Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Stepping Up

Posted: Nov 13, 2020

Chem Stores assistant manager Todd Fluckiger received university-wide recognition for his outstanding teamwork on behalf of the BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Created by BYU’s Presidential Council, Staff and Administrative Employee Recognition Awards (SAERA) honor BYU staff for contributing to their department’s excellence. With the purpose of fostering BYU as an exceptionally productive and fulfilling workplace, BYU encourages faculty members, supervisors, and co-workers to nominate employees for a number of categories: accountability, competency, customer ...

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Blood Tests Reimagined

Posted: Nov 09, 2020

BYU professors are in the business of life-saving, not just research and teaching.

BYU faculty hailing from all across the scientific field—specifically, molecular biology, chemistry, integrated optics, and chemical processing—have reinvented “superbug” blood testing. Rather than waiting 24 potentially critical hours for test results to return with data on antibiotic-resistant bacteria within the blood, BYU professors Richard Robison, Aaron Hawkins, William Pitt, and Adam Woolley of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and UC Santa Cruz professor Holger Schmidt have ...

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Ess Researchers Invent Catalyst

Posted: Nov 02, 2020

Chemistry Department Professor Daniel Ess's researchers are making strides with industrial chemistry catalysts.

Undergraduate and graduate students alike came together under Dr. Ess and Steven Maley, a post-doctoral scholar, to publish their research in academic journal Chemical Science. Using groundbreaking theories by Dr. Henry Eyring (father of Henry B. Eyring of the Church of Jesus Christ's general presidency) of the University of Utah, Ess's group has invented new techniques to resolve a common challenge in the ...

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Celebrate All Things Sticky for National Chemistry Week

Posted: Oct 19, 2020

It's that time of year again—National Chemistry Week (NCW) has arrived!

The BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is celebrating this year’s theme of adhesive chemistry with a special BYU Chemistry Magic Show. Normally, Department faculty host magic shows that are open to the public every evening during NCW, but with this year's COVID-19 restrictions, in-person magic shows are not possible. Thankfully, XRD facility manager Dr. Stacey Smith filmed a special magic show all about sticky ...

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National Chemistry Week 2020: Sticking with Chemistry

Posted: Oct 16, 2020

National Chemistry Week (NCW) takes place next week!

NCW is an awareness program held by the American Chemical Society (ACS). This annual program endeavors to unite and educate chemistry students, teachers, scholars, professionals, amateurs, and general fanatics in regards to the importance chemistry plays in our quality of life. NCW occurs on the third week of October each year, and it's just about that time of year again.

While COVID-19 restricts many of the Department's usual NCW ...

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In Honorable Memory: Dr. Douglas Henderson

Posted: Oct 16, 2020

BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry honors emeritus faculty member Dr. Douglas Henderson.

Dr. Henderson passed away early in the morning of Friday, September 25th, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Rose-Marie, and daughters Barbara, Dianne, and Sharon. 

Dr. Henderson is further survived by a legacy of excellence in scholarship and instruction on levels international as well as local. After completing a graduate degree in mathematics from the ...

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Faculty Lecture: My Journey as a Scholar of Faith

Posted: Sep 08, 2020

BYU Chemistry Professor Jennifer B. Nielson's lecture has been released in video format.

The initiative took place the November of 2019 and comprised a series of lectures collectively entitled My Journey as a Scholar of Faith. Nielson's lecture "Awake and Naked: Vulnerability in the Garden of Eden" explores vulnerability, adversity, and growth.

Congratulations, Professor! We're proud of you, and very excited that we're now able to view your lecture as many times as we ...

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2020 University Conference Awards

Posted: Aug 31, 2020

Brigham Young University’s 2020 University Conference shone a light on exciting success.

The BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry particularly has reason to be proud of its faculty. A huge congratulations—and thank-you—to the following beloved teachers!

Stacey J. Smith: Early Career Teaching Award

In recognition of her remarkably strong student ratings, her devotion to the research and publications of her students, and her contributions to the Chemistry Department at large by managing the X-ray diffraction facility, ...

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