Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Helping Young Chemists See Themselves—and Their Cells—in the Lab

Posted: Nov 03, 2017

The 13- and 14-year-olds at Biochem Camp, a new camp for young scientists put on by the Chemistry Department, got to see something new during their three days of experiments: the chemicals in their own bodies.

Along with testing various everyday foods to discover what chemicals were inside, students extracted the DNA from the cells lining their cheeks. These experiments—and many more—put the test tubes in the campers’ ready hands. Seeing the chemistry ...

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Congratulations to Dr. Milton Lee and Dr. Adam Woolley

Posted: Nov 03, 2017

The Department would like to recognize Emeritus Professor Milton Lee, and Professor Adam Woolley for being listed among the top ten scientists in the October 2017 issue of The Analytical Scientist magazine. Lee and Woolley were recongized for the “Separation Scientists: Cutting-edge chromatographers and experts in electrophoresis,” and the “Giants of Nano: Microfluids and nano science” categories respectively.

Ranked at number 9 for the "Separation Scientists" catagory, Milton Lee has been contributing for more than ...

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Chemistry Professors Kara Stowers and Rebecca Sansom Taking Strides

Posted: Oct 19, 2017

This women’s flag football team is full of Ph.D.s

Between running a summer science camp for kids,  Chemistry professors Kara Stowers (wide receiver) and Rebecca Sansom (offensive line) are part of the BYU womens faculty football team! 

Read the full article here!

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2017 BYU annual University Conference: Remembering More Than Just Names

Posted: Oct 17, 2017

The 2017 BYU annual University Conference was held Monday, August 28, 2017 in the Marriot center. The names of Karl G. Maeser and Abraham O. Smoot are more than familiar to BYU faculty and staff members. Perhaps it is even a cultural requirement to know them in order to work at the university. The contributions of these men to the foundation of BYU are well heralded and well deserved, and every year we remember them ...

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BYU-created mini tool has massive potential

Posted: Aug 30, 2017
BYU researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars’ atmosphere — and that’s just one of its myriad possible uses.

For decades mass spectrometers have offered a relatively fast and highly sensitive way to analyze and detect chemical compounds. But their bulky size has been a hindrance, limiting their in-field potential.

But after spending 12 years exploring the problem, BYU chemistry professor Daniel Austin, joined by electrical engineering ...

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Professors 3D-print first truly microfluidic "lab on a chip" device

Posted: Aug 10, 2017

August 08, 2017 | Todd Hollingshead

Researchers Greg Nordin and Adam Woolley are the first to 3D-print a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers. 

Previous researchers have used 3D printers to make microfluidics, but not on this scale

Researchers at BYU are the first to 3D-print a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers. Microfluidic devices are ...

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When was the last time you sniffed your water?

Posted: Jul 28, 2017

In the July 3, 2017 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, author Michael Torrice writes about an experience serving on a panel to evaluate water odors.


As part of the article, Torrice outlines some of the history and techniques for identifying and quantifying odors found in water. Torrice also interviewed BYU Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate alumnus Dr. Christy C. Spackman ( ...

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Daniel L. Simmons Retirement and Earl M. Woolley Recognition Dinner

Posted: May 09, 2017

The Daniel L. Simmons Retirement and Earl M. Woolley Recognition dinner, was held 28 March 2017 in the Benson Building. David V. Dearden, the department Chair, gave the introductory remarks, followed by thank-you remarks from Daniel L. Simmons.

“Some of you were involved in a very unusual undertaking at BYU, a lawsuit against the largest pharmaceutical company in the world . . . I am honored by your presence and for my association with you as family, friends ...

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