Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

New SCCR Directorship

Posted: Aug 29, 2020

We‘re immensely proud to relate that Chemistry Department Professor Steven Castle has been named the new director of the Simmons Center for Cancer Research (SCCR). He steps into this new role after acting as SCCR Associate Director since 1997, when the center was founded, and will be joined in his work by the new Associate Director, Biology Department Professor Scott Weber.

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2020 Virtual Annual Awards and Graduation

Posted: Aug 03, 2020

The 2019-2020 school year has seen remarkable trials — growth, effort, and adaptation — perseverance in the face of a changing world — and, for these BYU Chemistry Department graduates and honorees, heartening success. Congratulations to the following individuals on all that they have accomplished with us. We wish them the best of luck in the future.

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Tahareh Gholian Avval Wins AVS Poster Competition

Posted: Jul 21, 2020

PhD student Tahareh Gholian Avval has been awarded third prize in the American Vacuum Society's 2020 International Twitter Poster Competition. Avval's poster, entitled "Pattern Recognition Entropy (Shannon's Entropy): an Underutilized Tool for Data Analysis. A Comparison to Principal Component Analysis" can be seen below.

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Three Student Researchers Develop Revolutionary New Rapid Diagnostic Test

Posted: Apr 29, 2020

Three BYU Chemistry students Annie Armitstead, Lara Grether, and Kealani Creech have developed a new type of diagnostic test called the “seLFI” whose versatility and inexpensive production costs have potentially monumental effects on the future of medical chemistry.

The seLFI, also called the Simple Empowering Lateral Flow Immunoassay, is a new type of rapid diagnostic test developed by these student researchers with Dr. Watt. “We decided on that name because the product was simple enough ...

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Chemistry PhD Student Reuben Dass Wins First Prize in Three 3MT Competitions

Posted: Apr 15, 2020

Reuben Dass, a 3rd year PhD student in the BYU Chemistry program, has received the first prize for his 3-Minute Thesis not only at this year’s department-level 3MT competition, but took home first prize at the college level and university level as well. Dass’s research, entitled, “Synthesis and Optimization of Novel pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines With Selective Activity Against JAK1-JH2 and VPS4” focused on making highly selective kinase inhibitors that act as potential anticancer agents.

Dass’s extensive research ...

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Wendy Billings Awarded Prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Posted: Apr 10, 2020

BYU students Wendy Billings and Orion Weller were recently named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars for the 2020–2021 academic year. The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 to students who intend to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Billings, a junior from Orem, Utah, is a chemistry major and intends to pursue a career in research and plans to begin applying for Ph.D. programs toward the end of this ...

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Dr. John F. Hartwig Presents 2020 Broadbent Lecture

Posted: Jan 31, 2020

This year marks the 32nd annual Broadbent Lecture Series, created in honor of H. Smith Broadbent to celebrate his forty years as a professor at BYU and his advances within the field of organic chemistry. 

This year the department welcomed Professor John F. Hartwig from the University of California, Berkeley as the Broadbent guest lecturer. Dr. Hartwig’s work involving catalysis has earned him over 20 awards and recognitions, and he has served as the Henry ...

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Dr. Ryan Kelly Receives 2020 HTC Innovation Award

Posted: Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Ryan Kelly, a professor of analytical chemistry at BYU, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 HTC Innovation Award by LCGC Europe for his work in the development of new technological solutions in separations, microfluidics and mass spectrometry for improved biochemical analyses.

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Photo courtesy of LCGC Europe, edited by Yao Kuang Lee

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