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Chemistry Department News

Chevron Phillips Chemical teams up with BYU researchers to speed up catalyst development

Posted: May 14, 2018

The soft plastic water bottle next to your monitor, the hard-plastic dash in your car, and the range of other plastics surrounding you are a combination of unique materials mixed to achieve properties such as strength, flexibility, opacity and stability. However, chemical companies are looking for ways to improve process efficiency.

New research from a BYU chemistry team could help — and simultaneously open doors to tackle other “grand challenges in catalysis chemistry,” said chemistry professor ...

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2018 Annual Awards Banquet

Posted: Apr 30, 2018

The Annual Awards and Graduation Celebration Banquet was held April 11, 2018, in the Wilkinson Center. Many undergraduate and graduate students were in attendance, as well as faculty and staff. Dinner was funded by the Keith P. Anderson Foundation and Dr. Dearden gave the opening remarks. He began by thanking all of those who contributed to the success of the evening, and then congratulated the students on all their hard work and dedication to their ...

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Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve

Posted: Apr 27, 2018

Congratulations to all graduating PhD, Masters, and Undergraduate students within the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Associate Dean Dr. Jennifer B. Nielsen gave the opening remarks: she suggested that we, within the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, like measuring. But beyond this, arises the importance of ‘Life’s Measurements’:

1)      Measure your feedback in life: Use criticism as the starting block for self-development

2)      Love your critics: Those who measure you can be ...

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Bruno Szalkowski Donates Unique Glass Piece

Posted: Mar 27, 2018

One of the most interesting sections of the Nicholes Building used to be the glassblowing laboratory where Bruno Szalkowski, who learned his skill in Germany, used to create all types of complicated glass equipment for chemistry, physics, and biology laboratory experiments. “There is no item created in glass blowing that is really simple. It takes real coordination to keep the proper proportion,” explained Bruno at the opening of his glass shop on Main Street in ...

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Dr. Gary Patti Presents Rossiter Lecture Series

Posted: Mar 23, 2018

Professor Gary Patti in the Department of Genetics and Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis, will be presenting the 2018 memorial Rossiter lecture series. During his graduate studies, Dr. Patti focused on applying NMR to study metabolic pathways in bacteria that could be targeted in antibiotic-resistant bugs. Dr. Patti completed his postdoctoral studies at the Scripps Research Institute with Professor Siuzdak, who is a pioneer of metabolomics and known for establishing key resources in ...

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Shiladitya Chatterjee Wins IM Flash Competition

Posted: Mar 19, 2018

Congratulations to Shiladitya Chatterjee, PhD, (pictured center) who won the 2018 TechTalks IM Flash competition between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, marking the very first time that the Department of Chemistry has won this annual event!  Chatterjee is a 3rd year graduate student pursuing his PhD in Analytical Chemistry. His areas of expertise include microfabrication, surface characterization, and chemometrics (mathematical analysis of chemical data).

Out of the copious number of students who ...

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Chemistry Department Welcomes Dr. Daniel Mortensen

Posted: Dec 14, 2017

 Professor Daniel Mortensen graduated with a BS in Chemistry from BYU in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 2016. Dr. Mortensen had a post-doc position at BYU for about six months between graduate school and his current position; during this time he worked with Dr. David Dearden on developing new ways to measure the size and shape of molecules. Dr. Mortensen will be assuming the post as Assistant Professor. Currently ...

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In Good Faith, and Science

Posted: Nov 28, 2017

Twice named the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Dr. Julianna Boerio-Goates is a retired professor of thermo-dynamics. In this episode of In Good Faith, Boerio-Goates discusses the intersection of science and faith, navigating a mixed-faith marriage and what keeps her connected to God in her everyday life and in her service to her Catholic parish.

Listen to the full radio discussion here

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