Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

National Chemistry Week 2015

Posted: Sep 23, 2015

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.

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Can a Mass Spectrometer Measure More?

Posted: in Analytical, Faculty, Research, Sep 15, 2015

Dr. David V. Dearden was recently interviewed by the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences about his research using an FTICR mass spectrometer to determine not just the mass, but the shape of a molecule.  

Read more about his groundbreaking research on the CPMS website here.

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Department Picnic 2015

Posted: in Faculty, Student, Sep 14, 2015

Faculty, staff, and graduate students gathered for the annual department picnic held on September 11, 2015, in the Benson Fishbowl (W170).  The night began with a moment of silence to commemorate the victims of the 9-11 attacks fourteen years ago.  Dr. Barry Willardson then offered an opening prayer and the party began.  A delicious meal of pizza and salad was followed by cake and ice cream. Despite the good food, however, the games were the ...

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Eight Faculty Members Receive Awards at Annual University Conference

Posted: in Faculty, Aug 31, 2015

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty received a total of eight awards at this year’s Annual University Conference.  The Conference was held August 24, 2015, in the Marriot Center and President Kevin J. Worthen announced the awards.

Dr. Adam T. Woolley was honored to receive a University Professorship award, which acknowledges senior faculty members who are outstanding scholars and teachers.  Woolley has published more than 125 articles and has worked as an investigator ...

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Barry M. Willardson Gives BYU Devotional

Posted: in Faculty, Jul 28, 2015

Dr. Willardson gave a devotional address titled "Strangers and Pilgrims on the Earth" to the entire univeristy on July 14, 2015.

Read the article on The Digital Universe.

Read the article on the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences website.

Watch the devotional address on BYUtv.

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Linford Lab Featured on BYU Radio

Posted: in Analytical, Faculty, Research, Student, Jun 10, 2015

BYU chemistry professor Dr. Matthew Linford was featured in the innovation segment of BYU Radio’s show Top of Mind on June 1, 2015.  Host Julie Rose interviewed Linford, as well as Ray West of MOXTEK, Inc. and Spencer Rogers of the BYU Technology Transfer office, about a new invention from the Linford Lab being licensed for the commercial market.

The invention, a novel Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) device, consists of an adsorbent, sponge-like coating ...

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Student Research on Preterm Birth Wins First Prize

Posted: in Analytical, Research, Student, May 28, 2015

Suresh Kumar, a chemistry PhD candidate from New Delhi, India, won first place for his poster at the 39th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography (ISCC) last week.

The annual symposium, held this year in Fort Worth, Texas, involves research from different branches of separation science.  Kumar attended the conference to share his progress on developing a microfluidic-based platform for diagnosing preterm birth (PTB). PTB—delivery before 37 weeks of gestation—is the most common ...

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Students Love Open Lab Day

Posted: in Community, May 14, 2015

The Y-Chem Society hosted two Open Lab Days this year, one on May 9th and the other on May 16th.  Around 250 eager students from local elementary, junior high, and high schools came to BYU start their careers as scientists-in-training. 

"Open Lab Day is always wonderful," said Y-Chem president Ryjul Stokes, "because it gives students a chance to perform experiments. It allows them to experience science in action."

Student participants were divided by age group ...

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