Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Homecoming Department and Alumni Dinner 2016

Posted: Oct 19, 2016

The 2016 annual Homecoming Department and Alumni Dinner was held on October 14th, in the Benson Science building. Alumni, young and old, came with their partners to greet faculty, staff, emeritus, and department retirees at a reception followed by a delicious meal.

After the meal, everyone moved to a lecture hall for a presentation and talk. John Lamb was the speaker for the evening and his talk was entitled  "Drawing Back the Cosmic Veil: Science ...

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BYU Chemistry Capstone Project: On-Campus Internships

Posted: Oct 17, 2016

At Brigham Young University we strive to ensure that our students receive the best and most state-of-the-art education possible.  In order to succeed in industrial careers, students need to understand how their skills fit into a team effort that uses chemistry to solve commercially valuable problems.  Internships at companies are a great way to learn these skills, but these experiences can be difficult to integrate into a program of study.  "Our solution is that instead ...

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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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