Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Discovering How the World Ticks

Posted: Oct 13, 2013

Welcome John C. Price as a new assistant professor.

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Developing a Taste for Research and Mini-Muffins

Posted: Sep 18, 2013

Stacey Smith joins BYU faculty.

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Faculty, Staff Honored at Annual Conference

Posted: Sep 11, 2013

President Cecil O. Samuelson welcomed Brigham Young University faculty and staff members back to campus and presented the annual awards during his Annual University Conference address Tuesday, Aug. 27.

John D. Lamb, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was given the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award, the university's highest faculty honor. A widely published and respected inorganic chemist, Lamb was praised as "a university citizen whose interests transcend the narrowly defined areas ...

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New Faculty Spotlight: David Michaelis

Posted: Jul 29, 2013

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences welcomes David Michaelis as a new assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Michaelis completed his undergraduate work in chemistry at BYU in 2005. He earned his PhD in 2009 in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he worked on the development of new oxidation reactions. He then took his family to California to perform postdoctoral studies at Stanford University as a National ...

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Excitement, Explosions, and Artificial Scents Filled the Air

Posted: Jun 17, 2013

Students at the Open Lab Day magic show were captivated by green fire tornadoes, exploding cotton balls, and flaming Y’s that capture the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson: “If you are scientifically literate, the world looks very different.”

Sponsored by Y-Chem, the student chapter of the American Chemistry Society (ACS), Open Lab Day is an exciting demonstration of chemistry-related experiments that encouraged students to notice science in the world around them and provided a ...

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Professor Ess Lands Front Cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Scoiety

Posted: Jun 03, 2013

Professor Daniel Ess and colleagues earned the front cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) for their research on biaryl structural motifs.

The team developed several new ways to link aromatic carbon rings to make biaryls, a common structure in pharmaceuticals, biologically active natural products, and transition-metal ligands. There are a variety of ways to create this link, but these new methods are especially useful.

“The biaryl carbon-carbon link is generally difficult ...

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Graduate Student Wins Blog Award

Posted: May 21, 2013

Chad Jones, a third-year PhD student working in Dr. David Dearden’s lab, has recently won an award for “best chemistry post.”

The award was presented by Science Seeker, an online entity funded by the National Association of Science Writers that collects the latest science reporting, analysis and discussion. Every year, it accepts nominations for best blog posts in ten different areas including chemistry. This year’s award winners range from professional writers at Scientific ...

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Paul Farnsworth Acts as Atomic Spectroscopy Advisor at Pittcon

Posted: May 21, 2013

Dr. Paul B. Farnsworth was one of four professors asked to serve as advisors for the ACS’ Chemical and Engineering News(C&EN) at the 2013 Pittcon Conference and Exposition, held in Philadelphia March 17-21.

Although the annual conference includes technical symposia,C&ENand Pittcon “is known for its huge exposition of analytical and laboratory instruments from hundreds of companies. A panel of four academic advisors—specialists in atomic and molecular spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectrometry ...

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