMC) developed a one-step reaction to convert arene hydrocarbons to aryl amines, which are key molecular precursors for the ...

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National Chemistry Week 2016

Posted: Oct 01, 2016

You won't want to miss this year's celebration! For Chemical Magic Show tickets (available October 1st), click here. For information about events, click here. For more information on this event, and for some education on fun facts, feel free the check out the display case in the fish bowl. 

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BYU Joins Harvard University and Other US Institutions in the George Washington-led BELIEVE Collaboratory

Posted: Sep 27, 2016

George Washington University has been chosen to help lead a national effort to find a cure for HIV/ Aids. Researchers from the George Washington University (GW) have received a $5.7 million, five-year Martin Delaney Collaboratory grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to apply immunotherapy advances in order to create a novel HIV cure strategy. Their innovative cell therapy approach will focus on making individuals’ immune systems work better in eliminating HIV reservoirs ...

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BYU Alumnus Joseph Cardon Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted: Sep 25, 2016

BYU Alumnus Joseph M. Cardon, a current graduate student at UC Irvine, received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship earlier this year. 

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Cardon specializes in Sustainable Chemistry. His research centers around multi-electron catalysts for use in dye sensitized solar cells. Dye sensitized ...

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Professors Create Chemistry Camp to Fill Void and Inspire Young Minds

Posted: in Alumni, Community, Emeritus, Faculty, Physical, Research, Staff, Student, Aug 25, 2016

The inaugural BYU Chemistry Camp was a fun-filled three-day event for campers ages 9-12 who participated in hands-on, inquiry-based chemistry experiments. Campers came from all local Provo schools (Franklin, Provo Peaks, Timpanogos, and Wasatch) and from as far away as Alaska and Tennessee.The idea for the camp was sparked by Dr. Ess who was looking for a science camp for his 10-year old daughter to attend this summer. With no rigorous science camp offered ...

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Cushman to Receive the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Award in MS&T 2016

Posted: Aug 24, 2016

PhD Chemistry student Cody V. Cushman has been selected as a finalist for the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) award by The American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

The GEMS awards “recognize the outstanding achievements of graduate students in Materials Science and Engineering” and are open to all graduate students who make an oral presentation in any symposium or session at the annual Material Science & Technology (MS&T) Conference. 

Each finalist will be awarded a cash ...

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Crash Testing Bacteria: BYU Chemistry Professor Daniel Austin and His Graduate Students Try to Find Fatal Limit

Posted: in Faculty, Research, Staff, Jul 31, 2016

The research group, funded by NASA, is studying high velocity impact of bacterial spores. More specifically, the group is trying to find the speed limit above which bacteria won’t survive when they crash into a hard surface. And the best part? There is a video!

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Department Picnic Held to Welcome Incoming Graduates

Posted: Jun 22, 2016

On Friday September 9th, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Picnic was held to welcome our new graduate students. While guests enjoyed dinner, courtesy of Zupa’s, they engaged in lively games of bingo and a frozen t-shirt contest where contestants raced to put on t-shirts which had been frozen in dry ice. To end off the event there was a competitive volleyball game. Overall the Department picnic was a great success and we would ...

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