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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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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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Building Small Tools for Big Adventures

Posted: May 22, 2012

With the ability to define the makeup of molecules and determine the mass of miniscule particles, mass spectrometers are particularly useful instruments. NASA hopes to more fully take advantage of these machines by expanding the mass spectrometer’s area of operation — all the way to Mars.

By sending mass spectrometers on space missions, scientists could better identify planetary substances, increasing our understanding of the solar system and the universe at large. But getting these bulky ...

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Chemistry Professor Receives National ACS Award

Posted: Jan 23, 2012

After more than 35 years as a researcher, teacher, and entrepreneur in the chemistry department at Brigham Young University (BYU), Milton L Lee is being honored for his numerous contributions to microseparation column technology and instrumentation.


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Students Rise Above the Rest at Nevada Conference

Posted: Oct 20, 2011

Chemistry undergraduate students Kyli McKay Bishop and Alisa Edmund were both selected to receive an award at the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) conference October 3-7. Both students work in Dr. Paul Farnsworth’s lab doing analytical chemistry.

The conference, held this year in Reno, Nevada, “is an annual meeting that covers the whole of analytical chemistry with an emphasis on emerging technologies” and “has a proud tradition of bringing together leading ...

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Student Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted: Oct 19, 2011

Only 17 applicants nationwide are selected to receive the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Research Award and this year Jared Clark, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is one of the seventeen.

“I am naturally very thrilled about being selected to receive this award,” Clark said via email. “I get to do what I've always been interested in doing.”

Thanks to the fellowship, Clark has already started working at the ...

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Turning China's Waste Into Renewable Energy

Posted: May 02, 2011

Two BYU chemistry professors have been using their knowledge of bacteria to turn waste into energy for quite some time, and now they’re taking their craft on the road — to China!

Jaron Hansen, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Lee Hansen, an emeritus faculty member from the same department, recently traveled to the world’s most populous country to unveil the biogas conditioning system they built for the Chinese government ...

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Student in Dr. Austin's Lab Receives 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Posted: Apr 19, 2011

For the fourth year in a row, BYU students claimed the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a program established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater and given to outstanding students in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering.

R. Terik Daly was one of two BYU students selected for the 2011 award. A geological science major, Daly studies the chemistry of micrometeorite impact with analytical chemistry professor Dr. Daniel Austin. He currently has a ...

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