Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

World-Renowned Biotechnology Authority to Lecture at BYU

Posted: Jan 11, 2013

Dr. Robert Langer is a giant in the field of chemical engineering and biomaterials. With nearly 1,190 articles and more than 800 patents to his name, he is one of the most prolific and most cited engineers in history. A day in the life of Dr. Langer includes halting tumor growth, growing human tissue for skin grafts and teaching at MIT as an Institute Professor. He has also helped start 25 companies and his ...

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A Chemical Breakthrough

Posted: Jan 10, 2013

Dr. Daniel Ess’s new chemical reaction has caused a national reaction among chemists.

Pharmaceutical companies don’t like to use metal catalysts to synthesize their drugs. So when Dr. Ess and a collaboration of professors discovered a way to do a needed reaction without metal, it gained national attention.

“The problem is even if you put a little bit of metal in your reaction, you’re going to spend enormous effort and time cleaning ...

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Y-Chem Commended by American Chemical Society

Posted: Nov 30, 2012

The Y-Chem Society was selected in September to receive its second consecutive Commendable Award for its activities during the last academic year.

The Commendable Award is the second-highest recognition that can be given to student chapters by the American Chemical Society. Y-Chem is one of 81 student chapters selected by the ACS’ Committee on Education to receive a Commendable Award. Dr. Daniel Austin, who served as Y-Chem’s faculty advisor last year, is proud of ...

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Science Meets Survivor

Posted: Nov 19, 2012

The same organization famous for bringing boys into the wild will now be bringing boys into the lab.                              

Under the direction of other scouting volunteers tasked with developing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Lee Hansen, a retired chemistry professor, and his daughter, Thea Buell, have volunteered to write articles for BSA’s magazine,Boys' Life.

The purpose of the STEM program in BSA is to ...

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Milton Lee Honored in Chromatography Journal Special Issue

Posted: Nov 16, 2012

On October 26, the Journal of Chromatography A published a special issue in honor of Dr Milton L Lee, a distinguished and respected researcher in the scientific community and at Brigham Young University.

The issue was organized by Lee’s former students and colleagues, and each article included in the issue was written or co-written by someone who worked with and was influenced by Lee. The foreword, written by Doug Raynie, a former graduate student ...

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Daniel Ess' Research Highlighted in C&E News

Posted: Nov 14, 2012

The Chemical & Engineering News (C&E News) recently highlighted a paper by collaborators Dr Daniel Ess of BYU and Dr László Kürti of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The research details the experiment and theory of a new organic reagent that converts aryl boronic acids to primary aromatic amines.

The article was published Oct. 22 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). C&E News referenced it in their Nov. 5 journal ...

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National Chemistry Week Awes, Teaches and Inspires

Posted: Nov 01, 2012

The cotton disappeared in a flash of fire. Dr Steve Wood smiled at the scattered oohs, aahs and yelps from the audience as he lifted the tile square the cotton had been sitting on, emphasizing the tile’s emptiness. He put down the tile, picked up another piece of nitric acid-treated cotton and made a show of laying it on his bare palm, turning his head as if afraid to watch as he aimed his ...

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Rare Sponges May Carry a New Cure for Cancer

Posted: Oct 30, 2012

Cancer-killing chemicals in sea sponges? Sounds too good to be true.

But it’s not. Two years ago, Japanese scientists found a chemical compound inside of deep-sea sponges that helps destroy certain cancer cells.

The compound yaku’amide A is likely produced by bacteria that only grow in a certain type of deep-sea sponge. But it grows in such low quantities that it’s rather impractical to try to harvest. The more practical solution is ...

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