Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

A Thing of Beauty: Lighting Up Scorpions

Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Scorpions: what's not to love? The way BYU chemistry professor Jeffrey Macedone describes the prickly and poisonous creatures will make you want to go hunting them in the desert with a purple light.

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Daniel Austin Receives International Mass Spectrometry Award

Posted: Aug 27, 2018

The International Mass Spectrometry Society recently presented Dr. Daniel Austin with the Curt Brunnee
Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the development of instrumentation for mass spectrometry by
a scientist under age 45. Dr. Austin was invited to Florence, Italy to receive the award and present a lecture at
the 22nd  International Mass Spectrometry Conference taking place 26-31 August 2018. This is only the third
time the prestigious award has been given to a scientist in ...

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Third Series of BYU Chem Camps Provides Genuine Experiments for Children and Youth

Posted: Jul 17, 2018

In June 2018, the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted the third annual series of Chemistry Camps directed by Professors Daniel Ess, Jennifer Nielson, Rebecca Sansom, Kara Stowers, and Joshua Andersen. Chem Camp is a fun-filled three-day event for campers aged 9-12 who participate in hands-on, inquiry-based chemistry experiments. This year, 98 campers attended from Utah, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada.

With no rigorous science camps offered for upper elementary school students in ...

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Stopping a Tiny — and Deadly — Fly in its Tracks

Posted: Jul 06, 2018

Sixty million people in sub-Saharan Africa live at risk of African sleeping sickness, a disease caused by parasites transmitted through the tsetse fly. In the late stage of the disease, when the parasite crosses the blood-brain barrier, the results are oftentimes fatal.

BYU chemistry professor Ken Christensen, students and collaborators at Clemson University have developed an innovative technique using biosensors to monitor the glucose level of Trypanasoma brucei parasites, which could in turn help develop ...

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BYU PhDs Capture Top Jobs

Posted: Jun 01, 2018

2018 has been another outstanding year for PhD students from the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to obtain top jobs. Our PhD graduates leave BYU and continue their training as postdocs, become faculty members, or work at corporations.

2016 PhD graduate Paul Lawrence recently finished a prestigious postdoc position at the University of Washington and has now been offered a chemistry faculty position at Keystone College.

“In graduate school, my projects revolved around understanding ...

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Dr. Daniel Austin's Research Featured on the Cover of C&EN

Posted: May 29, 2018

Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) is an award-winning news outlet that reaches around 156,000 scientists, members of the American Chemical Society, as well as the global chemistry community in industry and academia.

Dr. Daniel Austin’s research was featured on the front cover of Volume 96, Issue 22, for his research on miniature mass spectrometers entitled “Shrinking mass specs”. A second feature article entitled “Mini mass specs are still looking for an audience” was also done ...

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Chevron Phillips Chemical teams up with BYU researchers to speed up catalyst development

Posted: May 14, 2018

The soft plastic water bottle next to your monitor, the hard-plastic dash in your car, and the range of other plastics surrounding you are a combination of unique materials mixed to achieve properties such as strength, flexibility, opacity and stability. However, chemical companies are looking for ways to improve process efficiency.

New research from a BYU chemistry team could help — and simultaneously open doors to tackle other “grand challenges in catalysis chemistry,” said chemistry professor ...

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2018 Annual Awards Banquet

Posted: Apr 30, 2018

The Annual Awards and Graduation Celebration Banquet was held April 11, 2018, in the Wilkinson Center. Many undergraduate and graduate students were in attendance, as well as faculty and staff. Dinner was funded by the Keith P. Anderson Foundation and Dr. Dearden gave the opening remarks. He began by thanking all of those who contributed to the success of the evening, and then congratulated the students on all their hard work and dedication to their studies. ...

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