Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Colorful Chemistry

Posted: Nov 03, 2015

“Color is important because it helps us see when a chemical reaction has taken place,” explains Dr. James Patterson to an eager crowd at his Thursday night magic show.  He mixes two colorless liquids together in a beaker and holds it up high. “Watch carefully! We don’t want to miss the moment when the chemistry happens . . .” The people in the crowd hold their breaths. A moment passes in silence.  Suddenly, the crowd gasps and ...

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Homecoming Alumni and Fall Social 2015

Posted: in Alumni, Emeritus, Faculty, Staff, Oct 12, 2015

The 2015 Homecoming Alumni and Fall Social for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was held Friday, October 9, 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.  Dr. Francis R. Nordmeyer, who served as Department Chair for nine years, was ...

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Adam Woolley Honored at SciX Conference

Posted: in Faculty, Oct 06, 2015

Dr. Adam Woolley received the 2015 AES Mid-Career Award at last week's SciX Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. He was also invited to speak at the conference about his current research. 

Read more on the SciX website here or the BYU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Website here.

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Homecoming Alumni and Fall Social

Posted: in Alumni, Sep 23, 2015

All alumni, faculty, staff, emeritus, department retirees, and their partners are invited to the annual homecoming social on October 9, 2015. Please RSVP to Peggy Erickson by September 30, 2015. 

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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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