Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

ACS President-Elect Visits BYU

Posted: Oct 25, 2012

Marinda Li Wu, president-elect of the American Chemical Society, gracefully accepted an invitation from Dr Wayne Anderson to come to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at BYU on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 23, 2012.

Dr. Wu and Dr. Hasan Tahir (from the Career Department of the ACS) arrived Monday evening, met at dinner with officers of the ACS-Central Utah Section (Matt Asplund, Chair; Daniel Austin, Chair Elect; Jennifer Nielson, Councilor; and James ...

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Measuring Molecules With the Naked Eye

Posted: Oct 25, 2012

When someone develops liver cancer, the disease introduces a very subtle difference to their bloodstream, increasing the concentration of a particular molecule by just 10 parts per billion.

That small shift is difficult to detect without sophisticated lab equipment – but perhaps not for long. A new “lab on a chip” designed by Brigham Young University professor Adam Woolley and his students reveals the presence of ultra-low concentrations of a target molecule.

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Reed Izatt Recognized at Alumni Dinner

Posted: Oct 19, 2012

Reed M. Izatt was honored for his numerous contributions to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with the Distinguished Pillar Award at the Homecoming Alumni Dinner on Friday, Oct. 12.

Paul Savage, professor of organic chemistry, gave a brief introduction of Dr. Izatt prior to presenting the award on behalf of the department. Of the top 10 faculty members at BYU in number of scholarly publications, eight are chemists, including Izatt. Izatt also has the ...

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Bombs and Balloons Burst onto the Research Scene

Posted: Oct 04, 2012

BYU science classes might blow you away—literally.

Although exploding balloons might seem like just another distraction to keep students awake in science classes, they can also be used in serious scientific research. Recently, two BYU professors used exploding balloons to better understand how sounds like those created by other loud sources—rockets, military jets, bombs, and shotguns–travel around us.

“It’s fun science. You get to blow things up, and I don’t ...

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Homecoming Alumni Dinner and Fall Social to take place Friday, Oct. 12

Posted: Oct 03, 2012

All alumni, faculty, staff, emeritus and their partners of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are invited to attend the 2012 annual Homecoming Alumni Dinner and fall social on Friday, Oct. 12. Please RSVP to Peggy Erickson at (801)422-6269 by October 8.

The evening will begin in W170 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building at 6 p.m. with a reception and dinner, followed by the recognition of Dr. Reed M. Izatt, an emeritus ...

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Inorganic Chemistry Professor Recognized for Contributions to Ion Chromatography

Posted: Sep 28, 2012

Professor John D Lamb recently received an award for “sustained and significant contribution” to ion chromatography at the International Ion Chromatography Symposium in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 17-20.

Dr. Andreas Seubert, a professor at the University of Marburg, Germany and organizer of this year’s symposium, presented the 2012 Ion Chromatography Award to Dr. Lamb at the conference, which has been held nearly every year since 1988. Dr. Lamb, who goes to the symposium frequently, estimated ...

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Y-Chem a Hit at Annual Department Picnic

Posted: Sep 26, 2012

The usual mix of new and old faces appeared at the annual department picnic in Rock Canyon’s Park Area on Septempter 4, 2012, to socialize, eat and play. This year’s after-dinner activities may have been the best yet- a chemical magic show put on by two members of the Y-Chem Society that mesmerized the younger faces in the audience.

Not only did Y-Chem’s Mark Murdock and Will Rankin perform exciting chemical demonstrations ...

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Dr. Adam Woolley Receives Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award

Posted: Sep 14, 2012

Professor Adam T. Woolley received the 2012 Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award Thursday, September 13. He also presented a lecture on his research in developing novel systems for application in chemical analysis and materials chemistry.

He and his research group use their knowledge of molecular interactions to make innovations and help streamline existing procedures such as quantifying biomarkers (which “have great potential for use in diagnosing diseases, determining ...

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